Date: Saturday, 27 Jan
Time: 10:00 am to 11:59 pm
Venue: The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay
St. Jerome's Laneway Festival is about leading new and revered seminal music. The festival has always been interested in finding what's fresh and bringing it to unique settings and surrounds to be appreciated by music lovers.The size of the festivals, the locations and the way we encourage community all form part of the way in which the Laneway team strive to present a live music experience like no other.
Mesmerising NZ artist ALDOUS HARDING has emerged as one of the year’s most exciting voices. Igniting interest two years ago with her eponymous debut album, Harding quickly became known for her charismatic combination of talent, tenacity and shrewd wit. This year’s follow-up Party (4AD) sees Harding shape-shift through a variety of roles: chanteuse, folk singer and balladeer - all executed with her twisted touch of humour, hubris and quiet horror. Go watch her recent performance on Jools Holland for an inspired and haunting rendition of ‘Horizon’, a career defining moment that brought her the attention she deserves.
Producing music from his early teens, 21-year-old ALEXTBH has since made his mark in Malaysia’s electronic music scene with his brand of atmospheric music that merges dance electronic and R&B. Flume, James Blake, Jamie xx and dvsn have been major influences. In August 2016, the engineering student by day released alive, a four-track experimental, electronic-meets-R&B EP. It racked up more than 20,000 plays on Spotify in less than two months. The single, “alive”, subsequently made its way onto Hitz.fm’s Met10 chart.
AMATEUR TAKES CONTROL wears its heart on its sleeve. Its affirmation of independent DIY ethics, calling for the everyman to steer his own life, shouts out from its powerful, emotional music. The five-piece instrumental rock outfit launched its debut album, You, Me and the Things Unsaid, in 2008. The release was viewed as a landmark record, considering the short history of post-rock in Singapore. Fresh from a three-year hiatus, ATC will let loose ATC EP2 on 26 December 2017. Noisier, darker and more aggressive: That’s the ATC promise.
AMY SHARK’s sleeper hit ‘Adore’ has amassed over 25 million streams since she uploaded it to triple j Unearthed just under two years ago. Not bad for someone who had almost given up on music. Earlier this year it romped in to #2 on triple j’s Hottest 100, and peaked at #3 on the ARIA chart. The brooding, coming-of-age track won fans here and abroad, not least of all Lena Dunham who was hardly exaggerating when she said it saved her life. Her debut EP Night Thinker, which features chart mainstay ‘Weekends’, is confirmation that Amy Shark is the real deal. After returning from a run of international headline shows this October, we can’t wait for Amy to cap off a huge 18 months at Laneway 2018.
We are PSYCHED to have one of the world’s most exciting live acts ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS on next year’s bill. Breaking out via multiple lauded appearances on Dr Dre’s surprise 2016 album Compton, .Paak has emerged as one of the most talented triple threats of the decade. The LA-based singer, songwriter and producer is a genre-bending master, effortlessly melding '60s funk, '70s soul, hip-hop, R&B and electronica in his own music (please listen to his brilliant 2016 album Malibu) and lending his syrupy vocals to killer singles like Kaytranada’s hit ‘Glowed Up’ and Snakehips ‘Money on Me’. As one of the most prolific and hardworking artists in the biz, we’re anticipating new music v. soon. Anderson .Paak is a genuine star and it is a major honour to have him and his band join us in 2018.
BILLIE EILISH is an unfairly talented teenager with a startlingly mature outlook and irresistible voice. Bille’s meteoric rise began in 2015 when she uploaded ‘Ocean Eyes’ to SoundCloud. She instantly became a veritable phenomenon: an international record deal, over 90 million cumulative streams, global praise from Vogue, Interview Magazine and Elle Magazine (and the list goes on). At 16 years old, Bille will be the youngest member of the Laneway touring party since Lorde’s unforgettable run in 2014. Not unlike Lorde herself, Billie has an undeniable talent for pop songwriting, an impervious sense of self, and inimitable style. We’re certain that Billie will be a stand out of Laneway 2018.
Illustrious UK producer BONOBO’s steady but unstoppable rise began at the turn of the millennium. Since then he has shared an impressive six full-length releases (incl. 2017’s masterful, magisterial Migration) and earned his title as one of the best electronic acts in the biz. First as a DJ in the UK’s thriving club scene, and now with a live band in tow, Bonobo has converted thousands of people around the globe into genuine fans. Listen to ‘No Reason’ (feat. Laneway alum. Nick Murphy), and get ready for an aural journey at Laneway in 2018.
Your secret crush FATHER JOHN MISTY is heading to Laneway in 2018. The alias of singer-songwriter Josh Tillman, FJM has released three widely acclaimed albums – Fear Fun (2012), I Love You, Honeybear (2015) and Pure Comedy (2017) – plus the recent single ‘Ballad of the Dying Man’ and has also contributed to songs by Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Pure Comedy, Father John Misty’s third album, is a complex, often-sardonic and equally touching meditation on the confounding folly of modern humanity. He is also funny a.f., a sarcastic and caustic yet equally sincere voice for the post-internet age.
HEALS is an alternative rock / shoegaze / nu gaze band known for textured layers of distorted guitar riffs, unique sounds, effects and streams of soft yet melodious vocal. Its first single, “Void”, created a wave in Indonesia upon its digital upload in 2014. A year later, HEALS landed a record deal which led to the release of B-sides in cassette format at Record Store Day 2016. Another milestone took place on 9 April 2017: HEALS launched its debut full album, Spectrum, a capsule of 10 tracks of imaginative perspectives on human life.
Erudition, insight and poetic intensity have earned 22 year-old LOYLE CARNER the respect of all the right people: die-hard hip-hop fans, industry insiders and most importantly, his peers. His debut album Yesterday’s Gone is planted at an intersection between the boom-bap of East Coast hip-hop, jazz-inflected portraits of South London, and soulful laid back pop. It’s an intensely personal and candid release, that received near perfect reviews everywhere but it’s on the live stage that the endlessly charming Carner really shines.
Please welcome our pal MAC DEMARCO - modern poet, consummate entertainer - to Laneway 2018. Mac has charmed audiences on countless stages around the world with his woozy, sun-drenched tales of love lost and won. The prolific 26 year-old songwriter has written, recorded and released a record a year for the past half decade practically on his own - pretty impressive for the so-called king of slacker-rock. Mac released his excellent album This Old Dog earlier in the year, an LP widely regarded as an engaging step forward for an artist in his prime. It’s a thrill to have him back.
MAS1A of complex hip-hop flows switches effortlessly to dancehall chanting, as showcased in her international underground hit, “Warriors Tongue”. She unabashedly celebrates her cultural mashup, and derives joy through expression in all forms, be it music, visual art or fashion design. Masia has also rocked audiences around the globe with her reputation as a soul rebel. The release of Bootleg Culture, produced by Che Pope (G.O.O.D. Music, Kanye West), put Masia on a world tour in 2013 visiting Jamaica, the US, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore (homeground!).
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Capturing the quintessential spectorgaze-esque sounds of classic girl-group pop highlighting bittersweet tales of love and loss is Singapore’s OBEDIENT WIVES CLUB. The fuzz pop quintet’s Cinematica, a five-track EP and its third, was released 14 July 2017. Among the production credits: legendary Singaporean musician Patrick Chng (Oddfellows, TypeWriter), American producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair), American mastering engineer Hans DeKline (Pixies, Snoop Dogg), and its own guitarist, Keith Tan. Before Cinematica, there were two EPs: Obedient Wives Club (2011) – rated one of SEA INDIE’s top 10 Best Indie-pop Releases in 2010/11 – and Murder Kill Baby (2013).
After a rip-roaring 12 months, ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER are on their way to becoming one of Australia’s break-through guitar bands. Having honed their craft in the thrumming confines of Melbourne’s live music scene, Rolling Blackouts C.F.’s debut EP Talk Tight(2015) earned them multiple international nods and a stellar 8.0 Pitchfork review. Soon after the band signed with coveted US label Sub Pop (The Shins, Beach House, Fleet Foxes) and plugged away at their sophomore EP The French Press (2017). It’s a bloody brilliant effort, beaming with the confidence and purpose of golden-era Australian rock n roll and featuring three songwriters growing in stature and voice.
Twenty two years on from their last record, SLOWDIVE have made a resounding comeback with their self-titled fourth LP, one of the strongest shoegaze albums of recent years. The band’s live comeback has also been rapturously received around the world. Highlights thus far include a festival-conquering, sea-of-devotees Primavera Sound performance, of which Pitchfork noted: ‘The beauty of their crystalline sound is almost hard to believe, every note in its perfect place.’ Dive into their outstanding catalogue (1991’s Just For A Day, 1993’s Souvlakiand 1995’s experimental Pygmalion) to see why Slowdive has a legion of fans, both new and old. Listen to their gorgeous new single ‘Sugar For The Pill’. We wish every band would age this well.
SYLVAN ESSO’s sophomore album What Now (2017) is the sound of a band truly fulfilling the potential and promise of their debut album. Everything has evolved - the production is bolder, the vocals are more intense, the melodies are brighter, and the songs are that much more expansively open and cohesive. The electro-pop duo from North Carolina, consisting of vocalist Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn, started out in 2014 as a collaboration project between two new friends. Two records and more than 100 million streams later, Sylvan Esso has near-perfected the art of writing a pop song (listen to the album’s third single ‘Die Young’ for proof). This set is going to be energetic fun.
THE INTERNET absolutely stole the show when they last played Laneway Festival and they’ve only gotten bigger, better and sexier since. On their third album, the game-changing, Grammy-nominated Ego Death (2015), the Odd Future offshoot truly came into their own. Then to everybody’s surprise, they went out on their own. Front-woman Syd shared her intricate, soulful debut album Fin (she is an undeniable star in her own right) and Matt Martians dropped his funk-infused solo endeavor The Drum Chord Theory. The band’s 18 year-old guitar whiz Steve Lacy is also a highly sought-after hip hop producer (he’s worked with J Cole & Kendrick Lamar) who records everything on his iPhone. This year he shared Steve Lacy’s Demo, a dazzling 6 song release bursting with ideas. We loved them all in equal measure, but tbh we can’t wait for their next record (expected asap) as a team. Hear it first at Laneway 2018!
THELIONCITYBOY is a son of Singapore. The rapper, producer and songwriter is most famous locally for radio favourite “YAYA ft. Benjamin Kheng”, receiving over a million online streams to date. After three EPs – Let’s Talk About Kevin Lester (2010), Everything You Love, You Hate (2013) and Put Your City On (2014) – he dropped his first full-length album, Paradise, on 26 August 2016. THELIONCITYBOY is ready for an explosive set at Laneway Festival Singapore.
Life has not been the same for THE RANSOM COLLECTIVE since it emerged the winner in Wanderband, a competition in the Philippines among up-and-coming acts three years ago. The six-piece indie folk band soon found itself playing throughout Manila, introducing its distinctive sound that merges unique percussive patterns, acoustic guitar-driven leads, melodic violin phases and full vocal. The Ransom Collective’s self-titled EP was released in November 2014, followed by full-length album Traces in May 2017. Both received high praise from music critics and peers.
Gosh we love THE WAR ON DRUGS. The Philadelphia-based 6-piece, led by frontman Adam Granduciel, have been on the Laneway wish-list since the release of their debut Slave Ambientin 2011 and their landmark album Lost in the Dream in 2014 only renewed our eagerness. The War on Drugs released their fourth record, A Deeper Understanding last month and it’s a bonafide masterpiece, sure to top this year’s Best Of lists and go down in history as the most important rock record of recent times. The album is a fully immersive experience from start to finish, layering chugging guitars, synthetic strings, vintage keyboard sounds and impressionistic lyrics delivered in Granduciel’s gravelly voice. Capable of mesmerising a festival crowd of thousands, we’re so happy to finally welcome them to close Laneway in 2018.
Singaporean TIM DE COTTA makes no bones about being a purist. The R&B and hip-hop vocalist, bassist, songwriter and producer is moulded by Maxwell, John Legend, Common and Mos Def while his bass-playing is styled along the lines of Derrick Hodge and Stuart Zender. De Cotta is reputed to push the boundaries, in both writing and production, and this trait is evidenced in his collaborations with TAJ, L.A.B, neoDominatrix and Kilo Habit. We can’t wait to see him in 2018.
In 2015 North-London alt-rock outfit WOLF ALICE, led by the electric Ellie Rowsell, released their astounding debut record My Love Is Cool, as if they had always been ready to inspire a generation. With its unique combination of grunge, indie and folk influence, it scooped them noms for the Grammys, the Brits and The Mercury Prize and propelled them into the public consciousness as one of the brightest new hopes in indie-rock. After two years of relentless touring, the release of their follow up album Visions Of A Life is imminent (September 29). If their new single ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ is any indication, this album will be a career highlight.
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