International music festival Laneway - which is also held in Singapore, Detroit and across Australia – comes to Auckland, New Zealand, on January 26, 2015, rain or shine. The venue will be held at Auckland’s Silo Park along the waterfront, ideal for rocking out under the summer sun. Although it is a Monday, this is also Auckland Anniversary Day and thus a public holiday in the city.
This urban music festival has come a long way since its first humble beginnings in Melbourne in 2004. This year the lineup includes artists such as Angus and Julia Stone, Rustie, St Vincent, Royal Blood, Eagulls, Angel Olsen, Jungle and more. Along with the best of indie music, there will be fresh local markets and food and drink stalls, including multiple bars (no BYO is permitted at Laneway 2015). All this set against the backdrop of the water and the many boats that give Auckland its nickname as The City of Sails.
Gates open at 10.30am and Laneway 2015 Auckland will conclude at 10.30pm. Tickets are on sale for $144.80, booking fee included. Laneway is strictly R18.
If you are travelling from out of town for Laneway 2015, the city is 30 minutes from the airportwith your Auckland Airport car rental. There are plenty of accommodation options near the waterfront. Silo Park is in Wynyard Quarter, toward the western end of the harbour.Hotels near the waterfront tend to be more upmarket, such as the Hilton, Sofitel and Sebel Suites. More budget friendly options include the Copthorne and Hotel Grand Chancellor.
Arriving at the start of the long weekend would be an ideal way to experience Auckland and maximise your holiday. The weather tends to be glorious at this time of year, lending itself toharbour cruises across the sparkling Waitemata Harbour, or ferry rides over to Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island, or across to the charming village of Devonport on the North Shore. Auckland’s revived waterfront is brimming with fantastic new bars and eateries. Near Silo Parkthere is Italian inspired meatball restaurant Baduzzi, Marvel Grill, the Conservatory, and the acclaimed seafood centre housing the Auckland Fish Markets and a number of restaurants.