News August 21, 2017

Laneway announce Mac DeMarco and Anderson .Paak for 2018, tease literally every other artist ever

Laneway announce Mac DeMarco and Anderson .Paak for 2018, tease literally every other artist ever

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival this morning announced the venues and dates for the 2018 instalment of Australia’s biggest touring festival, as well as the first two artists on the lineup.

Singer-songwriter-slacker hero Mac DeMarco – whose mum Agnes won hearts as the 2015 festival’s emcee – returns with three more albums’ worth of songs, the most recent being this year’s This Old Dog.

And Anderson .Paak will return for his third run of Aussie sets, with his spectacular backing band The Free Nationals in tow.

The festival’s branding has been refreshed, with its long-running abstract, pastel look replaced with a vibrant new neon-sunset aesthetic – including a condensed Garamond font that looks suspiciously like the old Apple “Think Different.” typeface.

They also released a letter-strewn teaser that was already spawning wild mass guessing and plenty of memes this morning.

But as Dom O’Connor, who’s on the Laneway programming team, pointed out this morning, there are a few too many possibilities for the teaser to really offer anything helpful. 

The full lineup drops on September 12. 

Here’s the full list of venues and dates:

Saturday 27 January – SINGAPORE – VENUE DETAILS TBA
Monday 29 January – AUCKLAND – ALBERT PARK PRECINCT
Friday 2 February – ADELAIDE – HART’S MILL, PORT ADELAIDE (16+)
Saturday 3 February – MELBOURNE – FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE (FCAC) AND THE RIVER’S EDGE
Sunday 4 February – SYDNEY – SYDNEY COLLEGE OF THE ARTS (SCA) AND CALLAN PARK, ROZELLE*
Saturday 10 February – BRISBANE – BRISBANE SHOWGROUNDS, BOWEN HILLS (16+)
Sunday 11 February – FREMANTLE – ESPLANADE RESERVE AND WEST END

*Subject to DA approval

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