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St Jerome’s Laneway Festival hit Sydney over the weekend. It was swelteringly hot, but that didn’t stop the crowd from turning up and having a day to remember.
Dozens of acts performed on four stages on Saturday at Sydney College of the Arts, and it wasn’t limited to Australian acts. Although Tame Impala from Perth headlined, we were also blessed to see the UK’s Glass Animals, Mr. Carmack and Mick Jenkins from the US as well as Aurora from Norway, just to name a few.
Here are a few things we learned while attending the festival.
There really is something for everyone
Sure, music is the main pull of the event, but Laneway Festival also brings fashion and accessories stalls as well as some food stalls. It’s a lovely time to picnic under the trees, eating Mary’s Burgers while listening to Tash Sultana perform nearby.
Sydneysiders are not afraid of the heat
It was boiling hot all day, but it didn’t stop us. Luckily for the ladies, some toilet areas were equipped with a vanity station with mirrors, lights, hand sanitisers and everything needed for a quick freshen up. The crowd was sweating in the mosh, but it didn’t stop anyone from dancing.
It’s generally a very well-organised festival
No major lines for the bathroom, no unbearably long queues to enter the festival, plenty of free water stations, a wide variety of food available, convenient set times… this is one of the most efficient music festivals in Sydney, making the whole day a complete breeze.
It’s not JUST a day for the youngins
Sure, a majority of the attendees were 20-somethings but at least 25% of the crowd was 40+ years old. The comfortable, natural balance of ages provided a welcoming atmosphere for everyone.
We know how to dress for a festival
Whether it’s the fashionista’s going all out donning their best boho gear, or the high-function festival-goers with chill towels (yes they’re a thing) and Japanese fans… we know exactly what we’re doing.