“Scorching Laneway – not only was the sun searing, but the bands were rocking hot’ – Straits Times Life! (Singapore Laneway 2012 Review)
“Laneway you are a hit” – Mypaper Daily (Singapore Laneway 2012 Review)
“The Laneway Festival returned to our shores with a stellar lineup and an experience that cannot be beaten. My only gripe is having to wait another 12 months for a magical 12 hours” – Teens Magazine (Singapore Laneway Review 2012)
THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG ~ We are delighted to announce that on Saturday, 26 January 2013 Singapore’s premier indie music event, the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, will return to Singapore for a third successive year.
The hugely popular event will move to Singapore’s next iconic landmark, The Meadow at Gardens By The Bay in 2013, to accommodate fans in an ambient environment that will maximize the festival experience.
We are thrilled to present the most forward thinking and eclectic line-up to date. It’s classic Laneway: the new, known and most exciting acts from around the world. Programmed by music-lovers for music fans, the lineup is perennially compelling.
Here’s what the Australian media had to say about the line-up:
“Laneway once again have all the new Bands that we will see on those other festivals in years to come” – The Vine
“The 2013 Laneway Festival will be the place to discover your next favourite Band” – Pedestrian.TV
So here is the lineup alphabetical order:
ALT-J – BAT FOR LASHES – CLOUD NOTHINGS – DIVINE FITS – GOTYE – JAPANDROIDS – KIMBRA – KINGS OF CONVENIENCE – NICOLAS JAAR – OF MONSTERS AND MEN – POLICA – REAL ESTATE – TAME IMPALA – YEASAYER
We’re gonna call it: ALT-J are the most exciting new band to come out of the UK in 2012. The sharp, unpredictable, and by all accounts, really nice art rockers/former fine art students befriended each other while studying at Leeds Uni, penning their Mercury-nominated debut, An Awesome Wave, while living on rations in a share house. Word-of-mouth praise soon followed, as did lead single “Tessellate” (whose clip mixes hip-hop with, of course, Renaissance painter Raphael), and soon enough Joe, Gus, Tom and Gwill hit the Brit top 20. Must see performance.
BAT FOR LASHES
Call it victory. BAT FOR LASHES overcomes her demons on The Haunted Man to deliver a stand-out album, her best yet. Plagued by writer’s block after the breakthrough success of Fur & Gold and acclaimed follow-up Two Suns, Natasha Khan shed her feathers and Pearls to create a starkly ambitious and direct record, as sharp as her new bob. Evidence? First cut ‘Laura’, a perfectly executed overture that is guaranteed to surface on this year’s best-of lists. Her Laneway performance will be one of the most anticipated of the summer.
Meet CLOUD NOTHINGS: a high-wattage, indie rock, power-pop four-piece, whose Steve Albini-produced latest release, Attack On Memory is essential listening. It’s unpretentious alt-punk with hooks galore and it’s taking off. They’ve played on Jimmy Fallon, toured non-stop and will take to the stage at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris this November. Cloud Nothings are a knockout live and not to be missed.
What happens when you combine three of indie rock’s finest dudes? That would be DIVINE FITS, the triple-whammy of Spoon frontman Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs’ Dan Boeckner and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks. This is not a side project though: potent debut LP A Thing Called Divine Fits is 11 taut, tight tracks, from strutting post-punk to minimalist electro jams. And then there’s their cover of Roland S. Howard’s goth classic, “Shivers”. Impeccably cool and very, very good, this is one collaboration that will leave you begging for more.
It’s been a whirlwind couple of years for GOTYE. With breakout single ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, Gotye was omnipresent throughout 2011 and 2012. The heartbreaking single has reached Number 1 in 18 countries, had over 330 million YouTube views, and been covered by everyone from Glee to PS-22. Latest album Making Mirrors was met by stellar reviews, catching the attention of NPR, New York Times, Nylon Magazine, Pitchfork and The Guardian. The album reveals Gotye’s extraordinary diversity and talent, from the melancholic ‘Bronte’ to euphoric ‘I Feel Better’. These are intelligent pop songs that speak to the mass. Gotye’s appearance at Laneway Festival Singapore will be an absolute treat.
Vancouver duo Brian King (vox/axe) and Dave Prowse (drums) know how to have fun. As JAPANDROIDS, they deliver adrenaline-spiking, fist-in-the-air anthems to turn your usual house party into a great one: check epic single “The House That Heaven Built”, lifted from 2012’s Celebration Rock. Raised on a diet of AC/DC, Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses and the school jazz band, these college buddies have DIY spirit and the sort of classic rock romance Springsteen would be proud of. They slay it live. Play it – and expect it – loud.
It’s impossible to resist the charm of KIMBRA. The New Zealand native crafts infectious pop songs that are known for their hooky melodies and eclectic production. In the wake of her ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ appearance, Kimbra has been charming the world over. Debut album Vows – which debuted at #14 on the Billboard Chart and #5 in Australia – is an ambitious collection of lush and experimental pop songs. Check out this live video of the sparky songstress, exclusively commissioned by blog The Nowness.
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE
In a major coup, the Laneway Festival, are pleased to welcome Norway minimalists KINGS OF CONVENIENCE to the 2013 lineup. For over a decade music lovers have been treated to the delicate beauty of Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe. Debut Quiet Is The New Loud is a modern classic, and it was an agonising five year wait for their most recent release, 2009’s Declaration Of Dependence. Described as “the Daft Punk of acoustic music” (Drowned In Sound), the Kings recently laid waste to Spain’s Primavera Sound. Is there a better way to start the day? No..
New York-born and Chilean-bred NICOLAS JAAR is gonna bring it to Laneway 2013. Nico’s husky voice, trippy loops and downtempo beats jump and sway in-between genres, from house to hip-hop to ambient dreamscapes. It’s fair to say he’s the man of the moment: last year’s album Space Is Only Noise was ranked #1 album of the year by Resident Advisor, Mixmag, Crack Mag, #2 by DJ Mag and #20 by Pitchfork. Lately, he’s been jamming out killer remixes of Cat Power and Chet Faker, not to mention a pretty much untouchable Essential Mix for Radio 1. A hugely exciting talent.
OF MONSTERS AND MEN
Iceland’s OF MONSTERS AND MEN have an absolute corker in debut My Head Is An Animal. Riotous, joyful, and sweetly cool, the folky six-piece are headed up by singers Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar Þórhallsson. They’re already a smash in the UK (where they debuted at #3) and the US (#6 on the Billboard Charts), thanks to rousing, impossible-to-dislike performances. Musically think Arcade Fire-meets-Mumford & Sons: as The Guardian insists, “These songs are made to be sung by giant crowds at festivals.” Believe it.
Fronted by singer Channy Leaneagh, Minnesota’s POLICA know how to make Auto-tune sound truly soulful. Founded in 2011 by Leaneagh and Ryan Olson (Gayngs), Polica immediately won over hearts everywhere, thanks to the band’s dense-yet-tender electronic fields, distorted bass and austere vocals. On tracks like ‘Lay Your Cards Out’ (feat. Mike Noyce)’, Polica (Polish for ‘policy’) make the kind of moody music that seeps into your blood: rich and warm. Check out new video for ‘Dark Star’ here. Polica’s debut album is out now.
Disarmingly melodic and straight outta Jersey (okay, they’ve since moved to Brooklyn), REAL ESTATE proved once again on Days, 2011’s sophomore effort, that nothing beats washed-out guitars, lo-fi reverb, and plenty of sunshine. Like the summer you wish would never end, frontman Martin Courtney’s tales of the suburbs saw Days land at #9 in Pitchfork’s Album of the Year poll, while in 2012 the high school buddies played everywhere from Coachella to China. Expect something special.
We are especially honoured to welcome TAME IMPALA to Singapore. The psych-five piece hailing from Perth, Australia and headed up by the preternaturally talented Kevin Parker, have just released their universally – literally – acclaimed second album Lonerism. Following on from their debut album, the truly incredible Innerspeaker (2010), Lonerism has been unleashed on the world, and met with the mantra of “play, replay, REPEAT”. It has received consistent A+’s from the world’s most influential media, including 9/10 from NME and Pitchfork and 5/5 from The Guardian, to name just a few. Following their #4 debut in Australia, and #14 debut in UK, Tame Impala cracked the US Top 40, with Lonerism debuting at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Check out this stirring cover of the kids from PS-22 covering Tame Impala here to appreciate the melodic/lyrical genius that is TAME IMPALA.
We are so happy to have YEASAYER back in 2013 after their celebrated appearance at the 2011 Laneway Festival. As sonic pioneers, Chris Keating, Anand Wilder and Ira Wolf Tuton have followed up the hyper-pop structures of 2010’s Odd Blood with 11 new tracks of dreamy, Dystopian dissatisfaction, in the form of new album Fragrant World. It’s the band’s most realised vision yet: as Rolling Stone (US) put it, “Each Yeasayer record has been hookier than the last.” You know it.