Beauty / People

The faces of Laneway Festival 2019

Show us what you’re made of. From Jorja Smith to Courtney Barnett, we went backstage at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2019 to capture the artists currently soundtracking our world.

Charlie Collins

“With writing and singing … I think I’m most myself. I can really express myself, so when I write I don’t hold back.”

“I remember going to Laneway last year, I never thought I’d get to be playing at it this year.”

Courtney Barnett

“I think I’ve learnt a lot over my career of music. I think you have to figure that stuff out for a reason, I’m sure there’s plenty of things I would tell my [younger] self but that I wouldn’t have made the mistakes that I made, that made me who I am.”

“Laneway’s a really cool festival because it’s stretched over a period of time you get to meet people and become friends … it’s nice just hanging out with a community of different performers and lots of different genres, you know. People that might not come together otherwise.”


“[Audiences] should walk away with sweat, for sure. I mean, I feel like you should be open to having a good time. I think the show is like a tennis match, anything where there’s push and pull. If you give me energy I’ll give it right back.”

“I get a lot of it from the people. Like the cheering and all that, I could do that all day. And my band members – it’s like a bunch of inside jokes happening all over the show.”

Jorja Smith

“I’ve never done a travelling festival, this is my first … it’s crazy coming out to Australia because it’s like coming to the other side of the world and all my music’s being heard here. It’s really cool.”

Middle Kids

“I feel like you can never feel successful, ’cos you’ll just build another thing to achieve. But I think you can feel thankful. We feel thankful a lot.”

“The more you live the more you realise that happiness exists at the same time as pain … I feel like we’re getting better at holding both.”