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Courtney Barnett replaces Tobias Jesso Jr. on Laneway line-up

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is thrilled to announce that Laneway favourite Courtney Barnett has agreed to join the line-up for 2016, returning to Auckland after a wildly successful New Zealand tour in October that saw her playing to a sold-out St James Theatre. Barnett replaces Tobias Jesso Jr. on the bill, who has withdrawn from all Laneway dates.

2015 has been a huge year for Melbourne-based Courtney Barnett, who released her critically acclaimed studio album debut Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit in March. The album hit #4 on the Australian charts and reached the top 20 in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the US.

Since the release, Barnett has been performing at venues of increasing size around the world, at festivals across America and Europe, as well as opening for Blur at the Hollywood Bowl and Madison Square Garden. Just last week, Barnett won Best Female, Breakthrough Artist and Independent Release at Australia’s prestigious ARIA awards.

Laneway is known for finding the best music and putting together a killer line-up. Barnett joins an outstanding group of acts with the return of favourites like Chvrches, Beach House and Flume and first time Laneway artists including Vince Staples, Shamir and artist of the moment Grimes.

Sadly, due to conflicting commitments with his songwriting and recording obligations, Tobias Jesso Jr. is no longer able to perform at the 2016 Laneway Festival.

Tobias says:
I’m sorry to let anyone down, and appreciate all of your love, support, and understanding”.

Laneway is Auckland’s only inner-city music festival and 2016 marks the fifth and final year at the glorious and breezy harbourside Silo Park location, just a five minute stroll from transport hub Britomart.

To give Silo Park the farewell it deserves we’re making sure Laneway has everything you loved about last year and more - double the shade to keep you comfortable, more toilets and the Hey Seuss stage at the wharf is getting more lighting and a bigger PA.

It seems almost unbelievable now, but when Laneway first arrived at Silo Park in 2012, capacity was just 6000. The site that was available then was just over half of what we enjoyed in 2015 and the site looked completely different with no Thunderdome, no Grassy Knoll and no gantry.

We have a delicious street food line-up, there’s plenty more to eat including delicious vegetarian and gluten free options and some exciting new vendors that we’ve been trying out ourselves. The best of New Zealand’s boutique wineries will be back at the Vivian Bar, along with an expanded bar area.

Thanks to our friends at Panuku Development Auckland, 2016 delivers the biggest site footprint since our move to Silo Park. More room means more innovation from the Laneway team, so get ready for a few surprises.

Laneway has sold out for the past four years thanks to our amazing and loyal audience. Tickets are selling fast for 2016, so fans should make sure they book soon for what promises to be another very special day. Even though we have our largest footprint ever, the farewell to Silo will be targeted at the comfort of punters - the site is larger, but the capacity remains the same as 2015 at just 12,000 tickets. Laneway remains a boutique festival, designed especially for grown-up music fans.

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