Laneway Festival

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Crowd on hill with trees at Laneway Festival
Photograph: Tim Da Rin

The eccentric pop and indie mainstay celebrates its 15th birthday

Laneway has been championing indie music since its first outing in an actual Melbourne lane in 2005. The festival has always supported music alternative to the big-time mainstream in unusual venues and for its 15th birthday has attempted to engage with public discourse about gender parity in line-ups (34 per cent of the acts are non-males) and, thanks to the band Camp Cope and their spearheading of a festival emergency hotline, the safety of its female and non-binary patrons. This year they’re once again utilising the natural amphitheatre and sandstone-rimmed courtyards of Callan Park to host their achingly cool but infectiously catchy performers.

This is the festival for you if you like jangly guitars, women to and at the front, unconventional hip hop, and delightful discoveries from all corners of eccentric contemporary pop. This year's line-up is all about usurping the thrones usually reserved for international acts, Australian faves Gang of Youths and Courtney Barnett headline. Laneway has a ripe bushel of fresh female voices to pick from too, with sets from Camp Cope, Clairo, Mitski, Jorja Smith, Ravyn Lenae, and more. And, don’t miss the excellent Yolngu hip hop from Baker Boy. Find the rest of the whopper line-up here.

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