Laneway knows how to keep it varied

The legacy of Laneway Festival is one of my all-time favourites. For what started as club show in the alleyways of Melbourne, has become an international indie festival juggernaut. Each year Laneway brings the freshest acts from all over the world not only to Australia, but via the shores of Singapore and New Zealand. This festival shows no sign of slowing with each innovative and exciting line-up generating buzz and frenzy, selling out dates all over.

2018 is set to bring another vibrant bill to life in the unique venues across the festival network. The top of the bill is brightened by the illustrious and idiosyncratic Father John Misty. Gone are the days of Fleet Foxes, J. Tillman is now deep into his third release with Pure Comedy after the success of I Love You Honeybear and Fear Fun. The ultimate in indie folk, Father John Misty can’t be missed.

Another top notch on the line-up goes to The War On Drugs, the neo-psychedelics of this six-piece from Pennsylvania are always read to create a chill vibe and unleash that festival spirit.

Laneway knows how to keep it varied and that’s where we find ourselves spoiled with hip hop Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals. Laneway is often on top of the hip-hop game bringing fresh buzz artists to our shores each year.

Local produce is never left out of this annually impressive bill, with Australian darling Amy Shark leading the charge, followed by City Calm Down, Rolling Blackouts (Coastal Fever) and Byron Bay’s The Babe Rainbow.

All Triple J movers and shakers are here for a gorgeous summer tour you’d be crazy to miss.

You can buy tickets to your city here.

Full line-up and dates can be found below…

Laneway Festival 2018 line-up
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
Loyle Carner
Mac DeMarco
Miss Blanks
Moses Sumney
ODESZA (exclusive to Laneway)
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
(Sandy) Alex G
Sylvan Esso
The Babe Rainbow**
The Internet (exclusive to Laneway)
The War On Drugs
Wolf Alice (exclusive to Laneway)

**not playing Fremantle

UPDATE: Coinciding with the highly-anticipated return of ‘Stranger Things 2’, Austin synth four-piece S U R V I V E have joined the 2018 Laneway line-up in Australia. Two members of S U R V I V E are the brains behind the ‘Stranger Things’ original soundtrack.

Laneway Festival 2018

Adelaide: Friday 2 February, Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide (16+)
Melbourne: Saturday 3 February – Footscray Community Arts Centre and the River’s Edge
Sydney: Sunday 4 February – Sydney College of the Arts and Callan Park, Rozelle
Brisbane: Saturday 10 February – Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills (16+)
Fremantle: Sunday 11 February – Esplanade Reserve and West End

For tickets and more info, head here:

Samantha Dickson


Words by Samantha Dickson.