A beginner's guide to the Laneway 2018 line-up

A beginner's guide to the Laneway 2018 line-up

Who dat, who dat

Text: Adibah Isa

Don't really know anyone from the Laneway Festival 2018 line-up? Here's a bite-sized guide to choice acts so you can pretend you've heard of at least one

1. Aldous Harding
A Kiwi who belts out moody, folk-ish tunes with a taste for the wistful and a deep, nuanced voice a la Nico. Lorde's a fan of 'Imagining My Man', as are we.

2. Amy Shark
Lena Dunham loves this Gold Coast native, who apparently saved the Girls' creator's life. 'Adore You' might remind you of Lorde, too.

3. Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
You already love Anderson .Paak's '60s funk, '70s soul, hip-hop, R&B and electronica sounds. His full band will be debuting their album later this year, so their performance at Laneway couldn't be more timely.

4. Billie Eilish
Pop's next big thing is only 16, and has caught the attention of Universal Music, Apple Music and even renowned music journalist Zane Lowe with her brand of broody, lovelorn pop. Listen to 'Bellyache', written from the perspective of a serial killer.

5. Bonobo
The Los Angeles-based Simon Green (his real name) does orchestral DJ sets that'll make you tune out to the best of downtempo electronica. Here's a teaser to Migration, his sixth album.

6. Father John Misty
The former Fleet Foxes drummer has reinvented himself from Josh Tillman to Father John Misty. He's co-written songs for Lady Gaga and Beyonce, impressing critics with 'Leaving LA', a 13-minute chorus-free track.

7.  Loyle Carner
This new-ish British hip-hop name goes on about family and early adulthood — basically how to deal. Yesterday's Gone is a strong debut album.

8. Mac DeMarco
Mac DeMarco returns to Singapore with new album, This Old Dog, which details his relationships with his father and loved ones.

Laneway Festival 2018 will take place on 27 January at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay.