“St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival began in 2004 when Jerome Borazio and Danny Rogers decided that summers in Melbourne would be far better with more live music in unique settings. In a true example of actions speaking louder than words, they started to put great bands into St. Jerome’s Bar (RIP) in Melbourne’s Calendonian lane.
First came the St. Jerome’s Summer Series each Sunday afternoon featuring ‘new’ bands of the time like The Presets and Architecture In Helsinki; next it extended to include a monthly Saturday night called Brains (which was actually a residency for The Avalanches, who turned the little bar inside out).
Still not satisfied that they were doing enough, one night Danny and Jerome convinced The Avalanches that they could close the lane, remove the bins and throw a proper laneway party. The Avalanches’ mate Monkey quickly made up a poster, they asked a few friends to play and so began the annual St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival.
Fourteen hundred people attended the first laneway festival. It was packed, smelly and full to the brim with great local music, and the vibe was awesome, utterly awesome…”
So what started as a little musical event is now a nationwide travelling roadshow that also includes Auckland NZ and Singapore.
The 2012 Dates Are:
BRISBANE – SATURDAY JANUARY 28, 2012
AUCKLAND – MONDAY JANUARY 30, 2012
MELBOURNE – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2012
SYDNEY – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2012
ADELAIDE – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2012
PERTH – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2012
SINGAPORE – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2012
And the artists on the bill are:
ACTIVE CHILD, ANNA CALVI, AUSTRA, BULLION, CHAIRLIFT, CULTZ, DZ DEATHRAYS, EMA, FEIST, GEOFFREY O’CONNOR, GIRLS, GIVERS, GLASSER, HUSKY, JOHN TALABOT, JONTI, LAURA MARLING, M83, ONEMAN, PAJAMA CLUB, PORTUGAL. THE MAN, SBTRKT, THE DRUMS, THE HORRORS, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, THE PANICS, TORO Y MOI, TOTAL CONTROL, TWIN SHADOW, WASHED OUT, W U LYF & YUCK
www.lanewayfestival.com.au for more.