Summer is festival season for Australia, with a different outdoor festival every couple of weeks in the capital cities. Big Day Out, Summerfieldayze, Sunset Sounds, Good Vibrations, Soundwave, Stereosonic, and many festivals occur between November and February, with new festivals popping up continuously. Over the past couple of years, the international headline acts have grown bigger and bigger, and festivals selling out much quicker. The Laneway Festival has managed to remain slightly under the radar though, even in its sixth year.
History of the Laneway Festival
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival began in Melbourne in 2004, with the aim of bringing fresh new acts to unique settings and venues. This will be the first year the festival has gone to New Zealand, sending the tour over to Auckland.
Compared to other festivals around the summer period, the Laneway Festival is much smaller in size, allowing for a much more relaxed atmosphere. The lineup general focuses on the indie rock genre, particularly allowing for local Australian acts who have had little to no international exposure. The festival locations are normally small laneways within each city, providing for a unique environment.
Notable Bands Who Have Played at the Festival
Since the festival’s inception in 2004, the line up has featured both international and Australian acts from the indie genre and of different levels of popularity.
Peter, Bjorn and John, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Les Savy Fav, Okkervil River
Architecture in Helsinki, Dappled Cities (formerly Dappled Cities Fly), Augie March, Youth Group, The Sleepy Jackson, New Buffalo, The Avalanches, Gotye, The Temper Trap
This Year’s Line Up
Echo & The Bunnymen, Florence & The Machine, Black Lips, The XX, Daniel Johnston, Sarah Blasko, N.A.S.A. (North America South America), Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Hockey, Dappled Cities, Mumford & Sons, The Very Best, Radioclit, Wild Beasts, Whitley, The Middle East, Kid Sam, Dirty Three