LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2018: Mac is back + Anderson .Paak! Save the date!

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St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is happy to announce the first two acts on our line-up as well as the date and venue for Laneway 2018.

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Please welcome our pal MAC DEMARCO - modern poet, consummate entertainer - to Laneway 2018.  Mac has charmed audiences on countless stages around the world with his woozy, sun-drenched tales of love lost and won. The prolific 26 year-old songwriter has written, recorded and released a record a year for the past half decade practically on his own - pretty impressive for the so-called king of slacker-rock. Mac released his excellent album This Old Dog earlier in the year, an LP widely regarded as an engaging step forward for an artist in his prime. It’s a thrill to have him back.  Here he is being classic:

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We are also PSYCHED to have one of the world’s most exciting live acts ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS on next year’s bill.  Breaking out via multiple lauded appearances on Dr Dre’s surprise 2016 album Compton, .Paak has emerged as one of the most talented triple threats of the decade.  The 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.

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Laneway’s new Auckland home of Albert Park precinct received a rapturous response from fans, bands and media alike this January and we’re thrilled to confirm we’ll be back amongst the grass and trees onAuckland Anniversary Day - Monday 29 January 2018.

“St Jerome’s Laneway Festival seriously upped its game this year – the annual festival delivered everything we’ve known and loved in previous years into a fresh new venue – Auckland’s Albert Park Precinct.” – Remix

“If it's all about the vibe, then Laneway nailed it. The new location of Auckland's Albert Park delivered it all; shade, beauty and an excellent place for thousands to lie back and enjoy music.” – Stuff

“With the festival's four stages placed in the park and surrounding streets, that meant punters were easily able to find space and shade from the searing sun under those giant knotted trees spread around the site.” - NZ Herald

“Yesterday saw Auckland’s Laneway Festival settle into its beautiful new home at the Albert Park precinct like a long lost glove.” - Under The Radar

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The full line-up will be announced on Tuesday 12 September, keep an eye on our socials for exact timings. 
 
Laneway 2018 Dates and Venues                             
Saturday 27 January - Laneway Festival Singapore - venue details TBC
Monday 29 January - Laneway Festival Auckland - ALBERT PARK PRECINCT
Friday 2 February - Laneway Festival Adelaide - HART'S MILL, PORT ADELAIDE (16+)
Saturday 3 February - Laneway Festival Melbourne - FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE (FCAC) AND THE RIVER'S EDGE
Sunday 4 February - Laneway Festival Sydney - SYDNEY COLLEGE OF THE ARTS (SCA) AND CALLAN PARK, ROZELLE
Saturday 10 February - Laneway Festival Brisbane - BRISBANE SHOWGROUNDS, BOWEN HILLS (16+)
Sunday 11 February - Laneway Festival Fremantle - ESPLANADE RESERVE AND WEST END

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Josie Campbell