Laneway ‘19: Get to know the acts making their Australian debut at the Festival

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival has revealed its 2019 lineup. Amongst its diverse mixture of genres, genders and local and international acts, we’ve put together a little biography of the acts that have yet to visit our Australian shores before, and you definitely shouldn’t miss when they’re here. And for some, Laneway will be the only place you can see them…

Jorja Smith

At age 20, English soul and RnB singer Jorja Smith has already made a serious name for herself. After releasing her first single “Blue Lights” on Soundcloud in 2016, Smith was quickly tipped as one to watch. Since then we’ve seen collaborations with big names such as Drake, Stormzy and Kali Uchis and the release of her debut album Lost & Found in June of this year, as well as picking up the critics choice at this years Brit Awards. The soul star will be making her way to the Australia for the first time to perform at Laneway festival 2019 and is an act not to be missed.

Rex Orange County

Rex Orange County isn’t just your average singer songwriter. An alumnus of the BRIT School which has trained the likes of Adele and King Krule, Rex Orange County is an uber talented multi instrumentalist; combining his vocals, drums, guitar and piano skills into a sweet melodic sound that he self produces. His latest release in 2017, Apricot Princess was an ode to girlfriend and fellow musician Thea, which saw Rex Orange County capture the attention of Tyler, the Creator on Soundcloud and score him a spot on Tyler’s 2017 album Flower Boy. Since then, he’s been working on his music at home in South London, popping into festivals like Primavera and Summer Sonic in Japan (where our editor says he and his band were amazing), and is bringing his incredible stylings to Laneway in 2019.

Clairo

Singer songwriter Clairo may just be the sweetest thing on the Laneway 2019 lineup. At just 20 years of age, the American recording artist from Massachusetts gained online stardom after her video “Pretty Girl” went viral on Youtube in 2017. Amassing over 20 million views, the simple synth pop song chronicling the plight of being a teenage girl in a superficial society had the internet begging for more and Clairo released her debut EP diary 001 in May 2018. Proving that she’s no one hit wonder, Clairo joins the Laneway 2019 lineup and is sure to have the crowds swooning with her sweet electro pop.

These acts join a stellar lineup of international and homegrown artists including Gang of Youths, Courtney Barnett and Parquet Courts. Tickets to St Jerome’s Laneway Festival go on sale Tuesday 25 September at 9am.

FULL 2019 LINE-UP

Gang of Youths
Courtney Barnett
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (Laneway exclusive)
Baker Boy
Camp Cope
Charlie Collins (East Coast exclusive)
Clairo
Cosmo’s Midnight
Crooked Colours (East Coast exclusive)
Denzel Curry (East Coast exclusive)
DJDS (Excluding Adelaide)
G Flip
Jon Hopkins
Jorja Smith (Laneway exclusive)
KIAN
Mansionair (Excluding Fremantle)
Masego
Methyl Ethel
Middle Kids
Mitski (East Coast exclusive)
Parquet Courts
Ravyn Lenae
Rex Orange County
Ruby Fields (Excluding Fremantle)
Skegss
Smino
What So Not
Yellow Days (Excluding Adelaide)

DATES AND VENUES
Monday 28th January – Albert Park, AUCKLAND
Saturday 2nd February – Brisbane Showgrounds, BRISBANE
Sunday 3rd February – Callan Park, Rozelle, SYDNEY
Friday 8th February – Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide, ADELAIDE
Saturday 9th February – Footscray Park, Footscray, MELBOURNE
Sunday 10th February – Esplanade Reserve and West End, FREMANTLE

Laneway Festival fans can gain access to pre-sale tickets by using Visa Checkout. Advance tickets will be available from Thursday 20th September at 9am (local time). The general on-sale date is Tuesday 25 September at 9am (local time) via lanewayfestival.com