The supremely tasteful Australasian indie music event St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is returning to Auckland for a fourth time in January, and while last year’s impeccable festival will be tough to beat, the first line-up announced this morning is nonetheless a terrifically exciting one. Taking place once again at the picturesque Silo Park on Auckland Anniversary (with increased seating, shade and overall space), next year’s headliners are UK songstress Bat For Lashes — her first visit to New Zealand — and reformed Kiwi noise-rockers Bailterspace, alongside a stellar line-up of international artists such as indie supergroup Divine Fits (made up of Spoon, New Bomb Turks, and Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs members), Mercury Prize-nominated soul singer Jessie Ware, UK indie quartet and fellow nominees Alt-J, Cleveland indie-rockers Cloud Nothings, American-Chilean electronic adventurer Nicolas Jaar, previous festival-favourites Yeasayer, Brooklyn punk group The Men, Icelandic six-piece indie-folk band Of Monsters and Men, Canadian indie-rock duo Japandroids, as well as local acts Lawrence Arabia, The Phoenix Foundation, Phelps and Munro, Street Chant, Deer Park and Beach Pigs. Our summer may be getting a little crowed with the recent addition of Big Day Out sideshows, but Laneway will undoubtedly be the concert event of the season, with even more great acts due to be announced in December. Let’s hope some of these include El-P, Holy Other, Julia Holter and Real Estate, all of whom have been announced for the superior Australian leg of the festival.
Check out the ticketing details below, followed by a selection of clips from Laneway 2013 artists:
Laneway Festival 2013
Monday 28th January, Silo Park, Auckland
Watch Bat For Lashes’ new video for ‘Laura’ below, from her forthcoming LP The Haunted Man.
Watch Divine Fits’ members discuss live music and perform ‘What Gets You Alone’ from their debut LP A Thing Called Divine Fits on Pitchfork.tv’s +1 below.
Watch Cloud Nothing’s video for ‘No Future/No Past’ from this year’s excellent LP Attack on Memory below.
Check out Yeasayer’s new Fragrant World video for ‘Longevity’ below.
Nicolas Jaar’s debut LP Space is Only Noise was one of the best of last year. Watch a clip from that album for ‘Mi Mujer’ below.
Watch Jessie Ware’s latest video for ‘Night Light’ below, the third from her stunning debut album Devotion.
Watch Alt-J’s brand new video for their fourth An Awesome Wave single ‘Something Good’ below.
Check out a vintage Bailterspace clip for ‘SoLa’ below, from their 1997 album Capsul, and listen to their new single here.
Check out the great clip for ‘Little Talks’ from Of Monsters and Men’s debut LP My Head is an Animal below.
Watch Japandroids’ recent video for their Celebration Rock single ‘The House That Heaven Built’ below.
Watch The Men perform the title track from this year’s Open Your Heart below.
New Zealand atmospheric pop artist Phelps and Munro returned last year after a lengthy hiatus. Check out the video for ‘Glib’ below, from last year’s Slowpoke LP.
Watch Lawrence Arabia’s recent clip for ‘Auckland CBD’ below.
Check out a video for the title track from The Phoenix Foundation’s 2011 LP Buffalo.