St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is a music event that had extremely humble beginnings. It began in Melbourne in 2004 in a small bar in a back street which wasn’t the nicest of locations; rumour has it the lane was rat infested and filled with garbage because local restaurants’ back doors opened onto the lane which is where they stored their rubbish.
Jerome Borazio opened the bar, mainly just as a place for him and his mates to have cheap drinks and not worry about a dress code, but not long afterwards his friend, a band booker, came to work there and Sundays at their bar soon became known as a place to watch some great bands. These Sunday shows became known as the Summer Series. Out of nowhere it seems a festival just began, lots of acts played there and even Lily Allen played a secret show there. By 2005 the local restaurants were convinced to sell food out of their back entrances and to stop leaving their bins there!
These days the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is currently held in cities across Australia, Auckland in New Zealand and even in Singapore.
2018 Laneway Festival
Dates of Shows and Locations
- Saturday 27 January – Singapore – The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay
- Monday 29 January – Auckland – Albert Park Precinct
- Friday 2 February – Adelaide – Harts Mill, Port Adelaide
- Saturday 3 February – Melbourne – Footscray Community Arts Centre
- Sunday 4 February – Sydney – Sydney College of the Arts
- Saturday 10 February – Brisbane – Brisbane Showgrounds – Bowen Hills
- Sunday 11 February – Fremantle (Perth) – Esplanade Reserve and West End
For full details of the line-up, to buy tickets and for any other information visit the Laneway Festival website here.
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Timeline of the growth of the Laneway Festival
- 2004 – the bar opens in Caledonian Lane in Melbourne
- 2005 – the Summer Series becomes known, restaurants start selling food, tickets start selling out
- 2006 – saw the first Sydney Festival, located in Circular Quay, also using Macquarie Square, Reiby Place and The Basement
- 2007 – Brisbane joined in and the festival was held at the Zoo
- 2008 – the Melbourne Festival expanded into Drewery Lane and Londsdale Street and Adelaide hosted their first festival at Fowlers Live North Terrace
- 2009 – established festivals started outgrowing their original locations and Perth hosted their first at the Perth Cultural Centre
- 2010 – saw the first festival out of Australia. Britomart Centre was the location for the first Auckland, NZ Laneway Festival
- 2011 – Yet another location added to the increasingly popular music event – this time Singapore hosted their first Laneway Festival and it quickly became the biggest event
- 2012 – no additional locations added this year, but the Auckland festival moved to the Wynyard Quarter and Silo Park
- 2013 – Detroit in the USA held it’s first Laneway festival at Oakland University
- 2014 – saw Detroit drop off the map, but the other shows all did extremely well, with Lorde having just reached the Number One spot in the US charts she shortly afterwards played the Laneway Festival
- 2015 – A huge line up including Flight Facilities, Caribou and Andy Bull
- 2016 – More tickets sold than ever before, the main artists described the festival as either awesome or brutal!
- 2017 – The Laneway Festival launched a new podcast, threw a Hottest 100 Backyard Party in Brisbane, and introduce the 1800LANEWAY hotline in every Australian city.