From druggy hip-hop to spooky soul, these are five Laneway acts you need to see

Who's who among Laneway's eclectic 2017 line-up? Chris Schulz makes his picks from those set to grace the stages at Albert Park Precinct next January.
Aurora, one of the performers on next year's Laneway line-up.
Aurora, one of the performers on next year's Laneway line-up.


It's her voice you'll hear first, floating lushly across Albert Park Precinct and drawing you to whichever stage she's performing on. Then you'll see her, Aurora Aksnes, the 20-year-old Norwegian singer-songwriter whose beguiling performances are earning her legions of fans. Prepare to become one yourself after Laneway.

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He's been producing stand out tracks for A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller and Vince Staples for years, his style standing out for their hazy atmospheres full of druggy bliss.

But this year's debut album 32 Levels showed the publicity shy studio boffin is ready to step into the limelight all on his own. Expect an eclectic, hip-hop-heavy set that will leave your ears echoing with bass for hours afterwards.

Glass Animals

You can't finish a Glass Animals song without having a smile on your face, and the same is likely to be true for their live shows. The British quartet are like a fun loving version of Massive Attack, and they'll be playing on the back of this year's excellent second album, How to Be a Human Being, which Consequence of Sound described as "a barrage of raw humanity". Expect a party when they play.


If you enjoyed Laneway's 2015 line-up of with FKA Twigs and Banks on the bill, you'll want to be front and centre when Nao hits the stage. The 28-year-old Nottingham neo-soul singer is cut from a similar cloth, and her intensely personal debut For All We Know has earned her comparisons to Prince. Praise can't get higher than that.

Mick Jenkins

Laneway's hip-hop quota rests largely on the shoulders of Mick Jenkins, a little known Alabama rapper with just a handful of mixtapes to his name. That will change later this month when his debut The Healing Component is released. If his recent single Drowning is anything to go by we're in for one hell of a dark trip.

- NZ Herald

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