Australasian indie music event St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival returns for a third time to Auckland next year with another killer line-up and yet another venue change. After starting out awkwardly at Britomart in 2010, then having more success at Aotea Square this year, the 2012 festival will be held January 30th at the new Silo Park (formerly known as the Tank Farm) on Auckland’s waterfront. This year’s headliners are UK goth-synth-shoegaze rockers The Horrors and Canadian singer-songwriter Feist. Other highlights include chillwavers Toro Y Moi and Washed Out, UK dubstep DJ/Producer SBTRKT, electro-songstress Glasser, French electronic/dream pop act M83, as well as highly regarded American indie pop groups Cults, Girls and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. The festival also boasts two Mercury Prize-nominated singer-songwriters in Anna Calvi and Laura Marling.
Read the full line-up for Auckland’s 2012 St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival below:
Feist, The Horrors, Gotye, Laura Marling, Pajama Club, SBTRKT, Shayne P Carter, Washed Out, Twin Shadow, Anna Calvi, M83, Cults, Girls, EMA, Yuck, Toro Y Moi, Wu Lyf, Glasser, Opossom, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Austra, Transistors.
As much as I love the Big Day Out and look forward to the big acts there, Laneway is fast becoming my favourite Summer music festival. The past two events had a much more relaxed atmosphere and agreeable crowd in comparison to other big festivals I’ve attended (Big Day Out, Soundwave, Splendour in the Grass), and the line-up of indie and alternative artists is always superb. The 2010 festival featured brilliant performances from the likes of The Dirty Three, The XX and Florence and the Machine, and this year’s event saw Warpaint, Deerhunter, Yeasayer and Foals each topping the previous act with thrilling sets.
Tickets on sale October 19th from the Laneway Festival site and Ticketek.
Find out how to stream Feist’s great new album Metals here. Watch her recent performance on the Late Show with David Letterman here. Alternately, watch her most recent video for ‘I Feel It All’ below.
Watch the psychedelic video for ‘Still Life’ below, the first single from The Horrors excellent third LP Skying. The Horrors played a decent set at the 2010 Big Day Out, but their look and sound was out of place in the mid-afternoon. Hopefully this time around we’ll get to see them after dark, in their element.
Watch the video for ‘Amor Fati’, the latest single from Washed Out’s impressive debut Within and Without here. Alternately, check out the recent video for ‘Eyes Be Closed’ below.
Watch the video for ‘New Beat’ below, taken from Toro Y Moi’s latest album Underneath the Pine.
Check out the video for SBTRKT’s ‘Wildfire’, which features Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon and is dripping with intensity.
Watch the Cults cinematic video for ‘Abducted’ from their self-titled debut below.
Check out ‘Mirrorage’ by electro songstress Glasser below, the latest video from her debut LP Ring.
Check out EMA’s intense video for ‘Milkman’ below.
Watch a video for French electronic/dream pop act M83’s single ‘We Own the Sky’ below.
Take a look at the odd video for ‘Lose It’ by Canadian new wave band Austra below.