Laneway Festival Lineup Rumors

It’s that time again ladies and gentlemen, where I guess who will be announced to play this year’s Laneway festival. Famous for its ability to get big names just on the cusp of exploding, I’ve racked my brains and found some potential acts for this year’s festival.

First of all though…

Ruled Out

Cat Power – She was hotly tipped to be headlining when the chaps from the Laneway twitter account announced that the ladies would be headlining this year’s festival. This was compounded upon by the announcement that she would tour February next year AND that the final date was the same date as the last Laneway Festival. Believe it or not, that’s all coincidence, a headline tour for her next year.

The XX – They’ve already been snaffled up for a headline tour, I doubt we’ll see them on the Laneway bill.

Beach House, Two Door Cinema Club, Best Coast – As they’re playing Falls, I think it’s unlikely.

Grimes – She’s doing a run of dates supporting Meredith Music and Arts Festival, I think February is too early to expect her back.

St Vincent – Sorry! She’s playing Vivid. No Vinny for you!


Cloud Nothings – The Cleveland outfit are tipped to be on their way out here, with frontman Dylan Baldi hinting that a new album was on the way. Furthermore, he tweeted, saying he was working hard on bringing his band out here early next year. Looking good!

Oh Mercy – An Aussie outfit with a Laneway sound AND a new album? Pencil them in.

Japandroids – Mentioned an Australian tour in February earlier this year, so it’s promising.

Bjork – I know it’s unlikely, but female headliner? Cat Power said no, maybe Bjork said yes?

Bat For Lashes – A female artist with who only played two Vivid shows last year. She sounds likely.

Tame Impala – A fucking ace new album and Laneway offered us some ‘killer locals’ on the bill. Another band who fit that description are…

The Temper Trap – See above. It’s probable. They’ve only done a barebones tour of Australia on their new album, I feel it’s likely we’ll see them at at least one festival this year.

Flying Lotus – His new album arrived in Polyester Record stores earlier today and is due for national release shortly. He collaborates with bands that Laneway loves, I think he’s pretty certain.

The Dirty Projectors – They’re already touring the end of this year, but I feel that Swing Lo Magellan is a strong enough release to see them at Laneway.

Fiona Apple – A new record and ladies taking centrestage this year. I know that heaps of bands fall into this category, but someone needs to headline!

Kate Bush – She’s due for a tour and with a new album to boot, she could headline this festival.

Alt-J – Dubbed as the new Radiohead, and following it up with a teaser tour, Alt-J could be ready for Laneway’s stages in February.

Yeasayer – New album this year, dropped in a very Laneway manner, and they’re a band that the festival have been touting all year. As are…

Purity Ring – The festival love this duo, enough to book them for the festival though?

Jeff Mangum – The man behind cult band Neutral Milk Hotel and their stellar album In The Aeroplane Over the Sea hasn’t toured here before, and he’s gone everywhere else, maybe Laneway will get him.

Wild Flag – An all female band with the queen of hispters Carrie Brownstien in the mix? For shizzle.

iamamiwhoami – This electronic experimental act seems perfect for the Laneway festival. I’ve got nothing else. Maybe I just want to see them. That’s what it is.

Dinosaur Jr. – How freakin awesome would that be? Their new album is out now, and with it comes the inevitable tour. They aren’t too big for Laneway, maybe just too rad.

Final Predictions

Darwin Deez – If you paid attention to my blog last week, you would have seen my excitement about the indiest of indies announcing his tour of Australia. Laneway may have snaffled him up.

Jonathon Boulet – An Australian alternative artist who hasn’t been announced for any other festivals? Sign him up.

Bloc Party – They only played two shows on their last visit here, July this year, and their new album is on high rotation around the country. They’re a chance.

Haim – According to the Laneway twitter their latest single ‘Forever’ is the soundtrack to Summer. Well alright then.

Alpine – Two front women and their long awaited debut album dropped earlier this year.

Nicolas Jaar – This experimental, electronic superstar is endorsed by big names like Anthony Fantano. Sounds good to me.

Pond – The other half of Tame Impala. We’ll probably get one or the other, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t get both? They’re on the Laneway blog regarding Australian artists on the verge of blowing up. Sounds likely.

Chet Faker – His soulful voice and bearded face are gracing the blogosphere everywhere, including Laneway’s new artist blog.

Jessie Ware – This is the last one I’ve got, Laneway called her debut the album of the year and think that it’ll beheading towards the top of a lot of reviewers lists. Maybe they’re right.Irrespective, seems like there’s a high chance of her appearing.

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