St. Jerome's Laneway Festival began in 2004, when Melbourne mates Jerome Borazio and Danny Rogers started organising for fresh, funky bands to play in the city's St. Jerome's Bar. Initially popular bands at the time (such as The Presets and Architecture in Helsinki) featured at the bar on Sunday afternoons in the summertime. But Borazio and Rogers wanted a more exciting and unique venue for the bands to play in, and so came the idea of the Laneway.
From there, the festival grew quickly in size and location, featuring more bands from local, national and international destinations. Today it is a much anticipated annual summer Festival spanning across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, and in recent years, has crept across to Auckland and Singapore. Needless to say, lovers of fresh, indie and alternative music flock to the event each year, and next year's festival will be no exception.
Laneway Festival will be held in Brisbane on Saturday the 28th of January next year (dates and details for other cities can be found here) at the RNA showgrounds, Alexandria St, Bowen Hills and will run from 11:30am to 10:00pm. Importantly, tickets go on sale next Wednesday the 11th of October, and cost $120.
The line-up is a teensy bit exciting if I do say so myself, featuring the likes of Active Child, Feist, Laura Marling, M83, The Drums and The Panics, who are among the artists who have recently released new albums. It really is an extensive and oh so inviting list.
All events are 18 plus, and offer a range of food and alcoholic beverages. Teamed with a myriad of market stalls featuring mostly second hand clothing and goods, handmade clothing, jewellery and titbits, as well as other market-y goodness, the festival is likely to resemble a shady, tree-lined hub of creativity and indie wares against the backdrop of floating musical tunes, as it did this year. What more could you ask for on a summer Saturday?
Remember, as a summer festival, it's going to be hot, so sort out a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, as well as comfy shoes (thongs guarantee sunburnt, sore and dirty feet) and perhaps a camera.
Although it isn't until next year, that really is just around the corner, and it's something to lock in and look forward to. You'll likely get to see some of your favourite bands play, and be introduced to a few more great acts you've never even heard of.