Laneway 2017

Hanging at the forefront of my brain for most of this year’s Laneway was a single thought, it was there in the first five minutes after entering, it was there as I wandered between sets, it was there on my way out.

Why hasn’t Laneway ALWAYS been in Albert Park?

Because holy shit, that was the perfect venue for a festival like Laneway. Shade everywhere, stages rising in front of a picturesque backdrop of trees and cityscape, SPACE oh man so much s p a c e. My only complaint is that Princes street was too crowded and seemed like it could’ve been solved by spreading things out a little bit more but that’s a tiny thing that was pretty easily avoidable. Besides there was the stunning beer garden / always pretty empty portaloos / food vendors up the other end of the park anyway so it wasn’t like you HAD to go down Princes all that much

It was a beautiful day in a beautiful setting with a tonne of beautiful music. I didn’t see everything I had planned on seeing but everything I did see was fantastic. I’m not going to write about everything I saw, but I’ve picked some highlights and surprises and written about them through here: Continue reading “Laneway 2017”

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Week 20

Yoooo. What a week. Five sick gigs, one mild hangover, hella good sun times and one sleep til Laneway. S U M M E R.

Go throw Being. a like on Facethang, they opened at three of the gigs I went to this week and they were fantastic every time. The only reason they’re not on this playlist is cause they don’t have any songs online yet but keep an eye out for them.

Playlist is up over here and words are down there. How Get aren’t on Spotify so make sure you head to their bandcamp to give them a listen. Til next time

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Laneway 2017 Prelude

This year’s Laneway will be my uh, shit, fourth? fifth? Whatever, I’ve been to a few now and I’ve had varying degrees of success at each. The first I went to I didn’t see nearly enough of what was on offer, spending most of my day wandering aimlessly waiting for the three bands I wanted to see, standing at the precipice of a chasm of musical depth that I was yet to plunge into. Last year’s Laneway was my best, I vowed ahead of time to not bother drinking (or more accurately to not spend more time in line for a drink than I actually would drinking it) and mostly kept that promise. Clashes forced me to go in with a see-what-I-can-of-whoever-I-can attitude and honestly the day was better for it. Sure, I kind of regret not seeing Grimes’ entire set but I also got to see Beach House at sunset and pretty sure I would’ve regretted missing that even more.

I’ve put together a playlist of the 10 acts I’m most excited for come this Auckland Anniversary Day. If you’re going; plan ahead but not too rigidly, get there early, eat heaps before going in, and do as Mick Jenkins does and drink water.
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Week 10

Whaaaaaaat up. Week 10. It’s late and this one is probably gonna be brief*. Do yourself a favour and head to the movies to watch Arrival for sure, and if you’ve seen that already then Nocturnal Animals is pretty good too. But priority should definitely go to Arrival

As always, the playlist is up on Spotify over hurr. All the other weeks are over heeeeere

Click through for the write up on this week’s list

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Week 05

It’s the fifth week of this playlist and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it, the write up I did for last week ended up pretty much exactly how I envisioned the write up would go so here’s hoping I can tap into whatever well I found last week. I feel like I could sleep for an entire week though, so maybe not

ANYWAY, playlist is on Spotify HERE and you can find the previous weeks here: 01, 02, 03 and 04

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