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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.

heard | Laneway Festival Wellington Sideshow

Wellington, if you haven’t heard already, you’re in for the king of all sideshows.  Last week, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival announced that Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown and Run the Jewels will make their way down to the capital after Lanway Auckland.  With enough hype to heat up an Airbus A320, this mighty fine crew are arguably some of the hottest rappers to storm the streets this year.

Each year, Laneway Festival throws down an absolutely huge show and this supreme blend of rappers will make your summer unforgettable.

EARL SWEATSHIRT

As the youngest of the Old Future collective, EARL SWEATSHIRT is by far the most notorious and talented of the bunch. Earmarked as a hip hop genius from the age of 16, his 2010 debut mixtape Earl left fans and critics hanging on for more. He dropped off the scene for a brief stint in a Samoan therapeutic retreat school before returning with LP Doris. Challenging the status quo with brutal honesty, Earl Sweatshirt is a master of words. The release was praised for its sophisticated, varied and unexpected palette. He’s unstoppable and unmissable.

DANNY BROWN

Detroit native DANNY BROWN will bend you over backwards with a feast of richly textured, distinctly original hip-hop. In 2011 the Motor City MC teamed up with Fool’s Gold Records and released XXX, a tour ­de ­force concept record (and Spin’s ‘Rap Album Of The Year’) exploring hedonism and growing up in Detroit. Earlier this year, the highly-anticipated LP Old was released with Pitchfork describing it as, “the best and most resonant album of Brown’s career”. Expect profanity and truth; you’ll catch Danny Brown top of his game at this show.

RUN THE JEWELS (EL-P & KILLER MIKE)

Laneway Festival has been obsessed with the powerhouse rap duo of EL-P and Killer Mike for quite some time. Together they are RUN THE JEWELS. Individually, the artists have put out what some have called “the best hip hop albums to come out in a long time”, and the duo’s collaborative history has been fruitful — with EL-P producing Killer Mike’s 2012 R.A.P Music and Killer Mike guesting up on EL-P’s Cancer for Cure. Run The Jewels released their self ­titled LP through Fools Gold last June and we’re still mad on it.

Aucklanders, don’t fret, the same team are performing at Laneway Festival in Auckland, which you can check out over here.

Don’t miss a beat; tickets to this Laneway Wellington sideshow are set to run out faster than the quickest kid in class.  Tickets on sale from tomrrow (26th November) from www.dashtickets.co.nz.

been | St Jerome’s Laneway Festival – Auckland

One of the best things about kiwi summers is the music festivals that attract some of the best live acts to ever come to Aotearoa. Laneways is one of the festivals I look forward to every year that brings up-and-coming bands that end up becoming big names in mainstream.

This year’s lineup included Bat for Lashes, Bailterspace, Tame Impala, Yeasayer, Of Monsters And Men, Alt-J, Nicolas Jaar, Divine Fits, Jessie Ware, Real Estate, The Phoenix Foundation, Lawrence Arabia, A Place to Bury Strangers, Japandroids, Street Chant, The Men, Cloud Nothings, Kings of Convenience, Phelps and Munro, Deer Park, Beach Pigs, Flume, Polica and The Eversons. Pretty impressive right?!

With so many bands playing across four different stages it looked like it was going to be a full-on day. Auckland didn’t disappoint on the day with the sunshine. It was a glorious day when we rocked up right before 4.30pm in time to catch Of Monsters and Men.

The six piece band came out on stage kitted out in leis; I guess they were attempting to look festive. They opened up with the first track on their latest album Dirty Paws and oh what a moment.  This would have to be one of my favourite sets at the festival. Such great and up-lifting energy, you realise this is the sort of band that was meant to play to huge festivals with everyone singing along. When the band performed Little Talks it was a rather magical moment with the audience singing along. This band evoked the same emotion I had when I saw Mumford & Sons so I can understand why people would compare Of Monsters & Men to Mumford & Sons.

Laneways did a great job with the timetable this year because right after the Of Monsters & Men set on the the Mystere Stage, alt-j started their set on the Hey Seuss Stage. Now this is a band that is a must-see. Hyped by so many blogs, you instantly know why when you give their album An Awesome Wave a good listen. It’s such a quirky sound that mixes all sorts of genres and translates beautifully live. They opened up their set with the Intro track on An Awesome Wave that lead into the gorgeous Tesselate.

Other highlights of the festival included Jessie Ware, Flume, Bat For Lashes (who really does have an amazing voice) , Nicolas Jaar and the new Redbull Thunderdome (flashing lights on walls FTW).

So onto my disappointments (which didn’t ruin the whole vibe much). The queues: I really shouldn’t complain but I felt this year the queues were way more longer than last year’s. It could be because of a much bigger crowd this year or the bar running out of drinks (they had no red wine *sad face*). Although it is a festival that attracts thousands so it’s expected, lines would be long.

The crowd: I had a huge problem with the crowds at the start of this festival. My issue was with the lack of enthusiasm, especially during the Of Monsters & Men set. Maybe some folks are just too cool to show that they are having a good time and to let the band know they appreciate them. It annoys me a lot actually. You pay $130 to come to a music festival only to stand like a zombie in the crowd staring aimlessly. Seriously! I think the more drunk people got the more enthusiastic they became. Le sigh, I’ve come to expect this at festivals in NZ now.

Missing out on Polica: Unfortunately Polica came on pretty early in the afternoon at 1:40PM and I didn’t get the chance to see them. My photographer did though and raved on about them. So I am hoping they do come back someday, if so maybe they can play a little later on in the afternoon.

Thanks Laneways for making us happy and help get us stuck into 2013 with some festive good times. Look forward to what next year’s Laneways brings.

p.s: Silo Park really is a brilliant venue. You’re right by the water, surrounded by silos and get the golden sun setting on you. It’s perfect!

Images by Anthony Corre.

The festival that was Laneways…

Laneways festival was held at its brand new home, Silo Park on Monday 30th of January. The sun was out, the queues weren’t too long and the music was great. This was my second time attending Laneways, my first one being last year in 2011 which was held at Aotea Square.

I arrived just after 1.30pm to catch a few songs by Austra on the Penny Lane stage and was quite impressed by their set. A standout for me was their song Lose It. It’s quite an eerie song with a rather throbbing beat!

Cults performed next door on the Cherry Lane stage after Austra. Their infectious pop song Go Outside debuted almost two years and set the blogosphere buzzing. Touted as one of the next big things in the music industry they didn’t definitely disappoint in my opinion!

The Pains of Being Pure of Heart was another favourite. Performing on the other side behind the large silos on Park Lane stage, the packed out crowd enjoyed their 90s alternative rock sound! Toro Y Moi delivered a great set on the same stage with his brand of electro-pop. Tamalak has never sounded so good on a sweet summer’s day!

I did not consider myself a fan of Feist before the festival but she definitely made me a convert! Feist was an un-expected yet wonderful surprise for me. Performing on the main Penny Lane stage, she was cute, funny and hypnotising with her piercing voice! I pretty much fell in love with this woman during her performance of the tense bluesy How Come You Never Go There. I have been listening to that song non-stop ever since!

Now the biggest drawcard for me this year was M83. Let me first say that the only disappointing thing was that I wish their set was much longer. Other than that….WOW! Their latest album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming was perhaps one of the best albums I’ve heard in 2011. Right from the first track Intro which features the quirky Zola Jesus it builds up into such an epic sound. This band was perhaps perfect for Laneways, amping the crowd up with their amazing set.

A notable mention must be made of Gotye who performed last and had a great sing-a-long with the Australian number one single Somebody That I Used To Know.

Ah so many great memories on the day from lots of awesome bands; I’m already looking forward to 2013! A huge thanks to Anthony Corre for the brilliant pics! (: