Doing things differently comes with some risk. The truth behind this statement is no more stark than in the festival market. Today, the festival Ferris wheel – though pretty to look it – seems a rarely ridden pony.

From its humble beginnings in a cramped laneway in the shadowy bowels of Melbourne’s CBD, to the stately sandstone confines of a 19th century former mental asylum in Rozelle, visitors to the annual St Jerome’s Laneway Festival are given the impression that the organisers aren’t cut from quite the same cloth as last decade’s festival kings.

This year, they’ve again compiled a top-notch collection of artists. As seasoned regulars of this much-loved addition to our summer festival orbit, here are some of our most anticipated troubadours and synth-ticklers of Laneway 2013:

Sweeping in to Sydney on a DIY chariot of papier-mâché and reckless abandon, Japandroids ignited the music press this year with their second record Celebration Rock. Double-knot your laces and throw down with them on the Courtyard stage at 8:50pm. Sydney locals who’ve been working hard in New York, High Highs are in town with a swag of dreamy bliss pop, not to be missed at 3.50pm on the Inner Sanctum stage. They only slightly clash with Triple J darlings The Rubens, who will be breaking hearts on the Park Stage at 3.20pm

A final nod goes to Shlohmo, a beats producer from a standout independent label of 2012, LA-based Friends of Friends. Along with stable mates R.L. Grime, LOL Boys and Groundislava, Shlohmo has helped define the tripped, screwed electronic sound that dominated in 2012. He’s on from 6.40pm on the Inner Sanctum stage.

Not-to-be-missed heavyweights Alt-J, Bat For Lashes, Flume, Nicholas Jaar and Yeasayer pad out the bill nicely, so if you’ve not yet taken the plunge, tickets are still (barely) available at lanewayfestival.com.au.

Laneway Festival 2013
Saturday, February 2
Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), Balmain Road, Rozelle
Gates open 11.30am