The annual Laneway juggernaut is only a couple of weeks away from arriving in town and, it its 2017 incarnation, will boast a very impressive line-up. The Upside News has picked 5 things not to be missed at Hart’s Mill on 3rd February.


  1. A.B. Original

ab-originalThese guys are at the centre of the zeitgeist right now with their powerful, politically charged music that manages to be both confronting and possessed with a razor sharp sense of humour. At the Upside, we loved their debut LP, Reclaim Australia (and not just for its wonderfully subversive title), ranking it as the fourth best album of 2016. As a bonus, not only will Briggs and Trials perform a set at the festival, they will also act as the Laneway MCs for the day.



  1. Gang of Youths

05 Gang Of Youths @ The Gov 15th April 2016_Kay Cann PhotographyGang of Youths are riding a very steep trajectory. It wasn’t so long ago they were playing front bars. But now selling out bigger venues, festival stages seem a very natural progression. Armed with a great set of songs, a charismatic front-man and genuine on-stage chemistry, this band just might be the future of rock’n’roll in this country. Read our review of their 2016 show at The Gov here.


  1. Sampa the Great

Sampa-The-Great-wideThe name doesn’t lie: Sampa is bloody amazing. We were blown away by her WOMADelaide set last year. This is what we had to say: “The rapper had a full band and three backing vocalists, who worked beautifully together with seamless melodies and infectious beats – they were clearly having as much fun as the audience. Sampa oozes cool.” Read the full review here along with our interview with this rising star. Sampa seems perfectly suited to a late night set at Laneway – don’t miss her.


  1. Tame Impala

coverSo much has changed for Tame Impala since the last Laneway appearance. Still riding high on the strength of 2015’s Currents, Kevin Parker now finds himself as one of the most in-demand music artists in the world, with a resume that lists Grammy nominations, appearances at Glastonbury and Coachella, and a collaboration with Lady Gaga.  Stable-mates, Pond, were a revelation at Laneway 2015 and there’s no doubt Tame Impala will be a standout this year. Read our review of currents here.


  1. Laneway food and drink

It doesn’t seem so long ago that festival-going meant greasy, nasty food and a limited choice of drinks. But the offerings at Laneway relegate such experiences to distant memory with a range of gourmet delights, craft beers and cocktails. Vendors include Burger Theory, Phat Buddha Rolls and La Chiva. Laneway catering means you can enjoy quality food and drink while you’re appreciating the quality music.


Laneway 2017 looks like it just might be the best festival yet. The event takes place Friday 3rd Feb at Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide. Tickets can still be purchased via the website, with further festival information there.

Compiled by Matthew Trainor

Photo credit, Gang of Youths: Kay Cann

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