Festivals — September 22, 2015 at 3:39 pm

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival drops an enormous 2016 lineup


Always edgy and consistently delivering a world class lineup from artists slightly left of the mainstream, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is returning for its sixth edition in Singapore. The annual event sold out earlier this year and by the looks of things, the 2016 edition is looking to be even bigger!



Laneway Festival has developed the deserved reputation of being able to seek out and gather talents on the cusp of greatness. So they’re very excited to reveal the artists who will be sharing the stage at Laneway Festival Singapore 2016. As usual, you can expect pioneering artistes at the top of their game, and new music makers they’ve got our bets on.


Coming from the US, UK, Canada and Australia, as well as our own backyard and around the region, the 2016 line-up is a heady mix of left-field electronica, shambolic punk, neo soul, intelligent pop and boundary-pushing R&B, who will be travelling across three countries and seven cities to perform at some of the best live music settings around.


Check out the mind blowing lineup below:

New York trio BATTLES is a name to be reckoned with in the experimental rock scene. Fusing explosive polyrhythmic drumming and buzzy guitars, Battles has mind-blowing technical proficiency. Its latest album, La Di Da Di, (first in almost four years) came out recently, and has inspired both Mojo and Uncut to call the instrumental EP the best of Battles’ career. Additionally, the band’s live show has been dubbed one of the most exciting live shows on earth, and likened to “being at the centre of an explosion’ (The Guardian). So you’re hearing us say it first: Battles will have the best mosh pit at Laneway 2016If you view a band as a long-term artistic project, then BEACH HOUSE has always been “perfect”, proclaimed Pitchfork in their Best New Music-stamped review of the Baltimore duo’s fifth album, Depression Cherry. Indeed, there’s no other quite like Beach House who has evolved into a world-class band over the span of its 10-year career. It’s hard not to be charmed by Depression Cherry’s dreamy soundscapes, trance-like rhythms and abstract lyrics. All that’s left now is to wait for the album to better Teen Dream, the duo's third album, which hit the No. 5 spot on Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2010. BIG SCARY secured their place as one of Australia’s most-prized musical treasures when their sophomore LP Not Art was awarded the Australian Music Prize in 2013. After extensively touring the USA, as well as dabbling in a number of other successful projects (expanding the Pieater family, selling out shows and breaking records with #1 Dads), Melbourne’s Tom Iansek and Jo Syme are back to preview their anticipated third album. We were impressed with their shapeshifting new single Organism, and can’t wait to see what the immeasurably capable duo will do next.CASHEW CHEMISTS is a rock band from Singapore. This band of brothers swear by the sound of deep Southern America, rooted in the tradition of the delta blues, and brings the western tradition into a modern Asian rock 'n' roll perspective – a sound that is quite unique by local rock band standards. Which explains why, when they released their first demos 'What She Said' and 'Road Trip' in late 2011, the quintet quickly caught the attention of critics for its authentically revivalist sound and clever song-writing.With its constantly changing line-up, one thing no one can deny is that CHEATS has become stronger, and its music better. The band started off as a twosome with Jim Bacarro and Manny Tanglao, and has grown into an eight-member ensemble today. With influences ranging from LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire, to Radiohead and Spice Girls, the band’s sound is a delightful mix of sweet melodies with a bitter aftertaste. It makes you high and carefree in the moment, but leaves you sad and forlorn thereafter. Or maybe it could just be a desire for more of their music after the lights come on.With the release of its incredibly impressive second album, Every Open Eye, CHVRCHES will strengthen its status as one of the most-loved and respected bands in the game. Its debut album Bones of What You Believe (2013) was recorded in isolation by the then-unknown Glaswegian three-piece, and propelled them to the spotlight via early blog support, word-of-mouth and over 350 shows in just two years. Since then, the band has earned nominations for the Best New Band at the NME Awards 2014, and British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards 2015. New York City four-piece DIIV is making its very first Asia-Pacific appearance at next year’s Laneway Festival on the back of its years-in-the-making second album Is The Is Are (Captured Tracks). This follows the band’s debut album, Oshin, released in June 2012. That album was listed 22nd by Stereogum and 40th by Pitchfork in their Top 50 Albums of 2012 lists. Not only did enigmatic front-man Zachary Cole Smith take the band’s name from the Nirvana song, the lads’ styles and music remind one of the famous American rock band.Four years ago, EAST INDIA YOUTH (a.k.a William Doyle) was performing to mere handfuls of people in tiny London basements. With an archaic mixer, a Macbook on its last legs and a Casio keyboard bought off eBay for £15, EIY’s synth-pop mastery would eventually see him playing festival circuits all over the world. After a Mercury Prize nomination for his debut Total Strife Forever (2014), sold-out headline shows throughout London, and 5-star accolades from The Guardian and others for his latest release Culture of Volume (XL Recordings), we look forward to witnessing his eclectic, ambient, Eno-esque sounds here. Australian whizkid FLUME (real name: Harley Streten) has well and truly secured himself as the country’s hottest export of late, with a long list of intelligent and distinguishable tracks, a ruthless international touring schedule, and a load of ARIAs to back him up. While achieving arena-sized success both here and around the world, Flume’s music retains a bedroom intimacy, which is equally suited to headphones as it is to festival stages. Flume’s Laneway appearance will be incredibly special, with a brand new show and a preview of material from his hugely-anticipated second LP, due in 2016.GDJYB is the rough phonetic acronym of this Hong Kong band’s Cantonese name, 雞蛋蒸肉餅 – a traditional dish made with steamed egg and pork. Despite its cutesy name, one of this group’s defining characteristics is the strong social commentary in its songs. The band’s changing tempos and patterns bring something distinctive and fresh to the indie music scene. In 2014, the girls were chosen as one of the “23 New Rising Stars in Hong Kong’s New Music” by Time Out Hong Kong magazine, and released their debut EP in September that year. The following year, they played in Taiwan's Wake Up Music Festival, and had their first mini concert in Taipei. Self-proclaimed “aspiring warrior poet” and Laneway-proclaimed experimental pop sensation, GRIMES (a.k.a Claire Boucher), is here for the second time since 2013. The Canadian producer’s third album, Visions, gave us some of the most edgy, exciting and addictive music of the last decade, and her unconventional and expertly-crafted brand of electronica means that anticipation for her new album is at fever pitch. Grimes is a fearlessly inventive, colourful and energetic performer set to dazzle at Laneway next year.Sydney multi-instrumentalists HERMITUDE’s fifth studio album, Dark Night, Sweet Light, rocketed straight to the top of the charts upon its release in May 2015, thanks to anthemic single Through The Roof and bonafide hit The Buzz. It’s been a sure and steady climb for the guys, accruing awards and acclaim for their first three albums, and breaking through to the general public’s consciousness with a well-timed remix by Laneway compadre Flume of their track ‘HyperParadise’. The 2012 album of the same name won the prestigious Australian Music Prize that year, and these party-starters have become one of the country’s most successful and respected bands since.Spinning records and making beats in the underground UK club scene since his teenage years, Glasgow native HUDSON MOHAWKE has earned royalty status as an electronic producer and recording artiste. Everyone who’s anyone in the music business wants a piece of the HudMo pie. Warp Records snapped him up for his debut LP in 2009, and he has collaborated with Azealia Banks, Action Bronson, Miguel, Antony Hegarty and more since then. Even Kanye West is a fan, enlisting him as a co-producer on his track I Am A God, and signing him as a producer to his own label G.O.O.D. Music.INTRIGUANT (a.k.a. Louis Quek) is a Singapore-based electronic music producer and DJ who was inspired by turntablist pioneer DJ Q-Bert to pick up the art. His debut EP Ellipse was acclaimed by critics across Israel, Slovakia and the US. As a producer, Louis melds downtempo and fragile beats with a wide spectrum of influences ranging from electronica and glitch, to soul and hip hop. He has shared the decks with luminaries such as Thomas Schumacher (GER), Teebs (US) and Om Unit (UK). Canadian sludge-punk thrashers METZ is bringing its ecstatic live show to Laneway for the first time. After two years of non-stop touring in support of its adored eponymous debut album, Metz blasted its second album, Metz II, into our ears in May 2015. Full of grating riffs, relentless drumming and a whole lot of noise, its latest release is Vocalist Megan James and producer/synth wizard Corin Roddick combine forces to make futuristic-pop duo PURITY RING. 2015 was a huge year for the pair who released their stellar second album Another Eternity (4AD), sold out shows worldwide and spell-binded audiences on late-night TV. And if they couldn’t get any more out-of-this-world, Corin plays a custom-made synth/percussion gizmo that doubles as a light show, while Megan designs all of their on-stage getup. Prepare for a complete sensory experience when Purity Ring hits the stage at Laneway Festival 2016.Nobody knows why RIOT !N MAGENTA replaced the “I” in its name with an exclamation mark. Maybe it is a reflection of how this quintet from Singapore has a no-laptops policy for their live shows. The band is known for its distinctive soulful melodies lined with edgy, rhythmic beats, moulding the diverse musical elements of electronica, trip-hop and soul into smooth, synth driven tracks. It released its debut EP, R3B007 in 2013; and a four-track EP, Voices, in 2015. A constant exploration of how it can push the boundaries of performing electronic music is what sets this band apart from the rest.There’s always one artiste who makes an indelible mark on the Laneway touring party, and SHAMIR is our pick for 2016. Shamir Bailey, a 20-year-old Las Vegas native, has a verve for life that makes him almost impossible to categorize. As a young musician, he moves in and out of soul, R&B, house, disco, rap, and pop – in the tradition of artistes such as Prince, Grace Jones, David Bowie and Madonna. His debut album Ratchet came out on XL Recordings earlier this year, and it’s an ecstatic dance-pop record that has some dust and age to it, but sparkling all the while. Rated Best New Music by Pitchfork, it’s represented best by the irresistible single On The Regular. Los Angeles-based R&B/neo-soul outfit THE INTERNET has got to be the sexiest Odd Future offshoot to date. The band released its third album Ego Death on Odd Future Records in July this year. It “plays like a Sunday afternoon holed up in the bedroom, the melodies a soothing blanket to crawl under”, according to Time Magazine. Lead singer Syd sings about honesty, love, lust and the warm Californian breeze, accompanied by slinking bass lines and luscious guitar/synth melodies. On stage, The Internet is a six-person outfit sure to lull Laneway listeners into a blissed-out smooth soul dream.You’re probably a fan of THUNDERCAT already, even if you don’t know it. Stephen Bruner is occassional session musician for Erykah Badu; the virtuoso behind Kendrick Lamar’s 'To Pimp A Butterfly'; and pretty much the most badass bassist on the planet. A member of Flying Lotus’ highly esteemed Brainfeeder imprint, Bruner has had a busy couple of years since his last record (Apocalypse, 2013), and he’s back on the scene with a mini-album (The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam) that is full of monster groove jams that will be a must-see highlight of 2016.Canadian native/LA resident TOBIAS JESSO JR. comes to our little island for the very first time, toting his breakthrough debut Goon. Recalling classic songwriters in the vein of Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson, Tobias aims straight for the heart with his lyrical directness and weapon of choice – the piano. Collaborating with the likes of Danielle Haim, famed producer Ariel Rechtshaid, former Girls bassist JR White and the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney (and handpicked to write a song for Adele’s new album), Tobias’ heart-stopping tunes signal the arrival of a major new talent.Adept at turning tales of suburban ennui into raucous rock songs, VIOLENT SOHO is the Australian answer to the revered alt-rock Seattle sound that dominated basements, garages and mixtapes in the 1990s. The longstanding four-piece has an impressive history: its 2010 eponymous LP was issued on Thurston Moore’s own record label; it has toured internationally and scored massive support slots for bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Built to Spill; and it sold out every date of its last (extensive) national headline tour in 2013 on the back of its Gold-accredited album, Hungry Ghost. This is a rare chance to catch this band on its way to becoming one of Australia’s biggest rock bands.

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