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been | Laneway Festival 2019

Another scorching Auckland Anniversary day and another Laneway Festival done and dusted. The fashion, the food and of course the music was on point on the day and so was the weather! Apparently there was a heatwave on the way! And it was their tenth birthday at the sold out festival, sweet way to celebrate and throw a party!

Having only recognised three of the acts in the 20 plus lineup we found some new favorites on the day! Gallivanting from stage to stage trying to at least catch a few of the songs was definitely a workout! Luckily we had access to the Friends & Family section so we avoided queues and mingled with fashion royalty, sipping on ciders.

Bene, images by Jess Gleeson

Arriving at around 3.30pm we were just in time for Aucklander Bene at the Thunderdome Stage. Delivering a sweet, chilled out set. Although there were some sound issues, the whole street was completely packed out!

Jorja Smith came through with the goods at the Rotunda Stage. Playing hits from her gorgeous Lost & Found album with her band and finishing off with the garage infused track On My Mind!

Jorja Smith, images by Jess Gleeson

Masego was one of the highlights on the day! Unfortunately slight clash on the schedule with Courtney Barnett which meant we only caught the first bit of her set! Great energy from what we saw and would love to have stayed a bit longer to catch the whole thing. Masego though was brilliant! Saxophonist, singer and rapper he was amazing to watch on stage!

Courtney Barnett, Florence & The Machine, images by Jess Gleeson

Headliner Florence & The Machine played at the first ever Laneway Festival here in Auckland. It seemed fitting that they returned on the festival’s 10th anniversary to as headliner. Florence Welch is always a delight to watch, commanding so much presence although she tells us on stage she is very shy. Transforming into a sprint queen that darts across the stage almost levitating in places to later appearing on the side among the crowd for a surprise performance. Definitely a great way to finish off the night.

Florence & The Machine, images by Jess Gleeson

We were guttered we missed out on Mitski, DJDS, Lontalius and many more but such is a music festival. Here’s hoping they return back to good old Aotearoa for more summer festiveness.

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