ST. JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL
Review and Pictures by Bridey Eggleton
Fremantle was the final spot for this year’s Laneway festival, coming with an interesting lineup for a triple j festival with two of the bigger bands that you’d listen to on a mainstream station.
The 1975 and Charli XCX were two artists I’d never thought I’d see on a lineup like Laneway. But it did pack a punch with four bands being from WA.
Not only did they have a strange lineup but this year’s event was open to 16+, which had some punters a little thoughtful about how this would work with alcohol.
Arriving with enough time to see triple j Unearthed winners, Dulcie, I was met with a complication as the media passes hadn’t arrived yet. This was due to the flights from Melbourne being delayed, unlucky for the crew and artists travelling to Freo that morning.
Racing into the festival grounds I managed to catch Dulcie’s famous tune, Fall, with a very delighted crowd watching one of their local favourites.
Surrounded by pine trees and sunlight I saw knew it was going to be a good day, even with the slight breeze from the Fremantle doctor. The 16+ made no difference as we could freely walk around with alcohol with bars spread out around the venue.
A band that I have been watching grow for the last few years are local boys, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, who have been on several festival lineups over the last few years. With a full mosh pit patiently waiting we were in for a treat. Smashing out hit after hit, dust filled the air as ‘Keen for Kick Ons’ blasted through the speakers. I was glad I wasn’t stuck in this hectic mosh so early in the day.
Finishing with their 2016, ‘Corn Flake’, the audience not only seem delighted by exhausted from their endless moshing.
With her recent song ‘Glitter’ going viral on Tik Tok, New Zealander Benee had a huge audience for her set. Her bubbly personality and dance moves stole the show as she pranced across the stage with a huge smile on her face. Finishing her set with ‘Glitter’ you could spot the audience doing the Tik Tok dance within the crowd. Getting to chat to Benee backstage she told me that at all the signings people tried to make her do the dance, but she always refused.
Next up was The Chats, the three boys from Queensland known for their piss take rock and roll tunes. Their energy was contagious as the whole crowd yelled back their lyrics. Ending the set with one of their biggest tunes, ‘Pub Feed’, the boys rolled off stage on a high. Seeing lead man Eamon Sandwith mixing with the crowd he seemed to have caught conjunctivitis on the tour.
triple j’s latest find are Freo locals Spacey Jane. They had a full audience, maybe because they clashed with Tones and I? The local four piece have been receiving a lot of airtime from triple j for their catchy tunes. They all danced throughout their set and it was matched to the dancing of a happy audience.
Racing back to the main stage to catch the surfy tunes of Hockey Dad I was met with an eager audience. Watching the two piece in 2017 for $15 now watching them at sold out shows and festivals is a crazy feeling. The boys played banger after banger even with the direct Freo sun in their eyes.
The front of the barrier was lined with girls with love heart eyes watching the two dreamy boys play. Sorry girls but they are both in serious relationships. They played some old songs, some well known songs and some songs we’d never heard before as they teased their album coming out this year, Hockey Dad knew how to treat an audience.
Another local legend, Stella Donnelly, graced the stage with her cheeky smile and rosy cheeks starting her set with just herself and her guitar. Playing her 2017 hit ‘Mechanical Bull’ her beautiful vocals gave me goosebumps as the rest of the crowd looked in awe. Welcoming out her band they all seem to be delighted to be back home and play their final show of the tour. Stripping own to just a leotard Donnelly was dancing on stage and the crowd was loving every second of it. The local delight had everyone grinning and belting back her tunes.
As the sun started to set, the cold struck and I was one of the smarter ones that brought a jacket, but there was many without. I finished the day with another Aussie band, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, someone I’d been looking forward to seeing all day.
I looked to the barrier and saw excited faces and could feel the buzzing in the air. The seven-piece from Melbourne with over 15 albums, two from 2019, had a killer show for their fans. Starting the set with with ‘Venusian 2’, it was a heavy start but everyone seemed to love it. I haven’t seen head banging quite like this!
Playing my favourite song from their 2019 Fishing for Fishies album, ‘The Bird Song’, I could sense the delight as this upbeat tune came on. They finished the night with a bang, the lights came up and the day was over, Laneway had finished for another year.
Laneway is one of my favourite festivals, even with its strange choice of lineup it still had that chilled out Freo atmosphere I love. If you can only go to one festival each summer, Laneway is the one to pick!