18 Sep 2018

Laneway Auckland: 2019 lineup announced

From RNZ Music, 10:15 am on 18 September 2018

Auckland's Laneway festival is returning to Albert Park on Monday, 28 January with acts including Florence + The Machine, Courtney Barnett and Parquet Courts.

High Beams, Florence and the Machine, Parquet Courts, Courtney Barnett

High Beams, Florence and the Machine, Parquet Courts, Courtney Barnett Photo: Supplied

Other acts include local hip-hop group High Beams, American indie-pop-rocker Mitski, Dunedin noise trio The Dead C, Melbourne's Camp Cope and LA-based Wellingtonian Lontalius

Laneway has for the first time included in its press release a chart showing the percentage of acts that include women. 45 percent of next year's acts have a permanent member who identifies as female, according to the press release.

Full list of acts:

  • Florence + The Machine
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Parquet Courts
  • The Dead C
  • Camp Cope
  • High Beams
  • Lontalius
  • Miss June
  • Billie Eilish
  • Jorja Smith
  • Gang Of Youths
  • A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
  • Bene
  • Clairo
  • Cosmo’s Midnight
  • Denzel Curry
  • DJDS
  • G Flip
  • Imugi
  • Jon Hopkins
  • Masego
  • Mitski
  • Ravyn Lenae
  • Rex Orange County
  • Skegss
  • Smino
  • Yellow Days

Florence + The Machine

Florence and her band of English indie rockers need no introduction. They blew our socks off at Laneway in 2010 and we can't wait to see them again!

Courtney Barnett

One of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock, the Melbourne singer-songwriter has shot to stardom with her unique style of slacker rock, collaborating with The Breeders, Kurt Vile and Jen Cloher along the way.

REVIEW: The Sampler - Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett

Parquet Courts

New Yorker DIY indie rockers play clever, but simple, straight up-house-party rock and roll and they'll be super fun to watch at next year's Laneway.

READ: Parquet Courts talk DIY, Dangermouse and Opposite Sex

The Dead C

Dunedin noise trio The Dead C have been around since 1987. This is a rare show from a band widely regarded as one of the most influential groups to ever come out of New Zealand.

Read more about The Dead C at Audioculture.co.nz

Camp Cope

Melbourne three-piece Camp Cope released their second album How To Socialise & Make Friends this year, and it’s an uncompromising feminist statement. The band helped Laneway set up its safety hotline 1-800-LANEWAY too!

READ: Melbourne trio Camp Cope on standing up for gender equality

High Beams

Three of the brightest talents in the NZ’s new generation of hip hop artists have joined forces to create High Beams: producer Illbaz and rappers Melodownz and Raiza Biza.

The group collaborated with the all-star line-up of Teeks, Che Fu, Dirty (of Eno x Dirty) and High Hoops to create an album that reflects their experiences of living here in New Zealand: “With Baz being from Palestine, myself being from Rwanda, and Melo being Polynesian, we see and deal with these issues daily,” says Raiza Biza.


American indie-pop-rocker Mitski opened for Lorde on last year’s Melodrama tour and Iggy Pop called her “the most talented living American songwriter”.


Wellington songwriter Lontalius has been living and recording in Los Angeles for the last two-and-a-half years, making music with Grammy Award-winning producer Om’Mas.

READ: New songs from Los Angeles-based NZ songwriter Lontalius

Billie Eilish

At just 16 years old, American pop star Billie Eilish’s Don’t Smile At Me EP has been streamed over a billion times. Locally, it’s held its place in the NZ Top 40 Album Chart for 35 weeks and counting.

READ: Billie Eilish – 15-year-old pop prodigy on fiction and family

Jon Hopkins

Mercury Prize-nominated Jon Hopkins is a highly accomplished electronic producer who’s collaborated with the likes of Brian Eno.

Jorja Smith

At just 21, UK-based R&B singer-songwriter Jorja Smith is an in-demand collaborator, who’s worked alongside Drake for his More Life project and Kendrick Lamar on the internationally acclaimed Black Panther soundtrack.

Rex Orange County

You might have heard 20-year-old English crooner Alex O’Connor on Tyler the Creator’s Flower Boy album, or on his own beautifully earnest singles ‘Loving Is Easy’ and ‘Best Friend’.


This Auckland-based two-piece make a smooth mix of indie syth-pop, R&B, funk and spoken word.

Miss June

Miss June is a local four-piece who play high-energy punk. The group has been described as “some unholy union between Sonic Youth and Le Tigre”.

Gang Of Youths

The Sydney five piece have won four ARIA Awards: Best Group, Best Rock Album, Producer Of The Year and Album Of The Year for Go Farther in Lightness.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Bronx-bred rapper Artist Dubose represents rap’s new breed. The 22-year-old has an affection for piano and self-reflective lyrics.


From Grey Lynn via Morningside, 18-year-old Bene mixes indie-slack fun with a little R&B swing. And a voice to die for. She’s currently recording at Morningside’s Golden Age studio with producer Josh Fountain of Leisure.


Associated with soft, intimate vocals, day-dreamy atmosphere, and rumination, CLAIRO is lo-fi singer/songwriter Claire Cottrill.

Cosmo’s Midnight

Cosmo’s Midnight are an electronic due – who also happen to be twins – from Syndey’s inner west.

Denzel Curry

This South Florida rapper is known for his sharp lyricism and deeply personal storytelling.


DJDS is a Grammy-nominated production and DJ project that cut their teeth at underground warehouse parties in Downtown LA. They create dancefloor-filling, ‘instantly addictive’ singles.

G Flip

Melbourne-based, producer, singer and songwriter Georgia Flipo.


Masego is a Jamaican-American saxophone player, singer, rapper, comedian, and DJ who makes sultry-smooth R&B, hip-hop and dance music.

Ravyn Lenae

Championed by the likes of Pitchfork, the New York Times and others, Ravyn Lenae is a funny, fierce and a vital new voice within contemporary R&B.


Scuzzy, catchy skate-punk from Aussie’s Byron Bay.


Chicago’s Smino creates a soulful mix of funk and hip hop inspired by Kanye West and Andre 3000. He’s toured with with SZA and T-Pain.

Yellow Days

Yellow Days is 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist and songwriter George Van Den Broek from the UK.

Reminiscent of an early Mac DeMarco, the UK-born artist’s song ‘Gap In The Clouds’ recently featured on the trailer for the Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) series Atlanta.

  • Parquet Courts talk DIY, Dangermouse and Opposite Sex
  • Billie Eilish: 15 year old pop prodigy on fiction and family
  • Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett