Laneway Festival hits North America

by LeeAnn Brown

St. Jerome’s Laneway Music Festival is making its first North American appearance at 11 a.m. Saturday September 14th   at Meadow Brook Hall.

The National and Sigur Ros are headlining the daylong festival. Deerhunter, The Dismemberment Plan, Icona Pop, Solange, and Warrant are a few of the other bands performing.

In 2004, Danny Rogers and Jerome Barazio founded the Laneway Festival to bring more music to Melbourne, Australia.

“I was inspired by NY bloc parties of the Late ‘90s and a general feeling that it would be great to shake up the local music scene a bit. I felt most events were quite streamlined and uninspired. Australia needed something more about curation than headliner festivals provided,” said Rogers.

Through the years Barazio and Rogers added several new locations for the festival.

Rogers decided that Detroit would be the perfect location for the first North American Laneway Festival because of its deep eclectic music history.

“I felt that Detroit would be a place that would embrace this type of event,” said Rogers.

Festival attendees can expect five stages sprawling the hills of Meadow Brook. “It’s going to be a proper musical nirvana with an array of the most relevant and forward thinking artists from all points of the globe,” said Rogers.

“The festival is going to have a party atmosphere but a strong emphasis on music. Us organizers are very determined to blow people away by delivering a super special experience,” said Rogers.

“Ample space will be dedicated to showcasing local markets, culinary heroes and locally brewed specialties,” said Dana Erickson, the festival’s publicist.

Tickets are on sale, for all ages, through Ticketmaster locations or the Palace of Auburn Hills Ticket Store.

OU students can purchase tickets at the CSA service window for a limited time. Student ticket prices are $60. For the general public, tickets are $75.

For those who want the full Laneway experience, VIP packages are also available.

“This will be an historical day for music lovers of Michigan. We believe that we will present you with the most exciting event the area has held,” said Rogers.

To find out more about the bands, tickets, and general information check out the official site.