Indie kids islandwide are bracing themselves. For eight years, the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival has turned the ‘hipster’ phenomenon into a celebration of commercial proportions, roping in star-studded ensembles of international musicians from the likes of M83, Grimes and The Temper Trap.
And from what was just teased Down Under, 2018 looks to be no exception. The Melbourne-originated spectacle — Singapore was its first overseas venture back in 2011 — has unveiled its performing acts, running the gamut from indie-rock and hip-hop, to folk and electronica.
So why does it matter to folks back here? More often than not, a good chunk of acts slated to play legs in Australia eventually make their way to Singapore’s shores — Laneway Singapore 2018 is currently scheduled for 27 January, while the venue remains undisclosed. Any bets out there that it’s going to be at Gardens By The Bay again?
So here’s the cream of the crop: arguably the biggest reveal on the roster are shoegaze icons, Slowdive, who, not long ago, reunited with one of the most hyped-about comebacks of the decade.
Bonobo, who tinkers with experimental electronica, is another favourite we’re crossing our fingers for; ODESZA is set to shimmer with their dense brand of dream-pop; and Tokimonsta brings the bass to the yard with her hip-hop hard-hitters.
Also joining the fray of previously announced musicians, Mac DeMarco (psych-rock) and Anderson .Paak (r&b), are folk-natured storyteller, Father John Misty, and the improv-laden instrumental outfit, BADBADNOTGOOD.
Wolf Alice and The War On Drugs are other rock-fuelled bands to watch out for, as well as up-and-coming hotshots like Loyle Carner and Aldous Harding.
And even if a couple of these acts don’t make it to the Singapore stage, at least we can always count on the appearance of Singaporean bands doing the local scene proud. Who do you hope to see?
Date: 27 January 2018