Laneway Festival 2013 lineup announcedLaneway may have outdone themselves this year.
Sure it's easy to bitch and moan about festival lineups—what they're missing, what they got wrong, how lame it is that-band-you-already-saw-once are playing—and it's almost become a sport in recent times to see who's cannibalising who. (Soundwave vs Big Day Out being a recent "outspoken" example on TheVine). But with today's announcement of the 2013 Laneway festival, it gives us pause to think of how settled this summer's festivals seem to be.
Soundwave has gone for all-time status with rock titans. Big Day Out has their most assured but diverse lineup in years—the kind of thing that should see them return to form after a shaky 2011. Parklife have seemingly cornered the electro-pop market once and for all while Stereosonic's dedication to electro-dance has paid off outrageously. Elsewhere the likes of Meredith and ATP are both challenging and expertly serving their wiry niche, while Falls and Harvest have managed to capture the crossroads of mainstream and alternative. And Laneway? Laneway once again have the new bands that we'll see on all those other festivals in years to come.
At the top of a deep 2013 lineup, Bat For Lashes (main pic) will make her debut Australian appearance outside of last year's Sydney Opera House shows (review, photos). Sterling new band Divine Fits—featuring members of Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs and Spoon—will also make their Australian debut (read our recent interview with them here on TheVine). Electronic wiz Nicolas Jaar (no sideshow in Melbourne :( ) heads up a fairly nutso beats lineup which includes Flume, Nite Jewel and in-demand rapper El-P. Elsewhere, fringe acts Alt-J, Perfume Genius, and MSMR will join the more established wonder of Kings of Convenience, Yeasayer and Real Estate, alongside the current Australian buzz-creme of Chet Faker, Pond, The Twerps and The Rubens. Also, Japanroids will rule.
Here's the full lineup in annoyingly disruptive alphabetical order. Ticket presale starts Wednesday 3rd October at 9am-more details below.
LANEWAY FESTIVAL - 2013
BAT FOR LASHES
HENRY WAGONS & THE UNWELCOME COMPANY
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE
OF MONSTERS AND MEN*
*East Coast Only# Exclusive to Laneway / no sideshow
## No sideshow in Melbourne
TICKETSPresale starts 9AM, Wednesday 3 October. Sign-up to the festival's email database at lanewayfestival.com.au before 11.59pm, Monday 1 October to receive all the pre-sale information. General Public tickets onsale 9AM Friday 5 October from lanewayfestival.com.au
Once again the fesitval makes inroads to Asia with a first date in Singapore. Locations in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney remain unchanged (pending approval) while the much-maligned Brisbane location will move to the RNA Showgrounds (also pending approval).
Singapore - Saturday 26th January 2013
Auckland - Monday 28th January 2013 (Auckland Anniversary Day)
Brisbane - Friday 1st February 2013
RNA Showgrounds - TBC
Sydney - Saturday 2nd February 2013
Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) – (Subject to Council approval)
Melbourne - Sunday 3rd February 2013
Footscray Community Arts Centre – (FCAC + Maribyrnong City Council)
Adelaide - Friday 8th February 2013
Fowler's Live and UniSA West Campus
Perth - Saturday 9th February 2013
Perth Cultural Centre – (Subject to MRA Approval)
Watch our interview with headliner M83 from this year's Laneway festival below and follow the related links to see chats with The Drums and The Horrors.