There has been about a week of radio silence over here, and there's only one event you can blame it on: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival. This, my friends, is perhaps the best festival Australia currently has to offer, and 2015 was my fourth time attending. It was such a fantastic day, and I perhaps partied a *little* too hard, hence why I've only been able to bring myself to look at my laptop four days after the fact.
Let's take a quick look at the lineup: FKA twigs. Banks. St. Vincent. Caribou. Flight Facilities. Mac DeMarco. Flying Lotus. Future Islands. Jungle. Little Dragon. Courtney Barnett. Angel Olsen. Pretty incredible, right?
Laneway Festival used to be held in Melbourne's CBD in a (surprise) laneway. It grew pretty quickly, and soon relocated to Footscray, perfectly situated next to the Maribyrnong River. It's a beautiful location and perfect for the diverse range of acts that play the festival.
With a forecast of sunny and 36 degrees, I had to dress appropriately - when you're standing in the sun all day, it's almost impossible to avoid sunburn so you've got to do what you can. That means covered shoulders, milkmaid braids to protect your scalp, and SPF 50+ sunscreen on every inch of your body.
Armed with a large group of friends, we descended upon the masses in Footscray to see our first act of the day, Andy Bull - an alt-pop singer from Sydney who had a massive year in 2014 on Australia's youth/alternative radio station, Triple J. He was great fun, and his tunes made me forget the scorching sun blazing down on me.
We leisurely made our way down to another stage away from the entrance (a good ten minute walk) to see that wonderful and strange Canadian Mac DeMarco, who's interaction with the crowd was one of the highlights of the day. He has an insane amount of energy and is an incredibly talented guy - it was a shame I could hardly see him as we hung out behind the sound tent.
Once he finished up, we sprinted back up to where we started the day to watch Jungle, a modern soul group from London who's debut album last year was one of my favourites. They were so much fun to watch, and delivered one of my favourite sets of the day. I highly recommend checking out their album Jungle, it's really incredible.
When Jungle finished up, we ran back to the other stage (seeing a pattern here?) to catch the lady that was one of the sole reasons I bought my ticket to Laneway: the ethereal FKA twigs. Oh boy. Words cannot describe how amazing this woman is. Her voice is utterly incredible - better than on her album, if you could believe. And the way she can move her body is so transfixing! She is an artist in every sense of the word, and delivered the performance of the day. She performed songs from both her EP and LP, and finished the set with the stunning "Two Weeks." Absolutely amazing. You must see her if she performs near you, it's an experience I'll never forget.
Once she left the stage, we booked it back over to the other stage and caught Caribou just as he was coming on stage. As I mentioned in my post about my top 10 albums of 2014, Caribou's album was my favourite of the year, and I'm pleased to say that his set was probably the best of the day, along with FKA twigs. His music is made to dance to, and I'll never forget the feeling of when it started to rain lightly, then getting heavier as the beat was reaching its peak. An insane, amazing, wonderful experience that was just so, so much fun.
It was at this point that my phone ran out of battery (I'm amazed it made it this far into the day), so unfortunately I have no photos to share of the insanely talented St. Vincent, who was the last act of the day. Having seen St. Vincent once before, I knew I had to catch her again, as she is one of the most incredible guitar players I have ever seen live - and I have seen some of the best. I also feel quite lucky that I saw her, as her latest album St. Vincent won a Grammy a couple of days later! She knows how to put on a good show (requesting that no photos are taken during her set - lucky the temptation was removed for me!), and she played quite a few of my favourites.
It all seemed to soon that she finished, and it was time to go home. Sweaty, dirty, and with makeup all over my face, I joined the masses walking back to the train station to go home. I'll definitely be back next year!