Concert preview: Laneway in Auckland

By Chris Schulz

The Laneway Festival tends to attract an edgier crowd than the Big Day Out. Photo / Richard Robinson
The Laneway Festival tends to attract an edgier crowd than the Big Day Out. Photo / Richard Robinson

There are still three sleeps to go until hipster festival Laneway hits Auckland, but there's one famous face who might struggle to catch some shut eye before then.

John Campbell, the host of TV3's current affairs show Campbell Live and self-confessed music geek, says he is "more excited than is reasonable" ahead of this year's Laneway Festival, the third time the Australasian event has been held in Auckland.

Campbell tweeted today: "72 hours 'til Laneway. I may be more excited than is reasonable for a man aged 47. But in short, and to summarise my position - YEEEAAAHHH!"

Around 5000 punters will share Campbell's enthusiasm as bands like The Horrors, Cults, Feist, SBTRKT and Girls perform over three stages at Wynyard Quarter down at Silo Park on Auckland's Waterfront on Monday, Auckland Anniversary Day.

For the full line-up and timetable, click here.

Billed as an alternative to the now defunct Big Day Out, Laneway is spending its third year in its third location, with 2010's festival held in Britomart and the 2011 in Aotea Square.

This year's event promises to be bigger than ever, with an additional stage to host the boosted line-up of bands, which also includes Kiwi acts Opossom, Pajama Club, Shayne P Carter and Sherpa.

Here's a quick wrap of all the deets you need: Gates open at 12pm, the weather forecast is fine with a high of 23, food is allowed to be taken into the festival but liquids are banned, and pass outs will be available for a limited time in the evening.

The event is R18, there are three bars and food options include The Mexican Market, Langos Fried Bread, Nice Blocks, Bluebells Cakery, Piggys Pies, Cool Food, Fritz Wieners, Mexi Kai, Fresh Intergrative Therapy and Stumpys Woodfried Pizza.

Tickets haven't yet sold out but sources suggest they will by Monday.

And make sure you're dressed to impress. You don't want hipsters laughing at you for wearing your favourite Big Day Out T-shirt with three-quarter length shorts on the day.

What: Laneway Festival 2012
Where: Wynyard Quarter, Silo Park, Auckland
When: Monday, January 30

* nzherald.co.nz will provide full coverage of the festival on the day, with live blogs and reviews, updated photo galleries and video streaming.

- Herald online

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