The St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is returning in 2018 with some amazing upcoming artists that are sure to put on a massive show for punters around the country. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite acts that you won’t want to miss, as the official sideshows are unveiled this week.
Dubbed as “Britain’s most recent new hope in hip hop” by The Fader, Loyle Carner is a big name appearing at Laneway 2018. After winning over his Australian audiences with his debut dates earlier this year, you can expect an explosive show. Tickets are on sale from 10am local time, October 26th.
Much-loved Laneway Festival alumni, the flamboyant Mac Demarco, returns to Australia for his biggest headline shows yet. Known for his killer live performances and on-stage antics, you can bet that Mac is going to be in fine form when he lands in the country for Laneway and sideshows. Tickets are on sale from 10am local time, October 26th.
UK shoe gaze pioneers slow dive make their long awaited Australian debut in 2018. Slowdive’s stargazing alchemy us set to further entrance the faithful while enticing a legion of fresh ears. With major international festival appearances under their belts this year, and a vibrant, atmospheric set – Slowdive remain one of the most potent live bands on the planet. Tickets are on sale from 10am local time, October 26th.
LA-based collaborative, The Internet, continue their love affair with Australia, returning to play Laneway sideshows with a difference in January and February. The Internet Presents The Internet Tour will have its final run in Australia – born out of the band’s solo releases this tour showcases the band deconstructed – 5 Artists, 1 Band. After enrapturing audiences on their last two sold-out Australian tours, the band is ready to offer something new and exciting to local music lovers on The Internet Presents The Internet Melbourne and Sydney shows next year. Tickets are on sale from 10am local time, October 26th.
ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS
Already a standout on the Laneway Festival lineup, Live Nation and Triple J are excited to announce ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS are playing two very small and very sweaty shows this February. This will be the first and last time Australian audiences will be able to catch the rising superstar in an intimate setting.
Don’t miss the chance to say you were there. Tickets are on sale from 12pm local time, October 27th.
THE WAR ON DRUGS
Philadelphia’s The War On Drugs will perform at headline shows with special guests Middle Kids in Sydney and Melbourne this February, on top of appearances at the Laneway Festival. Tickets on sale 9am AEDT, October 25th.
With their innovative and genre-bending synth-pop, Sylvan Esso’s electric live shows are not to be missed this summer. These live performances will see Sylvan Esso playing new tracks from their sophomore album What Now to Australian audiences for the first time. Tickets are on sale now!
An unfairly talented teenager with a startlingly mature outlook and irresistible voice, Bille’s meteoric rise began in 2015 when she uploaded ‘Ocean Eyes’ to SoundCloud. At 16 years old, Bille will be the youngest member of the Laneway touring party since Lorde’s unforgettable run in 2014. Tickets are on sale from 10am, October 26th.
UK/Icelandic three piece DREAM WIFE are heading to Australia for the very first time. Oozing girl power, their music juxtaposes simple pop hooks, cutting riffs and screamy-dreamy vocals, nodding to the Strokes and Blondie, but in a far grittier and contemporary way. Tickets are on sale from 10am, October 26th.
SHAME are one of London’s best new bands. Formed by five 19 year-old school friends, the band first broke out from their local DIY scene via word-of-mouth and have been hailed for their show-stopping live presence. Politically-charged and uncompromising in their ethos, SHAME are experts in the art of not-giving-a-f*ck.
SANDY (ALEX G)
In his first venture Down Under, (Sandy) Alex G (aka Alex Giannascoli) will showcase his prolific recording career as part of the Laneway Festival ’18 line-up before treating Australia’s East Coast to a pair of mesmerising headline performances. This may be your only chance to see (Sandy) Alex G in such intimate venues – don’t miss the chance to see this exciting up-and-coming artist in his debut Australian visit this February. Tickets on sale 10am local time, October 27th.
To celebrate the release of his critically acclaimed sophomore LP Forced Witness, Alex Cameron is teaming up with I OH YOU & Noisey to hold two very special, long awaited St. Jerome’s Laneway sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne this coming February. Tickets on sale now!
FATHER JOHN MISTY
He’s been one of this year’s most entertaining and divisive artists and early next year, Father John Misty is returning to Australia to serenade, woo and charm us all with his effortlessly individual stage performance. Alongside his Laneway Festival appearances, fans can catch Father John Misty in Sydney and Melbourne at the end of January and in February. Tickets are on sale 9am, October 25th.