Fifteen years on, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is still going strong – and it’s bigger than ever. Australia’s beloved touring festival – and the winner of Best Australian Festival at the NME Awards 2020 – returns to six cities across the country (plus New Zealand) in late January. What do you need to know about Laneway? Here’s NME Australia’s complete guide to the festival, handy links and all.
What’s the latest news?
- The 1975 pull out of their headlining set in Laneway Brisbane due to frontman Matty Healy’s recent health struggles.
- Youth tickets have sold out in Adelaide.
- triple j has announced live broadcasts of sets and interviews with select performers at Laneway Sydney.
- Laneway has unveiled the list of acts participating in artist signings.
Which cities and venues will Laneway be staged in this year?
Laneway will come to six cities across Australia and New Zealand this year, kicking off in Auckland, NZ before heading to Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and last but not least, Fremantle. Find the full list of venues below.
Auckland – Albert Park
Brisbane – Brisbane Showgrounds
Sydney – The Domain
Adelaide – Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide
Melbourne – Footscray Park, Footscray
Fremantle – Esplanade Reserve and West End
Singapore is not on the cards for Laneway Festival in 2020. The festival was staged there from 2011 to 2018, but skipped the Southeast Asian city in 2019. Though Laneway said the Singaporean edition of the festival might return later in that year, the festival ultimately did not take place in the city in 2019.
When does Laneway Festival 2020 take place?
Laneway Festival kicks off on Monday, January 27 in Auckland, and will close in Fremantle on Sunday, February 9. Find the full list of dates below:
January 27 – Auckland
February 1 – Brisbane
February 2 – Sydney
February 7 – Adelaide
February 8 – Melbourne
February 9 – Fremantle
Who’s on the lineup for Laneway Festival 2020?
The lineup for Laneway Festival 2020 varies per city, as usual – and it’s stacked, also as usual. International pop giants The 1975 and Charli XCX will headline Laneway Festival 2020, along with a slew of other North American and UK artists that hail from the worlds of rap, R&B, rock, pop and more: Earl Sweatshirt, J.I.D., bbno$, Mahalia, Oliver Tree, Omar Apollo and Col3trane among them.
On February 1, less than an hour before they were due to perform, The 1975 pulled out of their headline set at Laneway Brisbane. The band said in a statement: “Matty was hospitalised following a bout of serious sickness and unfortunately after a medical examination at 5.30pm today the doctor has advised that Matty is too weak to play.”
Dublin post-punk band Fontaines D.C., who were announced as part of the initial Laneway lineup, have pulled out of all Laneway dates due to “ongoing recording commitments for our new album”, they wrote in a statement on January 21. They will be replaced by Perth band Psychedelic Porn Crumpets.
Meanwhile, there’s a characteristically strong crop of Aussie and New Zealand artists playing Laneway 2020. The artists on this formidable list will be playing Australian and Auckland dates, though be sure to check your city’s lineup to see who’s on the bill.
The bands include: Ruel, Ocean Alley, DMA’s, Tones And I, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Hockey Dad, The Chats, Kaiit, Benee, Hatchie, Stella Donnelly, Last Dinosaurs, West Thebarton, Spacey Jane, Kučka, Pist Idiots, JessB, George Alice, The Lazy Eyes, Hope D, First Beige, Miiesha, Sycco, Dvna, 100, Jess Day, Agung Mango and Dulcie.
The last five acts of that list – Dvna (Brisbane), 100 (Sydney), Jess Day (Adelaide), Agung Mango (Melbourne) and Dulcie (WA) – are triple j unearthed winners. They will open a stage in each city.
On January 21, Aussie dance outfit Rüfüs Du Sol dropped out from the Laneway Auckland lineup due to “reasons beyond their control”. Avant garde electronic artist Holly Herndon will join the Auckland lineup, as will New Zealand singer Marlon Williams.
Also exclusive to Laneway in Auckland are Julia Jacklin, The Beths, Soaked Oats, Eleven7Four, Mermaidens, Kedr Livansky, CC:Disco!, Tapes (Live), Filth Akl and Friendly Potential DJs.
On January 14, Laneway announced the return of the Girls Rock! Stage to Adelaide for its second year. Girls Rock! is a non-profit that hosts national camps to empower young female, transgender and gender-diverse people in music.
Newly added acts to the Girls Rock! Stage in Adelaide include Lonelyspeck, Stacey Says, Shahrae, Homeward Bound and Katie Pomeroy. They will join already-announced acts Hatchie and Kučka.
To see the full Laneway 2020 lineup by city, head to the festival’s official website via the links below:
Laneway Festival 2020 lineup in Auckland
Laneway Festival 2020 lineup in Brisbane
Laneway Festival 2020 lineup in Sydney
Laneway Festival 2020 lineup in Adelaide
Laneway Festival 2020 lineup in Melbourne
Laneway Festival 2020 lineup in Fremantle
What are the set times for Laneway Festival 2020?
Laneway set times are finally out! On January 21, the festival revealed who would be playing where and when for all Laneway stops. You can check out the set times below or find them on the festival website or the Laneway smartphone app (available on both iOS and Android).
Laneway Festival 2020 Auckland set times:
Laneway Festival 2020 Brisbane set times:
Laneway Festival 2020 Sydney set times:
Laneway Festival 2020 Adelaide set times:
Laneway Festival 2020 Melbourne set times:
Laneway Festival 2020 Fremantle set times:
Will there be live broadcasts from Laneway?
Yes – triple j will be broadcasting sets and interviews from Laneway Sydney. You can tune in via radio, online or the triple j app. On January 29, the radio station confirmed the full list of broadcasts from The Domain on February 2. Check them out below:
2.10pm – 100
2.30pm – KUČKA
3.00pm – Spacey Jane
3.35pm – Tones And I
4.25pm – Hockey Dad
5.15pm – DMA’s
6.05pm – Ruel
6.55pm – Ocean Alley
7.45pm – Benee
8.20pm – Oliver Tree
8.45pm – Charli XCX
9.40pm – The 1975
Are there meet & greets or ways to meet artists at Laneway?
There will be artist signings at Laneway, taking place at the festival’s record stalls. Fans will line up to have something signed. Those who buy records from the stalls will be prioritised.
On January 28, Laneway unveiled the list of artists who will be participating in signings: Charli XCX, Ruel, Benee, Hockey Dad, The Chats, Stella Donnelly and KUČKA. Times have not been confirmed yet.
What Laneway afterparties are taking place?
On January 20, Laneway unveiled lineups and released tickets for official afterparties for the Australian stops of the festival. Notable acts include Charli XCX (who’s headlining the Sydney and Melbourne afterparties), The Chats (who will play live in Brisbane and a DJ set in Adelaide) and Omar Apollo (who will play live in Brisbane).
The afterparties will double as bushfire fundraisers for those affected by the country’s ongoing bushfire crisis. Find the list of shows and ticketing links below.
February 1 – Brisbane, Woolly Mammoth – The Chats (live), Omar Apollo (live), Cub Sport (DJ), Half Queen (DJ), more TBA
February 2 – Sydney, Oxford Art Factory – Charli XCX (live), Oliver Tree (live), Ocean Alley (DJ), Half Queen (DJ), Sauti Systems & friends, Laneway DJs
February 7 – Adelaide, Lion Arts Factory – The Chats (DJ), West Thebarton (DJ), more TBA
February 8 – Melbourne, The Night Cat – Charli XCX (live), Oliver Tree (live), Laneway DJs, One Million Infinity DJs, more TBA
February 9 – Fremantle, Freo Social – Spacey Jane (live), Kučka (DJ), Pond (DJ)
Laneway will also donate 50 cents from every beer sold at each event to a local bushfire release charity (which will be announced closer to the date).
Who’s playing Laneway sideshows this year?
bbno$, Col3trane and Omar Apollo have been scheduled to play official Laneway Festival sideshows. Meanwhile, other artists like Fontaines D.C., J.I.D. and Mahalia will also be making their Australia outings count with headline shows announced in Sydney and Melbourne.
Canadian rapper bbno$ will bring his BBNO$ Epic Tour Name Tour to the Howler in Melbourne on Wednesday, January 29, and the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on Monday, February 3, the day after the festival. Perth-based, Zimbabwe-born rapper Arno Faraji will open both shows. Tickets for the Melbourne show are available for $50 at Moshtix. The Sydney show has sold out. Both gigs are 18+.
Following bbno$ is UK hip-hop/R&B act Col3trane, who will take the Howler stage in Melbourne on Thursday, January 30, and Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on Tuesday, February 4. He will be accompanied by a special guest, who has yet to be announced. Tickets for Col3trane’s Melbourne show and Sydney show are priced at $48, and are available via Moshtix. Both shows are 18+.
Omar Apollo will also play Laneway sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney. The neo-soul/funk/pop artist will play the Corner Hotel in Melbourne on Wednesday, January 29 – with Aussie songwriter Stevan as the opening act – and the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on Wednesday, February 5. Tickets for Apollo’s Sydney gig are available at $45 on Moshtix. Head to the Corner Hotel’s website for tickets to his Melbourne gig.
Fontaines D.C. had previously booked headlining shows at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Friday, January 31, and Sydney’s Paddington RSL on Tuesday, February 4, both of which sold out. However, on January 21 Fontaines D.C. pulled out of Laneway and have postponed those headlining shows.
Dreamville Record rapper J.I.D. will headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney, hitting Max Watts Sydney on Tuesday, February 4, and 170 Russell in Melbourne the following day. Tickets for his Sydney show are available at $77 on Oztix, while tickets for the Melbourne concert are $76 on Moshtix.
R&B crooner Mahalia – and special guest Adrian Eagle – will headline Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Thursday, January 30, and after that Melbourne’s 170 Russell on Tuesday, February 4. The Melbourne show is sold out, but tickets for her Sydney show are still available for $49 via Ticketek.
Is there an age limit for Laneway?
In a new development for 2020, all of Laneway’s Australian dates are now open to concertgoers aged 16 and above.
The Sydney edition was the final Laneway stop to become 16+, as was announced on December 17. In a statement, Laneway Festival promoters said, “We’ve worked really hard with police and the Royal Botanic Garden Trust (the authority for The Domain) to make this happen. We’ve had a really positive experience in every other city and look forward to putting on another fun, safe event for a new generation of music fans at our new home in The Domain this February.”
Laneway Festival in Auckland, New Zealand, on the other hand, remains an 18+ event.
How much do Laneway tickets cost?
General admission ticket prices for Laneway vary according to city, and increase as they move from first to fourth (and final) release.
On January 31, Laneway announced that youth tickets for Adelaide had sold out. Adult tickets, though “almost completely gone”, are still available.
Find Laneway ticket prices for each festival below:
Auckland: GA tickets available at $185 (without fees).
Brisbane: 3rd release GA tickets for adults and youths available at $149.90 (without fees).
Sydney: 2nd release GA tickets for youths available at $149.90 (without fees), and 3rd release GA tickets for adults available at $169.90 (without fees).
Adelaide: 3rd release GA tickets for adults available at $129.90 (without fees).
Melbourne: 3rd release GA tickets for adults and youths available at $169.90 (without fees).
Fremantle: 3rd release GA tickets for adults and youths available at $129.90 (without fees).
How do I get tickets for Laneway?
Tickets for Laneway are available online now! Second and third release general admission Laneway tickets for adults (i.e. 18+) and youths (16+) are currently on sale, not to mention VIP upgrades and guardian bundles (one adult ticket for half-price plus a youth ticket for full price).
Find the ticketing links below.
Auckland: Buy tickets for Laneway Festival 2020 in Auckland here.
Brisbane: Buy tickets for Laneway Festival 2020 in Brisbane here.
Sydney: Buy tickets for Laneway Festival 2020 in Sydney here.
Adelaide: Buy tickets for Laneway Festival 2020 in Adelaide here.
Melbourne: Buy tickets for Laneway Festival 2020 in Melbourne here.
Fremantle: Buy tickets for Laneway Festival 2020 in Fremantle here.