Monday, 13 October 2008
Many years ago, as I stood on tip-toe, craning my neck to see Broken Social Scene, trying block out the overpowering smell of piss and drunk bogans, I swore I'd never attend another Melbourne Laneway Festival.
However, the 2009 linup for the now annual event has just been announced, and I gotta admit, I'm very, very tempted to give it a second chance. The festival has expanded from Caledonia Lane into Lonsdale Street (see the photo above) and also into Lt Lonsdale Street alongside the QV building. So maybe it will be easier to get around, as well as see bands and avoid the stinky pissy laneway. One can only hope.
Anyway, here's the lineup, I'm VERY excited by Born Ruffians, Port O'Brien, Stereolab and No Age:
GIRL TALK, STEREOLAB, ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI, THE HOLD STEADY, THE DRONES, CUT OFF YOUR HANDS, FOUR TET, TAME IMPALA, EL GUINCHO, JAY REATARD, BURAKA SOM SISTEMA DJ/MC SET, THE TEMPER TRAP, NO AGE, JOHN STEEL SINGERS, CANYONS, PIVOT, PORT O'BRIEN, HOLLY THROSBY, BORN RUFFIANS, MOUNTAINS IN THE SKY, TIM FITE, STILL FLYIN , DAEDELUS...plus more to be announced
The Laneway Festival also goes to Perth for the first time (as well as Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide), and the Melbourne leg takes place on February 1st. Tickets go on sale October 27th.