Our Top Five Picks For Laneway Festival 2013

With the Laneway Festival line up for 2013 being at such a high standard, we are guaranteed two things – No matter where we end up we’ll be witnessing great live performers all day but unfortunately at the same time, we will be forced to make some tough choices on which acts we give priority to seeing.

To make the planning process just that little bit easier, I have compiled my five must sees for the festival.


YEASAYER

Earlier this year YEASAYER released a killer album by the name of Fragrant World. They are a favourite among Australian audiences and this is the first chance we’ll get to hear how their latest album comes across in the live setting.

Key tracks: ‘O.N.E’; ‘Fingers Never Bleed’; ‘Henrietta’; ‘2080’; ‘Reagan’s Skeleton’.


NICOLAS JAAR

People have been waiting for NICOLAS JAAR to tour Australia for quite a long time now and there are high expectations for his live show. After recently nabbing the number one spot in the highly regarded Resident Advisor ‘Top 20 Live Acts of 2012’, I don’t think anyone will be disappointed.

Key tracks: ‘Time For Us’; ‘Space Is Only Noise If You Can See’


DIVINE FITS

A Thing Called Divine Fits is one of my favourite albums of 2012 and I have a strong feeling that their performances at Laneway Festival could also potentially be the best rock & roll shows this summer.

Key tracks: ‘What Gets You Alone’; ‘Flaggin’ A Ride’; ‘What That Not Be Nice’; ‘The Salton Sea’; ‘For Your Heart’.


HOLY OTHER

This mysterious artist, who often wears a towel over his head to cover his identity, certainly has a reputation for his live performances. Expect a very atmospheric set filled with deep electronic sounds.

Key tracks: ‘Yr Love’; ‘Held’; ‘Past Tension’.


MS MR

With only an EP under their belt, MS MR appear to have a big future ahead of them. Think FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE with an industrial edge.

Key tracks: Hurricane, Bones, Dark Doo Wop

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KINGS OF CONVENIENCE

Erlend Øye, who is also the front man of THE WHITEST BOY ALIVE gets all folky with his partner in crime Eirik Glambek Bøe. In a recent article FUTURE CLASSIC DJS raved about their set at Primavera in Barcelona and they haven’t let me down before.

BAT FOR LASHES

She was the highlight to a lot of people at Vivid LIVE last year and will definitely provide us with a worthy finale at Laneway Festival next year.

Words by Tony Kingston

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