Catch these incredible artists on the verge in an intimate venue at the Laneway sideshows this summer. See below for ticketing info.
Fans of intelligent, crystalline pop music have fallen hard for CHVRCHES, the Glaswegian trio led by charismatic frontwoman Lauren Mayberry and flanked by Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. Their brilliant debut The Bones of What You Believe dropped a few weeks ago to rave reviews and they’re evidently incapable of producing anything other than whip-smart, hook-laden synth pop (see: singles ‘Recover’, ‘Gun’, ‘The Mother We Share’). The reviews have been glowing: a Best New Music Stamp from Pitchfork and 9/10s everywhere. With sell out headline tours in Australia, UK and US, a triumphant, award-winning appearance at SXSW and a string of stadium dates with Depeche Mode, this is CHVRCHES’ moment.
CHRVCHES will be supported by rising Sydney producer Elizabeth Rose, who is rightly having her moment in the sun. After wowing the masses with her vocal performance on Flight Facilities’ ‘I Didn’t Believe’ and releasing a succession of well-received singles, Elizabeth has stepped it up on new track ‘The Good Life’ - we encourage you to check out the great video here.
Presented by triple j and FasterLouder
Wednesday, 29 January
Forum Theatre (18+) Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday, 4 February
Metro Theatre (All ages) Sydney, NSW
Archy Marshall is KING KRULE, one of the year’s most exciting artists in a crowded field. Having variously been compared to Joe Strummer, Edwyn Collins and Morrissey, King Krule actually sounds like nothing but himself. Incorporating elements of jazz, dubstep and hiphop and delivered in a remarkable voice, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is the poetic debut of an artist with a lifelong career ahead of him. On stage King Krule is frankly unstoppable: a mesmerising, magnetic tour de force.
Presented by FBi and RRR
Tuesday, 28 January
The Corner Hotel (18+) Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday, 4 February
Oxford Art Factory (18+) Sydney, NSW
Everyone’s hyped on SAVAGES, the London all-girl post-punk four-piece whose awaited long-player Silence Yourself (Matador Records) has lived up to the expectation set by their feverish early shows. It’s essential listening: pulsing bass lines, howling vocals and penetrating lyrics, all performed with a frenetic energy and great sense of urgency. Their SXSW appearance made a serious impact, with admiration coming from the likes of NPR, The Atlantic and the L.A Times. Silence Yourself picked up a prestigious Mercury Prize nomination and their headline-creating live show will be a highlight.
Audiences will also be treated to a set from fellow Laneway Festival amigo KIRIN J CALLINAN who is racing through what has been an incredibly full and accomplished year. Set to deliver an unpredictable, enigmatic cut from his acclaimed debut Embracism, you can expect to start the night with an unnerving balance of performance art and rock.
Presented by FBi, RRR and The Vine
Thursday, 30 January
The Hi-Fi (18+) Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday, 5 February
The Metro (All ages) Sydney, NSW