One of our Summer highlights is always LANEWAY FESTIVAL, so we're thrilled that the 2013 line-up has finally been unveiled.
BAT FOR LASHES IS COMING TO NEW ZEALAND!
But of course, that's not all. Here's the complete first announcement:
Bat for Lashes – Bailterspace – Yeasayer - Of Monsters And Men - Alt-J - Nicolas Jaar - Divine Fits - The Phoenix Foundation - Lawrence Arabia - Jessie Ware - Phelps and Munro – Japandroids - Street Chant - The Men - Cloud Nothings - Deer Park - Beach Pigs.
+ more acts will be announced in November / December!
AUCKLAND - MONDAY 28th JANUARY 2013.
Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, Beaumont Street. Auckland.
Tickets will be available on Friday 5th October from lanewayfestival.co.nz and TicketMaster.
Watch Bat For Lashes performing 'Horse and I' live below...
"Laneway Festival is thrilled to present its most forward-thinking and eclectic line-up in NZ to date. Monday 28th January (Auckland Anniversary Day) will bring classic Laneway: the influential, newest and most exciting acts from here and around the globe, programmed by music-lovers for music fans, delivered to you in the spectacular setting of Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter – with Auckland Harbour Bridge and super yachts as the backdrop, and towering silos overhead.
Call it victory. BAT FOR LASHES overcomes her demons on The Haunted Man to deliver a stand-out album, her best yet. Plagued by writer’s block after the breakthrough success of Fur & Gold and acclaimed follow-up Two Suns, Natasha Khan shed her feathers and Pearls to create a starkly ambitious and direct record, as sharp as her new bob. Evidence? First cut Laura, a perfectly executed overture that is guaranteed to surface on this year’s best-of lists. Her after-dark Laneway performance will be one of the most anticipated of the summer.
What happens when you combine three of indie rock’s finest dudes? That would be DIVINE FITS, the triple-whammy of Spoon frontman Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs’ Dan Boeckner and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks. This ain’t no side project though: potent debut LP A Thing Called Divine Fits is 11 taut, tight tracks, from strutting post-punk to minimalist electro jams. And then there’s their cover of Roland S. Howard’s goth classic, “Shivers”. Impeccably cool and very, very good, this is one collaboration which leaves you begging: more, please.
We are so happy to have our mates YEASAYER back in 2013 after their celebrated appearance at the 2011 Laneway Festival. As sonic pioneers, Chris Keating, Anand Wilder and Ira Wolf Tuton have followed up the hyper-pop structures of 2010’s Odd Blood with 11 new tracks of dreamy, Dystopian dissatisfaction, in the form of new album Fragrant World. It’s the band’s most realised vision yet: as Rolling Stone (US) put it, “Each Yeasayer record has been hookier than the last.” You know it.
It’s a big call, but we’re going to make it: ALT-J are the most exciting new band to come out of the UK in 2012. The sharp, unpredictable, and by all accounts, really nice art rockers/former fine art students befriended each other while studying at Leeds Uni, penning their Mercury-nominated debut, An Awesome Wave, while living on rations in a share house. Word-of-mouth praise soon followed, as did lead single “Tessellate” (whose clip mixes hip-hop with, of course, Renaissance painter Raphael), and soon enough Joe, Gus, Tom and Gwill hit the Brit top 20. Their forthcoming October dates in Sydney and Melbourne sold-out in an instant, which bodes well for a must-see performance come Laneway.
Vancouver duo Brian King (vox/axe) and Dave Prowse (drums) know how to have fun. As JAPANDROIDS, they deliver adrenaline-spiking, fist-in-the-air anthems to turn your usual house party into a great one: check epic single “The House That Heaven Built”, lifted from 2012’s Celebration Rock. Raised on a diet of AC/DC, Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses and the school jazz band, these college buddies have DIY spirit and the sort of classic rock romance Springsteen would be proud of. They slay it live. Play it - and expect it - loud.
Neo-soul, R&B, dubstep: Brixton’s JESSIE WARE can cross any line. After guesting on high profile slices like SBTRKT’s ‘Right Thing To Do’, the 27-year-old broke away with her seductive, universally acclaimed debut, Devotion produced by The Invisible’s Dave Okumu, Kid Harpoon and Julio Bashmore. Raised on a diet of hip-hop and soul, Jessie counts Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Barbra Streisand and Sade as influences, best witnessed on the smooth cut “Running” and downbeat ballad “Wildest Moments” (a real contender for Song of the Year). We predict The xx-style fervour and continued adulation.
Meet CLOUD NOTHINGS: a high-wattage, indie rock, power-pop four-piece, whose Steve Albini-produced latest release, Attack On Memory is essential listening. It’s unpretentious alt-punk with hooks galore and it’s taking off. They’ve played on Jimmy Fallon, toured non-stop and will take to the stage at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris this November. Cloud Nothings are a knockout live and not to be missed.
Iceland’s OF MONSTERS AND MEN have an absolute corker in debut My Head Is An Animal. Riotous, joyful, and sweetly cool, the folky six-piece are headed up by singers Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar Þórhallsson. They’re already a smash in the UK (where they debuted at #3) and the US (#6 on the Billboard Charts), thanks to rousing, impossible-to-dislike performances. Musically think Arcade Fire-meets-Mumford & Sons: as The Guardian insists, “These songs are made to be sung by giant crowds at festivals.” Believe it."
Watch Jessie Ware performing 'Wildest Moments' live below...