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!
Here’s the schedule for St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore on 25th January. It’s heartening to see that Singapore acts have been given due respect and equal treatment as they should be. Apart from The Observatory, Vandetta and Gema, I am looking forward to The Jezabels, Kurt Vile, Frightened Rabbit and Savages.
It’s 1st Jan 2014, PoPies (yes just made that up!) — which means that the first big music event viz. St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore is 24 days away! I’ve got my media pass all sorted out so I guess it’s just a question of counting down the days and hopefully being able to do a couple more interviews – Savages? Kurt Vile? So far, I have interviewed Frightened Rabbit, Haim and The Jezabels for TODAY and it’s been really fun! Fingers crossed?
SINGAPORE: SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY | THE MEADOW, GARDENS BY THE BAY
Mark this date – Saturday 25th January – the idyllic tranquility of Gardens by the Bay will be rocked by one of the biggest and most anticipated music event on this day – Laneway Festival returns to Singapore! Bound to keep the New Year celebrations going, the 2014 edition of the Australasia’s most forward-thinking festival will roll into Singapore in its fourth year running.
With more than 9,000 music-lovers thronging the 2013’s festival, an even bigger number is expected to make a beeline for the 2014 gathering of indie’s rising stars. Nestled somewhere in between the lakes and the greenery of Singapore’s premier garden, with the stunning skyline of the city as the backdrop, The Meadow proves to be the perfect outdoor spot for this occasion so keep your calendars marked.
News on the mega-lineup will be announced on 1st October 2013. Stay tuned!
Well, for most part (two-thirds) this oddly curated gig featured the loud, brash, melody-driven indie rock that I personally get my rocks off to completely. And whereas the likes of Shelves and Wavves had whipped up the crowd into a frenzy of sorts, Icelandic experimental outfit Mum duly engineered a totally different mood and tone. Minimalist, arty-farty, esoteric and pretentious, it left some members of the audience scratching their heads (figuratively, of course) though for the diehards, it was manna from heaven.
Wavves by Dawn CHUA
Now, believe me, I have sufficient knowledge to be able to understand where Mum was coming from, artistically and creatively but that merely reaches out to my head and not my groin. No such problem with Wavves who plunged headlong into punky no-wave feedback-drenched bubblegum ditties with a vengeance that compelled many a audience member to mosh and headbang. Short, sharp and sweet songs that needed no artful explanation to comprehend.
Shelves by Dawn CHUA
Shelves, as always, ever dependable to provide the sugar and the beat, Noel Yeo animated as usual, fronting the band with geeky abandon and it is indeed encouraging to see new lead guitarist Daryl Peh getting into the groove, whilst the reliable rhythm section of Robin Chua and Brian Leery lock down the ever important pulse.
A curiously eclectic lineup that challenged the usual conventions well enough to just about… work. Kudos goes to the organizers (Chugg/19SIXTYFIVE) accordingly. MORE!