Australia’s only fully inclusive music festival is back, bigger than ever
The Laneway Festival 2020 lineup is here….and hot damn it is a big one.
Pop gems, psych-rock dynamite, indie-rock stunners, the fastest Australian risers, one of the biggest acts in the world – expect this, and so much more, when the festival lands next January.
Leading the way is none other than English pop-electro-rock band The 1975. Ready to kick-off their huge arena tour on our shores this Friday, the band have now booked in another visit (following the release of their next album) only a handful of months later. No need for FOMO if you were too slow to get tickets (not looking at anyone….okay maybe I’m looking at myself). They’ve spent most of the year carving up stages around the world and stunning crowds at some of the globe’s biggest festivals – and they are showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.
Joining them is one of the most exciting and boundary-pushing electro-pop artists in the world, Charli XCX. Her Laneway Festival visit comes hot on the heels of her new album Charli, a record that tales her experimental pop stylings to a whole new, beautiful level. This one is an exclusive visit, so if you want to experience the Charli-show (and let’s face it, you’d be crazy not to) Laneway is the only place to be.
The first Australian to pop up on the list is Sydney wunderkind Ruel. What an incredible time he has been having – ARIA awards, sold-out Sydney Opera House shows, breaking records left, right, and centre – when you’re looking at Ruel, you’re looking at the future of pop music, there is no doubt about it. While chilling near the top of the Laneway Festival lineup might seem like a mighty step for the young star, you can be certain that in a few years these stages are going to seem intimate.
The last Australian exclusive on the lineup is international heavy-hitter, American rapper Earl Sweatshirt. We haven’t heard from the Odd-Future alumnus since he dropped his huge third album Some Rap Songs back in 2018, so we can only hope that his little Australian visit means new music is on the way.
The international visitors arriving on our shores for Laneway Festival 2020 have us psyched. Rapper J.I.D and Canada’s viral king BBNO$ are in the mix, as is Brit soul-pop star Mahalia and Irish punks Fontaines D.C. (who dropped one of our favourite albums in Dogrel earlier this year.)
Don’t think that’s all though – because the Australian contingent is just as exciting. Prepare for singalongs with the likes of Ocean Alley and DMA’s, huge rock numbers from psych-legends King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and lovable surf-punks Hockey Dad, one of the most successful female pop artists in Australian history Tones and I, as well as some of our ultimate favourites like Stella Donnelly (AKA “one of the most talented and vital voices in Australian music”), Melbourne future-soul queen Kaiit, and Sunshine Coast punks The Chats.
In summary, it’s time to prepare for January, when the tidal wave that is Laneway Festival 2020 hits.
Charli XCX (Festival Exclusive, No Sideshows)
Earl Sweatshirt (Festival Exclusive, No Sideshows)
Tones and I
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Mahalia (East Coast only)
Oliver Tree (Excl. Fremantle)
Hatchie (East Coast only)
Spacey Jane (Excl. Fremantle)
Kucka (Excl. Adelaide)
JessB (East Coast only)
George Alice (Adelaide only)
The Lazy Eyes (Sydney only)
Laneway Festival 2020 goes on sale Thursday 26 September @ 9am (local time). Cop your tickets through our mates at Moshtix.