In 2016, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival will again take over the Sydney College of the Arts at Rozelle. Confirming the festival's place as one of Australia's best yearly music events, the just-announced line-up is one of their best ever.
The mix of artists is astonishing. Rock and folk artists like Ali Barter, Battles, Big Scary, Blank Realm, DIIV, FIDLAR, Metz and Violent Soho are balanced by a crop of forward-thinking electronic, pop and hip-hop acts like Banoffee, CHVRCHES, Flume, Grimes, Japanese Wallpaper, Purity Ring, Slum Sociable, Thundercat and Vince Staples.
As per usual, some of the best and most acclaimed artists of the past twelve months will be making appearances. Sydney Scoop favourites Beach House are playing the festival on the back of their fantastic new album Depression Cherry, Las Vegas R&B art kid Shamir is hitting the Laneway stage, and classic-minded sensitive type Tobias Jesso Jr. will be making an appearance too.
Perhaps the biggest surprise comes with the addition of Sophie and QT. Associated with the enigmatic UK-based future-pop label PC Music, their combination of bright, effervescent beats, oddball textures and post-modern performance art are sure to make for a brilliant addition to the more traditional acts on the lineup.
For more info, check out the Laneway Festival website. Tickets go on-sale at 9AM on Wednesday September 30 for $165 including all booking and processing fees. Given the amount of amazing artists on the lineup, that's actually a bargain.
Laneway 2016 First Line-Up Announcement:
Ali Barter - Banoffee - Battles - Beach House - Big Scary - Blank Realm - CHVRCHES - DIIV - DMA's - East India Youth - FIDLAR - Flume - GoldLink - Grimes - Health - Hermitude - High Tension - Hudson Mohawke - Japanese Wallpaper - Majical Cloudz - Methyl Ethel - METZ - Purity Ring - QT - Shamir - Silicon - Slum Sociable - Sophie - The Internet - The Smith Street Band - Thundercat - Tobias Jesso Jr. - Vince Staples - Violent Soho