You’ll find a heady mix of artists in this, the 2012 St Jerome’s Laneway Festival line-up announcement. There’s the ground-breaking, the genre-bending, your recent discoveries and your soon-to-be new favourites. But one thing unites them all: they are spine-tinglingly great live. Say that five times.
The 2012 Australian event returns to the five venues that have established Laneway as one of the most unique events in the country. The banks of Melbourne’s Maribyrong river, the historic sandstone buildings of Sydney’s College of the Arts, the tree-lined laneways just minutes from the Brisbane CBD, the lush grounds of the Perth Cultural Centre, and a new, expanded site at University of SA will provide the backdrop for 2012’s most exciting indie line-up.
Laneway continues its ongoing international expansion, returning for events in Auckland and Singapore.
The festival is proud of its continuing association with US based The Windish Agency
and UK promoter Eat Your Own Ears, both of whom return in 2012 to co-curate a stage. This year, Laneway is also thrilled to collaborate with Young Turks, the London label proving to be one of the most exciting on the planet right now. Stay tuned for more details about an extra stage in each city that will boast some of the best cutting-edge electronic acts around.
Over the years, the festival has hosted many still relatively-unknown acts at the start of their careers who have gone on to have major international success shortly after: The Temper Trap, Tame Impala, Feist, Florence + The Machine, The XX and Mumford & Sons to name just a few. It’s an impressive record, one we’re determined to uphold.
So here it is: the headliner-free, A-Z, top to bottom awesome list of acts playing at the 2012 Laneway Festival:
ACTIVE CHILD – ANNA CALVI – AUSTRA – BULLION – CHAIRLIFT – CULTS – DZ DEATHRAYS – EMA – FEIST [except Adel**] – GEOFFREY O’CONNOR – GIRLS – GIVERS [Syd + Melb] – GLASSER – HUSKY [Bris, Syd, Melb] – JOHN TALABOT – JONTI – LAURA MARLING – M83 – ONEMAN – PAJAMA CLUB (featuring Sharon and Neil Finn) – PORTUGAL THE MAN [Syd + Melb] – SBTRKT (Live) – TRIPLE J Unearthed Winners – THE VERY WEST – THE DRUMS – THE HORRORS – THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART – THE PANICS – TORO Y MOI – TOTAL CONTROL – TWIN SHADOW – WASHED OUT – WU LYF – YUCK
BRISBANE – SATURDAY 28th JANUARY 2012
Alexandria Street, Bowen Hills QLD 4006
Laneway returns to a Saturday! That’s right, no more slinking off early on a Friday afternoon mumbling something about a headache to your boss. The festival returns to weekend frivolity and to its adopted home at the RNA Showground. Just a few minutes walk away from the Fortitude Valley precinct and public transport hub the festival awaits. Due to Brisvegas’ January heat we have included more undercover areas and shade to ensure you will have a prime Laneway experience. Get up early as doors are opening at 11.30am.
AUCKLAND – MONDAY 30th JANUARY 2012
Silo Park, Beaumont Street. Auckland
For 2012 Laneway New Zealand takes another step towards the ultimate Auckland experience. The remodelled, revamped, refreshed waterfront site of Silo Park will play host to Laneway with three stages, all those showcase boutique amenities and a truly exciting landscape. Silo Park provides Laneway NZ with its first waters edge location, spectacular views to the Harbour Bridge and the towering restored silos to pinpoint this landmark location.
Silo Park was recently completed as part of the upmarket restoration of the Wynyard Quarter. Laneway is proud to be one of the first ticketed outdoor events to grace this new cosmopolitan heart of Auckland City.
MELBOURNE – SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY 2012
Footscray Community Arts Centre – 45 Moreland Street, Footscray VIC 3011 (Subject to Council approval)
There couldn’t be a better location for the Melbourne event than the banks of the Maribyrong River. The generous assistance of our friends at the Footscray Community Arts Centre and Maribyrong City Council (and the Boon Wurrung and Wurrundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation on whose grounds the event takes place) enables punters to catch their favourite bands in a spacious, tranquil and idyllic … but still suitably Laneway-esque, urban site (cue stages on roads, views of a gorgeous city skyline and sweet industrial vistas). The spaces that you loved will all be there but we’ve given you a little bit more too – there’s a brand new stage in leafy Grimes Reserve and the Car Park stage is moving to an even better location further down the all new ‘River Promenade’.
In another very important development for 2012, the Laneway Festival in Melbourne is especially honoured to be naming a stage after one of our local music heroes, Dean Turner and proud to be supporting the Yiriman Project in his name. More details can be found here but we ask that you select the donation option when you purchase your ticket to Laneway this year.
We’ve upped the local content and, along with the always brilliant performance of a winning Very West band, we’ll be bringing you more of Footscray’s wonderful arts, markets and cuisines as well all your favourites from Laneway last year.
The public transport will still be free and we’re currently working on a bike valet for all of you cyclists out there, so getting to and from Laneway in Melbourne this year will be as easy as the line up is good.
SYDNEY – SUNDAY 5th FEBRUARY 2012
Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) – Balmain Road, Rozelle NSW 2039 (Subject to Council approval)
There will be many and varied developments to the Sydney event in 2012, the most notable being the move of the main stage to the gorgeous Callan Park Ampitheatre and the addition of another stage tucked away in the trees behind the Sydney College of the Arts. Don’t worry - the historic sandstone buildings of the Sydney College of the Arts will still be fully utilised, hosting stages, markets and fine cuisine. Following feedback from punters, we are making significant improvements to the transport options to and, especially, from the event with more frequent bus services running to the city centre. Stay tuned for more news on this closer to the event.
ADELAIDE – FRIDAY 10th FEBRUARY 2012
Fowler’s Live and UniSA West Courtyards – 68-70 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Adelaide can look forward to major upgrades to the site following extensive consultation with Laneway fans. The bottleneck issue from the last event will be avoided by the addition of two brand new stages and a one way flow system into and out of the Fowler’s Courtyard: The Young Turks stage, in the recently renovated Law Building Courtyard; and a new main stage on Register St, off Hindley St. A big video screen with vision of the Main Stage, additional food and vintage clothes stalls and a bigger main bar will ensure a premium boutique festival experience.
Click here to see festival director, Danny Rogers, walk you through the changes.
PERTH – SATURDAY 11th FEBRUARY 2012
Perth Cultural Centre – Beaufort Street, Perth WA 6000
In 2012, Laneway will again take place in the urban beauty of the Perth Cultural Centre, with a couple of changes to the layout from last year. The magical Museum Stage area under the trees has been expanded while the Francis Street stage will move to the State Library end of the street and the patron entry will move to the Beaufort St end. The market stalls move across to the Urban Orchard. Look out for all the new upgrades around the Cultural Centre precinct, including a neat little kiddies playground outside the Museum. Our fine selection of foods stalls, located around the Urban Orchard and Art Gallery, ensures there’ll be plenty of fine food for you to enjoy.
SINGAPORE – SUNDAY 12th FEBRUARY 2012
Fort Canning, Canning Rise, Singapore
After the legendary inaugural event in 2011, Laneway returns to Fort Canning in 2012. Demonstrating our commitment to building this show into the premiere music festival event in South East Asia, Singaporeans and their regional neighbours can expect some exciting developments, including the addition of a second stage. Fourteen bands (eight up from last year) from around the world will descend on Fort Canning in February, transforming the event into a bona fide festival experience. The confirmed lineup for Laneway Singapore is now to be announced on October 21. Some final amendments are being done to ensure that the lineup for Singapore is unsurpassed.
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