With many music festivals across the country restructuring, downsizing, on hiatus, or being cancelled altogether, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival stands out as a silent achiever. Laneway is not like the other festivals and has a secure grasp on its niche amongst the gamut. It's the festival that brings us the new season's sounds. It broadens or hearing horizons and tears open up the envelope of our listening spectrum.
The festival's inception was in St. Jerome's Bar in Melbourne's Caledonian lane, 2004. With up-and-coming bands regularly being brought into the bar, the fun quickly spilled into the brick and graffiti adorned lane. Having since outgrown the laneway and outlived its namesake, the festival has found a new home in Melbourne as well as 6 other cities. Now gearing up to grace Perth for the fourth year running, it's also recently become a fixture in Auckland and Singapore.
The festival will again be held in the Perth Cultural Centre and adjoining block of Francis St with minor changes including a stage in the Barracks Bar. It's a seemingly purpose perfect venue with its tiered stairs, leafy trees and diverse architecture. Laneway is comparatively uncrowded and civilised, making it popular across a broader range of music lover. Although, be prepared for the hipster populace of Perth to turn out en masse.
The line-up this time around is as uniquely appealing as it has been in years past. Some you might know, some you might not, but come with ears open and you will find plenty to please the senses. Some of the artists on the day include M83, SBTRKT, Feist, Austra, Chairlift, The Panics and Pajama Club. M83 is bound to be a highlight if the Frenchman's new 22-track album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming and its first single Midnight City are anything to go by. Similarly, SBTRKT's recent Australian tour, backed with high radio rotation of singles from self titled SBTRKT will ensure he is welcomed back with anticipation. 2nd time Laneway performer, Feist, also has a whole new album in her repertoire and will have the crowd singing along to their favourites.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Toro Y Moi
Tickets are already on sale for $130 and can be brought from the Laneway Festival website. It's set to happen on Saturday, 11 February 2012. Check out the teaser if you need any more enticing: