Make Way For Laneway!
Posted on 6 February, 2012
ST JEROME’S LANEWAY SINGAPORE 2012
SUNDAY, 12TH FEBRUARY 2012
ANNA CALVI ~ AUSTRA ~ CHAIRLIFT ~ CULTS ~ FEIST ~ GIRLS ~ LAURA MARLING ~ M83 ~ THE DRUMS ~ THE HORRORS ~ THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART ~ TORO Y MOI ~ TWIN SHADOW ~ YUCK
In less than a week, we’ll be witnessing a slew of bands on the Laneway Festival stage. Fort Canning is THE place to be on 12th February 2012. It’s a Sunday and I have a feeling there will be alot of mcs and “sorry I’m on leave” on Monday. Joke.
Folks like Yuck, Girls, Laura Marling, Feist, The Horrors and M83 will be gracing our shores for the first time. Back for another year, the line-up for this year’s Laneway is pretty awesome. 14 bands will be appearing (five up from last year’s nine) with Feist as the must watch act for the festival.
A COUPLE OF THINGS TO TAKE NOTE…
1) The stage will be split into two. Refer to the timetable below for the performance lineup. It’s crucial to know what time and which stage you got to be at to secure a good spot and not miss any set that you might want to watch. It’s safe to be at the correct stage about 10-15 minutes, before the act starts their set.
2) If you’re keen to see the acts within a metre or two from the stage, be there early. Squeeze your way into the crowd and be prepared to get squashed between sweaty pits and hyperactive fans. Not recommended if you’re claustrophobic like me.
3) If you’re fine viewing the acts from afar, pick a comfortable spot somewhere in the middle.
Expect festival revelers all the way from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. I heard fans bought tickets to the festival even before securing flight tickets and accommodation. Now, that’s hardcore.
BANDS TO WATCH:
If you’ve heard, Go Outside, you’ll know why you need to catch this NYC duo. They’re a breath of fresh air with their hazy bedroom pop songs. Very Phil Spector-esque. Perfect if you’re into girl group harmonies.
It was love at first sound. Raw and unadulterated, I haven’t heard anything quite like Girls in awhile and they’re known to be stellar live.
Fun. Fun. Fun. Expect uptempo, catchy tunes from The Drums. Can’t wait to sing along to “Oh, mama. I wanna go surfing! Oh, mama. I don’t care about nothing!”
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Apart from the awfully long (and pretty hipster) band name, Pains is such a fun band. I might be bias only because I’m a huge fan. I honestly, think everyone should catch them on stage. 8.40pm, Stage 2. Pronto.
Do I even need to explain why?
BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LANEWAY
Fort Canning can be a major pain in the ass if you’re wearing wrong footwear. Alternatively, you can go barefoot. I’m wearing flip flops just in case it rains. Won’t want to be stuck in soggy shoes.
Bring a raincoat NOT an umbrella
Why? Because you don’t want to get wet but at the same time, you won’t want to block anyone’s view. Think about it, if someone in front is using an umbrella, they’ll block your view too. So yes to raincoat. No, to umbrella. Kapish?
Bring extra clothes (optional)
Depending on the weather on that day, it could either be very hot or very wet. Either way, it could get ugly. But that’s the fun in attending such festivals, isn’t it?
Keep your stuff safe with you at all times
Don’t leave your things lying around.
There’ll be screaming and jumping around to your favourite bands. It can get tiring. Drink enough H20 to sustain throughout the whole festival. Trust me you won’t want to miss Feist (10.20pm) and The Horrors (11.15pm).
ONE MORE THING…
Don’t concentrate too much on taking photos or videos (common Singaporean concert behaviour).Take photo/video or two and let loose.
BY ALIAH. Follow her at @starswithfeet.
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$135 (+ $3 Sistic Booking Fee)