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been | Laneway Festival 2020

Laneway Festival served up a great diverse lineup this year! There indeed was something for everyone. It was a scorcher of a day and thankfully the Duck Island Ice Cream truck was present to cool us off. Having only recognised a handful of the acts in lineup we found some new favorites on the day that have been added to our Spotify playlists! 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 danced to Linda T’s eclectic mixes.

Kaiit made her first appearance ever at a NZ music festival this year at Laneway. Last time she was in Auckland she played an intimate gig at Ponsonby Social Club in 2018. Winning an ARIA last year for Best Soul/R&B Release, she served up a great performance and scored herself many new fans. Singing our favs Natural Woman and OG Luv Kush Pt. 2 we hope this isn’t the last time we see Kaiit here in New Zealand.

Having played last year at the Thunderdome Stage, Bene returned to Laneway Festival this year with an upgrade on the Princes Stage. With fans packing out the street, Bene delivered a more confident set this year singing radio fav Soaked and in Te Reo too.

With a slight clash this year with Bene, Mahalia was a definite must-see at the festival. With What You Did on constant repeat on our Spotify, a song she sings with fellow Brit Ella Mai and in which she samples Killa Cam’s Oh Boy we were quite looking forward to her set. She sang mostly from the Love and Compromise album and delivered her hit songs Simmer and Do Not Disturb. She ended her set with I Wish I Missed My Ex with the crowd singing along. She did promise us she will be back in Aotearoa so we cannot wait!

Bringing it back to basics and with an incredible band, Marlon Williams was a highlight at the festival. Dedicating Make Way For Love to Kobe Bryant, it was hard not to be moved by the beautiful performance. A last minute replacement for Fontaines DC which pulled out just a week before the festival, we are so grateful the stars aligned and Marlon was able to step in.

Notable mentions, The 1975 and Charlie XCX.

All images provided by David Watson.

heard | Laneway Festival New Zealand 2017 Line-up

Laneway Festival Lineup announcements are always great not only because of the lineup itself, but it’s a reminder that summer is just around the corner and heavy layers and brollies won’t be needed for much longer.

Laneway never fail to impress with their lineup and the first announcement surely will have something for everyone. Given the venue change for next year’s festivities (moved from Silo Park to Albert Park), it will be interesting to see how the organisers will make Albert Park their new home. Considering it is in a much more central location, almost a stone’s throw from where they have held it previously that one year at Aotea Square, it’s already sounding like a great venue. And there’s much more shade cover there, #winning so far.

The lineup in alphabetical order: AURORA, Bob Moses, Car Seat Headrest, Clams Casino, Cut Off Your Hands, DMA’S, Fazerdaze, Flight Facilities, Floating Points (Live), Fortunes, Glass Animals, Julia Jacklin, k2k, Mick Jenkins, Mr. Carmack, NAO, Nick Murphy (Chet Faker), Nikolai, Purple Pilgrims, Refused, Tame Impala, The Chills, The Julie Ruin, The Veils, Tourist, Tycho, White Lung, Whitney, Yukon Era.

Ticket sale deets:
Festival Members Pre-Sale: Monday 19th September, 9am – 5pm
General On Sale: Wednesday 21st September, 9am via lanewayfestival.co.nz

Jams from our favs and who we think you should be checking out on the day:

Clams Casino

Flight Facilities

Glass Animals


Tame Impala



heard | St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2015 Sideshows

Exciting news kids if you’re not in Auckland for next year’s Laneway Festival and you live in Wellington! Laneway Festival 2015 boasts such an impressive lineup, we’re so very excited for it next month! It’s even more amazing that sideshows have been announced for Wellington with Flying Lotus, Little Dragon and Royal Blood.

Gigs will be held at Shed 6 located on Wellington’s Waterfront in late January. Flying Lotus will have an extra show in Auckland. Details are as follows:


Wednesday January 28, Powerstation, Auckland, with support from JPS and Tom McGuinness

Thursday January 29, Shed 6, Wellington, with support from JPS and Tom McGuinness


Tuesday January 27, Shed 6, Wellington, with support from Vic Mensa


Wednesday January 28, Shed 6, Wellington


Tickets for all shows are on sale from this Thursday, 18 December at 9am.
Tickets for the Auckland show are on sale via Ticketmaster.
Tickets for all Wellington shows are on sale via Ticketek.
There will be a pre-sale for all Wellington shows from Tuesday, 16 December at 9am.

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The only way to top seeing the godfather of beat music at Laneway 2015 is to catch the inimitable Flying Lotus at one of his three sideshows. These include two very special ones showcasing his now-famous 3D visual performance, improvised live by a team of graphic masterminds throughout the show.

Take Flying Lotus’ hand and let yourself be coaxed into the unknown. This is a sonic, visual and metaphysical fusion of technological innovation and virtuosity that amounts to a mind-expanding plasm celebrating his latest album You’re Dead!, Part spiritual carnival, part melancholic symphony, it’s an aural procession into the afterlife that equates to musical utopia.

You can see FlyLo in Auckland with his mind-melting hypercube 3D setup on Wednesday January 28 at the Powerstation in Auckland, presented by George FM. The following night, the experimental producer returns to the capital city on Thursday January 29th at Shed 6, thanks to Radioactive.


Esteemed indie-electronic starlets Little Dragon don’t need an introduction. Formed in Sweden way back in ‘96, these guys bring a genre-bending fusion of pop, electronica and R&B to the stage over a long, colourful and ever-morphing career.

In support of the celestial groove of their latest record Nabuma Rubberband, the band have hit the road, and are bringing their cold-as-ice, sultry jams to New Zealand for one special sideshow on Tuesday January 27, Shed 6, Wellington, with support from with support from another gold member of the Laneway lineup; none other than the nimble-lipped Chicago MC Vic Mensa. Like electronic pop played through a technicolor prism, Little Dragon bring a melting sonic rainbow to the stage — catch them before they take flight.


A powerhouse duo as loud as they are tight, Royal Blood are true rock’n’rollers who bring aggressive swag to the stage with a ten-tonne hit. The Rock, Frontier touring and Laneway Festival present Royal Blood in Wellington at Shed 6 on Wednesday January 28.

With a recent live show described by The Telegraph as ‘huge, hulking riffs delivered with a snarling swagger’, Royal Blood bring a mixture of anguished vocals, ferocious drumming and bass that provides intricate detail as well as a rumble of rhythm.

You’d be foolish to miss this sideshow, New Zealand’s first chance to see this much-buzzed duo throwing massive punches from a headline stage, wrapped in the primal essence of rock‘n’roll.

heard | Laneway Festival Wellington Sideshow

Wellington, if you haven’t heard already, you’re in for the king of all sideshows.  Last week, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival announced that Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown and Run the Jewels will make their way down to the capital after Lanway Auckland.  With enough hype to heat up an Airbus A320, this mighty fine crew are arguably some of the hottest rappers to storm the streets this year.

Each year, Laneway Festival throws down an absolutely huge show and this supreme blend of rappers will make your summer unforgettable.


As the youngest of the Old Future collective, EARL SWEATSHIRT is by far the most notorious and talented of the bunch. Earmarked as a hip hop genius from the age of 16, his 2010 debut mixtape Earl left fans and critics hanging on for more. He dropped off the scene for a brief stint in a Samoan therapeutic retreat school before returning with LP Doris. Challenging the status quo with brutal honesty, Earl Sweatshirt is a master of words. The release was praised for its sophisticated, varied and unexpected palette. He’s unstoppable and unmissable.


Detroit native DANNY BROWN will bend you over backwards with a feast of richly textured, distinctly original hip-hop. In 2011 the Motor City MC teamed up with Fool’s Gold Records and released XXX, a tour ­de ­force concept record (and Spin’s ‘Rap Album Of The Year’) exploring hedonism and growing up in Detroit. Earlier this year, the highly-anticipated LP Old was released with Pitchfork describing it as, “the best and most resonant album of Brown’s career”. Expect profanity and truth; you’ll catch Danny Brown top of his game at this show.


Laneway Festival has been obsessed with the powerhouse rap duo of EL-P and Killer Mike for quite some time. Together they are RUN THE JEWELS. Individually, the artists have put out what some have called “the best hip hop albums to come out in a long time”, and the duo’s collaborative history has been fruitful — with EL-P producing Killer Mike’s 2012 R.A.P Music and Killer Mike guesting up on EL-P’s Cancer for Cure. Run The Jewels released their self ­titled LP through Fools Gold last June and we’re still mad on it.

Aucklanders, don’t fret, the same team are performing at Laneway Festival in Auckland, which you can check out over here.

Don’t miss a beat; tickets to this Laneway Wellington sideshow are set to run out faster than the quickest kid in class.  Tickets on sale from tomrrow (26th November) from www.dashtickets.co.nz.