7 acts to see at Laneway

The start of another year means the live music is in full flow and there’s plenty to take in. As Big Day Out is on indefinite hiatus, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival has taken top spot as the major music festival for Brisbanites in the new year, and what a festival it’s shaping up to be! After the success of 2014’s event, which saw the likes of Lorde, Haim, Jagwar Ma and Danny Brown sharing the stage, 2015’s lineup also offers plenty of exciting names, both major and emerging.

The Brisbane leg of Laneway 2015 falls on Saturday, January 31 – the day that Queenslanders will be flocking to the polling booths. So while you make one important decision with your vote, you’ve also got a stack of other ones to make about a pretty stellar lineup. Never fear! We’ve scoured the list to bring you 7 superb acts you should see, provided you’re okay with a clash or two…



Vic Mensa
(4:25 at the Red Bull Music Academy Stage)

Rapper or R&B singer? We’re not quite sure. Chicago’s Vic Mensa is keeping his cards close to his chest as he begins to build on a small but impressive discography. Whether it’s dancefloor stompers (think the breathless delivery and soft synth of Down On My Luck) or straightforward hip hop numbers, expect Mensa to make Laneway his own personal party.

(1:15 at the Good Better Best Stage)

Out of nowhere, Leeds outfit Eagulls combined post-punk with shoegaze and added to it a capslocked media presence (seriously, check out their Facebook page) to become what could possibly be Laneway’s greatest enigma; their obvious talent belies their small show persona. Being their first visit to Australia, could they be a surprise hit with the locals?

Benjamin Booker
(4:20 at the Good Better Best Stage)

2014 was a breakout year for Benjamin Booker, having supported the legendary Jack White and, fellow Laneway act, Courtney Barnett, . His bluesy twang and rough, gravelly voice compliments his sound perfectly, expect a good old fashioned rock and roll set that already has critics stating it’s ‘best experienced live and turned up to 11’.

(6:40 at the Red Bull Music Academy Stage)

After CHVRCHES toured the country last year, Laneway now gets some Scottish electro of a different kind. Russell Whyte, better known as Rustie, is gaining a reputation for his off-the-wall mixtures of electro and trap music, not to mention collaborations with the likes of AlunaGeorge and Danny Brown. Expect an audiovisual treat here as he tours his new album, Green Language.

Courtney Barnett
(6:00 at the Good Better Best Stage)

Arguably Australia’s leading indie lady, Courtney Barnett’s enchanting brand of breezy slacker rock saw her take the US and Europe by storm last year. Now, back at home following a headline tour around the country a few months ago, she brings her charming and surprisingly energetic stage show to Laneway. You can expect crowd favourites Avant Gardener and Pickles From The Jar to get a run. Could this be the setting for some long awaited new material from her upcoming debut album?

(6:40 at the Mistletone Stage)

Laneway LOVES a Tame Impala offshoot. First it was The Growl, who opened last year’s proceedings, now Pond have joined the party, and with a new album generously released just in time for the festival! Man It Feels Like Space Again is arguably their most accessible release yet, drawing plenty of inspiration from 70s funk, but there’s always room for fuzzy, psych rock favourites like Moth’s Wings too. Any chance of getting the amazing cover of the Fremantle Dockers on the setlist boys?

(8:30 at the Never Let It Rest Stage)

Perhaps one of 2014’s biggest breakout acts, London’s Jungle arrives back in Australia following a teasing visit to Splendour in the Grass. Full of funk and disco influences, and synth-led soul grooves, the collective’s massive self-titled debut album was a hit with many Australians, and there’s quite a good chance they could provide one of the great sets of the festival. The problem is: which song do you nail down as a favourite? There are too many!

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