Laneway Festival 2015 Loses International Act, Gains A Local

Organisers of this year’s Laneway Festival have announced that, due to “health reasons”, Swedish songstress Lykke Li has cancelled her festival appearance including her scheduled Melbourne and Sydney sideshows.

“I’m incredibly sorry to announce that I’m no longer able to play in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore for Laneway Festival,” said Li in a statement. ‘It’s been a long time coming, but unfortunately tour life has caught up with me and it’s been recommended that I take a break.”

“I’m devastated, but know I will return. Thank you for all the support, and I sincerely hope I can make it up to you at a later date.” In her place 18 year-old Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza has just been added to the lineup for all five Australian Laneway events.

She’ll join an impresive Laneway 2015 lineup, which includes acts like FKA twigs, Royal Blood, Mac DeMarco, Flying Lotus and St Vincent.

Li was also due to perform at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Thursday 29th January and Sydney Opera House on Monday 2nd February. Refunds will be issued and details can be found at the Laneway Festival website.

UPDATE 06/01/15: Lykke Li has issued another statement via Instagram confirming that she’ll be taking an extended break from music and the touring in general, saying that 7 years of touring has taken a physical toll on her.

“I am utterly devastated, sometimes we push and push but the body simply won’t follow,” she wrote. “I gave it all I had, my body, heart and soul. After 7 years of touring my health is screaming/begging for me to listen/heal/slow down.” See the full statement in her Instagram post below.

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2015

Tkay Maidza


Agnes DeMarco*
Andy Bull
Angel Olsen
Benjamin Booker
Connan Mockasin
Courtney Barnett
Dune Rats
FKA Twigs
Flight Facilities
Flying Lotus (Layer 3)
Future Islands*
Jesse Davidson**
Jon Hopkins*
Little Dragon
Lykke Li
Mac DeMarco
Perfect Pussy
Peter Bibby
Royal Blood*
St Vincent*
Vic Mensa
JOY (Brisbane only)
I Know Leopard (Sydney only)
Sparkspitter (Adelaide only)
Milwaukee Banks (Melbourne only)
Dianas (Perth only)

*Exclusive to Laneway: no sideshows
**Laneway Adelaide only
***Exclusive to East Coast shows only

Tickets on sale now

Saturday, 31st January 2015
Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Brisbane (16+)
Tickets: Moshtix

Sunday, 1st February 2015
Sydney College Of The Arts (SCA), Rozelle, Sydney*
Tickets: Moshtix

Friday, 6th February 2015
Harts Mill, Port Adelaide, Adelaide (16+)
Tickets: Moshtix

Saturday, 7th February 2015
Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) And The River’s Edge, Melbourne
Tickets: Moshtix

Sunday, 8th February 2015
Esplanade Reserve And West End, Fremantle
Tickets: Moshtix

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