Auckland’s annual Laneway festival continues to be the highlight of the local efforts to coordinate and curate a decent music festival. A small handful of stages, easy to get between them and a range of quality acts – okay, so every year there’s cries of “hipster” and silly whinings about having not heard of any of the acts.
But there’s also – every year – a pretty decent range; a quality line-up.
I’ve only made it to one Laneway – the first one. Because I’m broke. I’d have liked to get to others. A free ticket is nice – and the organisers always offer one. But I also need to pay for travel and accom, to coordinate it all happening. Etc. That’s not a whine, I’m just clarifying that I’ve only been to one Laneway – and so every year I hear of improvements to the Festival and every year I follow the line-up announcement (and usually dream of perfect world scenarios where I do get to go). But I enjoyed the Laneway Festival I attended. There were sound issues, sure. But it’s a festival. This happens. It was a thoughtful, interesting line-up.
And so now we have the 2014 line-up announcement.
My rule for possible attendance at a festival is you should hope to enjoy three acts. If you see three great acts you’ve justified your ticket. Anything else is a bonus.
So there’s lots to like about the 2014 Laneway announcement.
First up Kurt Vile - I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Kurt Vile perform live and, since then, he’s released arguably his best album. Should be a stunner.
There are hyped acts I’m interested in seeing live: Chvrches, Danny Brown, Savages – they may not live up to the hype but they are at least, on paper, interesting. Tempting.
But Kurt Vile is a must-see. So that’s one definite for me. Also I like Frightened Rabbit, Unknown Mortal Orchestra is always worth seeing, they played a ripper of a set here recently and their second album is a class act (the first was great too).
So there’s two good acts – must-sees – right there.
Lorde is on the bill. She needs to be playing live more to justify all this hype, probably futile for me to say anything else about her but I’m interested in seeing a live performance.
Run The Jewels will be great, Youth Lagoon released an album I rather dig and I like the idea of seeing Jamie xx (of The xx) on his own. He’s a clever guy. Very talented.
Obviously there are loads of other drawcards for other people – Haim, James Blake, Earl Sweatshirt, Daughter, Mount Kimbie – and for me they would all reside in the interested to hear them live file. Even though I do not get what is so special about James Blake. But hey, that’s neither here nor there. Really.
So I reckon this is a great line-up. I’m tempted. Need to start saving.
How about you? See anything you like?