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Hot Chip, Dirty Three, Courtney Barnett & more announced for Sugar Mountain 2016!

Before the weekend, Le1f was the first name leaked/revealed for Melbourne's Sugar Mountain festival, quickly indicating that the organisers had another vibrant and eclectic line up in store. This morning, they've gone and announced the full line up of artists, musicians and individuals set to take part in the event next January at the VCA and Melbourne Arts Precinct!

Tkay Maidza, KLO, Tora, The Cribs, Gaz Coombes and many more join The Great Escape Festival lineup for 2015

Brighton, UK based Festival The Great Escape has completed its 2015 lineup. Adding to the likes of Alabama Shakes, Kate Tempest and Skepta and JME are The Cribs, frontman turned soloist Gaz Coombes, Australian singer/rapper Tkay Maidza, Afrikan Boy, Hyena, Tropics, Hollysiz Australian Electro Pop outfit KLO, Tora and more.

SXSW Live Music Review: Mansionair + Kate Boy + Kate Tempest - Laneway Festival Showcase, Red 7, Austin (18.03.15)

The sun is scorching in the small, concrete backyard that makes up the outdoor stage for the Laneway Festival Showcase. Sydney band Mansionair is swimming through their set, the clear, the guitars ringing amid the thick hum of synths. It’s the vocals that penetrate through: Lachlan Bostok’s voice spears high and clear through the sheets of synth effects, drawing out his falsetto into luxurious curls. “Second Night” pops with skittish, drum machine percussion, “Morning” delves further into chillwave. It’s single “Hold Me Down” that fully realises Mansionair’s aesthetic – clean, gorgeous sounds, hung on a simple skeleton melody.

Are these the bands set to play St Jerome's Laneway Festival 2016? Here's their SXSW Party lineup...

Pictured: METZ / Photo by Andrew Wade in Brisbane

For the past four years, Laneway Festival has celebrated their internationally renouned festival by throwing a special party at SXSW. The event often serves as an indicator of some of the bands we might end up seeing at Laneway in Australia in the following year. Well, next Wednesday it's happening again for the fifth consecutive year, and we have the full lineup here for you to enjoy, from METZ to Viet Cong and East India Youth.