Laneway Festival Review
They say first impressions are everything and Laneways done exactly that. Having never been to a Laneway Festival before the expectations were high given the array of festivals big and small. Just outside the heart of Port Adelaide is Harts Mill, the home of this year’s Laneway Festival there couldn’t be a more perfect day; clear skies and sunny weather companied with a great line-up including artists from far and wide propelled the day into an exciting one.
Arriving at gates first opening there were a contingent of local punters to see local Unearthed winners, Paradise Club who brought their smooth melodies and new-wave style to kick off the day at Laneway. Upon first arrival I noticed the simple layout and the view over Port River with the temperatures reaching mid 30’s, if you weren’t prepared there was, notably, a lack of shade and seating areas however given the size it was adequate.
After seeing Paradise Club, the next artist on the ‘go to’ list was The Internet. During this time there was ample time to investigate the facilities. First stop was the beer garden next to mainstage. It wouldn’t have hurt to have a little more seating and shade as well as utilising the surrounding areas, it provided a nice ambiance and chilled vibe for when you want to rest between sets. The choice of liquor was substantial with something for everyone.
With the good vibes flowing the Internet loads onto mainstage providing their smooth, neo-soul jammers with world class players and first class instruments whilst Syd tha Kyd’s vocals surrounding you like a soft pillow, gently touching your soul. They were easily one of the highlights to the day and a good transition into Mac DeMarco and Anderson .Paak.
Having been out in the sun all day, I thought it’d be a promising idea to check out the dedicated PIP area and if you were someone who didn’t fancy the public toilets provided then I’d suggest investing into a PIP ticket because the bathroom was by far the best I’ve been to at a festival. Laneway did well to provide a small sanctuary with a BBQ all day and bar.
Having missed Mac DeMarco’s set it was Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals who took over Lion Flour Stage (one of two mainstages). To say their set was great would be an understatement. The intensity and vibe from start to finish made all who witnessed become invigorated and deeply entrenched into the performance.
By the end of the night War On Drugs closed the main area with tunes reminiscent of a 1980’s Bob Dylan vibe but for me it was all about BadBadNotGood and they were everything but their name (they were good not bad). It was their fun, good nature and their tasteful, funky tunes that made the end of Laneway an enjoyable one.
Laneway started the year off right with the selection of artists, the good vibes and positive crowds I would definitely recommend attending to a friend or two. If you’re one for round sunnies and ‘out there’ style or if you simply enjoy good music, then Laneways the festival for you.
Words by Nick Commegno