Laneway 2015 – Sydney review & photos
If you were wanting to go to a festival where Mac DeMarco burped a lot, and at one stage had a prominent hold on Connan Mockasin’s bait and tackle and his tongue down his throat whilst his mum, Agnes, danced amongst a quartet of almost-naked men in the background, then you should have been at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Sydney this past Sunday. (Yes, the sick dude was, in fact, my favourite act of the day.)
A festival targeted to a lot of different tastes in music, the lineup brought the likes of Little Dragon, FKA Twigs (girl if you could just show me a couple more times and in slow-motion that thing you do with your body, that’d be great), Courtney Barnett, POND, Future Islands, St Vincent, Royal Blood, Angel Olsen, Perfect Pussy (um, hey adorable tiny woman with a huge friggin scary-ass yet impressive mouth), an amazing afternoon set from Jungle, and so so so many more.
Local and international names flogged it on stage for a crowd that was even more keen for them than the delicious spread of food that was available to alleviate the slow but steady decline of sobriety over the day.
So nursing a two-day hangover (note to self, $3 beer and wine at a mate’s 21st does not equate to 10 beers in the space of three hours after a dinner comprising of twiggy sticks) did not suck as much as I feared it would. The hill overlooking the two main stages was the perfect place for a little cheeky nap, a cheeky feed and a cheeky dance.
The swift bus service from Rozelle to Sydney CBD after the festival wound up was actually the best post-festival-come-down experience I have ever had. Again, population of a-holes on the bus = zero. The party raged on at Oxford Art Factory, with DJ sets from the likes of Eagulls and another outstanding live performance form Future Islands.
So cheers. Cheers for making our mums, “wish we were more like you”.