Everything you need to know about Canberra’s Loaded Laneway party

Hayden Fritzlaff 3 April 2018

There’s nothing quite like a laneway party. It’s a format that encompasses everything from international music festivals (see Laneway Festival) to the intimate, quirky and wholesome (like that time Bon Iver played his new album off a cassette deck in a Fitzroy alleyway).

Never one to miss out, Canberra is seeing in its own urban renewal resurgence, with Loaded Laneway set to take over Verity Lane in the Sydney Building over two massive April evenings (April 13 and 14). Here’s your rundown of everything Loaded and in a Laneway.

It’s all about timing

Kirlandd adjusting his sunglasses in front of floral backdrop.

Canberra’s Kirklandd will hit the Loaded Laneway stage on Friday April 13. Photo: Adam Siataga.

It seems Loaded Laneway has sprung up just as we needed it. What with the new and genuinely exciting City Renewal Authority paving the way for a host of renewal projects throughout 2018, and a mandate from the ACT Government to upgrade the currently utilitarian Verity Lane to something permanently trendy, Canberra seems poised for a renewal-focussed future, where urban spaces are afforded more attention and care.

Loaded Laneway isn’t the first to get down in the spaces behind the Melbourne and Sydney buildings – think 2017’s dance music conference Wind It Up, and You Are Here’s Everything At Once and All Together in 2016. But a spot-on lineup of locals and touring artists might make this party the biggest yet.

New faces and old favourites

Photograph of Helena Ellis

Sydney house mainstay Helena Ellis leads Loaded Laneway’s Friday night lineup. Photo: Supplied.

Each night of the Friday/Saturday double-header has a distinct feel, with Friday channeling hip-hop and soul, while Saturday focusing squarely on dance music. Sydney DJ Helena Ellis leads the Friday night lineup, which also sports local R&B heavyweight Kirkkland and Canberra’s own rap Avengers, The Ansah Brothers. Saturday sees Bondi house legends Yolanda Be Cool joining a shapeshifting lineup that includes local producer Ghostnoises, and singer-songwriter Tori Chard. Whatever your style, there’s something on offer across the two nights that will help you kick off the weekend right.

Loaded Laneway is taking a holistic approach to enlivening Verity Lane. Joining the sound-making contingent will be a taste of Canberra’s favourite food vendors, as well as a pair of bars to maintain vibes into the early hours of the morning.

The details

Event poster for Loaded Laneway

No matter your taste, there’s something for you on the Loaded Laneway lineup. Image: Supplied.

Taking over Verity Lane (behind Treehouse, Reload and Mooseheads), Loaded Laneway is a two-night party across Friday April 13 and Saturday April 14. Both nights kick off at 6 pm.

A range of ticket options are on offer, including exclusive VIP passes that’ll snag you a drink upon arrival, meet-and-greet opportunities with the performers, and priority access to Treehouse and Reload bars throughout the night. VIP tickets start from $70, but our advice would be to snatch up an Early Bird ticket for $15 (while they last). Keep in mind, you’ll need separate tickets for each night – they’re available now via Eventbrite.

What else do you think needs to be done to revitalise Canberra’s disused urban spaces?

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