The first full batch of sideshows for next year’s Laneway Festival have been announced, with 10 acts lined up for headline shows along the east coast.
Most of the artists teed up will be performing their own shows in Sydney and Melbourne. In the former city, North London rapper Knucks will play the Metro Theatre on Thursday February 2. American hyperpop duo 100 Gecs will play there the night after (February 3), followed by Norweigan indie artist Girl In Red the following Monday (February 6), UK rapper Slowthai that Tuesday (February 7), British DJ Ross From Friends on Wednesday (February 8) and American punk rock band Turnstile on Thursday (February 9).
Elsewhere in the city, Leeds post-punk band Yard Act will play the Oxford Art Factory on Thursday February 1, and the Tuesday after (February 7) will see English producer and DJ Fred Again.. at the Enmore Theatre and American indie-rock band The Backseat Lovers at the Factory Theatre.
The Backseat Lovers will also play Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Friday February 3, while Fred Again.. will play the city’s Forum Theatre two days earlier (February 1). Three of the Melbourne shows will take place at 170 Russell – Girl In Red will perform there on Wednesday February 1, followed by Ross From Friends the following Tuesday (February 7) and Slowthai the night after (February 8).
Two bands, meanwhile, will play the Northcote Theatre in the eponymous Melbourne suburb – Turnstile on Friday February 3 and 100 Gecs on Thursday February 9. Yard Act, meanwhile, will play The Night Cat in Fitzroy on Tuesday January 31, and Knucks will play the Croxton Bandroom in Thornbury on Friday February 3.
These Australian dates join the previously-announced dates for Irish indie-rock quintet Fontaines D.C., which themselves are rescheduled from when the band originally planned to tour in early 2020 as part of the festival. Those dates were postponed three times – first to December 2020, then to December 2021 and again to February 2023.
The band are set to play four sold-out shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne – the lattermost of which will see them play two shows back-to-back at the Corner Hotel and Forum Theatre, respectively. To coincide with the announcement of the other Laneway sideshows, the band have announced two additional shows in New Zealand – at Christchurch’s Ngaio Marsh Theatre on Friday January 27, and at Wellington’s Shed 6 on Sunday January 29.
Also over in New Zealand, Fred Again.. will play the aforementioned Shed 6 on Saturday February 28. On the same night, Slowthai will play a Wellington show at San Fran, with 100 Gecs taking to the same stage on Tuesday January 31. The full itinerary for Laneway 2023 sideshows can be found below – click the artist’s name for relevant ticketing information.
Although support acts for most sideshows have not been announced as of yet, Sydney indie-rock four-piece Body Type have been confirmed to open for Fontaines D.C.’s Australian shows. Western Sydney hardcore band Speed, meanwhile, will open for Turnstile at their Sydney and Melbourne sideshows.
Next year’s Laneway will start in Auckland on Tuesday January 31, before heading to Brisbane on Saturday February 4, Sydney on Sunday 5, Adelaide on Friday 10, Melbourne on Saturday 11 and finally Perth on Sunday 12. HAIM and Joji will both perform exclusively at the festival, while other names on the line-up include Phoebe Bridgers, Mallrat, The Beths and Tasman Keith. The Jungle Giants were also announced last month as a late addition.
The full list of sideshows for Laneway Festival 2023 is:
Tuesday January 31 – Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington, San Fran
Friday February 3 – Warrang/Sydney, Metro Theatre
Thursday February 9 – Naarm/Melbourne, Northcote Theatre
THE BACKSEAT LOVERS
Friday February 3 – Naarm/Melbourne, Corner Hotel
Tuesday February 7 – Warrang/Sydney, Factory Theatre
Wednesday February 1 – Warrang/Sydney, Metro Theatre
Tuesday February 7 – Naarm/Melbourne, Forum
FONTAINES D.C. (with Body Type, Aus only)
Friday January 27 – Ōtautahi/Christchurch, Ngaio Marsh Theatre
Sunday January 29 – Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington, Shed 6
Wednesday February 1 – Sydney, UNSW Roundhouse
Thursday February 2 – Meanjin/Brisbane, The Triffid
Tuesday February 7 – Melbourne, Corner Hotel
Wednesday February 8 – Melbourne, The Forum
Saturday January 28 – Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington, Shed 6
Wednesday February 1 – Naarm/Melbourne, The Forum
Tuesday February 7 – Warrang/Sydney, Enmore Theatre
GIRL IN RED
Wednesday February 1 – Naarm/Melbourne, 170 Russell
Monday February 6 – Warrang/Sydney, Metro Theatre
Thursday February 2 – Warrang/Sydney, Metro Theatre
Friday February 3 – Naarm/Melbourne, Croxton Bandroom
ROSS FROM FRIENDS
Tuesday February 7 – Naarm/Melbourne, 170 Russell
Wednesday February 8 – Warrang/Sydney, Metro Theatre
Sunday January 29 – Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington, San Fran
Tuesday February 7 – Warrang/Sydney, Metro Theatre
Wednesday February 8 – Naarm/Melbourne, 170 Russell
TURNSTILE (with Speed)
Friday February 3 – Naarm/Melbourne, Northcote Theatre
Thursday February 9 – Warrang/Sydney, Metro Theatre
Tuesday January 31 – Naarm/Melbourne, The Night Cat
Thursday February 2 – Warrang/Sydney, Oxford Art Factory