Laneway Festival 2015 sideshows announced in Auckland & Wellington

Laneway Festival 2015 boasts a home-run of a line-up, but it doesn’t stop there. Once in a blue moon, an opportunity arises to see the all-time greats and freshest up-and-comers on their very own stage. Laneway is excited to announce sideshows for electronic wunderkind Flying Lotus, genre-bending indie wizards Little Dragon and raucous young rockers Royal Blood across Auckland and Wellington.

CEO of Positively Wellington Venues, Glenys Coughlan said that the venues team were over the moon with the Laneway’s decision to bring three festival sideshows to Shed 6, a venue located on Wellington’s Waterfront, early in the New Year.  “We’ve been trying to secure a deal with Laneway for a couple of years and it’s just brilliant to get this over the line,” Glenys said.  “What is extra cool is that the performances will be the first series of live gigs of this nature that we’ve had in Shed 6; we’re hoping that this will be the beginning of Shed 6’s life as a performance venue for up to 1,300 people”. 


The only way to top seeing the godfather of beat music at Laneway 2015 is to catch the inimitable Flying Lotus at one of his three sideshows. These include two very special ones showcasing his now-famous 3D visual performance, improvised live by a team of graphic masterminds throughout the show. 

Take Flying Lotus’ hand and let yourself be coaxed into the unknown. This is a sonic, visual and metaphysical fusion of technological innovation and virtuosity that amounts to a mind-expanding plasm celebrating his latest album You’re Dead!, Part spiritual carnival, part melancholic symphony, it’s an aural procession into the afterlife that equates to musical utopia. 

You can see FlyLo in Auckland with his mind-melting hypercube 3D setup on Wednesday January 28 at the Powerstation in Auckland, presented by George FM. The following night, the experimental producer returns to the capital city on Thursday January 29th at Shed 6, thanks to Radioactive. 


Wednesday January 28 | Powerstation, Auckland
with special guests JPS and Tom McGuinness

Thursday January 29| Shed 6, Wellington
with special guests JPS and Tom McGuinness



Esteemed indie-electronic starlets Little Dragon don’t need an introduction. Formed in Sweden way back in ‘96, these guys bring a genre-bending fusion of pop, electronica and R&B to the stage over a long, colourful and ever-morphing career. 

In support of the celestial groove of their latest record Nabuma Rubberband, the band have hit the road, and are bringing their cold-as-ice, sultry jams to New Zealand for one special sideshow on Tuesday January 27, Shed 6, Wellington, with support from with support from another gold member of the Laneway lineup; none other than the nimble-lipped Chicago MC Vic Mensa. Like electronic pop played through a technicolor prism, Little Dragon bring a melting sonic rainbow to the stage -- catch them before they take flight.


Tuesday January 27 | Shed 6, Wellington,
with special guest from Vic Mensa


A powerhouse duo as loud as they are tight, Royal Blood are true rock’n’rollers who bring aggressive swag to the stage with a ten-tonne hit. The Rock, Frontier touring and Laneway Festival present Royal Blood in Wellington at Shed 6 on Wednesday January 28. 

With a recent live show described by The Telegraph as ‘huge, hulking riffs delivered with a snarling swagger’, Royal Blood bring a mixture of anguished vocals, ferocious drumming and bass that provides intricate detail as well as a rumble of rhythm. 

You’d be foolish to miss this sideshow, New Zealand’s first chance to see this much-buzzed duo throwing massive punches from a headline stage, wrapped in the primal essence of rock‘n’roll.


Wednesday January 28 | Shed 6, Wellington