For many artists, performing at the iconic Laneway Festival is a right of passage – a significant milestone that solidifies one’s status as an up-and-coming artist.
For Ruby Cannon, it’s also a dream come true thanks to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that saw her chosen to represent JMC Academy on stage at Laneway Sydney.
“It just feels so special,” Ruby told Rolling Stone Australia.
“I still can’t believe that it was me. Because there were so many amazing artists that I know would have applied, and JMC is full of talented artists.”
After graduating high school, Ruby began her studies at JMC Academy where she completed a Bachelor of Music specialising in songwriting and a double major in guitar and vocals.
“I would be nowhere near what I am as a musician without having been there,” she said of JMC.
“Before I went there, I could play a little bit of this and that, I couldn’t sing and my songwriting was terrible,” she laughed.
“The way they mentored me and got me used to playing in front of people worked so well. They teach you how to write music theory, how to structure a song and play your instrument, obviously.”
“But it also prepares you for the industry, like how to perform, how to get an ABN, all things that musicians need to know in the real world.”
Returning next year for the first time since 2020, Laneway organisers are eager to make up for lost time, with the all-star lineup truly being music to our ears.
Ruby will join a slew of international artists at the Sydney leg of the tour, including US pop-rock trio HAIM and international R&B star Joji.
We’re also set to see performances from Irish post-punk band Fontaines D.C., FINNEAS, Norwegian bedroom pop singer Girl in Red, and acclaimed singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers.
“Phoebe Bridgers!” Ruby declared when asked who she hopes to meet at the Sydney show.
“She’s just incredible and she’s such an inspiration. I love her writing style and the way that she presents her music,” she continued.
There’s also plenty of local talent, including singer-songwriters Sycco and Adam Newling, New Zealand’s powerhouse power pop outfit The Beths, and rising rapper Tasman Keith.
Laneway confirmed the dates and venues for 2023 back in September, including the announcement of four new venues.
You can check out Ruby at Laneway Festival Sydney on Sunday, February 5th at Sydney Showground.
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