Sideshows, Sideshows, Sideshows!
Festivals can be elusive, mysterious beasts: you sometimes miss bands you wanted to see, and see bands you had no intention of seeing, but are glad you did anyway. Frequently, these experiences can leave you wanting more, which is where sideshows come in.
As the festival winds its way west for next weekend's dates in Adelaide and Perth, Sydney and Melbourne can look forward to a week of rich delights, with sideshows by a bevy of Laneway acts every day this week. Deep breath:
Portand experimental rock-trio Menomena are playing at Sydney's The Factory Theatre tonight (tix here or here), and then Melbourne's East Brunswick Club on Wednesday February 9. A definite highlight of the festivals so far, these lads are not to be missed.
Veteran art-rockers Blonde Redhead also play tonight at Billboard in Melbourne; Sydneysiders can catch Yeasayer tonight at The Metro Theatre, or Two Door Cinema Club at the Enmore Theatre. Those two bands will then head south, with TDCC playing The Prince Bandroom on Tuesday (all ages) and Wednesday, and Yeasayer playing Billboard on Thursday.
Brooklyn dudes Bear In Heaven and The Antlers are playing what promises to be a pretty enormous double bill at Melbourne's Corner Hotel on Wednesday night; Foals and Holy Fuck are also teaming up for a big one at the Enmore on Thursday.
Last but definitely not least, L.A. psych rockers Warpaint, fresh from winning over festival audiences in three countries, will take the stage at the Oxford Art Factory on Tuesday night, followed by a show at Melbourne's Northcote Social Club on Thursday.