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Posted 30 Jan 2017 @ 10:34am

Twelve years after its inception, Laneway Festival is in the middle of an identity crisis. It introduced itself to the world as the tastemaker’s Big Day Out, a counter culture alternative to Australia’s small and homogenous festival scene. Now that the Big Day Out is presumed dead and the rest of the scene has moved onto camping festivals and genre based blowouts, Laneway, the one-time...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:36pm

It’s a difficult task, these days, for a musician to distinguish themselves entirely from the sea of artists.

 

The digital age could be a cold place, with music websites entirely replacing the tactile experience of holding a record. But it also makes way for a personal connection between an artist and their fans never before possible.
 
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Posted 9 Jan 2017 @ 10:10am

As Laneway draws ever closer, another powerful addition has been added to its lineup. 

 

Psych rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will be getting down at Laneway fresh from tearing up the country with their namesake festival, Gizzfest.

 

They'll be taking to the stage armed with brand new material, recently...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 11:31am

Following the news that electric American punk outfit The Julie Ruin had cancelled their appearance at Laneway, the festival has made up for the loss with the billing of Castlemaine wunderkind D.D. Dumbo.

 

The emerging pop rock musician has released one of the albums of the year, in Utopia Defeated, and has been absent from the national stage for two years. Laneway 2017 will...

Posted 29 Oct 2015 @ 1:00pm

Battles will play a Melbourne headline show while they are in the country for Laneway this February.

 

The Brooklyn-based trio recently released their third album La Di Da Di.
 
Previous visits to our country have seen Battles grace many a festival stage, including Big Day Out twice. This time around they are balancing out their main stage Laneway performances with...

Posted 22 Oct 2015 @ 2:33pm

Following on from his last record, 2013's Apocalypse, Thundercat will release a new mini-album, The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam next year and he has announced his Australian return next February to celebrate it.

 

After starting his career playing bass for punk thrash icons Suicidal Tendencies, Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat, followed that up by becoming a sometime session...

Posted 17 Feb 2015 @ 5:46pm

 

Some say Laneway is overrated, while others suggest it’s growing more commercial. These are fairly reactive criticisms, but perhaps they’re necessary. The general consensus says Laneway is an expertly curated and skillfully organised event. Returning for another year to the Footscray Community Arts Centre, this impression gained emphatic support.
 
Up first were triple j...

Posted 1 Feb 2013 @ 7:12am

Julia Holter is at home putting the finishing touches on her Australian tour plans, but she’s been waylaid by a pesky national holiday in America. She’s got her hands full – simultaneously trying to fix her scanner, while explaining the intricacies of home recording to an Australian writer – but she speaks with a calmness that belies the stresses of combining life as a successful independent...

Posted 23 Jan 2013 @ 10:58am

One of the leading acts on this year’s St Jerome’s Laneway Festival lineup is American/ Canadian band Divine Fits. Released in 2012, the band’s debut album is an unrelenting cascade of fervent indie pop. The masterful agents at the band’s core are Spoon frontman Britt Daniel and co-leader of both Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, Dan Boeckner. Their illustrious histories needn’t be ignored but...

Posted 11 Jan 2013 @ 9:26am

2012 proved to be a victory lap of sorts for Melbourne darlings Twerps, following on from the global breakthrough of their self-titled debut album the year prior. That victory lap saw the four-piece visit the United States for two in-depth tours, while making cameo-esque appearances on Australia’s east coast in between. It’s a tactful strategy that diverges from the established path to musical...

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