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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 | BAYNK!

Jock Nowell-Usticke otherwise known as BAYNK is a singer, song writer and producer that burst onto the scene with his track Sundae in 2015. The standout track led to a slot at 2016’s Laneways Festival and he is back again at this year’s festival. Featuring edgy electronic beats, he will definitely be a highlight with the Auckland crowd on the day.

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words…
Losing my marbles

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up:
Flume
Mura Masa
Bon Iver

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?
Laneway (2018) because that’s where everything started for me.

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?
Bodak Yellow

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?
Could You

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?
Shut Up by Stormzy
I Fall Apart by Post Malone
Dissolve by Kllo

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track?
Taylor Swift – Blank Space but there’s no guilt involved

What’s your social media of choice?
Instagram – because it lets me put my nudes up you should go check them out @baynkofficial

Who do you follow and where?
What? I follow 759 people on Instagram, 361 on twitter and 1000+ on facebook. Am I supposed to list them?

What’s your go-to festival outfit?
Long baggy singlet. Shorts with deep pockets. Black sunglasses and an old pair of shoes because they always get wrecked. Emergency poncho on hand at all times.

Word association:
Music – Ableton
Festival – Friends
Camping – Mosquitoes
Fashion – Gucci
Roadie – Convertible

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.

BAYNK’s Soundcloud is https://soundcloud.com/baynk

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.

been | Laneway Fesitval 2016

It seems the sun will always be shining on the day Laneway Festival is held and what a day it was on Monday’s Auckland Anniversary day. This year though will be the last time that it will be held at Silo Park which is kind of sad, cause it feels like it’s the perfect venue for such a festival. Right by the water, with the sun setting and everyone sharing some good vibes. Those good vibes this year came from the likes of Shamir, The Internet, Vince Staples, Courtney Barnett, HudMo and Flume just to name a few.

heard | Laneway 2016 lineup loves

Ah don’t we all just love this time of year when the weather starts to get slightly warmer, the days become longer and we discover new music through lineup announcements for the summer music festival 2016 circuit?! The latter is one of the many reasons we love St Jerome’s Laneway Festival. We thought we’d run through who we’re looking forward to the most at Laneway next year.


Beach House
This duo have in fact done Laneway back in 2011; visiting our shores when the festival was hosted that one time in Aotea Square in 2011 before finding its home at Silo Park. We were there in 2011 for their set where they played their signature dreamy pop that was absolutely perfect for such a festival as Laneway. Although next year’s would be that extra special we imagine just because it’s Silo Park and it’s by the water. Coming out with two albums this year, Beach House definitely have a decent size catalogue of tracks to perform and we can’t wait to see them again.


CHVRCHES
Last year in 2013 when Dru was living it up in Amsterdam, he covered the CHVRCHES gig for us there and wrote a review about it. They aren’t strangers to the Laneway festival having performed here in 2014. We look forward to their return with having released a very strong strong album Every Open Eye this year.


Shamir
The 20 year old indie-pop sensation is someone to definitely check out on the day at the festival next year. Delivering high-energy shows and spreading the love to his fans, reportedly giving out hugs to those that hang out after each of his show. Releasing his debut album this year Ratchet, Shamir has spent most of the year touring with the band Years & Years opening up for them on their UK leg of the tour.


Grimes
Having toured New Zealand in 2012 she is no stranger to this country. She releases her long awaited fourth album Art Angels this month. Her last one being the critically acclaimed Visions in 2012. Grimes has such an ethereal presence on stage to go with her sound and should not be missed.


Hudson Mohawke
The Scotsman HudMo toured New Zealand in 2013 as one half of TNGHT with Lunice. His latest effort this year was the album Lantern which featured some great collaborators including Miguel, Jhene Aiko and Anohni (formerly Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons). He’s got some great tracks in his catalogue that would just go off at Silo Park. We’re definitely looking forward to his set.


The Internet
The Internet comprises of Odd Future members Matt Martians and Syd the Kid and others. Releasing their third album this year titled Ego Death to critical acclaim, the band has grown from strength to strength. It’s their first time in New Zealand together and we’re pretty excited to be there for it.

Laneway festival is on Monday 01st February 2016 at Silo Park with tickets already on sale.

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.