EVENT: St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

The shady greenfields and urban cityscapes of Albert Park precinct will again play host to next year’s event on another unforgettable Auckland Anniversary Day (29 January). Along with the already announced Anderson.Paak and Mac DeMarco and a killer line-up packed with the best new and established live acts in the game, the 2018 Laneway Festival promises to be a full sensory experience for music fans.

Let us present the soundtrack to your summer:

Laneway Festival New Zealand 2018

In alphabetical order:

Aldous Harding – Amy Shark – Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals – BADBADNOTGOOD

BAYNK – Billie Eilish – Bonobo – Connan Mockasin – D.D Dumbo – Die! Die! Die!

Father John Misty – Loyle Carner – Mac DeMarco – Melodownz – Moses Sumney – Polyester

POND – Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – (Sandy) Alex G – Slowdive – Sylvan Esso

The Internet – The War on Drugs – TOKiMONSTA – Unitone HiFi – Wolf Alice

With this year’s Laneway being the most Base Fm relevant yet here are few choice artists we think Base heads will enjoy!

ANDERSON .PAAK is a LA-based singer, songwriter and producer is a genre-bending master, effortlessly melding ’60s funk, ’70s soul, hip-hop, R&B and electronica in his own music (please listen to his brilliant 2016 album Malibu) and lending his syrupy vocals to killer singles like Kaytranada’s hit ‘Glowed Up’ and Snakehips ‘Money on Me’. As one of the most prolific and hardworking artists in the biz, we’re anticipating new music v. soon.  Anderson .Paak is a genuine star and it is a major honour to have him and his band join us in 2018.

BADBADNOTGOOD met at music school and rose to prominence in 2011 courtesy of a series of imaginative takes on hip-hop classics and early support from the likes of Tyler the Creator and the BBC’s Giles Peterson.  Since then, they have continued to push the boundaries of improvised instrumental music, collaborating with Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, MF Doom, Pharaoh Monch and RZA and many others. Their latest LP IV saw them collaborate with guest vocalists (Samuel Herring, Mick Jenkins) to stunning effect and their magnetic live performances have brought fans across the whole musical spectrum together, taking the band around the world from Coachella to Glastonbury and beyond.

Illustrious UK producer BONOBO‘s steady but unstoppable rise began at the turn of the millennium. Since then he has shared an impressive six full-length releases (incl. 2017’s masterful, magisterial Migration) and earned his title as one of the best electronic acts in the biz. First as a DJ in the UK’s thriving club scene, and now with a live band in tow, Bonobo has converted thousands of people around the globe into genuine fans. Listen to ‘No Reason’ (feat. Laneway alum. Nick Murphy), and get ready for an aural journey at Laneway in 2018.

After the release of Avontales in April, Vice predicted that Avondale’s own hip-hop storyteller MELODOWNZ would become every NZ rapper’s favourite rapper. The solo project of Bronson Price from YGB’s Third3ye, Melodownz’s music flips from gritty tales of the street to love and heartbreak. He’s just hit up Europe for a tour and is starting to get noticed beyond our shores, he’s received praise from Indie Shuffle for his Soundcloud filled with “gem upon gem”.

THE INTERNET absolutely stole the show when they last played Laneway Festival and they’ve only gotten bigger, better and sexier since. On their third album, the game-changing, Grammy-nominated Ego Death (2015), the Odd Future offshoot truly came into their own. Then to everybody’s surprise, they went out on their own. Front-woman Syd shared her intricate, soulful debut album Fin (she is an undeniable star in her own right) and Matt Martians dropped his funk-infused solo endeavor The Drum Chord Theory.  The band’s 18 year-old guitar whiz Steve Lacy is also a highly sought-after hip hop producer (he’s worked with J Cole & Kendrick Lamar) who records everything on his iPhone. This year he shared Steve Lacy’s Demo, a dazzling 6 song release bursting with ideas. We loved them all in equal measure, but tbh we can’t wait for their next record (expected asap) as a team. Hear it first at Laneway 2018!

Jennifer Lee (aka) TOKiMONSTA was a classical pianist until she discovered the underground hip-hop and beat scene in LA. It’s a good thing she made the switch – her work as TOKiMONSTA gained widespread recognition from the very start. She was the first female to sign to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint, and with her 2010 debut album Midnight Menu she cemented her reputation as a formidable electronic act. Since then, Lee has collaborated with artists like Anderson .Paak and Kelly Rowland, and put out consistently good records. Her third full-length album Lune Rouge (out October 6) is a culmination of all that experience, as well as a confident stride into the pop world. See you on the d-floor for ‘We Love’.

Laneway Auckland is on Monday 29th January 2018 in Albert Park.

Get your tickets from lanewayfestival.com

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