You win some, you lose some. At Melbourne’s iteration of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival this weekend, there were far more feathers in caps than black eyes; let’s trundle through them.
Alex Cameron’s little mini-show at the Jameson’s tent, and this guy who turned up at the end, danced by himself and sang every word to True Lies.
Note: The Jameson’s tent only serves Jameson’s. Good to know, should you not like Jameson’s.
Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals – pick of the day. You’ve not seen a man so happy about performing in your life, and the band were as tight as an extremely tight thing, like the lid of a kimchi jar. .Paak (guess how many grammar alerts that little sentence gap has) parsed his time between regaling us from front of stage while throwing many kisses, and leaping behind his drum kit to distribute some super toothy beats, with plenty of flaired fills dusted over the top.
Mac DeMarco making a goofy wee cameo during .Paak’s set. Playing times at the Very West stage were sloping pretty far backwards by 5.30pm, which meant DeMarco (scheduled to follow .Paak) was more than ready to play at 8pm when .Paak still had a few songs left. He trotted out, he hugged each Free National, he amped the crowd for the call-and-responses, and then he heeled off again.
The Internet, of course. Syd is one of the most dynamic and present frontpersons around, and the technical prowess of the band (particularly Steve Lacy – what a unit) is always thrilling. Also, someone circle-bombed my photo.
Moses Sumney. The sun’s rays were jabbing at a perfectly horizontal angle from behind the Future Classic Stage, which sort of forced you to close your eyes while listening to the dreamy singer-songwriter. It worked marvellously. Brisbane and Fremantle, do yourself a favour.
The brilliant TOKiMONSTA’s mix of Kendrick’s Humble. She gave the chorus this radical syncopated breakbeat, and followed it with her own track Realla (feat. Anderson .Paak).
I did not see this, which is a massive personal nay because I am down for a drumline all day long. Very nice, Odesza.
The Very West Stage is way, way, WAY more west than you think it is. Just like always, I forgot. It pays to remember that any map you’re looking at is not to scale, my dudes.
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival still has two dates left: Brisbane on Saturday February 10, and Fremantle on Sunday February 11. Head to the Laneway site for all ticketing details.