During Australia’s festival season, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is amongst the most anticipated lineups of local and international music for summer. This year, the likes of English pop band, The 1975 and singer Charli XCX were brought Down Under to tour the country as well as local talent such as Ruel, Ocean Alley and DMA’s. Last weekend saw a sweltering Sydney day regress into a tropical downpour – and yes, we forgot a poncho, more on that later – while punters slipped, slid and head-banged to the best in Australian live music.
Winding down the Laneway trail, this weekend will see the tour move from Adelaide to Melbourne and on to Fremantle. Tried and tested, here is your guide to the very best at Laneway Festival.
An Australian summer is volatile. One moment is glaring sunshine, the next serves a downpour so when it comes to donning a festival look practicality is key, style still possible. While we suggest being prepared with a poncho, combat boots, a fun shirt and sun safe hat is all you need. A hoodie can be purchased at the several merch tents at Laneway in case it gets cold.
Across four jam-packed stages – the Dean Turner, River, Future Classic and Fishbowl stages – the likes of Pist Idiots, Benee, The Chats, Earl Sweatshirt and The 1975 will be hitting the festival throughout the day. Our favourites? Ruel, DMA’s, Ocean Alley and Hockey Dad.
The food and beverage offering at Laneway is unprecedented but so too are the lines at the bar. Our pick was the Jameson House of Rounds making a return for 2020 and provides the apt escape from the main stage with its own intimate shows. Whilst sipping on a whisky dry and lime you can enjoy music from Zealand hip-hop act JessB, Australian rock outfit Pist Idiots, as well as a DJ set from Yellow Jacket, Frankie Goes to Collingwood and Emelyn Khor at Melbourne’s pop-up.
Footscray Park, Footscray
Saturday, February 8
Mansionair (DJ set)
Frankie Goes to Collingwood
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