by the partae

Still buzzing from a run of sold out headline shows, King Stingray are determined to keep the vibes high with a brand new single, Camp Dog.

The band’s fourth single is an endearing tribute to the cheeky canines that patrol the streets of Yirrkala, the town in North East Arnhem Land that King Stingray grew up in.


“The community camp dogs act like the boss of the streets” explains guitarist Roy Kellaway. “Kids often have to walk the long way home to avoid them. But it’s not about fear. It’s about our adoration of the character and personality of the community dogs and their funny traits. Flea-ridden, cane toad-lickin’, fish carcass-eating camp dogs. We love them, and this is a story of our life with them.”

Camp Dog follows on from bona fide hits Milkumana and Get Me Out which both made their way into triple j’s Hottest 100 at number 56 and 46 respectively.

Maintaining their mammoth momentum, King Stingray have been hand-picked to support Midnight Oil in Sydney and Cairns, and invited to join several dates on the massive Ball Park Music tour throughout June and July. Expect incredible performances at Yours & Owls, Strawberry Fields, Parrtjima and Splendour In The Grass, too.

With the band now pulling into international focus via their nomination for NME’s Best New Band In The World, 2022 truly is shaping up to be the Year of King Stingray!


Saturday, March 26 – Kambri, Canberra
Sunday, March 27 – Strawberry Fields, Tocumwal
Saturday, April 2 – Yours & Owls Festival, Wollongong
Sunday, April 3 – Strawberry Fields, Tocumwal
Wednesday April 6 – Convention Centre, Cairns (Midnight Oil Support)
Friday April 8 – Parrtjima, Alice Springs
Thursday April 21 – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney (Midnight Oil Support)

Saturday April 30 – Jungle Love, Gootchie
Sunday May 1 – Golden Shores, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
Friday June 3 – Brisbane, Fortitude Music Hall (Ball Park Music support)
Thursday June 16 – Wollongong, UOW UniBar (Ball Park Music support)
Friday June 17 – Sydney, Hordern Pavilion (Ball Park Music support)
Saturday June 18 – Newcastle, Uni (Ball Park Music support)
Friday July 1 – Territory Day, Nhulunbuy
Saturday July 16 – Melbourne, Forum
 (Ball Park Music support)
About 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 groove-laden dance jam “Milkumana”, the band have soared to unexpected heights.

Hailed as “one of the most exciting acts in the country today” (NME), the band have taken out triple j’s ‘Unearthed Artist of the Year‘ J Award for 2021, as well as NME Australia’s ‘Best New Australian Artist‘ Award. They’re currently nominated for Rolling Stone Australia’s ‘Best New Act‘ and NME’s ‘Best New Act In The World‘.

The band spent 2021 navigating 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, Splendour in the Grass XR, Boogie, Party In The Apocalypse, Beyond The City and more.

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