I love Laneway. It’s possibly the best festival going on in Australia at the moment (or at least on par with Splendour), and it’s approach to trading huge venues, big crowds and the latest international headliner for music discovery in beautiful settings appeals to a different kind of festival goer.
This year, everyone yet again is going crazy over the lineup, but for me it’s the little, lesser known bands that really show the festival has got it going on. I mean, who in Australia hasn’t seen Cut Copy and Foals at least a bizillion times already?And look, Beach House and Ariel Pink are going to be amazing, but what about something you’ve never heard before?
Instead, take my advice and check out the acts that are more than likely going to be on early… after all, festivals are about discovery, right?
Top 5 lesser known acts to check out at Laneway:
1. Bear In Heaven – The best things seem to come out of Brooklyn, and this band is no exception. Although not many people know them over here, they have been kicking around since 2003. Check out Beast Rest Forth Mouth and their Pitchfork rooftop performance here.
2. Jenny And Johnny – Taking the best bits from their other enterprises (Rilo Kiley + Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice), the two prove to be perfect partners for their classic, country-flavoured rock.
3. Rat vs. Possum – If you haven’t heard of these guys yet then you haven’t been reading the appropriate music blogs. Melbourne’s experimental pop quintet may seem on the surface to be an ‘art band’ (they have bubble wrapped an entire venue), but there is some serious talent here backing it up.
4. Warpaint – If you went to SxSW this year you would have heard of these guys making waves in the buzz camp. Three Californians and an Aussie to boot, their debut album The Boot combines soaring harmonies and a kick in the face.
5. World’s End Press – Touted as one of those bands ‘you just have to see live’, this is another Melbourne band making us Sydneysiders wonder: where is all our talent? Described as cosmic disco, this is the set you’ll have fun at.
Dates and full lineup:
Monday January 31 – Aotea Square, Auckland
Friday February 4 – Alexandria St off Paul’s Terrace, Fortitude Valley
Saturday February 5 – Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne
Sunday February 6 – Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle
Friday February 11 – Fowler’s Live, Adelaide
Saturday 12 February – Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Bear In Heaven
Cut Copy (closing main stage with a “multimedia party”)
Jenny & Johnny
Les Savy Fav
Rat Vs Possum (Excluding Perth)
Two Door Cinema Club
World’s End Press
Tickets go on sale Wednesday October 20, 9am through lanewayfestival.com.au with a limited amount of Melbourne tickets available from Polyester Records.