Laneway Festival has been a festival goers favourite for the past couple years and for 2014 they were rocking one of the strongest festival line up’s of the summer. The crowd for Vance Joy was coming in thick and fast and it’s by no surprise that he had one of the largest crowds of the day after coming number one on Triple J’s Hottest 100. The crowd was hypnotised by Vance’s unique way of storytelling with his folk roots and incredible vocals. He performed tracks from his debut EP including ‘Emmylou’, ‘Snaggletooth’ and his number one hit single ‘Riptide’ which caused one of the biggest sing-along’s of the day.
Next up were Scottish band Chvrches who entranced the crowd with their electronic and synth pop beats. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry seemed a bit disconnected from the Brisbane crowd and I couldn’t really tell if it was nerves or if she just didn’t want to be there. However her vocals were on point the whole set and sounded on par with and if not better than the studio recordings. The bands keyboardist, Martin Doherty stepped up to front man duties for ‘Under The Tide’. He won the crowd over with his enthusiasm, energy and interpretive dancing and made everyone forget how awkward their actual lead singer is. The band performed songs from their debut album including ‘We Sink’, ‘The Mother We Share’ and ‘By The Throat’. Chvrches were one of the most upbeat electronic acts on the bill but their energy for the entire set just wasn’t there. This was only their first visit to Australia and I’m sure by the next time they come down under their live set would have improved and they will impress even more than they did at Laneway.
Haim have been winning audiences over across the globe with their infectious pop/rock songs and their energetic live shows. This is Haim’s second trip to Australia after getting a big response at last year’s ‘Splendour In The Grass’ and they had a massive crowd awaiting their arrival at Laneway. Kicking off their set with ‘Falling; the three sisters from Los Angeles delivered an incredible set which was definitely one of the highlights of the festival. They performed songs from their debut album ‘Days Are Gone’ including ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’, ‘Don’t Save Me’, ‘Forever’ and ‘Let Me Go’ as well as a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’. The biggest crowd response of their set was during ‘The Wire’ which was number 11 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2013. Alana, Danielle and Este were all noticeably enjoying their set and thriving off the Brisbane crowd who couldn’t get enough of them and their nonstop swearing and hilarious onstage banter. Alana jumped down to the front barrier during ‘Let Me Go’ to get up close and personal with the fans before they said goodbye and vowed to be back to Australia very soon.
Lorde is one of the biggest success stories of 2013/14 and unquestionably one of the biggest names in the music industry right now. She won two Grammy’s at this year’s awards ceremony for ‘Song Of The Year’ and ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’ beating the likes of Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Pink and Justin Timberlake. Her set at Laneway was highly anticipated with everyone’s eyes locked on the stage when the intro for ‘Bravado’ started playing and Lorde walking out of the fog into the spotlight. Her vocals are indescribable; it’s so effortless and captivating that she just gives you goose bumps. Her set was made up of songs from her debut album ‘Pure Heroine’ and her EP ‘The Love Club’ as well as a cover of ‘Easy’ from Son Lux. ‘Biting Down’ and ‘Team’ saw the singer show off her odd dance moves that made her look like she’s having a seizure. ‘Tennis Court’ and ‘Royals’ were performed earlier on in the set and unsurprisingly met with a massive response from the excited crowd. Lorde’s set was easily the biggest set of the festival and she did not disappoint. Her performance was full of energy, intriguing and just left you in awe of the singer, it was a big improvement to her somewhat awkward last minute performance at Splendour In The Grass last year.