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This morning the gentle folk at the helm of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival decided to let us in on their 2013 lineup, a bill that appears to get more intriguing annually. They seem to have found their place in a market that demands direction, catering for the early adopters, the young and the hip. So, without further adieu, here it is in alphabetical order.





ALPINE - ALT-J - BAT FOR LASHES - CHET FAKER - CLOUD NOTHINGS - DIVINE FITS - EL-P - FLUME - HENRY WAGONS & THE UNWELCOME COMPANY - HIGH HIGHS - HOLY OTHER - JAPANDROIDS - JESSIE WARE - JULIA HOLTER - KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - THE MEN - MS MR - THE NEIGHBOURHOOD - NICOLAS JAAR - NITE JEWEL - OF MONSTERS AND MEN - PERFUME GENIUS - POLICA - POND - REAL ESTATE - THE RUBENS - SHLOHMO - SNAKADAKTAL - TWERPS - YEASAYER


There are a few things we can take from the announcement. Firstly, [indie-]Folk is on the way out, that much is obvious. The thought of seeing artists like Mumford and Sons, Whitley or The Middle East (all of whom were present on the 2010 lineup) seems relatively far fetched (also because TME have broken up, but you know what I’m saying). This is probably because Laneway Festival is becoming more and more zeitgeist-y with every passing year and indie folk? That aint in no more. Kings of Convenience probably made it in there because they’ve paid there dues and they need to add some depth to an incredibly young lineup. On that same point though, you’d also have to say that the average age of the bands on this lineup would be what… 20? 22? Surely not much higher. And again, that’ll come down to the fine tuning of the Laneway niche. 

I wouldn’t be surprised if you weren’t all that familiar with a good part of this bill so to help guide the initiated, here’s our five favourites from the lineup:



ALT-J

HIGH HIGHS

JAPANDROIDS

NICOLAS JAAR

PERFUME GENIUS

LANEWAY LANEWAY LANEWAYALKJDAKLJSAS

OMG KIMBRA AND GOTYE ARE COMING.

K I M B R A IS COMING TO SINGAPORE. MY FEEEEEEEELS. I AM SO GOING. 

Chanced upon some of her live performances at Sing Sing on YouTube last year AND I’VE BEEN IN LOVE EVER SINCE. SHE’S AMAZING AND SO TALENTED AND BRILLIANTTTTTTTTTTTTT LIVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. 

goshhhhhhhh.

My friends and I can finally yell “SOMEBARDEHHHHHHHH” in our creepy death metal voices to our hearts’ content when Gotye performs ‘Somebody I Used To Know’. :’D SO EXCITEDDDDDDD. AHHHHHHHH

CAMPING FO TIX ONLINE TOMORROW! Meanwhile, I’m gonna listen to all the stuff by the other artists and bands coming for the next 2 months hahahaha

Laneway Festival 2013

This post should have been up a couple weeks ago, but we’re procrastinators like that so it’s only coming out now.

So, on 26 Jan 2013, we went for St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2013. For those of you who don’t know what Laneway is: it’s an australian music festival that comes to Singapore once a year and features some pretty big indie bands in the world.

Kings of Convenience opened the festival and we definitely agree it was a good start to the day. I mean, c'mon, what better way to open the show than with some mellow music?

Poliça came on next and we fell in love with her instantaneously! We loved that she used double the bass power in her music and that it felt dance-y-ish.

We tried giving Cloud Nothing a chance, we really did, but OMG! It was a unanimous agreement that they sucked big time. Whoever thought that putting a Metal band in an indie music festival would be a good idea was obviously an idiot. Really.

Because we could tolerate them no longer, we left the festival for a while to get some food before running back in time for Of Monsters and Men. Boy, did we have the time of our lives singing along with the crowd!

We left the festival again for the next 2 hours (because the sun was already melting our skins off our bodies) before coming back again for Kimbra We liked her, but I don’t think we fell head over heals in love with her like we did Poliça. Interesting sound, and we admit it was fun listening to her, but I think that’s about it.

Real Estate played next and we honestly really liked their music! We did say we were going to buy their stuff off iTunes, but we have yet to do that. #lifeofaprocrastinator

After the long wait throughout the day of good music, we finally got to see Alt-J play! Sure, they had a little technical issue for about 5 minutes (someone must’ve gotten fired for that), but we loved them nonetheless.

The crowd numbers had exploded by that time because it was already after dinner and people were there ‘early’ because Gotye was the closing act, so we left the festival early.

We regret nothing though, despite forgetting to bring sunblock and getting terrible sunburns after that day. A day filled with the best music in the world is always a good day.

Photos of the festival are up on our Facebook page!

We’ll see you guys soon!

XOXO,
-A

Laneway yesterday was such a ball. It was soooo sunny I’m so red right now but it was all worth it. The bands we’re great. Special mention for Alt J. You guys totally blew my mind. Despite the technical glitch (which I was really upset about. I blame the techs! Haha i kid), it was all good. Brilliant set.

After the show me and hanis ran into a whole lot of British rugby players that came from some event. They were whining that they missed Alt J. Well too bad brajes.

My year is totally made. Get to see so many amzing bands. See you next year, laneway.