The Laneway Festival 2011 Line-up has been announced. And it’s fkn MASSIVE:
Deerhunter – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Holy Fuck – Beach House – Menomena – Les Savy Fav – Yeasayer – !!! – Warpaint – Blonde Redhead – Foals – Bear In Heaven – The Antlers – Gotye – Cut Copy – Cloud Control – The Holidays – Jenny & Johnny – Two Door Cinema Club – Local Natives – PVT – Rat Vs Possum – Stornoway – Violent Soho – World’s End Press
So much rushes through my head when I see that line-up. Here’s some of it:
Holy shit we don’t have to wait 18 months to see Halcyon Digest tunes live!
How heavy is that line-up on international bands? I assume local artists will fill out the line-up from this point on, but it’s still surprising and impressive and makes you a little proud to see Laneway nabbing the best line-up of bands of the summer – some of whom are actually quite ‘big’ (in some circles, anyway).
Not enough chillwave.
Laneway is clearly the savior to all the hipsters that were left totally devo’d about the great Foals-Yeasayer Clash of Spendour 2010. It would be pretty funny if they clashed, hey? But don’t do it. Don’t.
Speaking of devo’d/Devo, pretty stoked those Devo headlining rumors turned out to be untrue. Pretty unstoked those Best Coast/Caribou/Four Tet/Toro Y Moi/CFCF/Gonjasufi rumors turned out to be untrue.
Who the fuck are Stornoway?
Laneway used to have a stage almost entirely dedicated to electronic music and brought out some of the must inventive dudes in the genre, but there’s hardly an electronic artist on that line-up – except, you know, Cut Copy, World’s End Press, Gotye, PVT, Yeasayer and possibly Bear in Heaven (kinda electro). Still, nothing like when they used to put dudes like Four Tet and Mountains in the Sky on. Kinda thought that’s the hole Caribou et al would’ve filled.
There were no Toro Y Moi/CFCF/Gonjasufi rumors except those fueled by me. Sorry if I got anyone’s hopes up. The Best Coast/Caribou/Four Tet brand of rumors were real (or at least not started by me).
Did anyone get up in time to hear Gotye’s new single this morning? (Breakfast radio may as well not exist in my universe). Given he has a new album coming out and close ties to the festival it’s appropriate that Wally DB will begin his ascent in Australian ubiquity at Laneway. I wonder what his live show will be like? I really dug his mini-orchestra shows, but was less amped about the one-man thing. Somewhere in between maybe?
Let’s drop Stornaway and get one/all of Toro Y Moi/CFCF/Gonjasufi, yeah?
In terms of Australian bands, there’s not a lot super surprising on the line-up (yet), but they’ve gone for some solid acts like Cut Copy, Cloud Control and PVT along with the aforementioned Gotye. That said, pretty impressed to see Rat Vs Possum and World’s End Press make the national tour (bar Perth) – two of the more exciting bands local bands I’ve caught live in 2011.
The Holidays and Violent Soho round out the local contingent. I’m told the former’s latest release is pretty damn sweet, will have to check it out.
In my haste to find out who was playing I totally skipped over the paragraph about a stage being curated by The Windish Agency (Chicago) and Eat Your Own Ears (London) (cheers to resident photographer DP for the tip). Does that mean the 2011, because it kinds seems like there’s not a lot of room left for another stage full of international bands hey? Either way, sounds cool.
Overall, pretty rad line-up. Super pumped. Every band on their that I’ve seen before has been well decent at playing music in a live environment, which is good for when you’re watching music live. The others are probably also pretty good at it too. So you should go. Do it.
Tickets for all the Australian shows go on sale Wednesday, October 20 at 9am and set you back $125 (+ bf).