Sleigh Bells for Laneway 2013?
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival have cemented their growing relationship with London’s boutique indie fest Field Day, presenting a stage at that UK event for a second year running. Last year Jerome’s programmed a handful of artists for Field Day including Twin Shadow and The Horrors, both of who went on to play Laneway 2012.
Bands lining up on the St Jerome’s stage at Field Day 2012 include The Vaccines, Blood Orange, Errors, Kindness, Summer Camp, Here We Go Magic, Two Jackals, Spector and Sleigh Bells. While a number of these names have recently visited (or are scheduled to visit) our shores all of them would sit comfortably on a Lanway bill, none more so than Sleigh Bells who are also strongly rumoured for Harvest Festival.
Other bands playing Field Day 2012 include Franz Ferdinand, Grimes, Jeffry Lewis and The Junkyard, Mazzy Star and Tortoise.
Field Day promoters Eat Your Own Ears, who returned the programming favour by presenting one of Laneway’s stages this year, have said of the developing partnership: “It’s really exciting to be able to swap stages with the Laneway Festival. This is the second year now and the line-ups just get stronger and better every year. I think the ethos of Laneway Festival and Field Day is similar; it’s all about the audience seeing their favourite band as well as discovering new and exciting artists.We are becoming a multinational now with our annual event at SXSW in Austin TX where Laneway Festival and Field Day curate and host a stage. The only way is up or down if you want to get to Australia!!”
While their statement hints at the possibility of further integration of the two events in years to come, the partnership between the two festivals has this year extended to Field Day’s ‘family’ event The Apple Cart, which features lots of ‘hot new things’ (and potential Laneway fodder), including Beth Jeans Houghton, Jamie N Commons, Lianne La Havas and Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes.