St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is dropping their highly anticipated 2015 lineup this Thursday, however that doesn’t stop us from taking educated guesses/wildly speculating who is on this year’s bill in the meantime!
Over the last few years, Laneway Festival has built its reputation upon booking some of the buzziest, most hyped, and exciting new artists from around the world. Going by previous history it’s safe to say that Laneway 2015 will be following suit.
Last year five of the seven Laneway Festival legs completely sold out and with this year being the festival’s tenth anniversary, it’s sure to be a huge one; so much so that festival co-founder Danny Rogers prematurely announced their very first act, Mac Demarco, at BIGSOUND in September.
As for potential headliners, Canadian synth-pop beatmaker Grimes seems likely, as she’s recently released a killer new song Go feat. Blood Diamonds, is working on a new album, and is well overdue for another Australian visit having last toured here in late 2012.
Similar, Canadian singer-songwriter Beck may be headlining as well. He put out a new album Morning Phase this February and was last seen playing live in Australia at Harvest Festival in 2012; he’s also overdue for another tour and would be well suited to the festival’s indie and mainstream crowd.
It also wouldn’t be too farfetched to see Death from Above 1979 or the guitar-wielding singer-songwriter St. Vincent in a potential headline spot either as they’ve both put out new albums this year and have been touring extensively overseas. And while St. Vincent made a special one off appearances at Sydney’s VIVID festival (plus a very special Melbourne sideshow) earlier this year she hasn’t properly toured Australia since March 2012.
As for the rest of the acts you may see at next year’s Laneway, it’s probable we’ll be seeing UK electronic artist FKA twigs, thanks to a leak from News Corp journalist Mikey Cahill, who in July after an interview with her tweeted that the artist “will play” at the festival.
Swedish electronic crew Little Dragon, Norwegian indie folk band Highasakite, and British rock duo Royal Blood also appear to be likely contenders. They’ve all briefly toured Australia in August, September, and June respectively, on intimate two-date stopovers in Sydney and Melbourne, perhaps testing the waters for a larger-scale tour next year? Not to mention, all dates on those tours completely sold out, with some having added extra dates due to the overwhelming demand.
There’s a good chance we’ll also be seeing Californian Goddess Banks next year as well. She’s one of the most hyped acts at the moment, having played at some major festivals including Coachella and The Governors Ball, and she let slip the possibility of an appearance at a festival in Australia during an interview with FasterLouder.
On the local front, we may be seeing Melbourne’s Total Control at the festival; their new album Typical System has been receiving praise not just here but abroad. And it’s hard to pass up on Brisbane breakout producer The Kite String Tangle who’s had a huge year following his hugely successfully hit Given The Chance. We’ll probably also be seeing Triple J’s Unearthed High winner Japanese Wallpaper, who’s already made waves with a spot at this year’s Splendour in the Grass festival and an appearance on Zach Braff‘s Wish I Was Here Soundtrack.
Take all this with a grain of salt by the way but let’s see how right or wrong we are when Laneway Festival announces their official lineup for 2015 at 9am on Thursday October 2nd.
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2015
Saturday January 31 – Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Brisbane (16+)
Sunday February 1 – Sydney College Of The Arts (SCA), Rozelle, Sydney
Friday February 6 – Harts Mill, Port Adelaide, Adelaide (16+)
Saturday February 7 - Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) and The River’s Edge, Melbourne
Sunday February 8 – Esplanade Reserve and West End, Fremantle