Wearing: kaftan (old Cotton on), basic singlet, One Teaspoon Outlaws denim shorts, Rubi Shoes studded boots and felt hat by eQuip.
This time last week, I would of been driving home from Laneway singing to old EPs from The Jezabels, quenching my thirst and parched mouth with water. Boy how time flies by! For those who don't know what Laneway is, it is officially known as St Jerome's Laneway Festival - a specially curated music festival founded in Australia and also hosted in Detroit, Auckland and Singapore. This was my first Laneway festival and it was everything I thought it would be. Maybe because my jaw dropped over my keyboard when the official lineup was announced and it included two of my all-time favourite bands - The Jezabels and HAIM. Other artists included Kiwi two-time Grammy winner Lorde, Daughter, Autre Ne Veut (who I have been playing non-stop), Danny Brown, Jagwar Ma, Jamie XX and Soundcloud kings Cashmere Cat and XXYYXX.
With the Sydney sun belting down our backs and a cool breeze in the air, it was a great day to be outdoors and get amongst some live music. The first act we saw was Autre Ne Veut whom I was very much looking forward to watching, followed by XXYYXX who got the crowd grooving with his glitchy beats (for a moment I felt I was at Listen Out) Having seen Jamie XX and Jagwar Ma perform live already we headed to the main two stages and alternated between Daughter, Lorde and then finally HAIM who put on one hell of a show despite the heat. As the weather cooled down, it was time for The Jezabels and boy it was sweet to see them live again. The last time they performed lived on home soil was probably 2 years ago and seeing them again for the fifth time with a refined look and upbeat stage presence was certainly something special. I can confidently say I'm quite a fanatic and watching them belt out old EP songs reminded me why I was so drawn to them at the start. The last song they performed was Hurt Me, one of their popular tracks and if I have to say - 'the' track that first lured me in. Hayley Mary jumped off the stage and sung the dramatic end to Hurt Me, for those in the mosh it would of probably been the highlight of the set.
All in all - Laneway is definitely a festival worth going to. The vibe is much more relaxed, there are no shirtless guys (thank the Lord), crowd is tastefully dressed and the music lineup is well curated. Will definitely be going to next year's Laneway and I can't wait to see what new band/artist I discover before then.
Here are some pics I took on the day (please excuse the digi cam quality, who really does bring a SLR to a music festival unless you're in the pitt?)
Autre Ne Veut
HAIM. Video clip of Alana, Danielle and Este ending their set with an insane drum jam!
The Jezabels Hayley Mary of The Jezabels up close with the crowd.
I hope you've all had a top week. New outfit post to come soon, so keep an eye out!