Since 2009, the Laneway touring festival has been hitting West Australian shores, showcasing some of the finest talent in contemporary music.
Here at Rotunda we’re pretty excited for this year’s festival so here’s our top picks:
Car Seat Headrest
Seattle-based indie darling, Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest will be embarking on his first Australian tour at Laneway 2017 and by gosh you will be kicking yourself if you miss this wizzkid. Toledo’s brand of lo-fi pop has certainly changed a lot since 2011’s superb ‘Twin Fantasy’, in particular taking a more polished approach to production since his signing with Matador Records. On record one can get lost in the layers of shrill, scratchy guitar and moans of longing, and we can’t see this losing any momentum live.
All the way from Manchester, Floating Points is also bringing his live show to Australia for the first time. The producer’s 2015 release ‘Elaenia’ played like an artist coming into the spotlight at his absolute peak. Skirmishes of free jazz, post-rock and waves atmospheric synths made this record the essential experience it is, and will no doubt go hard live.
It would be an understatement to say that Melbourne garage-punk outfit Camp Cope’s 2016 was anything but huge. Their debut self-titled album caused huge waves nationally and internationally and the all-female band took in all in their stride. Definitely one not to miss at Laneway.
Of course we couldn’t round up a list of essential artists at the Laneway 2017 without mentioning the festival MC’s A. B. Original. There’s something really captivating about rap duo of Briggs and Trials, whether it’s their energetic brand of hip-hop or the pertinence of their lyrics surrounding Indigenous Australians, they’re an easy essential of the day.
FOOD & BEV:
Whether you know them from the late night Northbridge Noodlebar or not, a visit to Lucky Chan’s Bao Bar is a must if you’re feeling those festival food feels.
Papa B’s Tortas
Central American style food greets you at Papa B’s, grab yourself some tasty street-food between acts to help you power on through the night.
Perhaps something you might not realise when you walk through the gates of Esplanade reserve is the involvement of charity organisation Plus 1. Plus 1 works by connecting “artists, causes and music fans”, partnering bands and events that donate $1 per ticket to charity organisations. Upwards of $4 million has been raised for organisations dealing with poverty and injustice, so that’s something to make you feel better about taking a sickie for Laneway.
Yiriman and The Dean Turner Project
Since 2011, Dean Turner has helped raise over $157,000 for Aboriginal youth in the Kimberley region, re-connect the younger members of the community with their Elders and strengthening their sense of identity. Laneway has partnered with the project for this years festival, find out more here.