4 Incredible Albums Laneway is Bringing to Australia in 2019
Every year, you can bet your bottom dollar that Laneway Festival is bringing critically acclaimed talent from all over the globe. The festival, more than any other in Australia, has proved its worth as an unending source of new obsessions.
In 2019 they’ve booked not just a contingent of Australia’s buzziest acts, but the minds behind some truly outstanding works of art that hit international shelves in the last 12 months.
Here are four 2018 albums we can’t wait to witness in the flesh very soon, thanks to Laneway.
Mitski – Be The Cowboy
Mitski’s fifth studio album Be The Cowboy, released to worldwide acclaim in August, is undoubtedly her finest to date. It capitalised on the gusto she built with Puberty 2 and Bury Me At Makeout Creek, elevating her to the podium she’s been chasing for so long.
At the same time, fame formed much of the basis for Be The Cowboy. Cross-examining her own life as fluently as ever, it’s a stunning piece of work penned by a songwriter at her, perhaps self-aware, peak.
Mitski last toured Australia in the tail end of 2017, but as fans will be quick to assure you, it’s already been far too long.
Jon Hopkins – Singularity
Jon Hopkins’ 2018 opus Singularity boasted the raw power of a lightning strike and the quietus of a rainy autumn morning. It was the album he had envisioned for years, but was forced to wait until recording technology caught up with his far-reaching imagination.
A concept album following the birth, expansion, critical mass, and collapse of a universe, Singularity is a record flooded by notions of nature, the incomprehensible, and the purely awesome.
It has been some years since Hopkins landed in Australia, and Laneway Festival will be the first time he plays songs from Singularity upon our shores.
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!
For their sixth studio album, NYC four-piece Parquet Courts called in the talents of Danger Mouse, perhaps the first person they’d ever shared a studio with who was more legendary than themselves.
The result was a record, laid down and produced in a surprisingly short time, that effortlessly combined the band’s punk pedigree with Danger Mouse’s proven capability to weave together a flawless pop hit. Every track is a straight ace.
Parquet Courts have, understandably, been in red-hot demand since this album dropped. Getting to see them in action in Australia will be an absolute treat.
Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
She may be some years younger than the three other artists on this list, but she’s already standing side-by-side with them. At 20 years old and after one album, it’s blindingly obvious that Jorja Smith is a force set to change the game.
Spreading her talents across soul, hip-hop, RnB and exquisite pop, Lost & Found is the kind of debut statement that echoes for many years after its first cry.
And to top it off, Smith has never toured to Australia before. Be there at Laneway to witness a true star in the making.
St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2019 takes place throughout Australia plus Auckland and Singapore. Check out the dates below.
Mon 28 Jan 2019 – Auckland
Sat 2 Feb 2019 – Brisbane (16+)
Sun 3 Feb 2019 – Sydney
Fri 8 Feb 2019 – Adelaide (16+)
Sat 9 Feb 2019 – Melbourne (16+)
Sun 10 Feb 2019 – Fremantle
Tickets available here.