Indie / Alternative — January 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

Alt-J’s Awesome Wave of Success


For many music lovers, an exciting discovery in 2012 was that of British newcomers, Alt-J.

Their genre-bending brand of music includes elements of folk, pop, electronica, psychedelia and R&B, making them hard to define yet easy to love. The lads from Leeds created an altogether smooth, visceral and stimulating release that still manages to get you dancing and thinking at the same time. So many elements, from Joe Newman’s unique, sly vocals to dub-step inspired beats made their debut, “An Awesome Wave”, an addictive listen from start to finish.


Fans and industry pros alike recognised their prowess in November last year when they were awarded the highly-regarded Mercury Prize. They outdid the likes of Ben Howard and Django Django to take home the prize for Album of the Year and joined the ranks of PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys and Portishead to name a few.

Their success is not only local, however, and 2013 sees them taking their intriguing tastes across the globe. Having already wowed the crowds at Hong Kong’s Clockenflap festival, Gwil, Joe, Gus and Thom are embarking on a world tour from New Zealand to Norway over eight months.

An exciting addition to an already impressive lineup, they’ll grace the stages of Laneway Festival in Singapore, Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, beginning on January 26. From then, Alt-J’s awesome wave crashes on to the shores of Europe and the USA. For full tour details, visit It’s one wave that you’ll want to get swept up in.