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been | Laneway Festival 2020

Laneway Festival served up a great diverse lineup this year! There indeed was something for everyone. It was a scorcher of a day and thankfully the Duck Island Ice Cream truck was present to cool us off. Having only recognised a handful of the acts in lineup we found some new favorites on the day that have been added to our Spotify playlists! Gallivanting from stage to stage trying to at least catch a few of the songs was definitely a workout! Luckily we had access to the Friends & Family section so we avoided queues and danced to Linda T’s eclectic mixes.

Kaiit made her first appearance ever at a NZ music festival this year at Laneway. Last time she was in Auckland she played an intimate gig at Ponsonby Social Club in 2018. Winning an ARIA last year for Best Soul/R&B Release, she served up a great performance and scored herself many new fans. Singing our favs Natural Woman and OG Luv Kush Pt. 2 we hope this isn’t the last time we see Kaiit here in New Zealand.

Having played last year at the Thunderdome Stage, Bene returned to Laneway Festival this year with an upgrade on the Princes Stage. With fans packing out the street, Bene delivered a more confident set this year singing radio fav Soaked and in Te Reo too.

With a slight clash this year with Bene, Mahalia was a definite must-see at the festival. With What You Did on constant repeat on our Spotify, a song she sings with fellow Brit Ella Mai and in which she samples Killa Cam’s Oh Boy we were quite looking forward to her set. She sang mostly from the Love and Compromise album and delivered her hit songs Simmer and Do Not Disturb. She ended her set with I Wish I Missed My Ex with the crowd singing along. She did promise us she will be back in Aotearoa so we cannot wait!

Bringing it back to basics and with an incredible band, Marlon Williams was a highlight at the festival. Dedicating Make Way For Love to Kobe Bryant, it was hard not to be moved by the beautiful performance. A last minute replacement for Fontaines DC which pulled out just a week before the festival, we are so grateful the stars aligned and Marlon was able to step in.

Notable mentions, The 1975 and Charlie XCX.

All images provided by David Watson.

been | Laneway Festival 2019

Another scorching Auckland Anniversary day and another Laneway Festival done and dusted. The fashion, the food and of course the music was on point on the day and so was the weather! Apparently there was a heatwave on the way! And it was their tenth birthday at the sold out festival, sweet way to celebrate and throw a party!

Having only recognised three of the acts in the 20 plus lineup we found some new favorites on the day! Gallivanting from stage to stage trying to at least catch a few of the songs was definitely a workout! Luckily we had access to the Friends & Family section so we avoided queues and mingled with fashion royalty, sipping on ciders.

Bene, images by Jess Gleeson

Arriving at around 3.30pm we were just in time for Aucklander Bene at the Thunderdome Stage. Delivering a sweet, chilled out set. Although there were some sound issues, the whole street was completely packed out!

Jorja Smith came through with the goods at the Rotunda Stage. Playing hits from her gorgeous Lost & Found album with her band and finishing off with the garage infused track On My Mind!

Jorja Smith, images by Jess Gleeson

Masego was one of the highlights on the day! Unfortunately slight clash on the schedule with Courtney Barnett which meant we only caught the first bit of her set! Great energy from what we saw and would love to have stayed a bit longer to catch the whole thing. Masego though was brilliant! Saxophonist, singer and rapper he was amazing to watch on stage!

Courtney Barnett, Florence & The Machine, images by Jess Gleeson

Headliner Florence & The Machine played at the first ever Laneway Festival here in Auckland. It seemed fitting that they returned on the festival’s 10th anniversary to as headliner. Florence Welch is always a delight to watch, commanding so much presence although she tells us on stage she is very shy. Transforming into a sprint queen that darts across the stage almost levitating in places to later appearing on the side among the crowd for a surprise performance. Definitely a great way to finish off the night.

Florence & The Machine, images by Jess Gleeson

We were guttered we missed out on Mitski, DJDS, Lontalius and many more but such is a music festival. Here’s hoping they return back to good old Aotearoa for more summer festiveness.