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8 Acts You Don’t Want to Miss at Laneway Festival


Aussie summer has officially come in hot and heavy and it’s time to get the party started right! There are so many events happening on the regular it can be hard to know where to start. But if there’s one event you must tick off in January, it’s St Jerome’s Laneway Festival. More frequently known as Laneway, the iconic music festivity has been around since 2005 and in 2023 is coming back with one of its best line-ups yet.

Coinciding with an absolutely stacked roster of local and international acts, a number of artists have also been chosen to receive support from wine brand Headline Acts through their Headline Acts initiative, spreading the love and the good vibes.

We’ve done the groundwork in rounding up a selection of the acts you don’t want to miss at Laneway. Check it out below.

HAIM

This year Laneway is being graced with a trio of international acts hailing from all corners of the globe. Among them is HAIM, the Los Angeles-based pop-rock trio composed of sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim.

They’re making their grand return Down Under for the first time since 2017. For this round, they’re set to bring with them the newest tracks from their third studio album, Women In Music III which features their anthemic tracks like ‘Now I’m In It’ and ‘Summer Girl’.

If you’ve been holding out to see HAIM jam out in the flesh for years, consider the wait over.

Turnstile

In the mood to get amongst a bit of a low-key wild mosh pit? Well in that case, Turnstile is absolutely your bag. The five-piece hardcore punk outfit is renowned for its uber-high-energy sets making them an unmissable act at Laneway 2023.

Next year will see the group further adding to their list of Australian affiliations—this isn’t the first time the group has toured Australia and in 2019, they received the remix treatment from famed Newcastle producer, Mall Grab. Are you ready to rock?

Slowthai

Grammy-nominated rapper Slowthai is a modern artist who refuses to be boxed in. Rising to fame in 2019, Slowthai could easily trick you into thinking he’s been in the game for many years longer, thanks to his conviction as an artist and of course, his distinctive sound.

Existing within the realms of grime and hip-hop, the British artist also incorporates elements of punk and rock to his music as well. In addition to his own collection of recording albums, Slowthai has featured on seemingly endless tracks with international artists and bands like the Gorillaz and ASAP Rocky.

Logic1000

As is tradition at Laneway, there’s truly something for everyone. In addition to must-see bands in rap and rock, there are so many producers you’ll have to add to your timetable for the day.

Top of that list is Australian-bred Berlin-based Logic1000. While she may currently be an ‘if you know you know’ producer, if one thing’s for sure, that’s not for long. Globally renowned and even featured as Mixmag’s cover star, Logic1000 has captured the attention of many worldwide with her eclectic and vibrant club-leaning tracks.

Her music is bound to transport you to a place of pure euphoria.

Tasman Keith

Australian rapper and singer-songwriter Tasman Keith is one of hip hop’s most unstoppable trailblazers of the current era. Empowered by his First Nations heritage, Keith has one message that ties all of his music together, and that is to give back to the community that he hails from.

This year Keith has released his highly anticipated debut album, A Colour Undone which features loads of Aussie talent including ​​Jessica Mauboy, Genesis Owusu, Kwame and much more. Bound to perform his latest tracks and previous classics, this is a career moment from Keith you won’t want to miss.

The Beths

New Zealand rock band The Beths will be hitting up Laneway this year, and if you’re uninitiated, be prepared to become a fan instantly of the Auckland four-piece. Expect to hear tracks from their new album ‘Expert in a Dying Field’ that was released in September this year.

Described by The Beths lead vocalist Elizabeth Stokes “sweetly sung melodies and super-depressing lyrics”, the band is no stranger to Australia having toured here in 2022.

Chaos in the CBD

New Zealand-born brothers Ben and Louis Helliker-Hales, aka Chaos In The CBD are another top act you won’t want to miss at Laneway/ Together they’ve been killing it for the past decade, with their flair for creating understated house and techno that never fails to get you on your feet and bopping.

Based in London, the duo are often on tour and haven’t appeared in Australia for a couple of years now. Expect the brothers to make up for lost time, with their penchant for good vibes and their stacked discography.

Mallrat

2022 has been a major year for Aussie star Mallrat, officially releasing her debut album, Butterfly Blue. It’s been a hot minute since her track ‘Groceries’ blew up the airwaves way back when, and since then Grace Shaw has continued to float from strength to strength, all the while remaining true to her bedroom pop roots.

We know you’ve been singing her new record nonstop in the shower, but it’s time to sing it straight to Mallrat herself.

There’s no way you can miss out on Laneway 2023! And if you’re down for a day you’ll truly never forget, you’ll want to enter the Headline Acts Fan Love competition—an ultimate money-can’t-buy VIP Laneway festival experience. To enter, click here.

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