This year, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival definitely didn't lie short of being fan-bloody-tastic. The sun was out, the line-up was large and the Hart's Mill venue was new and improved. Decked out in felt hats, ray bans, sculpted facial hair and band tees, festival goers embraced a day full of fun times and good vibes, even with the blearing heat and excessive sweat that ensued. With the festival season encroaching upon us, we deemed it fully necessary to glare nostalgia in the face and give you our top picks from Laneway, 2015.
I'm sure many of you remember last year to be a scorcher, with a lot of concrete, dust and not much shade. This year, the Hart's Mill at Port Adelaide was new and improved, with extra shade, mist tents and an all important grassy patch for punters to chill out on between sets. Instead of being crammed into one street like last year, the food stalls were appropriately spread out around the venue, with a number of tables and seating for people to plant their derrieres and give those dancing feet a rest. All in all, a number of improvements which made the day even better!
There was so much good food to choose from on the day, but our pick goes to local underground venue, Jack Ruby. They had a tiny little food tent nestled between the water and the grass zone, and my goodness, was the food amazing. We tried the panko crumb truffle cauliflower burger which came out with fries and it was to die for. One of the better vegetarian burgers I've tried lately, the meal left me fully satisfied and ready to take on the rest of the day. Other items on their menu included their signature pulled pork and slaw burger, mac and cheese balls, chilli fries and a mean looking hotdog. Delish.
This one was a hard one as there were SO many amazing acts on the day, but here are our top 3.
3. Tkay Maidza
After seeing Tkay perform live at Falls Festival, it was safe to say I fell in love with this little home grown pocket rocket. Her sets are filled with energy, charisma and happy vibes, and her music never fails to get the crowd moving. Adelaide, represent.
2. Flight Facilities
Flight Facilities may have been the last act of the festival, but you know what they say... Save the best til last, right? Flight Facilities pulled out all the stops during their set, with live features from Owl Eyes, and a light show to give the now very drunk punters an excuse to let loose. They played all of their big hits including Sunshine, Clair de Lune and Crave You, and the energy was ridiculous.
1. FKA Twigs
Standing in the crowd listening to indie-pop goddess FKA twigs was a mesmerising experience. Not only is she a complete babe, but her performance was on point. As a trained dancer, her show was entertaining and her vocals were simply incredible. The crowd were moving, the band was rocking and the atmosphere was electric. FKA Twigs definitely gets my vote for best act of the day. Hands down.
Overall, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival 2015 brought the goods, from the music, to the weather, food, venue and everything in between. Apart from seeing the likes of Mac de Marco, Banks, FKA Twigs, Flight Facilities, Tkay Maidza, Andy Bull, Courtney Barnett, Little Dragon, Raury and many more star studded acts in the flesh, our favourite part of the day would have had to have been sitting back, soaking up the atmosphere and taking in the absolutely outrageous sunset that happened at dusk. An all round amazing day. See you next year, Laneway!
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