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SFS | Laneway Festival 2019 Lineup

This year’s Laneway Festival is proving to be a special one with Florence & the Machine headlining. She of course played the very first Laneway Festival here in Auckland almost ten years ago when it was held at Britomart. The festival has since grown, and moved to various locations around Auckland, including Aotea Sqaure and Silo Park,  before eventually finding a home in Albert Park.

Florence Welch and her band are currently touring Australia and have opened to rave reviews such as “Florence’s vocal masterclass blows Perth fans away” (Sydney Morning Herald). Apart from their Laneway Festival appearance, the band will be putting on a show at Spark Arena in Auckland on January 30th (buy tickets).

Here are some of the other acts that we’re excited to catch at this year’s Laneway Festival:

Jorja Smith

Ravyn Lenae


Courtney Barnett



Of course you’re bound to fall in love with some new bands on the day so get around the various stages and have fun!

More information can be found at www.lanewayfestival.com.

See you there x

A Ceremonial Sequel


Cathedral bells, ghouls, breakdowns and demons – this can only mean Florence and her Machine have returned, bringing back their gothic indie-pop stylings in their sophomore album ‘Ceremonials‘, a 12-track (20 in the deluxe edition) effort that shows no signs of this music machine from slowing down. In typical Florence + The Machine style, there is no minimalism or subtlety. Together with producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Amy Winehouse) this album spans all themes paranormal, with a greater emphasis on Welch’s vocal abilities and the versatility of the backing band than was seen before.

The second single, ‘Shake it Out’, prepares us best for what’s in store – a soulful art-rock anthem that follows the typical “quiet to loud to louder still” formula that we’ve come to enjoy. The next single, ‘No Light, No Light’ is easily a highlight of the album, a harp-filled drum-powered anthem that is reminiscent of ‘Dog Days Are Over’ from her debut ‘Lungs’, reaching an overpowering climax toward the end mark. Other standout tracks include ‘Spectrum’, which has a rare moment of reprieve from banging drums with eclectic harp-playing. ‘Never Let Me Go’ and ‘Seven Devils’ are notable for their slower pace, however the latter comes off somewhat schizophrenic. The deluxe edition is worth getting, if only for the alchemic ‘Strangeness and Charm’, the final version of the live track included in the re-release included in ‘Lungs’, or the demo of  the unreleased ‘Landscapes’, alongside acoustic versions of singles.

The strength of this album comes from its cohesiveness from working with a sole producer, however this absence of variation does mean we lose out on moments we’ve come to expect from ‘Lungs’, such as the cabaret ‘Girl with One Eye’ or the haunting ‘Blinding’. Nonetheless, this album is a solid effort and an enjoyable listen.

Check out Florence and the Machine for yourself this May 28th when they hit Auckland for one show only – not one to be missed!

mac+mae score: ✾ ✾ ✾ ✾

Flo hits Auckland in May

Ahhh the whole of New Zealand rejoices at this! Ok maybe not the whole country but who does not love a bit of Florence and her Machine(band)?!

Having performed in the country twice before, first at Laneways festival then again at her own show, New Zealand seems to have made an impression on her. And no doubt she’s made an impression on us! With Ceremonials debuting at number 1 on the New Zealand Album Charts, the band has announced a show for 28 Monday May 2012 at Vector Arena in Auckland.

Tickets are on sale to the general public on 7 Wednesday December at 9am  and are currently priced at NZ$89.00 (excl. BF). Presale starts on Friday 2 December at 2pm until Sunday 4 December at 5pm. For more information on tickets check out Ticketmaster.

In the meantime, enjoy Florence + the Machine’s brilliant cover of Drake’s Take Care!