11 years of Laneway has established the music festival as the buzz band event of Australia. Looking back over the years when acts like Mumford & Sons, The xx and Florence + The Machine graced the Laneway stage as they were bubbling, the 2014 event continued to present acts we expect to hear more from in years. With a line-up including Lorde, Haim, Vance Joy and Kurt Vile the Laneway Festival delivered again. Like any festival, the line-up becomes a showbag of performances with performance times clashes often making it hard to see an entire performance without missing someone else. Despite her massive international success currently, the punters wanted to hear Lorde do ‘Royals’ and after she did it a chunk of crowd left for their next sampler. The word-of-mouth for Sydney’s Jagwar Ma have been building during 2013 so it was not surprising to see the crowd gravitate to their spot. Kurt Vile was another of the crowd’s person of interest and a fitting sunset act as he showcased tracks from his ‘Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze’ and ‘Smoke Ring For My Halo’. After a massive breakout in 2013, Haim were easily the most popular act of the day.Credit to Vance Joy as well who attracted the interest of the ears with thanks to his calling card ‘Riptide’. We are hearing a lot about Festivals falling over in this past year. Laneway is an exception to the rule as it has a point of difference.
Laneway wins because it has a high calibre of newer acts who don’t charge top shelf because of the stage of their career and that keeps the ticket price down for the promoter. We may see a thinning of festivals in Australia over the next few years. Laneway will be the one to last.