Laneway’s 2014 hit list: “We want Killer Mike and Louis CK to MC next year”

Laneway Festival co-promoter DANNY ROGERS picks the bands he thinks will be making waves in the next 12 months, and hints at a future festival appearance from Killer Mike.

The brainstrust behind St Jerome’s Laneway Festival has a good track record of picking “next big things” – think Florence and The Machine, Mumford and Sons, Feist, Yeasayer, and the list goes on.

Maintaining their reputation as a festival that’s arguably more in tune with music trends than any other in Australia, this year Laneway has again curated a lineup that’s bursting with bands we have never seen, bands we are dying to see again and one or two bands you may not have heard of. Some of the most buzz-worthy names headed our way this year include New York duo MS MR, blue-wave pioneer Nicholas Jaar, soul singer Jessie Ware and this year’s Mercury Award winners Alt-J.

Given their track record as tastemakers, we wanted to find out what other artists festival organiser Danny Rogers has his eye on in 2013. And who knows, maybe we’ll see a couple of these acts on our shores in February next year?


Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland

Sound: Electro-pop

Critics say:: “Lauren Mayberry’s neon sing-song vocals makes Chvrches stand out in a crowded field.” – Pitchfork

Danny says: The most exciting act I have come across in years. Songs and production are simply out of control. I do need to disclose that I co-manage them [with Campbell McNeil].


Hometown: London, England

Sound: Indie folk

Critics say: “There is no denying the quiet intensity of the trio’s soundscapes.” – CoS

Danny says: Their two EPs have been beautiful steps forward. Album is due in March. We’re committed if they are!


Hometown: London, England

Sound: Post punk

Critics say: “Musically they’re incredible – jazzily fluid and exploratory but tight, not sloppy and grungy.” – The Guardian

Danny says: The most exciting live act I saw last year. Was like when I saw Warpaint the first time. Something just dropped in my heart.


Hometown: Surrey, England

Sound: Garage-house

Critics say: “An obvious Chicago house influence is rewired through the breakneck whirr of early Noughties bassline garage.” – NME

Danny says: With a new album and so many killer remixes, by January next year it will be game on.

Bored Nothing

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Sound: Indie

Critics say: “Miller’s voice may recall Elliott Smith, but there’s a lot of variety in these lo-fi gems.” – FL

Danny says: How awesome is this guy? Love him, the songs are unreal.

Vance Joy

Hometwon: Melbourne, Australia

Sound: Folk pop

Critics say: “Dylan-esque guitar arrangements, combined with an impressive vocal range, make for catchy pop songs with a unique sense of sophistication that is often absent from modern folk music.” – FL

Danny says: Just beautiful lyrics set to gorgeous guitar tones.

Killer Mike

Hometown: Atlanta, US

Sound: Hip-hop

Critics say: “Limiting himself to one producer, legends-only guest spots, and a real sense that he’d better make this one count, Killer Mike rises to the occasion.” – Pitchfork

Danny says: We want Killer Mike and Louis CK to MC next year’s Laneway..Can any one help us?


Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Sound: Hip-hop

Critics say:Cancer 4 Cure’s essence seems to present itself more as an album for people who’ve swaddled their lives in the liner notes of Hip Hop music.” – HipHopDX

Danny says: These last two will rise and rise especially after EL-P plays Laneway and everyone gets to see who’s the boss.

Laneway Festival 2013 dates and venues:

Friday, February 1 – Alexandria Street, Brisbane

Saturday, February 2 – Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney – SOLD OUT

Sunday, February 3 – Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne – SOLD OUT

Friday, February 8 – Fowler’s Live and UniSA West Courtyards, Adelaide

Saturday, February 9 – Perth Cultural Centre, WA – SOLD OUT