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been | St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2018 – Auckland

You know the buzzy feeling you get after a concert or music festival that lasts for a few days after?! Yea that is my current situation.

Auckland was treated to perhaps what felt like the hottest day on Monday with a sweltering 28 degrees Celsius! Being from Papua New Guinea you would think I would be accustomed to the heat but far from it! I avoided getting to the festival until much later when it was slightly cooler. And it seems it may have been a smart move with reports on Twitter about massive queues at the festival entrance and people waiting for up to an hour and 30 minutes to get in. By the time I made my way there, there were no queues at the entrance thankfully.

The organizers have created something special with hosting Laneway Festival right in the middle of Auckland City at Albert Park. The lush trees and gardens make such a huge difference to the whole vibe of the festival, definitely was feeling it on the day.

So onto the music. Who did I manage to see? Well quite a good number of quality acts for sure. Not knowing much about this year’s lineup and what to expect, I came away being a fan of pretty much most of the bands I saw.

Noah Slee – Image credit David Watson

Having read up on Noah Slee I thought I’d check out his set and to see what was up on offer. Slee is based in Berlin and hails from Tonga via Glenn Eden, West Auckland. He definitely tried to work the crowd up with some pretty sweet summer neo-soul tunes and mixed in Erykah Badu and Sergio Mendez tracks to the crowd’s delight. Slee had some great energy and finished off his set with one of his popular tracks Radar.

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals – Image credit David Watson

When I got to the main Rotunda stage 10 minutes early for Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals I was not expecting it to be completely packed out. Actually I haven’t listened much to Anderson .Paak but oh boy I was in for such a treat! Anderson had such great energy and the crowd absolutely loved it, I loved it!!! Mixing up some jazz, hip-hop, R&B, the whole ensemble had such a great vibe and everyone felt it. So I now completely understand why there was a massive crowd gathering around the stage way ahead of his scheduled performance.

TOKiMONSTA – Image credit David Watson

TOKiMONSTA served up some killer beats at the Thunderdome stage. It felt like it was the perfect time for it, riding on the high from Anderson .Paak. I wanted to stay for the whole set but ended up rushing back to Rotunda stage to catch the start of Bonobo.

Szjerdene + Bonobo- Image credit David Watson

Playing at the main stage Bonobo brought a live band with him which was great. Also featured was vocalist Szjerdene who has provided vocals on a number of Bonobo tracks including the sublime Transits. A few issues with Szjerdene’s mic meant it was hard for us to hear her which was a shame. Again, I wanted to stay until the end for the set but really wanted to catch The War on Drugs.

The War on Drugs – Image credit Connor Crawford

The War on Drugs played on the Princess Street Stage and it was a great way to end my night at Laneway Festival. After winning a Grammy for Best Rock Album earlier in the day, Adam Granduciel and the rest of the band must have been on such a buzz. Their set was amazing and I was left wanting more. Playing tracks from Lost In The Dream and their latest Grammy award winning album A Deeper Understanding, it was a definite festival highlight for me.

The War on Drugs – Image credit Connor Crawford

Featured image: Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern – Taken by Max Lemesh

SFS | Amy Shark

Australian singer, Amy Shark has had a massive 2017; she’s toured with the likes of Vance Joy and Bleachers, headlined a string of international shows and won several awards including Best Pop Release and Breakthrough Artist at the Arias. This year, Amy will grace Laneway Festival and Flochella before heading to Austin for SXSW in March. Also, she just hung out with Diplo in LA.

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words…
Loud, sunny and boozy.

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up:
Future, The Smith Street Band, FKA Twigs.

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?
I just love festivals in general; it’s such a different show. I love intimate shows coz I get to really talk about my songs and really get close to the people…. but festivals, they’re like a big party! And I just love jumping around; it’s usually a bigger stage so I can jump around a lot. It’s a good time; especially if you’re on in the day or in the afternoon – It’s a really beautiful light and it’s a nice sort of feel.

Is your festival performance quite different to other live performances?
Yeah it is actually. Obviously the songs stay the same.. but just the way I go about a festival is very different to an intimate sort of show.

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?
I really like Feels from Calvin Harris, I think that’s such a banger song! It’s got a real cool sitting by the pool vibe.

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?
Adore is usually a pretty big song. Actually, Blood Brothers is pretty energetic. A lot of people sort of know Weekends now; it’s got a real sort of fun vibe. I dunno, I kinda love my whole EP… so I could keep going if you want… but I’ll probably just end up saying all the songs!

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?
I have a Pump Up playlist I play before every show, the top 3 right now are:
Go Flex – Post Malone
Don’t Kill my Vibe – Sigrid
Man of the Year – ScHoolBoy Q

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track?
I love so many Destiny’s Child songs… and I love really old School RnB like Ja Rule. I love Teenage Dirtbag… then there’s a really slow sappy song that’s on Con Air – “How do I live without you….” I bust that out every now and then during soundcheck – so that one’s a really, don’t tell anyone type of track! It’s really embarrassing!

What’s your social media of choice?
Instagram

Who do you follow?
Kendall Jenner
Joel Little
Lorde
Drake

What’s your go-to festival outfit?
I usually just wear my bra and underwear….. just joking, that’s what everyone else wears.
Maybe a pair of black jeans, they’re usually torn to shreds. Maybe some converse sneakers and just a t-shirt. I keep it pretty simple. If it’s really hot, maybe a singlet… show off a bit of my arm; you know, get the guns out.

WORD ASSOCIATION:
Music – Mine
Festival – Fun
Camping – Hard
Fashion – Awesome
Roadie – Always

This year marks 8 years of Laneway Festival in New Zealand and the second year in its dream location of Albert Park precinct. This boutique inner-city festival boasts a line-up showcasing some of the best new international talent. With four individual stages and an abundance of grass, shade and great music, Laneway Festival is set to be one of greats this summer festival season.