Archived: St Jerome's Laneway Festival 2018

Returning to Albert Park on Auckland Anniversary Day

St Jerome's Laneway Festival returns to the grass and trees of Albert Park on Auckland Anniversary Day, 29 January 2018.

“If it's all about the vibe, then Laneway nailed it. The new location of Auckland's Albert Park delivered it all; shade, beauty and an excellent place for thousands to lie back and enjoy music.” – Stuff

The lush festival surrounds will be complemented by an even more lush lineup of international and local delights - the full list of acts in alphabetical order is as follows:

Aldous Harding - Amy Shark - Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals - BADBADNOTGOOD - BAYNK - Billie Eilish - Bonobo - Connan Mockasin - D.D Dumbo - Die! Die! Die! - Father John Misty - Loyle Carner - Mac DeMarco - Melodownz - Moses Sumney - Polyester - POND - Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - (Sandy) Alex G - Slowdive - Sylvan Esso - The Internet - The War on Drugs - TOKiMONSTA - Unitone HiFi - Wolf Alice

Mac DeMarco, modern poet, consummate entertainer, has charmed audiences on countless stages around the world with his woozy, sun-drenched tales of love lost and won. The prolific 26 year-old songwriter has written, recorded and released a record a year for the past half decade practically on his own - pretty impressive for the so-called king of slacker-rock. Mac released his excellent album This Old Dog earlier in the year, an LP widely regarded as an engaging step forward for an artist in his prime. 

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, ​one of the world’s most exciting live acts right now, broke out via multiple lauded appearances on Dr Dre’s surprise 2016 album Compton, establishing himself as one of the most talented triple threats of the decade. The LA-based singer, songwriter and producer is a genre-bending master, effortlessly melding '60s funk, '70s soul, hip-hop, R&B and electronica in his own music (please listen to his brilliant 2016 album Malibu) and lending his syrupy vocals to killer singles like Kaytranada’s hit ‘Glowed Up’ and Snakehips ‘Money on Me’.  

Billie Eilish is an unfairly talented teenager with a startlingly mature outlook and irresistible voice.  Billie’s meteoric rise began in 2015 when she uploaded ‘Ocean Eyes’ to SoundCloud. She instantly became a veritable phenomenon: an international record deal, over 90 million cumulative streams, global praise from Vogue, Interview Magazine and Elle Magazine (and the list goes on). At 16 years old, Billie will be the youngest member of the Laneway touring party since Lorde’s unforgettable run in 2014. 

​The War on Drugs, a Philadelphia-based 6-piece, led by frontman Adam Granduciel, have been on the Laneway wish-list since the release of their debut Slave Ambient in 2011. Their landmark album Living on a Dream in 2014 only renewed organisers' eagerness to get them on the bill.  The War on Drugs released their fourth record, A Deeper Understanding last month and it’s a bonafide masterpiece, sure to top this year’s Best Of lists and go down in history as the most important rock record of recent times.  

Aldous Harding has emerged as one of the year’s most exciting voices.  Igniting interest two years ago with her eponymous debut album, Harding quickly became known for her charismatic combination of talent, tenacity and shrewd wit. This year’s follow-up Party (4AD) sees Harding shape-shift through a variety of roles: chanteuse, folk singer and balladeer - all executed with her twisted touch of humour, hubris and quiet horror. 

BAYNK aka Jock Nowell-Usticke was an unknown talent with his debut track ‘Sundae’ notching up the listens from all over the world when he was booked for Laneway 2016, and he completely smashed his first ever festival appearance. Now he’s got tours, festivals and a bunch of artistic video clips under his belt and is one of New Zealand’s top five streamed artists on Spotify. 

The Internet absolutely stole the show when they last played Laneway Festival and they’ve only gotten bigger, better and sexier since. On their third album, the game-changing, Grammy-nominated Ego Death (2015), the Odd Future offshoot truly came into their own. Then to everybody’s surprise, they went out on their own, with front-woman Syd and Matt Martians dropping solo records and Steve Lacy sharing a dazzling 6 song demo. Their next record as a team is expected ASAP - hear it first at Laneway 2018!

Banner images by Max Lemesch.

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