What was my day like at Laneway SG 2015? Really good fun actually, meeting loads of cool music people (you know who you are!), boozin’ and enjoying pretty useful festival food as well. The people watching was fruitful – looking at the sweet young things in their hipster outfits made me feel like an anthropologist (okay, not really).
I was so comfortable and chilled out that I wasn’t even bothered by the fact that most of the music was average at best. Also, rock bands were showcased in the afternoon (where the audience was smaller) but it all felt like an afterthought.
Who says you can’t make any money doing music in Singapore, eh?
But seriously folks, this is indicative of the Singapore public’s interest in music in 2014 and a great way to start the musical calendar. I will covering the festival as usual and am looking forward most to good music and good company.
Without music, Dr. Martens would have remained a workwear boot. As part of its deep-rooted relationship with music, subcultures and music icons, Dr. Martens is proud to partner with Laneway Festival for the third time this January 24th, 2015 at The Meadow, Gardens by The Bay.
Dr. Martens not only offers the perfect rain-and-muck-proof boots for stomping festival grounds, it will also provide fun/survival essentials to Laneway Festival 2015.
Here are the highlights:
Dr. Martens Laneway Festival Kit
Dr. Martens Vending Machine of Quintessentially English Snacks: Parma Violets, Marmite Crisps, Walkers Worchester Sauce Crisps, and the like.
Hello Stranger Photo Booth: It didn’t happen if there weren’t photos.
The Best Punk Portaloo This Land Has Seen: for a culturally immersive lavatory experience.
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Yes! See you all at Laneway Singapore 2015 this coming Saturday.
Latest news coming from Laneway Singapore is that Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li (above, left) has pulled out due to health reasons. Not just Singapore in fact, Li will not be playing numerous overseas festivals. In a press statement, Li said –
“I’m incredibly sorry to announce that I’m no longer able to play in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore for Laneway Festival. It’s been a long time coming, but unfortunately tour life has caught up with me and it’s been recommended that I take a break. I’m devastated, but know I will return.”
Power of Pop hopes that after seven years of touring, Li gets the break she deserves. Jon Hopkins (above, right) has been roped in as a last minute replacement. The British electronic producer/musician may not be like for like for Li but will bring his popular brand of dance music to the festival.
News about the lineup for Laneway Festival 2015 came out yesterday. There was the usual hand-wringing and whining about why so-and-so wasn’t coming etc but overall, I believe that the response has been fairly positive. For me personally, having endured the dark days of the 70s, 80s & 90s when rock music events were far and between, I never take these things for granted. Sure, none of these bands compare to Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath or Deep Purple in their prime but in the context of rock & pop music circa 2015, this lineup looks intriguing. Apart from St. Vincent, Lykke Li and our very own .gif and Hanging Up the Moon, I am not too familiar with most of the names but that’s the joy of discovery, I guess. So expect more information about the above bands/artists in the weeks leading up to the festival, from our typical critically objective perspective!