The 2018 Laneway Festival line up is beyond amazing
Laneway Festival has an unbelievable knack of securing artists that are in their absolute prime, and we’d argue they’ve done that almost better than ever in 2018.
There are countless artists we absolutely adore on this line up, and so many of them are making the best music they’ve ever made right now.
One of the biggest coups for the festival in 2018 is securing the insanely long-awaited Australian tour for British post-rock legends Slowdive. The band returned with their first album in 22 years earlier this year and it’s an absolute triumph. To see them perform both it and their classic catalogue live is a dream come true for many indie rock fans.
They’ve also locked in this week’s Double J Feature Album artists The War On Drugs, whose fourth album A Deeper Understanding proves they are in their best form yet. They're one of the most in-demand indie rock acts on the planet right now and we can't wait to bliss out with them at Laneway this summer.
There are a couple of former Feature Album artists on the bill as well. Father John Misty (who got wordy, weird and wonderful on his Pure Comedy album in April) returns not long after his Splendour visit, reportedly with a whole heap of new music to show.
If you wanna know just how incredible Josh Tillman and his band are live, we’ll be playing that Splendour set on Live at the Wireless on Double J tomorrow afternoon. And you can read a report of the show here.
Bonobo (whose Migration was an early highlight of this year) is also making a post-Splendour return and you can hear his set from that festival streaming right here as you prepare for some smooth summer beats from the inimitable British producer. And we've been all about BADBADNOTGOOD since we started.
The beguiling Moses Sumney blew our minds at Sydney Festival and MONA earlier this year and now the rest of the country gets a chance to see him as a part of this huge bill, while we eagerly anticipate shows from intriguing artists like (Sandy) Alex G, Wolf Alice, The Internet, Dream Wife, indie superstar Mac DeMarco and our old favourites Sylvan Esso.
And, after witnessing his 2016 Australian tour, we promise you that Anderson.Paak and the Free Nationals are not to be missed under any circumstance.
Local favourites like Alex Cameron, Aldous Harding (c’mon, she’s localish), Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Cable Ties and Miss Blanks all add to Laneway’s tradition of booking the most interesting antipodean talent as well.
Here’s the full line up in alphabetical order:
Aldous Harding, Alex Cameron, Amy Shark, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, BABADNOTGOOD (exclusive to Laneway), Billie Eilish, Bonobo (exclusive to Laneway), Cable Ties, City Calm Down, Dream Wife, Father John Misty, KLLO, Loyle Carner, Mac DeMarco, Miss Blanks, Moses Sumney, ODESZA (exclusive to Laneway), Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, (Sandy) Alex G, Shame, Slowdive, Sylvan Esso, The Babe Rainbow, The Internet (exclusive to Laneway), The War On Drugs, TOKiMONSTA, Wolf Alice (exclusive to Laneway)
And here are the dates:
Friday 2 February – Hart's Mill, Port Adelaide
Saturday 3 February – Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) and The River's Edge, Melbourne
Sunday 4 February – Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) and Callan Park
Saturday 10 February - Brisbane Showgrounds
Sunday 11 February – Esplanade Reserve and West End, Fremantle
Tickets are on sale Monday 18 September