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Ocean Alley

Ocean Alley

1:00pm, Sun 31 March, 2024
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Ocean Alley are pumped to be returning to Wollongong for a massive headline show to celebrate the long weekend, supported by a plethora of NSW’s best bands.

One of Australia’s most exciting musical exports, rock outfit Ocean Alley have taken the world by storm with their dynamic live performances, infectious melodies and faultless musicianship. Across four critically acclaimed albums, the six-piece - comprised of Baden Donegal (vocals), Angus Goodwin (guitar), Lach Galbraith (keys/vocals), Mitch Galbraith (guitar), Tom O’Brien (drums) and Nic Blom (bass) - have never wavered in their dedication to their craft, always grounded by a genuine passion for the creative exploration of music. Their catalogue amounts to more than 800 million streams, with nine singles accredited in Australia and New Zealand with sales certified Gold or higher.

Ocean Alley first experienced runaway success with 2018’s undeniably catchy, funk-infused single “Confidence”. The track has gone on to achieve 6x Platinum certification, surpassing 150 million streams on Spotify alone. Since November 1 2023, the song has exploded on TikTok and Instagram, spawning billions of views, and the audio being used over 500,000 times. The track hit the US Billboard Singles Charts for Rock & Alternative, landing at #15 Hot Alternative Songs, #21 Hot Rock Songs and #27 Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, #2 in New Zealand’s Top 40 Singles, and #19 in the UK’s Independent Single Breakers Chart. At home, the song re-entered the ARIA Singles Chart top 20, more than five years since the track first debuted.

With its stacked harmonies and soulful swagger, “Confidence” resonated with Ocean Alley’s home audience in Australia following the release of their breakthrough second album, Gold-certified Chiaroscuro. It became the song of the summer, taking out the #1 spot in Australia’s largest annual music poll - triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2018. It also found fans in internet celebs like the Dolan Twins and One Directioner Louis Tomlinson. “Confidence” peaked at #9 on the ARIA Singles Chart and Year-end chart performance saw the single placed at #64, later nominated for Song of the Year at the 2019 ARIA Music Awards and Rock Work of the Year at the 2019 APRA Music Awards. 

The resurgence of “Confidence” follows a huge 18 months of touring for the band off-the-back of their critically acclaimed fourth LP Low Altitude Living (2022), which saw The Australian award the record four stars, calling it a “continuation of one of the most impressive bull runs by an Australian rock band in recent memory”, while Rolling Stone Australia proclaimed “this album will push Ocean Alley further towards major-global-band status.” The album features hits ‘Touch Back Down’ - which was nominated for Most Performed Alternative Work at APRA Music Awards of 2023 - ‘Deepest Darkness’ and ‘Home’ just to name a few album highlights. It debuted at #3 on the ARIA Albums Chart – and #5 on the NZ Top 40 Albums Chart, making it the band’s first album to chart in New
Zealand. Low Altitude Living followed the success of Lonely Diamond (2020) which also debuted at#3 on the ARIA Albums Chart and was nominated for Best Rock Album at the ARIA Awards.

In 2023, the band sold more than 42,000 tickets across their Australian headline shows, plus a further 35,000 tickets sold across 34 shows in the UK, Europe, North America and New Zealand. They had a number of key festival call-ups, including replacing Lewis Capaldi at the last minute for Splendour In The Grass, adding to the list of major festival billings that also boasts international icons Reading & Leeds (UK), Sziget (HU), BottleRock (US) and Rhythm & Alps (NZ) to name a few. 

Continuing to grow their devoted following both at home and abroad, Ocean Alley are solidifying their place as one of Australia’s most beloved and influential bands, and are poised to make an indelible mark on the global music scene for years to come.