12 o’clock and with the glazing hot sun, it was indeed a good day for Laneway because it was promising that the rain wouldn’t hit Gardens by the Bay, at least at that point in time it was promising and indeed it was because there was not a single drop from the sky.
Got in, got the wrist tag, and it was time to rock and roll. First up was Kings of Convenience. It was amazing, the perfect start of Laneway because with Erland and Eirik and their band on stage, it was a welcoming and warming entrance to all the attendees. Slow and steady songs really starts the day well and right.
After meeting up with my friends and Kings of Convenience’s performance, we decided to go out to MBS for lunch before coming back just in time for Divine Fits and the other up coming play sets. When we were back at about 3.20pm the Divine Fits had already started and under that sun, it was humid and stuffy, plus being up front close to the stage it was so difficult to breathe. But their music was just as good as what can be heard on their album.
Of Monsters and Men was up next. Without being able to withstand that unbearable heat, my friends and I moved out to the back where there was fresh air and even our own space to bop to the great music. Amazing, they lived up to their stage presence and performance that I have watched on Youtube before. It was great :-)
After dinner, Kimbra was on. I think Kimbra’s performance struck me the most. Well in terms of stage presence. It was her first Asia performance and repeatedly says she loves Singapore. She shares that she wrote Settle Down when she was 16 and asked the audience to be quiet for her at the start of the song because it was going to be a special just for Singapore. With her charismatic stage performance, she throws her body to and fro, and her hands up high with her tambourine. It was nice to see when you see your favourite artist enjoying herself as much as you are.
Alt-J was beautiful too, by then the sun had set and the music hits made my hair stand. It was so so good, in the crowd at the front was nice because each person had their own space. Girls were dancing and having a mesmerising time with their songs from their albums! After them were the Yeasayer.
It was unbelievable, I went to Laneway with the expectance of being excited for Alt-J and OMAM, don’t get me wrong I did enjoy myself for the two bands, however I didn’t expect myself to enjoy Yeasayer as much. BUT I DID. I loved every bit of it. Chris Keating was amazing. And his band! It is difficult to explain the feeling of happiness during a concert, but it was something that made you want to jump high and scream. It was just dancingly amazing. I knew there and then that the sun-hot wait was worth it. The wind just blew, and the space around me allowed me dance so freely.
I ended my night with Bat For Lashes. I didn’t get to listen to all her songs, but I waited for the last song. Daniel. It was perfect, that song was beautifully performed. Overall, I ended my day with listening and enjoying 7 bands. It was wonderful.
I have another music festival, Big Night Out this Wednesday. But all in all, I cannot wait any longer for Laneway Festival 2014. My first one was great, the next will be better.