Laneway festival is returning to Australian shores in 2014, bigger and better than ever before. Blasting along the East Coast, as well as Freo, Adelaide and Auckland, the entire lineup is enough to overwhelm even the most chilled hipsters. An abundance of fresh faces will be making their Australian debut, so to help you out we’ve compiled a list of the unmissable, who’s who of Laneway festival 2014.
There is not a more in demand artist than New Zealand teen Lorde right now, and it’s not hard to see why. If you haven’t heard of her by now, seriously, where have you been hiding? The 16 year old indie pop princess had her first single ‘Royals’ reach number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, getting tongues wagging not only in the Southern Hemisphere but around the world.
No stranger to the festival scene, Lorde was asked to be the replacement for Frank Ocean at this year’s Splendour in the Grass and went on to play in front of a crowd of 10,000 people.
She cites music legend Etta James as well as producer SBTRKT as her influences, as well as artists Jai Paul and Bon Iver.
Lorde’s debut album, Pure Heroine, was released on September 27.
You can stream Pure Heroine here.
Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches are returning to Australia for Laneway despite having played two shows here in August. Formed only in 2011, the group has already been voted #5 on the UK’s BBC Sound Poll for 2013 and sold out shows across Europe and the UK supporting Two Door Cinema Club and Passion Pit.
Chvrches released their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, last month which peaked at number 5 on the Scottish charts. Already described as “a godless hurricane of kinetic pop energy,” their live shows are not something to miss!
You can stream The Bones of What You Believe here.
Soon after being discovered on MySpace in 2009 by Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt was sent away to boarding school in Samoa by his mother for his troublesome ways.
Unable to bask in the glory from his debut self-released studio album, Earl, he quickly cleaned up his act as to return home. Having an extensive list of albums and EP’s since his freedom, Earl will be making his first visit to Australia (solo) with Laneway festival following the immensely successful release of latest studio album, Doris, which features tracks produced by none other than The Neptunes as well as his friends at Odd Future.
You can stream Doris here.
HAIM are hitting Aussie shores hot off the release of their freshest product, Days Are Gone.
Consisting of sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim and drummer Dash Hutton, the band have an incredible, uniquely familiar sound with influences ranging from Fleetwood Mac to Stevie Nicks to En Vogue. Despite being active since 2006, HAIM have experienced their most successful period this year, performing at Glastonbury festival and releasing Days Are Gone to critical acclaim. Their single, ‘The Wire‘, peaked at number 12 on the Australian charts and it seems they just can’t keep away from us as they’re returning this summer after also performing in July for Splendour in the Grass 2013.
You can stream Days Are Gone here.
Brisbane (January 31, Fortitude Valley)
Melbourne (February 1, Footscray Community Arts Centre & Rivers’ Edge)
Sydney (February 2, Sydney College of the Arts at Rozelle)
Adelaide (February 7, Harts Mill Port Adelaide)
Fremantle (February 8, Esplanade Park & West End).
Check out the full lineup in alphabetical order below.
Autre Ne Veut
Kirin J Callinan
Run The Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra**
**EXCLUSIVE TO LANEWAY 2014
Tickets on sale now. For more details, head to www.lanewayfestival.com