Laneway Festival 2017 line-up announced

Laneway Festival announce 2017 line-up

"Regardless of who you were there to see, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival delivered on its reputation for bringing international and local indie-authenticity to Auckland." - Noisey

"If Laneway's physical borders need to expand for its next event, this year's eclectic line-up showed its musical ones already have, with an explosion of micro-genres across the site's four stages." - The New Zealand Herald

“Laneway 2K16 succeeded by keeping true to its promise of delivering untrodden talent straight to our doorstep.” - The Wireless

It's go-time. As always, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival has revealed it's line-up for New Zealand's eighth edition of the original inner-city boutique festival.

In keeping with tradition, it's a risk-taking line-up that goes deep and wide: supporting the best new international and local talent, while welcoming back acts that once occupied early slots to close out the festival. With a bold selection of contemporary icons and emerging game-changers, we're amped for Auckland Anniversary Day at Albert Park precinct.

In alphabetical order:

AURORA - Bob Moses - Car Seat Headrest - Clams Casino -

Cut Off Your Hands - DMA'S - Fazerdaze - Flight Facilities -

Floating Points (Live) - Fortunes - Glass Animals -

Julia Jacklin - k2k - Mick Jenkins-  Mr. Carmack - NAO -

Nick Murphy (Chet Faker) - Nikolai - Purple Pilgrims - Refused -

Tame Impala - The Chills - The Julie Ruin - The Veils - Tourist -

Tycho - White Lung - Whitney - Yukon Era   

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Have a browse through the faces you will be seeing in Auckland's Albert Park next year for St. Jerome's Laneway Festival 2017. 

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Preternaturally talented songwriter AURORA joins us from Bergen, Norway just out of her teens. Her fantastical, assured debut All My Demons Meet Me As A Friend is filled with euphoric pop moments that belie the introspective nature of her thoughtful lyrics. Live, AURORA is a force - it’s hard to take your eyes off her - and she has mesmerised TV audiences with performances on Jimmy Fallon, Conan and Colbert amongst others. Check out her breakout single ‘Running With Wolves’ here.


Canadian high school buddies Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance are BOB MOSES, and they’re masters of their craft. Producing late-night dancefloor numbers with a guitar-driven, pop sensibility, Bob Moses effortlessly glide from genre to genre. Days Gone By,the duo’s critically acclaimed debut album was named one of the best albums of 2015 by Entertainment Weekly, Billboard Magazine, Dancing Astronaut, Hilly Dilly and many more. Borrowing from electronica and indie-rock but slaves to neither, the result is music that is equally suited to headphones as it is to festival slots and warehouse parties. Voted as one of the top 20 live acts of 2014 and 2015 by Resident Advisor, they’re one of our tips for surprise hits of the festival. 



Will Toledo of CAR SEAT HEADREST has written and recorded no less than 12 albums, which is a bit unfair given he’s only 23 years old. But it’s Teens of Denial, the Seattle-based songwriter’s first formal studio record that has everyone talking. Signed to Matador Records (home to Laneway alumni Kurt Vile, Savages and Majical Cloudz), CSH’s insightful reflections of early 20-something life and guitar-driven anthems have him tipped as the modern indie-rock hero we’ve been waiting for. Anticipation for this guy’s first Australasian dates is growing by the day: see you down the front.


New Jersey hip-hop producer CLAMS CASINO is widely credited as laying down the template for modern rap music, thanks to his hugely influential Instrumental Mixtape series of 2011 and production credits for heavyweight talent including Vince Staples, Lil B, Danny Brown, FKA twigs and loads more.  Debut album 32 Levels establishes Clams as a seriously talented artist in his own right. Featuring an expertly curated cast of guests including Laneway grad Samuel T. Herring (Future Islands) and Staples, the album demonstrates his versatility and ensures his elevation from cult hero to serious contender. 



It’s been so long since post-punk treasures CUT OFF YOUR HANDS actively released music that one of the top Google hits for the name is their MySpace page. We are totally elated to announce that not only will one of our all-time favourite Kiwi acts be returning to Laneway, but that they’ll be releasing music before the end of 2016. Take some time to reacquaint yourself with the magic of Cut Off Your Hands by listening to this RNZ session.


Sydneysiders DMA’S absolutely nailed the 2016 Australian Laneway dates, and in 2017 they’ll cross the ditch to bring the live show that NME calls “truly thrilling” to New Zealand for the first time. It has been a huge year for the trio with the release of much anticipated debut album Hills End, an appearance at Coachella and on the coveted secret spot at Glastonbury. We can’t wait to rock out with the most exciting Aussie rock n roll band of the moment.



It’s been a couple of years since we started noticing Amelia Murray’s “wistful and dreamy guitar pop” project FAZERDAZE and 2016 has seen more of the world catch on with glowing write-ups on sites like The 405, and Mess and Noise. The live show expands to a band of four and it’s been a significant touring year with dates across the UK with BIG DEAL, visits across the ditch and a first time appearance in New York. Here’s the video premiere of 'Little Uneasy' on
The 405.


It’s been a long time coming. Finally Aussie electronic duo FLIGHT FACILITIES are crossing the Tasman for their New Zealand debut. These guys are on the influential Future Classic label and they’re about to take off for a major American tour after festival dates through the European summer. This is an electronic act that will impress, they’re fresh from an epic headline show with Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Weekender where they had 15,000 fans on their feet. Reviewers called the “brilliantly balanced” and a “rare display.” Bring. It. On.



Manchester’s FLOATING POINTS is bringing his live show to Australia for the very first time. A respected DJ in the league of his friends Four Tet and Jamie xx, the dance-music trailblazer and vinyl aficionado’s debut LP Elaeniais an essential listen. Abundant in sweeping, complex sounds and slow-building energy, it makes for timeless and poignant electronic music. Case in point: album opener ‘Nespole’. The release is a summation of all things Sam Sheppard - producer, neuroscientist, label founder, ensemblist, visual artist - and that’s only scraping the surface. Floating Points (Live) is an aural spectacle foregoing all the tropes we’ve come to know in dance music. 


Melbourne duo FORTUNES bring together intimate electronic music, classic soul and gritty hip-hop to make a truly unmissable act. A collaboration between producer Barnaby Matthews and vocalist Conor McCabe - both originally from NZ - Fortunes meld layered soundscapes on thick, glitchy bass-lines. You can get their latest release Jacket as a name your price EP on Bandcamp.



With 2014’s Zaba, experimental pop outfit GLASS ANIMALS produced one of the more interesting debuts in recent times and word amongst critics and fans spread quickly. The Oxford quartet have done it again with their new album How To Be A Human Being.  At once wildly imaginative and meticulously crafted, the recent triple j Feature Album is replete with charming characters, interesting beats and polished pop hooks.  Their live show is exuberant, ambitious and wholly engaging from start to finish. We’re not the first people to say that Glass Animals are a band destined for major things.


Blue Mountains singer/songwriter JULIA JACKLIN was a genuine standout of this year’s SXSW and she is quickly earning her place as one of the country’s most exciting new talents. International attention has come from the likes of influential tastemakers NPR, Consequence Of Sound, DIY Mag, The 405, Noisey as well as BBC Radio 1, triple j and BBC 6 thanks to her undeniable calling cards: a rich, distinctive voice, and her playful, observational wit. Don’t Let The Kids Win, her forthcoming debut album (out 7 October) is a thoughtful, engaging album that casts her in a league of her own.



Since graduating from Red Bull Music Academy in 2015 Katherine Anderson AKA k2k has been releasing tunes, co-producing NZ dance broadcast ‘Scenery: New Zealand’ and throwing parties with Auckland collective, Inky Waves. Katherine's deejay sets present a diverse variety of pre-2000s techno, dusty house tracks and late night boogie tunes. Her debut EP is due to drop before the end of 2016 on NZ dance label Margins.


25-year-old MC/poet MICK JENKINS is the future. With his swift, socially conscious lyricism, and no-bullshit delivery, the young wordsmith has collaborated with the likes of Joey Bada$$, producer-of-the-year Kaytranada, and fellow Chicago-drill clique members Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper. He dished up two outstanding mixtapes, 2014’s The Water[s] and 2015’s Wave[s], and his highly anticipated debut full-length [T]he [H]ealing [C]omponent is coming in hot in just over a week. We’ve got it down as the most important hip-hop record this year. Don’t hesitate!



San Francisco-born, LA-based MR. CARMACK occupies a frontier between a range of different genres, identified by his contemporaries, fans, and himself as purely Carmack. With tasty hip-hop beats the bed-rock of his music, he is one seriously inventive producer. He’s efficient too: only two months after sharing his 2016 Yellow EP, he dropped an epic 54 trackson SoundCloud, ‘cos why not? There’s more where that came from - with a solid devotion to the studio and a grinding work ethic, Mr Carmack is set to release new music in the coming months. Keep your ears to the ground in the lead up to Laneway!


Is future-soul singer/songwriter NAO on track to be the breakout star of the year?  We think so. Her killer single ‘So Good’ and debut EP of the same name was one of 2014’s quiet standouts; an absolute odyssey that deserved to be everywhere. In 2015, NAO made a cameo on Disclosure’s Caracal, and this year the East-London artist made her rightful impact. Her debut full-length For All We Know is an RnB-tinged release that hasgot people talking both sides of the Atlantic, and we’re stoked to be bringing her to Australasia for the first time.



We are thrilled to present NICK MURPHY (Chet Faker)’s first Australian shows since forgoing his alias [which you can read about here. Murphy is set to perform a dynamic new show at Laneway, pulling from his existing catalogue and showcasing new material. Murphy’s achievements as Chet Faker are great and varied. He has appeared in the top 10 of triple j's Hottest 100 for the past three years running (including at #1 for the double-platinum accredited ‘Talk Is Cheap’). His critically acclaimed debut album Built on Glasswas went platinum and his recent collab with Marcus Marr was a bona-fide hit too. He is also a serious player internationally, selling out headline tours and playing major festivals throughout Europe, Asia and North America including main sets at Coachella, Glastonbury, Primavera Sound and more. Please listen to new track 'Fear Less', a brilliant preview of his new sound that mixes past and new influences. Exclusive to Laneway, no sideshows]


Auckland’s NIKOLAI is a non-binary performing artist with an expectation defying sound, mixing in little bits of R&B, hip-hop, neo-soul and electronic music. You may have caught them around town playing Kings Arms and Whammy or down in Wellington for Cuba Street Festival. Nikolai switches between singing and rapping, so their show is all about dualities/dichotomies and reconstructing them.



To see PURPLE PILGRIMS on stage is to be instantly enchanted. Sisters Clementine and Valentine Nixon are originally from  the South Island, and started performing as a duo in China, before touring across the UK and America alongside Gary War and Ariel Pink, now dividing their time between the Coromandel shores and Auckland’s big smoke. They’re the most mysterious Kiwi band of the moment, with The Wireless calling a recent performance “suitably mind-bending and understated.”


Scandinavian noisemakers REFUSED disbanded in 1998 with a farewell show for a mere 50 punters. How things have changed. The re-release of legendary album The Shape of Punk to Come in 2010 made them Pitchforkdarlings garnering a 9.4 score and the best reissue tag. An invitation to play Coachella 2012 turned into an 82 show reunion tour and new music finally showed up in the form of Freedom. Rolling Stone calling the release “the exhilarating sound of a band that still lives by its own rules.”



TAME IMPALA first played Laneway in 2009 and boy, has the game changed for Kevin Parker and co. Third album Currentsis one of the most critically lauded albums in recent history, and catapulted the band from homegrown heroes to major global players. Universally adored, Tame Impala has played innumerable sold-out shows and major festival sets (including Coachella, Glastonbury, FYF and pretty much every other music event of note) and picked up ARIA Awards, J Awards (the only act ever to win it twice), a Brit Award, and two goddamn Grammy noms.  Tame Impala are one of Australia’s most successful and respected exports and we are honoured to have them finish their incredible album cycle by closing the show in every city. [Exclusive to Laneway, no sideshows]


When Billboard said otherworldly pop-makers THE CHILLS were one of the best New Zealand bands of the 1980s, they weren’t exactly giving Kiwi music lovers new information. Fans worldwide rejoiced at the brilliant comeback album Silver Bullets in 2015, and now we have the reissue of Kaleidoscope World that’s been extended to 26 tracks including live cuts and rarities. As soon as we heard the reissue, we knew they needed to be on the Laneway stage and January 30 is going to be a treat for anyone who loves the Dunedin Sound.



As frontwoman of THE JULIE RUIN, riot grrrl and punk icon Kathleen Hanna is back to finish what she started. Still filled with the searing energy she had when seminal feminist outfit Bikini Kill exploded in the 90s, Hanna assembled four bandmates in 2010 for The Julie Ruin’s raucous debut. Now six years on, they’re back with sophomore album Hit Reset and a new direction - combining the headiness of Hanna’s punk-rock roots and the electroclash sound of her previous incarnation, Le Tigre. Check out punchy single ‘I’m Done’ and ready yourselves to see a living legend at this year’s Laneway Festival. 


The new album by THE VEILS features production by Run The Jewel’s EL-P, who joined us for Laneway in 2014, so it’s only seems right that the part-Kiwi indie sweethearts are heading back to Auckland this summer for Laneway. In the weeks since release Total Depravity has been turning heads - you can read about the album and Finn Andrews’ upcoming appearance in the Twin Peaks reboot in this feature.



It’s been a huge year for Grammy-winning artist and UK heart-throb TOURIST. Known to his mum as Will Phillips, this year he released his highly anticipated debut full-length U; an unsuspecting break-up album filled to the brim with dance-floor burners. It’s an album high in contrasts - four to the floor electronica, with unique ability to make you want to dance and cry. Cementing himself as one of the most in demand electronic acts of 2016, Tourist topped the Hype Machine on two accounts, landed triple j feature album and sold-out his first Australian shows in a matter of days. Do not miss this set.  


Under his nom de plume TYCHO, San Francisco-based visual artist Scott Hanson creates meticulously composed minimal techno. His gorgeous album Awake was an electronic standout of 2014; an effortlessly beautiful 8-track release that emanates warmth. This year Tycho made his anticipated return with his new single ‘Division’.  It comes from his new studio album, rumoured to drop right around Laneway this year.  Psyched!  Expanding live to a 4-piece, Tycho’s blissed-out show is tailor-made for a summer festival afternoon.