Laneway Festival // 2019

Laneway has been running for approximately 15 years, and what was once a self-proclaimed ‘hole in the wall’ speakeasy, has transformed into one of the countries most beloved day festivals.

I’ve been keeping an eye out on the Laneway line-up ever since I first became aware it existed, and 2019 is finally the year I got to go.

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So on the 9th of February, I was up and getting myself ready in the morning, prepared to be at the station by 10:00, rain, hail or shine. It was rain, thank god, not hail. Not exactly shine the whole day, but there was definitely rain.

I met up with Jess, Kate and Kate’s younger brother on the train, and we rode into the city where we met up with my younger cousin and her group of friends who we were accompanying into the festival, and our favourite here at You Should Hear, Mia!

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It definitely wasn’t an act heavy day for us, we were quite selective with who we went and saw, rather making the most of the great food and drinks available, the covered areas to sit and have chat, do some people watching and commentary, take photos and generally enjoy the vibe of the festival. We managed to catch a bit of G Flip’s set as we walked in and wandered around the festival, and the sounds of Skeggs, Smino, Camp Cope, Mansionair and The Smith Street Band accompanied us throughout the day, as well as a few other of the artists who were playing at the festival.

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The first act we really saw was DJDS, a DJ duo from the US. Most of in the group had never heard of them before, but I can guarantee I probably enjoyed them the most. They played a great set, filled with amazing songs, some incredible remixes and they were one of the firsts artists from the festival I searched on Spotify when I came home.

After DJDS, it was straight to the stage right next to them to watch Masego, who was one of my most anticipated acts of the entire festival. Considering he started with Tadow, it was safe to say I went insane and had one of the best times of my life watching him play the sax, having a boogie myself, staring in awe as he pieced together songs bit by bit and play nearly every instrument up on stage.

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After Masego it was a bit of a break with some more drinks, and soon we found ourselves gearing up and joining the ever-growing mosh pit for the one and only Rex Orange County. Rex has continuously been mentioned here on You Should Hear, so I was super duper excited for this set, and I think my friends all gathered that from how much I screamed when he walked onto the stage. It was such a great set. He sang some of my favourite songs, as well as some songs I haven’t listened to half as much, as well as a beautiful cover of No-One by Alicia Keys which nearly had me sobbing as everyone sang along. It was phenomenal.

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Unfortunately, I had to be at a friend’s engagement party the same night as the festival, so I was out of there by 8:00 and changed into a fancy dress and heels half an hour later on the way to the engagement, but nonetheless, it was a fantastic day. The music was great, I had an amazing time with my friends, drinks weren’t super expensive like I had thought and the fried chicken was an absolute winner in my opinion. What more could you ask for?

x

Priya

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All About Lani

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So…I finally saw Kehlani. If you’ve been keeping up with my previous posts, you’d know that the 27th of August could not have come slower. The 27th of August took it’s own damn time arriving, but finally it rolled around, and two friends and I made the short train ride into the city to see our favourite.

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We had some dinner, ($5 pizza is always the best choice) then caught a tram down Flinder’s Street and made the short walk to The Forum. Boy, did we not expect the line we were met with, at all. It was insane. It wrapped around the building and crawled all the way up one of the side alleys. People had camped out since that morning. It was insane. I was dreading the walk. Actually dreading it. And then, like a chorus of angels, one of my friends heard her name being called out, and literally right in the middle of the line were two of her friends. Ignoring the dirty looks and the inner battle raging over my morals, we squeezed in next to them and in ten minutes were inside.

It was a lot bigger than I thought it was, and that feeling only intensified when I turned around just ten minutes later and saw the heads behind me. Lani packed the place out. I’m pretty sure she sold out, booths and all. I was so confused initially though, because we heard nothing of opening acts, yet there were two! The first one, I’m sorry but I have no memory of, name wise. She was a decent singer, kinda dressed like the dragon queen woman from Game of Thrones which I don’t watch, but her guitar player and drummer were phenomenal. Thoroughly enjoyed watching those two having the time of their lives.

And then there was DJ Noodles. She literally just tours with Kehlani, does a DJ set before she gets on stage then has the time of her life upstage while the show is going on, and I’m all here for it. Her DJ set was ridiculous, she played all the classic RnB songs, but then a bunch of the new stuff that hyped everyone up. She did an amazing job, I wish I was her. And then Lani came out.

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Honestly it was crazy. She came out in an T Shirt with the Aboriginal flag on it, and we literally all lost it. A fan gave it to her during the Meet and Greet and sis wore it on stage like the angel she is. AND THEN. She opened with Keep On. Literally on the way to the concert, I was talking about how that was one of my favourite songs, but I didn’t think it was going to make it onto the setlist. And she opened with it.

She sang a bunch of songs that we didn’t expect. She threw it back to the Mixtape and sang The Way, and the live version of Distraction was so beautiful, I wish there was a studio version of the live performance. Too Much hyped the crowd so much, the mosh pit got so hot but honestly I didn’t care. And she finished with CRZY after honestly making us beg.

It was an amazing environment. I think it was just the amount of awe we all had for the artist in front of us. But it got better. She paused the concert, and began talking about voting. If anyone isn’t familiar with the situation in Australia, they’ve decided to have a plebiscite to decided whether to grant the LGBTQ+ community the right to marry or not, and they are completely underestimating the voice of the youth and the power we have. So the overall consensus for the past month has been that anyone eligible to vote, NEEDS TO ENROL TO VOTE. Which she demanded, up on stage, in front of everyone. AND THEN!!! She called a woman up on stage, and said woman called another woman up on stage, and then dropped to one knee. I’ve never seen so many people lose their shit so quick. Obviously she said yes, and Kehlani casually invited herself to the wedding which was dope, and everyone was just immensely happy. It was a good vibe. A great time.

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If you ever get the chance to see Kehlani live, take it and run. I promise you won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking for an amazing show, she’s got it. DJ Noodles honestly creates such a hype, Lani pulls off choreography just as good as her back-up dancers all the while nailing her vocals, and her setlists have songs for everyone. If you’re looking for an amazing artist, she delivers. As an individual, she’s beautiful inside and out. Definitely give her music a listen, and even if it’s not for you, check out her Instagram. She talks about the important stuff, the stuff that not many people talk about. Plus she’s funny as heck.

x

p.f

Same Kind Of Different

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The second I bought the tickets to see this dude in concert I had a countdown going on my phone. So back in May. It’s not a very long time to wait for a concert, considering the sometimes year long wait we usually endure when booking big ticket gigs.

Thankfully, that wasn’t the case with Dean Lewis.

If you haven’t heard of Dean Lewis, as I usually say, now you have. If you haven’t heard of him, you’ve surely heard his song Waves. Here in Australia it reached No.12 on the ARIA Charts and it reached platinum by May. Pretty decent event considering it was released at the end of April. Since then he’s released Need You Now and Lose my mind, two more songs featured on his album, Same Kind of Different.

 

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It was a great gig. 100% worth it. I went with one of my best friends, and after several painful, and bloody freezing, delays due to the public transport system we have here in Melbourne, we had some drinks and then headed to The Howler, which is very quickly becoming one of my favourite spots here in this city.

We got there just in time to see most of the last opening act, the PLGRMS, who were fantastic. Very different to the type of music we were expected to hear from Dean, but amazing all the same.

It was a shorter set than I expected. My best friend and I both expected a longer show, but that wasn’t to say Dean didn’t deliver.

 

 

The screaming as soon as he came on was deafening. But in such a pleasant way. Everyone was just so united in their excitement to see Lewis on stage after what ended up being a…late start. He sang at the piano first and moved between that and the guitar for the duration of the show. I loved whenever he sat at the piano. I feel like Dean’s voice was made for the piano, though there are several songs that show off just how amazing his guitar playing is, which I got to see first hand.

For me, hearing Let Go and Need You Now were the highlights for me. Obviously Waves was a crowd favourite, and my best friend was hanging out to hear Chemicals. The little gasps we let out at the start of all of those songs were like the intro bars to the amazing performances he gave for both. Dude was so smooth.

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He brought out another guy, Ben, who joined him on a second piano, moving back ad forth between that and a few synths I’m pretty sure. Ben really added to the volume, or intensity I guess, of the songs he played with Dean. I think rarely, the band or the tech team or the other musicians that are brought out to make the headliner look as good as they do are rarely given the credit they are due. While Dean definitely thanked Ben and was obviously grateful to him, I’d probably pay to see Ben play just as much as hear Dean sing. He was amazing.

It was a different experience to Gretta’s concert, despite being in the exact same location. Of course, because of the train schedule’s mucking up our flow, we only made it during the last support act, PLGRMS, so we definitely were not at the front. That said, we weren’t at the back. We were probably at the start of the middle. I wasn’t craning to see him. It was a pretty great spot to be, amidst it all. Unlike Gretta Ray’s gig, I didn’t sing along to every song. I didn’t even try to. It was more a concert to listen and enjoy, 100% take in, and then sing along to the hits. While Gretta cracked jokes and covered up her awkwardness, Dean was eloquent and sure of himself as he explained the personal reasoning behind some of his songs, still somehow playing it off as light stuff that only made you want to listen to him even more.

“This is a song about the time I went through my then-girlfriend’s phone. It wasn’t a great thing to do, I know.”

Like I was wide awake. Firstly, why would you do that Dean? And secondly, why would you tell a 200 strong crowd that you did that Dean? Thirdly, I’m so keen to hear this song.

I loved it. I hope he releases it as a single. Far chance of it happening, but ya girl can hope. I do hope. It was probably one of the saddest songs I have ever heard performed live, and I’ve heard Moments by One Direction performed live. It was sad as heck.

But then, after announcing that he wouldn’t be doing an encore and then performing Waves, Dean dropped into the audience via the back door and just hung out having beers with everyone. Like what kind of celebrity? The best kind honestly.

I got so much more than my money’s worth, and I’m so much more excited about the musicians Australia is introducing to the world. I’m pumped.

Also…bit of a special post coming up in a few days. You’ll know which one I’m referring to when you read it 😉

x

p.f