Laneway Festival Highlights

Featuring some of the most cutting-edge bands from across the globe, the festival has previously hosted top acts like Two Door Cinema Club, Cut Copy and The Antlers. The line-up to be staged at Fort Canning Park is similarly eclectic, and arguably even more exciting. We tell you what to expect.
!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
Take our word for it—the Californian eight-piece dance-punk band are a riot. Blending electronic dance, throbbing basslines and wobbly hooks, !!! make superlatives an understatement. Be prepared for a no-holds barred aural assault.
If Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs describes their sound as “a religious experience,” you know they’re a big deal. Led by charismatic frontman Bradford Cox, the four-piece American indie band hypnotizes with their sonic soundscape of 60s-inspired pop, shoegazing ambient noise and art-school rock.
If you haven’t heard “Spanish Sahara,” it’s time to get out more. That track saw the English band likened to Radiohead for their immaculately rich textural music. And with Yannis Philippakis’ emotive tugging vocals, we are truly sold.
Holy F***
With their spiraling math-rock and dance-influenced instrumentals, the Canadian band have sure got their equations right. Selling out concerts, dazzling with their use of musical instruments, partial-musical instruments and, well, strange objects … all we can say is, Holy F***.
New Zealand-born, UK-based singer-songwriter Ladyhawke aka Phillipa ”Pip” Brown is the breakthrough star of 80s-inspired pop-rock. Ruthless, melancholy and highly energetic, she’s headlining a night you won’t forget.
New York experimental rock band Yeasayer’s music is reliably unpredictable. Abstract and surreal, they’ve sold out concerts wordwide. Listen out for “Madder Red.”
Laneway Festival is on Jan 29, Fort Canning Park, 51 Canning Rise, 6332-1302. $109 from SISTIC.