The St Jerome's Laneway Festival 2015 bill will finally be announced and it’s promising to be a big one. Last year saw the likes of HAIM, Lorde and Four Tet grace our shores and next year is set to bring another set of cool cats to Australia. Laneway has made a name for itself by selecting the names that are on the tip of every tastemaker's tongue and stray away from booking acts twice. A ticket to Laneway is almost like an insight into what is going to soundtrack the year ahead.
With Canadian sillyman, Mac Demarco, the only act to be booked in yet, here are our stabs in the dark at who will be on the lineup for Laneway 2015.
This one is all but confirmed at this point. The London songstress released her debut album, Goddess, last month and told Music Feeds that a tour is likely for early next year. Given that she’s yet to find herself on a festival lineup for the Summer, Laneway looks like the most certain bet. If she does, expect a brooding, twilight set.
Chances: Lock it in.
This New Zealand duo impressed earlier this year with a set at Splendour in the Grass and followed it up with an expertly crafted debut, Evergreen. Lorde held up the NZ side of the lineup this year and Broods would be the perfect candidate to fill that spot next year. Their album is full of tracks waiting to crossover into the mainstream like the delectable, L.A.F.
Chances: It wouldn’t be a stretch at all.
This year's Laneway had a remarkably strong string of hip-hop acts. Danny Brown, Run The Jewels and Earl Sweatshirt all gave cracker sets. ILOVEMAKONNEN is the latest and greatest name in hip-hop, having been talked-up by Drake. Laneway will no doubt be trying to get their tastemaker hands on the Atlanta rapper. If so, Tuesday may just soundtrack the Summer and every Wednesday hangover after that.
Chances: His strike for the spotlight may have come a little late for Laneway to book him.
After five years, Elly Jackson aka. La Roux, returned with her sophomore record, Trouble In Paradise, this year. It may have not been as big a chart success as her debut but the critics were pretty enamoured by it. It’s full of warm, tropical instrumentation and would go down a treat in the Australian sun. If Falls or Meredith won’t have her, surely Laneway will.
Chances: Please Laneway, don’t let us down gently. Or at all.
His TNGHT collaborator is coming to Australia over New Years but we’re still to hear of a tour announce from Lunice, who released his new track Can’t Wait To not long ago. He has a nice little touring gap at the beginning of February which would be perfect for a trip to Australia. He’d do for the lineup what Cashmere Cat, Four Tet and Jamie xx did last year- inject a little throbbing bass into proceedings.
Chances: It’s going to happen and until Thursday, don’t tell us otherwise.
Laneway has never been big on having huge headliners but if Caribou was to grace the stage in 2015, it would be as good as. The Canadian producer releases his new album Our Love this week which was proceeded by one of the best singles of the year, Can’t Do Without You. He toured Australia in 2011 with Four Tet, who’s been back a number of times since (including for Listen Out) but a Caribou tour is long-awaited.
Chances: It’s been strongly rumoured for years, but has never happened. 2015 could be the year.
Like BANKS, this one is almost a sure thing. FKA Twigs is perhaps one of the most talked about names of 2014 and one that Laneway would be no doubt clamouring to book. After an interview earlier this year, News Corp journalist Mikey Cahill tweeted that Twigs said she will play Laneway in 2015. As far as we’re concerned, we’ll take that. Hopefully by then, this Robert Pattinson press fodder will have disappeared so we can appreciate her spectacular debut live without distraction.
Chances: We don’t even need to phone a friend. Lock it in Eddie.
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Tom Krell last toured Australia back in 2013 and since then has released his most established album yet, What Is This Heart? Many compared Laneway alumni, Autre Ne Veut to Krell last year so maybe it’s time we had the real deal down-under. By all accounts, his live shows are a haunting mix of RnB and electronica swelled by that brilliant voice.
Chances: His tour schedule for next year is clear at this point.
Laneway presented Jungle’s Splendour in the Grass sideshow earlier in the year, meaning they know who to call to get the once-enigmatic, British collective back. Last year they brought HAIM back after they appeared at Splendour in the Grass so clearly the organisers have no problem with it and Jungle fit the Laneway aesthetic perfectly. It’s time that Jungle got to really feel The Heat.
Chances: It’s only a matter of Time until we see Jungle again.
Jordan Lee aka. Mutual Benefit’s debut album Love’s Crushing Diamond has flown a little bit under the radar here in Australia but it’s a beautiful, heart-wrenching piece of work. The Laneway curators have always kept an eye on what is going on overseas, bringing acts over here to introduce them to a new audience. A late afternoon, live rendition of Golden Wake would go down an absolute treat for those looking to discover some new music.
Chances: He played Laneway’s SXSW showcase earlier this year. No doubt there were some deals done there.
Chicago rapper Vic Mensa is another name that has been heavily rumoured for Laneway. He confirmed a tour early next year when he spoke to triple J’s The Doctor and is yet to be announced on any other Summer bill. His track Down On My Luck has been on heavy rotation on triple j which would no doubt make him a huge drawcard for the festival.
Chances: If we had a dollar, we’d be putting it on Mensa. Don’t let us get down on our luck.