If two or three day festivals aren’t your thing, then I highly recommend LANEWAY FESTIVAL, the best one day national / international music event coming to Brisbane in February 2018. Every year the line-up for LANEWAY is always impressive and 2018 is no different. High on the list of must-sees is singer/songwriter, Aldous Harding. The NZ talent has been generating rave reviews since the release of her latest EP, ‘Party’, and Harding doesn’t shy away from showcasing her theatrical style, making her music even more unique. Her live show is sure to be a memorable one you do not want to miss.
Also on the line-up is US band The War on Drugs, who released one of my all-time fave albums ‘Lost in a Dream’ in 2014 and brand-new album ‘A Deeper Understanding’ this year. Hailing from Philadelphia, The War on Drugs front man singer / songwriter Adam Granduciel, is a visionary guitarist and shares the lyrical sensibilities of Bob Dylan. Melodic and lustrous in the studio, I have no doubt The War on Drugs will bring those elements to the stage. With side shows in Sydney and Melbourne selling out fast, this could possibly be your only chance to catch The War on Drugs in Queensland for a long time.
Next on my hit list would be UK band Wolf Alice, a band I have watched live multiple times on YouTube and cannot wait to see in the flesh. In 2015 debut album ‘My Love is Cool’ was released and the much-hyped band were catapulted into the limelight. Since that release Wolf Alice have pretty much been touring non-stop and sophomore album ‘Visions of a Life’, released in October of this year, is showcasing the band as the more than just a one album wonder. I’m hoping to be upfront for this one and can’t wait to hear tracks like ‘Giant Peach’ and ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’ live on stage.
Other highlights this year include Canadian jazz, electronic, free improv band, Badbadnotgood whose collabs with well-known Hip Hop artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Ghostface Killah and Danny Brown have made them one of the most revolutionary and imaginative bands around. Super excited to get my dancing shoes on and getting down with LA, soul band The Internet (pictured) and checking out Anderson.Paak. At the other end of the spectrum I’ve heard Father John Misty puts on a great show too.
On the home front I’m keen to catch Melbourne alt/pop band City Calm Down, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Alex Cameron and Gold Coast darling Amy Shark. I’m really hoping there aren’t going to be many timetable clashes but as you can see with this incredible line-up it’s going to be difficult. Like I mentioned it’s only a one day festival but you could always do multiple LANEWAY festivals by travelling interstate or even overseas to Singapore or New Zealand. Going off this year’s line up it would be totally worth it.
Tickets are on sale now and the festival is ages 16+ at Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hill on February 10, 2018.