USU Welcome Fest 2023 - MAIN STAGE DAY 1 on Wed 15 Feb - Feat. Teenage Dads and King Stingray

USU Welcome Fest 2023 - MAIN STAGE DAY 1 on Wed 15 Feb - Feat. Teenage Dads and King Stingray


From 15 - 17 February USU is hosting three huge days at USYD stacked with heaps of freebies, live music, over 180 club stalls, movie nights, parties and so much more.

This year, we're welcoming back students with a bang with three daily FREE gigs from some of the biggest Aussie artists live at the Main Stage.

Kicking things off on Wednesday 15 Feb we are thrilled to be hosting Aussie legends Teenage Dads, and King Stingray... and we can't wait!

Teenage Dads

In a time where garage rock has spent years at the forefront of Australian Music, the youthful Teenage Dads stand alone with their unique, charming indie-pop sound, and have been winning over audiences and musicians alike with their memorable self produced, recorded and mixed song writing, electrifying live shows and quirky charisma. In their effort to bring something new to Australian Music, the four Mornington Peninsula high school friends combine a variety of musical elements in their songs. Their infectious melodies, intricate synth lines, hooky guitars and unconventional chords and structure can be compared to the likes of Phoenix, The Strokes and The Beach Boys.

With music that is carefully written in consideration with its reception in a live setting, Teenage Dads enchant live audiences with an outstanding show rich in dancing and singalongs. The band have toured Australia numerous times, playing to sold out crowds both young and young-at-heart, graced festival stages NYE on the Hill and St Kilda festival, and have supported the likes of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Ruby Fields, Northeast Party House and recently were invited to tour with Australian heavy-weights, Lime Cordiale.

King Stingray

King Stingray is a story of lifelong friendship and two cultures coming together. Growing up together in Yirrkala in North-East Arnhem Land, founding members Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu (frontman) and Roy Kellaway (guitar) have been playing and making music together for as long as they can remember.

Yirrŋa and Roy formed King Stingray with mates Dimathaya Burarrwanga (rhythm guitar backing vocals and yidaki), Campbell Messer (bass) and Lewis Stiles (drums). The band seamlessly blend ancient indigenous melodies with surf, indie and funk influences to create a unique sound of their own: Yolŋu surf-rock.

Propelled by the instant success of their debut track “Hey Wanhaka” in October 2020, accidental lockdown anthem “Get Me Out”, and current groove-laden dance jam “Milkumana”, the band have soared to unexpected heights. In just over 12 months King Stingray have performed for triple j’s Live at the Wireless, appeared on ABC TV’s The Sound, been profiled in The Guardian and Rolling Stone, and won triple j’s Unearthed Artist of the Year J award.

The band spent 2021 dodging COVID-19 restrictions to wow crowds along the eastern states, completely selling out their first ever tour in March/April and gaining new fans at Dark Mofo in Hobart and Splendour in the Grass XR.

Register below to secure your spot and we'll see you at the Welcome Fest Main Stage!

Can't make it on Wednesday 15th? We've got a jam-packed schedule so be sure to check out everything happening here.

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