Must-see acts at Laneway Festival


With tickets currently on sale for the Australian leg of Laneway Festival 2014, it’s time to start planning your list of must-see artists.

You already know that Haim, Lorde, Jaime XX, Chvrches and Unknown Mortal Orchestra are totally killing it at the moment, but we’ve studied the all-star Laneway lineup to find six of your favourite bands and hip-hop artists that you mightn’t know about yet:


If Laura Marling fronted The xx I imagine it would sound a bit like Daughter. They are sensual and raw which draws you in and leaves you breathless. The emotive vocals are accompanied by soft percussion, which often builds into a dramatic, dreamy chorus. Subtle and beautiful.



The former member of War on Drugs’ spacious, cruisey alt-country-rock is sure to feature prominently on top albums of 2013 lists. This will be the set that you melt into. Don’t come to catch ‘his hit song’ but rather to soak up the stoner-vibe and leave ultra relaxed walking on a pretty daze.



Best known as the youngest member of Odd Future, this young rapper on the rise has just released his second album Doris to critical acclaim. Catch his smooth rhymes layered on sophisticated and cinematic beats and see why some of the world best producers and rappers (Pharrell Williams produced his new album) are lining up to work with him.



The deep, almost spoken lyrics of this English teenager (he just turned 19) dominate here.  King Krule is like the offspring of Jamie T and WU LYF creating a mega chill, minimal punk-hip-hop sound. He’s one of the coolest new kids on the block.



You won’t know where to look… all four of the women that make up this post-punk inspired band demand your attention with their charisma and conviction. See them blaze up the stage with their trademark punchy bass lines, slamming drums and no-holding-back vocals.



They played an epic Laneway show in 2010 and they’re coming back with a brand new album in tow. If they’re half as babe’n as the first time round their super-sexy psych-rock will leave the entire audience drooling.

And don’t miss the killer live shows of Aussie bands Cloud Control, Jagwar Ma and Dick Diver who put out three incredible albums this year. Home-grown talent at its best. For tickets and info, go here.



Words by Harriet Cheney.