The First Official Laneway Festival 2014 Sideshows have been announced, with a contingent of the impressive lineup headed to Australia next February confirming dates for capital cities around the country.
Glaswegian synthpop trio, the sexism-tackling Chvrches, British prodigy King Krule, and all-female post-punk outfit Savages are three major highlights of the Laneway 2014 lineup, and all are now playing sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney to accompany their appearances at all five legs of the boutique indie music festival as it travels around the country.
Get the full ticket details, dates, and venues below, and don’t forget the accompanying announcement of Laneway Festival 2014 sideshows from Jagwar Ma, Kurt Vile, Cass McCombs, Daughter, Frightened Rabbit, Parquet Courts, and Mount Kimbie.
CHVRCHES Laneway 2014 Sideshows
Fans of intelligent, crystalline pop music have fallen hard for Chvrches, the Glaswegian trio led by charismatic frontwoman Lauren Mayberry and flanked by Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. Their brilliant debut The Bones of What You Believe dropped to rave reviews (including our Tone Deaf reviewer calling the record a “brilliant, mind-blowing debut”), and they’re evidently incapable of producing anything other than whip-smart, hook-laden synth pop (see: singles ‘Recover’, ‘Gun’, ‘The Mother We Share’). With sell out headline tours in Australia, UK and US, a triumphant, award-winning appearance at SXSW and a string of stadium dates with Depeche Mode, this is Chvrches’ moment.
Chvrchres will be supported by rising Sydney producer Elizabeth Rose, who is rightly having her moment in the sun. After wowing the masses with her vocal performance on Flight Facilities’ ‘I Didn’t Believe’ and releasing a succession of well-received singles, Elizabeth has stepped it up on new track ‘The Good Life’
Wednesday, 29 January – Forum Theatre (18 +) Melbourne, VIC
w/ Elizabeth Rose
Tuesday, 4 February – Metro Theatre (All ages) Sydney, NSW
w/ Elizabeth Rose
King Krule Laneway 2014 Sideshows
Archy Marshall is King Krule, one of the year’s most exciting artists in a crowded field. Having variously been compared to Joe Strummer, Edwyn Collins and Morrissey, King Krule actually sounds like nothing but himself. Incorporating elements of jazz, dubstep and hiphop and delivered in a remarkable voice, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is the poetic debut of an artist with a lifelong career ahead of him. On stage King Krule is frankly unstoppable: a mesmerising, magnetic tour de force.
Tuesday, 28 January – Melbourne, VIC The Corner Hotel (18+)
Tuesday, 4 February – Sydney, NSW Oxford Art Factory (18+)
Savages Laneway 2014 Sideshows
Everyone’s hyped on Savages, the London all-girl post-punk four-piece whose awaited long-player Silence Yourself (Matador Records) has lived up to the expectation set by their feverish early shows. It’s essential listening: pulsing bass lines, howling vocals and penetrating lyrics, all performed with a frenetic energy and great sense of urgency. Their SXSW appearance made a serious impact, with admiration coming from the likes of NPR, The Atlantic and the L.A Times. Silence Yourself picked up a prestigious Mercury Prize nomination and their headline-creating live show will be a highlight.
Audiences will also be treated to a set from fellow Laneway Festival amigo Kirin J Callinan who is racing through what has been an incredibly full and accomplished year. Set to deliver an unpredictable, enigmatic cut from his acclaimed debut Embracism, you can expect to start the night with an unnerving balance of performance art and rock.
Thursday, 30 January – The Hi-Fi Melbourne (18+)
w/ Kirin J Callinan
Wednesday, 5 February – The Metro Sydney (All-Ages)
w/ Kirin J Callinan
Chvrches, King Krule, and Savages are all performing at Laneway Festival 2014.
Laneway 2014 Dates & Venues
Brisbane: Friday 31st January – RNA, Fortitude Valley
Melbourne: Saturday 1st February – Footscray Community Arts Centre/River’s Edge
Sydney: Sunday 2nd February – Sydney College Of The Arts, Rozelle
Adelaide: Friday 7th February – Harts Mill, Port Adelaide
Perth: Saturday 8th February – Esplanade Park and West End, Fremantle
Tickets and info at http://lanewayfestival.com/