Known simply as the Laneway or St. Jerome’s Festival, the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival began in Caledonian Lane in Melbourne, Australia, in 2004. Predominantly an indie music event, the festival has grown rapidly in popularity, receiving favourable reviews in the music press.

The festival was originally conceived by Jerome Borazio and Danny Rogers, who held the first event in 2004 following a period of booking bands for the now defunct St Jerome’s bar. The pair’s booking duties first led to the “Summer Series” events and these were followed by the monthly night, entitled “Brains”; the inaugural Laneway Festival was held shortly after.


The festival expanded to Sydney in 2006, Brisbane in 2007, Adelaide in 2008 and Perth in 2009. Pitchfork Media reviewed this event as “Australia’s most insurgent and unique pop music event”.

It was announced on 1 October 2009, that the festival would begin to visit Auckland, New Zealand from 2010. On 15 November 2010, the organizers held a press conference in Singapore announcing that the festival will expand to Southeast Asia. The Singapore leg of the festival took place on 29 January 2011 at the historic Fort Canning Park. Following the press conference, the band that will headline the festival in Singapore, The Temper Trap, made a guest appearance.

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