St. Jerome's Laneway Festival 2018

Laneway 2018: Mac DeMarco, Father John Misty, Anderson .Paak on line-up

Singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco may invite a fan up on stage with him when he plays in Singapore next year

Canadian singer Mac DeMarco, who played at the 2015 edition of Laneway Singapore, crowdsurfing on the audience.
Canadian singer Mac DeMarco, who played at the 2015 edition of Laneway Singapore, crowdsurfing on the audience.PHOTO: LANEWAY FESTIVAL SINGAPORE

Fans of Canada-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco could join him onstage when he performs here next year.

The 27-year-old is among the line-up of global acts at the eighth edition of the annual music event St. Jerome's Laneway Festival 2018, set to take place at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, on Jan 27.

Tickets to the festival, costing between $125 and $158, go on sale through Apactix on Thursday. They are cheaper than this year's tickets, which cost between $127 and $185.

DeMarco, known for his easygoing relationship with his fans, has been seen in a recent video online letting a fan up on stage to play his guitar at a concert in the Netherlands.

He says he could do the same here. "Yeah, if somebody wants to come up here, why not?"

Speaking in a recent telephone interview from New Orleans, a stop in his current tour, he adds that he is not fussy about others handling his guitars. "It's okay, I don't mind. I think if anybody's going to break my guitar, it will probably be me," he tells The Straits Times.


  • WHERE: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive

    WHEN: Jan 27, from 10am

    ADMISSION: $125 for early-bird tickets until the end of the month, $158 from next month, from Apactix (

While he has performed here before - at the 2015 edition of Laneway - many in the line-up will be playing in Singapore for the first time, including prominent names and artists who have released significant albums in recent times.

These include American singer-songwriter Father John Misty, whose new release Pure Comedy earned perfect scores from several music critics; Grammy-nominated hip-hop/R&B/ soul act Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals; and British alternative rock quartet Wolf Alice, a Grammy Award and Mercury Prize nominee.

DeMarco's recently released third full-length album, This Old Dog, has also received much critical acclaim. British music mag Clash gave it a nine out of 10 score, praising it as "intimate and endearingly honest", while American music website Pitchfork compared him with celebrated singer-songwriter stalwarts such as Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson.

This Old Dog also topped the American independent albums charts.

Rave reviews aside, he also regularly makes the news for the way he subverts the traditional fan-artist dynamic. In 2015, he gave out his then New York house address in that year's release, Another One, and invited his fans over for coffee. Hundreds took him up on the offer.

"It was an interesting thing," he recalls. "My girlfriend didn't enjoy it as much as I did, but that was cool. I met a lot of cool people."

He is dating artist Kiera McNally.

He adds: "Even before that, I like to meet everybody after a show, so I wouldn't have done it if I didn't know what I was in for. But I know people who listen to me are good people so, yeah, it's just an extra treat for them."

His mother, Agnes DeMarco, has also played a huge role in his music career, often touring with him and interacting with his fans on his social media.

His younger brother Hank is a ballet dancer.

"She always let me do what I wanted to do, she was always supportive of me and my brother. She's stoked for us in what we're doing and it's cool.

"I like playing music so I just want to do it for as long as I can. I just hope that people enjoy (my music). I like making people happy and hope to continue (doing it)."


•Aldous Harding (New Zealand)

•Amy Shark (Australia)

•Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals (United States)

•Billie Eilish (United States)

•Bonobo (Britain)

•Father John Misty (United States)

•Loyle Carner (Britain)

•Mac DeMarco (Canada)

•Moses Sumney (United States)

•Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (Australia)

•Slowdive (Britain)

•Sylvan Esso (United States)

•The Internet (United States)

•The War On Drugs (United States)

•Wolf Alice (Britain)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2017, with the headline 'Hit the stage, play with Mac DeMarco'. Subscribe