St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2010

There are some rather good plans in store for music fans next year. Spectacular new sites in Sydney and Melbourne, for instance. A return to the unique settings of Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and a brand new event in New Zealand. And in keeping with the Laneway Festival’s now-longstanding commitment to supporting the best and most exciting new talent within the local community – whatever form that may take - there will be designer markets, indie cinemas featuring new and cult films and local food stalls to complete the assault on your senses at each event too.

But let’s cut straight to the most important part: the line-up. From the seminal to the scene-starting, the esoteric to the exhilarating, the Laneway Festival is again pleased to be able to bring you a roll call of artists that is as exciting as it is diverse.

These acts announced so far...
Bridezilla, Philaddelphia Grand Jury, Last Dinosaurs, Oh Mercy, Mark Barrage, Panel of Judges, Echo & The Bunnymen, Florence and The Machine, Black Lips, The XX, Daniel Johnston, Sarah Blasko, N.AS.A, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Hockey, Dappled Cities, Mumford and Sons, Radio Clit, The Very Best, Wild Beasts, Whitely, The Middle East, Kid Sam, Dirty Three (Melbourne only) and more to be announced.

St Jerome's Laneway Festival Dates and Venues

Friday 29 January Brisbane Alexandria St off St Paul’s Terrace, Fortitude Valley (Twilight event)

We’re not messing with the formula here. Returning to the tree-lined streets (no-one’s getting sunburnt at this festival) of Alexandria Street in Queensland’s creative hub, Fortitude Valley, music lovers can check out the bands against the backdrop of a disused factory within close proximity to the city. Four Thousand will again curate the stylin’ local designer markets and there’ll be loads of food stalls so everyone can go home sated and well-dressed.

Saturday 30 January Melbourne Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC)
2010 sees the Laneway Festival move to the fabulous surrounds of Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), an oasis in the heart of the (greater) city. Just two train stops from the CBD, the new site is the perfect spot to check out your favourite bands. Our friends at Footscray Arts have shared their access to the Maribyrong riverfront, amphitheatre, park and killer views overlooking the city so we can deliver an event with more space and atmosphere than ever. Punters will have access to three very different stages, enough amenities to cater for those wanting to wander between the stages or stay in front of their favourite all day, plus local arts showcases and cuisine.

A fresh cultural hotspot (FCAC is a mecca for original contemporary community-based art), Footscray is an area of Melbourne that's fast becoming renowned for its grass-roots arts community. It's perfectly inline with Laneway's continuing support of the unique and undiscovered, and we're extremely excited to be hosting the Festival there.

Sunday 31 January Sydney Sydney College of the Arts (SCA)
Sydney also gets a brand new site, and it’s no less impressive. Set amongst the historic buildings of the Sydney College of the Arts, and accessible by light rail, bus and a short cab ride from the CBD, the new site in Rozelle is surrounded by scenic parklands and offers harbour views and ample space.

The Rozelle area has long had a reputation for being a bohemian hotbed of creative talent, with strong literary connections and of course SCA (one of the top art schools in the country). The Laneway Festival will continue that tradition by bringing the best local, Australian and international artists to the community.

Monday 1 February Auckland Britomart Station
New Zealanders are in for a treat when the very first Laneway Festival comes to town. Britomart Square is just two steps from Britomart Station (the city's largest transportation station), just two minutes from the sea. The square itself is perfect for Laneway, with room to fit stalls, stages and audience comfortably, complete with sculpture and a park. When the festival's over, it’s just a few steps back on to the bus (or a boat if you plan to go to Fiji for the after party)!

Friday 5 February Adelaide Fowler’s Live, North Terrace (Twilight event)
Adelaide punters can expect a certain level of intimacy with the kinds of bands that don’t often get to their fair city when the Laneway Festival returns to the iconic Adelaide venue, Fowlers Live, within the grounds of the University of SA (City West campus) next year. With a strictly limited capacity, the Laneway Festival promises an unforgettable experience within the tree-lined courtyard of Fowlers Live, the terrific Laneway cinema and the ever so relaxing surrounds.

Saturday 6 February Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
Following an extraordinarily successful inaugural event, the Laneway Festival returns to Perth in 2010. Praise for this year’s event included a WAMI nomination for Most Popular Music Event (2009) and acknowledged Laneway’s contribution to the fostering of the local music scene, giving many local acts a chance to perform in front of a discerning audience.

The event’s unique setting and cityscape views, set amongst the heritage-listed State Library, the State Museum and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, set a new standard for Perth music events.

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