1. After 10 years at triple j, The Doctor announces that he is leaving in the most appropriate way possible: through song.

    LYRICS:

    I’m f***ing off, Because I want to do a bunch of cool other stuff
    I’m f***ing off, Also I think 10 years is probably quite enough

    No I haven’t been axed there’s no knife in my back
    From the ABC efficiency review
    There’s nothing wrong with my health i just think that someone else
    Should have a turn of talking shit and playing real cool tunes

    I’m f***ing off, (he’s f***ing off) from probably one of the world’s greatest jobs
    I’m f***ing off, (he’s f***ing off) no I’m not selling out to Nova, triple m or Fox

    I just want to sit down and drink some beer
    Maybe spend some time on my musical career
    Did I forget to mention that I’m getting married next year?
    That’s not important as long as I make this one thing clear

    I’m f***ing off, (he’s f***ing off) from the greatest bunch of friends under the Southern Cross
    I’m f***ing off, (he’s f***ing off) and I promise that this wasn’t scripted by my boss
    I’m f***ing off, (he’s f***ing off)

    And you know that it’s true, I love each and every one of you
    I swear that I’m not going soft
    I just wanted you to know
    I’m f***ing off.

  2. The Best of Splendour

    OUTKAST

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    The headliners of this festival showed anyone and everyone why they are still held in such high regard after such a lengthy hiatus. Outkast drew everyone to the Amphitheatre, possibly the biggest Splendour crowd in history, and delivered hit after hit of insanely fun hip hop goodness. If there were naysayers before the show, we couldn’t find them afterwards.

    YOUNG ACTS RUN FREE

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    Seeing young artists make the step up from the clubs we usually see them during the year is one of the best things about any festival. Splendour was no exception.

    Both of our triple j Unearthed winners – Airling and Tora – absolutely dominated in their opening Amphitheatre shows.

    DMAs looked and sounded like they came pretty much fully-formed. Tkay Maidza sent things into a dinoriffic frenzy early on day one. New Zealand’s Broods are likely to threaten the best Kiwi pop acts around at the moment (and there are stacks of them). Wave Racer had the Mix Up Tent grooving and Brisbane’s The Creases were a noise pop delight on the final day.

    COVER FRENZY!

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    The Preatures dropped a ruling version of The Angels’ ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ and dedicated it to fallen Aussie rock greats Doc Neeson and Chrissy Amphlett.

    As mentioned, Tkay Maidza gave us Violent Soho’s ‘Covered In Chrome’ early in the day, which sent the crowd bananas.

    The Kite String Tangle’s rendition of Flight Facilities’ ‘Clair De Lune’ got the crowd moving after a somewhat sleepy start.

    Ball Park Music ended their set in the most epic fashion with a cover of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. It was a massive talking point for the day and a highlight for heaps of people.

    Ásgeir joined in the fun with a version of Nirvana’s ‘Heart Shaped Box’, played in his typically low-key style.

    Saskwatch double-dipped into the covers pool. Firstly they brought back memories of Splendour past by playing sadly defunct Aussie band Little Red’s ‘Coca-Cola’, before a great version of Jagwar Ma’s ‘Let Her Go’.

    The warm and wonderful Vance Joy set ended with a hearty rendition of Ben E. King’s ‘Stand By Me’.

    Danny Brown smashed out an awesome version of A$AP Ferg’s ‘Shabba’ in between chucking toilet paper at everyone in the crowd.

    Skaters slipped a little bit of Violent Femmes’ ‘Kiss Off’ into the end of their set, while Kingswood slipped some QOTSA ‘Field Good Hit Of The Summer’ into the middle of theirs.

    A CAVALCADE OF SPECIAL GUESTS

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    Some bands got famous friends on stage. Peking Duk’s star studded set was a first night highlight, featuring cameos from 360, Ben from SAFIA, Yeo and The Kite String Tangle. Dan Sultan got up with both Spiderbait and the Hilltop Hoods and a DMAs cameo leant even more awesomeness to the Sticky Fingers set.

    There were a few not so famous friends on stage as well. Bender, the Mayor of Splendour, got up and did the running man during Ball Park Music’s set (check out the video of that here), Violent Soho bassist Luke Henery got his three-year-old son Oscar on stage during their massive main stage set and Outkast dragged a whole swarm of ladies up to dance to their smash hit ‘Hey Ya!’.

    HAPPY BANDS = HAPPY FANS

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    Check out the look on Grouplove’s faces. Bands say this kind of stuff all the time, but this has truly got to be one of the best places in the world to play.

    Honestly, the crowds who go to so much effort to pack out events like Splendour are the reason we get to see bands of this calibre returning year after year.

    So, who’ll be on the bill for 2015?

  3. Splendour Day Three: Wrap Up

    The final day is done. It’s all over. It’s sad, of course, but some damn fine memories have been made.

    Here are a few of the best bits from day three.

    SHOUT OUTS!

    Quite a few acts have been giving props from the stage.

    Today Kingswood gave Queens Of The Stone Age and Sticky Fingers shout outs, adopting some of their musical styles into their own songs.

    Mikhael Paskalev gave little old triple j big ups, saying he loves waking up to see the triple j plays twitter account mentioning that we’ve played one of his songs on the radio.

    Mark Foster from Foster The People gave a shout out to A$AP Rocky before ‘A Beginner’s Guide To Destroying The Moon’ this evening. The band sample the track at the start of the song.   

    Of course, if we go right back to Friday afternoon (it seems so long ago now) The Preatures dedicated their ripping version of The Angels’ ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ to the memory of Doc Neeson and Chrissy Amphlett.

    FORGET FESTIVAL FATIGUE

    Splendour is a massive undertaking for even the keenest live music lovers and that showed on the faces and body language of the punters out there today. Eyes were bleary, the walk up the massive Amphitheatre hill was a little sluggish and most people took advantage of the dry ground for a bit of a sit down.

    But once the sun started to dip below the hills, it was like we were back at the beginning. Hands were flailing for Grouplove and Hilltop Hoods’ sets and the grins around the site were bigger than ever. Well played, Splendour punters.

    RISE OF THE SLACKER

    Among all the awesome rock, hip hop, electro and folk music that has been at Splendour this weekend, it was great to see a couple of bands playing slacker pop songs packed with heaps of character.

    Parquet Courts were brilliant with the Velvet Underground meets Pavement songs from their last two records Lighten Up Gold and Sunbathing Animal.

    On a local note, Courtney Barnett continued her absolute world domination with a huge set at the GW McLennan stage this afternoon. Her songs are among the best of anyone else at the festival and tonight her and her band played them with serious guts.

    BONFIRES!

    The bonfires around the Splendour site have been pretty great all weekend, but tonight they were a godsend. The temperature got down to something far cooler than comfortable, but those big roaring flames kept us nice and warm. Plus, there are some pretty interesting characters to be met in those situations. 

  4. Splendour Day Two: Wrap Up

    Another day done. Here are some of the best things Splendour had to offer on day two.

    THE FASHION:

    A few of the acts really stepped it up in terms of fashion on stage today.

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    Wave Racer’s desktop wallpaper shirt was next level.

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    Sticky Fingers’ use of mink coat, no shirt, huge moustache and short shorts was to be admired.

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    Sky Ferreira just looked amazing. She couldn’t make up her mind about whether she’d keep her sunnies on or off though.

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    Samuel T. Herring from Future Islands kinda looked like a preacher.

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    This was the best the audience could come up with…

    ENTERTAINMENT PLUS:

    Awesome songs can be enough to make for a great set. But when you add in spectacular onstage antics, then it becomes incredible.

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    James from Violent Soho stabbed his amp with his guitar.

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    Samuel T. Herring from Future Islands was the best frontman of this festival so far.

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    Art Vs Science know how to create, then destroy their audience.

    AUSTRALIA: THE CENTRE OF THE SPLENDOUR UNIVERSE

    City and Colour and Foals may have been the headliners on day two, but the Australian showing today was a beautiful reminder of just how damn good this country’s scene is right now.

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    There was the madness of Violent Soho, Sticky Fingers and 360 on the main stage. The charming folk of Dustin Tebbutt, Gossling and Vance Joy at the GW McLennan Tent and the brilliant electro of Art Vs Science, Wave Racer, Touch Sensitive and RÜFÜS in the Mix Up Tent.

    THE PROPS:

    You know what’s good to do if you need a break from seeing bands? Looking at cool, weird shit.

    Splendour has really come to the party on that front this year, with a whole heap of wild props littered around the site to make you laugh, freak you out or just take your mind somewhere you weren’t expecting it to be.

    A giant, inflatable whale with ten breasts, a giant Lionel Richie head and a terrifying, bloody mouthed shark among the highlights.

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    There were some pretty sweet onstage props as well.

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    Art Vs Science had tall crystal topped pillars onstage that Zan Rowe said looked like “kind of a cross between Stonehenge and the Labyrinth”. While 360 had a confetti cannon that looked like a machine gun (though he reckons it ended up being more like a baby farting than some kind of sweet gangster prop).

    THE PEOPLE:

    Punters at Splendour are here to party and to see some killer live music. When that’s your goal for the weekend, it’s no wonder the mood is so good.

    From the moment we saw (and heard) the swarm of people bolting down the hill to catch local triple j Unearthed winners Tora first thing this afternoon, we knew it’d be a special day.

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    They come out in droves to dance and scream along to great bands and DJs.

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    They have no problems helping a robot Mayor feel on top of the world.

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    They share when it gets rainy.

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    Some people even make their own toilets (actually, that’s kinda gross).

    See ya tomorrow.

  5. Best. Fan art. Ever.

    Best. Fan art. Ever.

  6. Great Scots! Frightened Rabbit closed out the night to an appreciative audience of both ravers up the front, and hill-chillers up the back. With 6 members on stage the guitar licks were chunky and the William Wallace accents were thick. They gave the Melbourne crowd everything they had, and by the look of it had sweated out all the moisture within their talented bodies.
Technical difficulties: None
Best stage banter: “This song is designed for jumping around. I’m an old f$@*er, and I can jump to this. So you c#%^s should be able to. 
Biggest sing along: 2013 hit The Woodpile got the arms waving. 

    Great Scots! Frightened Rabbit closed out the night to an appreciative audience of both ravers up the front, and hill-chillers up the back. With 6 members on stage the guitar licks were chunky and the William Wallace accents were thick. They gave the Melbourne crowd everything they had, and by the look of it had sweated out all the moisture within their talented bodies.

    Technical difficulties: None

    Best stage banter: “This song is designed for jumping around. I’m an old f$@*er, and I can jump to this. So you c#%^s should be able to. 

    Biggest sing along: 2013 hit The Woodpile got the arms waving. 

  7. Laneway 2014 Wrap Up!

    The Moments We Caught Feelings

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    Just before James (aka Vance) played ‘Red Eye’ he looked out into that endless crowd gathered in front of him, took a big breath and sighed “this is awesome”.  

    When Danny Brown dropped mic, and walked off stage before his set even got under way. Sound issues = we need tissues. (NB: He made it back on stage eventually - read about it here.)

    When Mount Kimbie invited their mate and recent collaborator King Krule up on stage to play ‘You Took Your Time’. Naww, m8s! 

    When teen impresario Lorde pumped out the jams and the entire crowd chimed in as she sang her huge tune ‘Royals’.

    Something To Fax Home About

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    Australia’s leading ‘Turn of the ’90s Corporate Synth Pop’ duo Client Liaison proved they really are about dat lyf: they power-dressed, dedicated a tune to Christopher Skase and handed out Ansett yoyos.

    Massages are the New Black

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    Solo artist James Keogh aka Vance Joy told us he felt like he’d “plummeted back to ground” post-his tune ‘Riptide’ making it all the way to Number One in the Hottest 100 of 2013. To boost his spirits, the Melburnian made the most of his first ever Laneway festival experience getting a massage in while he planned which new tracks to air in his debut in his set. 

    Meanwhile The Jezebels snoozed and losed their massage appointment, but their loss was Matt and Alex's gain! Hamstrings were rubbed down and triple j's live broadcast was able to continue on more limber than ever.

    Seoul Searchin’

    Having just jumped off the plane and headed straight into the Footscray Community Arts Centre, Reuben from Unknown Mortal Orchestra reflected on a drunken 24 hours, as well as his band’s recent return from a tour through Korea where they ate a bunch of food and were pleasantly surprised to know that the Seoul crowd could sing-a-long to their tracks just as good as they can at St. Jerome’s.

    Tropi-cool Icey Icey

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    Sean and Andrew from Brooklyn outfit Parquet Courts showed us how to beat the heat and look tropi-cool. Sean was festival-ready; sippin’ an icey drink, wearing a huge hibiscus lei and had a well-needed dob of sunscreen on his nose. They also took time to dispell the misnomer that hotdogs are a native New York food (it’s a Chicago thing FYI) then jumped on stage and gave a shout out to local heroes and dole-wave icons Dick Diver whose set they were spied bopping along to from the shade of The Penthouse.

    Look Good In Leather

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    Danny Brown lit up like it was 420 while he sat with Linda Marigliano. He told us that he’s all about the leather clothing, even as the temperatures rise, saying “Im’a sweat anyways!” He’s stickin’ to black leather for the remainder of the tour, but he did let us know that he’s thinking about branching out to red if the vibe is right.

    Honourable Leather Mention: goes out to Savages drummer Fay Milton who belted the skins to the British band’s post-punk rock in a PVC/leather top.

    Two Point OH YEAH

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    Run The Jewels let us know that once the tour finishes up they’re going back to the studio to record Run The Jewels 2!

    Mutual Creepering

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    Haim and Chvrches mutual appreciation society is in full force. When Chvrches weren’t discussing the band’s need for Factor 50 sun protection, Lauren divulged that she’d been watching Game of Thrones over Alana Haim’s shoulder on the plane. But the spying didn’t last too long - Alana was further ahead. (No spoilers!) We told Haim the goss and they agreed that it was “mutual creepering” and that Mutual Creepering might just be their brand new DJ name. Stay tuned. 

    Oh, and Haim also announced that three songs in the Hottest 100 wasn’t enough! After coming in 101 last year and just outside the top ten this year, the trio told triple j’s Matt and Alex they’re fired up to work even harder in 2014. They reckon they’ve got a techno dubstep dolphin noise project going on the side if all else fails. We’ll see….

  8. It’s been an epic week for Lorde! Three songs in triple j’s Hottest 100, a huge make up show in Auckland and 2 Grammys. TWO Grammys! How can she not have jetlag? This woman is amazing. With 12 songs in her live set for Laneway, the crowd adores her and Ella could probably do no wrong.
Starts & Ends with… Bravado, then into Glory & Gore as the sun starts to set and the crowd starts to sway. ”Did you guys see CHVRCHES? Did you guys see Haim? I like them!”, says Ella and then belts out ‘A World Alone’ to finish the set
Dancing: Girlfriends AND boyfriends dancing on shoulders, tiny dancing up the front and larger, sweepier dancing up the back
Gotta Capture This Moment: The Cameras in the crowd came out during ‘Tennis Court’ & ‘Royals’.
Cover songs? ‘Easy’ by Son Lux, who Ella says is her friend Ryan. The Laneway crowd love it as much as her own songs. It has very large trumpet samples, and has lots of skirt swishing from the singer.
The bit where everyone got the words right: “Yeh ” in Tennis Courts and every bit in ‘Royals’ (where the audience’s singalong bounces off the warehouse walls and back along the Maribyrnong River.
"I wrote this song just for you": Ribs, especially the live version as they reworked it sound better outdoors.
 

    It’s been an epic week for Lorde! Three songs in triple j’s Hottest 100, a huge make up show in Auckland and 2 Grammys. TWO Grammys! How can she not have jetlag? This woman is amazing. With 12 songs in her live set for Laneway, the crowd adores her and Ella could probably do no wrong.

    Starts & Ends with… Bravado, then into Glory & Gore as the sun starts to set and the crowd starts to sway. ”Did you guys see CHVRCHES? Did you guys see Haim? I like them!”, says Ella and then belts out ‘A World Alone’ to finish the set

    Dancing: Girlfriends AND boyfriends dancing on shoulders, tiny dancing up the front and larger, sweepier dancing up the back

    Gotta Capture This Moment: The Cameras in the crowd came out during ‘Tennis Court’ & ‘Royals’.

    Cover songs? ‘Easy’ by Son Lux, who Ella says is her friend Ryan. The Laneway crowd love it as much as her own songs. It has very large trumpet samples, and has lots of skirt swishing from the singer.

    The bit where everyone got the words right: “Yeh ” in Tennis Courts and every bit in ‘Royals’ (where the audience’s singalong bounces off the warehouse walls and back along the Maribyrnong River.

    "I wrote this song just for you": Ribs, especially the live version as they reworked it sound better outdoors.

     

  9. Uh oh. Not a great start. Danny Brown walked out on stage to massive booming sub-bass, and 5 seconds into the set, the power cut-off. Danny threw the Mic in the air and stormed off. People started walking away.. but then suddenly, he reemerged onto the stage…. And next thing you know, everyone was bouncing HARD!Maybe it was for the best??: Cos the rest of the gig went off! He took a break in the middle to tell the crowd that the power outage had got him wound up and that he needed to party.Smokin’ & Drinkin’ was a theme: Someone even offered this reviewer a joint (i declined… obviously). Speaking of which, ‘Dope Song’ was also a huge crowd favourite. Spotted: Australian paralympian Dylan Alcott, crowd-surfing in his wheelchair /  A dude in a white legionaires hat with the flap down, and ‘thug life’ written across the brim.Points for repetition: Every sentence ended in ‘…and shit’.No surprises: that he closed the show on ‘Dip’, but it still went off. Every person in the crowd bounced as the stage lights beamed out towards them.

    Uh oh. Not a great start. Danny Brown walked out on stage to massive booming sub-bass, and 5 seconds into the set, the power cut-off. Danny threw the Mic in the air and stormed off.

    People started walking away.. but then suddenly, he reemerged onto the stage…. And next thing you know, everyone was bouncing HARD!

    Maybe it was for the best??: Cos the rest of the gig went off! He took a break in the middle to tell the crowd that the power outage had got him wound up and that he needed to party.

    Smokin’ & Drinkin’ was a theme: Someone even offered this reviewer a joint (i declined… obviously). Speaking of which, ‘Dope Song’ was also a huge crowd favourite.

    Spotted: Australian paralympian Dylan Alcott, crowd-surfing in his wheelchair /  A dude in a white legionaires hat with the flap down, and ‘thug life’ written across the brim.

    Points for repetition: Every sentence ended in ‘…and shit’.

    No surprises: that he closed the show on ‘Dip’, but it still went off. Every person in the crowd bounced as the stage lights beamed out towards them.

  10. The all-struttin’, all-singin’ HAIM family band rolled onto the Dean Turner Stage at St. Jerome’s in Melbourne and broke some hearts.In a set that featured some huge tracks from their debut long player Days Are Gone, the LA sisters also dropped some epic bass-face and a killer cover on their adoring crowd.Fan win of the day: A big fan of the eldest Haim, was front and centre wearing a homemade singlet with ‘ESTE’ scrawled across the front. He was pretty dang thrilled when Este herself demanded he strip down and throw it onstage for her to slip into. Tip of the hat to The Mac:  After smashing out ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ the band delivered an awesome rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’. Nailed it too.Improv a-go-go: HAIM told the crowd they always jam out at home, but today was one of the first times they improved on stage, shredding it to the max on stage in front of a live audience for about 10 minutes.You’re freaking HAIM out guys: Alana Haim told the crowd at St Jerome’s Melbourne that they were the “freakiest crowd they’d ever played for” and were “freaking her out”.

    The all-struttin’, all-singin’ HAIM family band rolled onto the Dean Turner Stage at St. Jerome’s in Melbourne and broke some hearts.

    In a set that featured some huge tracks from their debut long player Days Are Gone, the LA sisters also dropped some epic bass-face and a killer cover on their adoring crowd.

    Fan win of the day: A big fan of the eldest Haim, was front and centre wearing a homemade singlet with ‘ESTE’ scrawled across the front. He was pretty dang thrilled when Este herself demanded he strip down and throw it onstage for her to slip into.

    Tip of the hat to The Mac:  After smashing out ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ the band delivered an awesome rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’. Nailed it too.

    Improv a-go-go: HAIM told the crowd they always jam out at home, but today was one of the first times they improved on stage, shredding it to the max on stage in front of a live audience for about 10 minutes.

    You’re freaking HAIM out guys: Alana Haim told the crowd at St Jerome’s Melbourne that they were the “freakiest crowd they’d ever played for” and were “freaking her out”.

  11. CHVRCHES rock too hard. This was evident when in the very first song the sheer power of the Glaswegian electro-pop trio blew the power on the Dean Turner stage, much to the disappointment of the packed crowd and especially front-woman Lauren.
Luckily after 15 minutes of scrambling around the black-laden roadie fairies managed to restore electricity to the stage and the rocking began once more.
Best dancing: The electricity may have been diverted from the sound system, but it found its way into keyboard player Martin for his lead vocal performance in Under the Tide. Dem arms be flailing.
Girls on shoulder track: Set closer The Mother We Share ensured some sore shoulders would be had in the morning. 
Sing along moment: “AND IF I RECOOOOVEEEEERRRRRR!”
Overheard crowd quote: “CHVRCHES are THE SHIT!”

    CHVRCHES rock too hard. This was evident when in the very first song the sheer power of the Glaswegian electro-pop trio blew the power on the Dean Turner stage, much to the disappointment of the packed crowd and especially front-woman Lauren.

    Luckily after 15 minutes of scrambling around the black-laden roadie fairies managed to restore electricity to the stage and the rocking began once more.

    Best dancing: The electricity may have been diverted from the sound system, but it found its way into keyboard player Martin for his lead vocal performance in Under the Tide. Dem arms be flailing.

    Girls on shoulder track: Set closer The Mother We Share ensured some sore shoulders would be had in the morning. 

    Sing along moment: AND IF I RECOOOOVEEEEERRRRRR!”

    Overheard crowd quote: “CHVRCHES are THE SHIT!”

  12. Blistering Brooklyn punk rockers Parquet Courts made their first Laneway appearance this year and judging from the consistency of audience fist pumping and boogying - made quite the impression.
Number of fluoro leis on stage: 1. Making bassist Sean Yeaton appear like he just stepped off of a jet plane is sunny Honolulu. In the 80s. Aloha!
Song that made the view of the band the haziest: ‘Stoned and Starving’.
Most punk moment: Guitarist Andrew Savage refusing to stop shredding despite losing a guitar string halfway through the set \m/
Best banter: What banter? These Brooklyn boys don’t kid around. It’s hard to small talk when you RAWK.
 Homegrown heroes: Guitarist Austin shouted out Melbourne’s own/festival mates Dick Diver for their ‘awesome show’ earlier.

    Blistering Brooklyn punk rockers Parquet Courts made their first Laneway appearance this year and judging from the consistency of audience fist pumping and boogying - made quite the impression.

    Number of fluoro leis on stage: 1. Making bassist Sean Yeaton appear like he just stepped off of a jet plane is sunny Honolulu. In the 80s. Aloha!

    Song that made the view of the band the haziest: ‘Stoned and Starving’.

    Most punk moment: Guitarist Andrew Savage refusing to stop shredding despite losing a guitar string halfway through the set \m/

    Best banter: What banter? These Brooklyn boys don’t kid around. It’s hard to small talk when you RAWK.

    Homegrown heroes: Guitarist Austin shouted out Melbourne’s own/festival mates Dick Diver for their ‘awesome show’ earlier.

  13. The artist who topped the Hottest 100 poll for 2013 had a little help from his friends today in his hometown Laneway Festival.
Crowd size: Epic. I actually couldn’t see where the sea of humans ended, there were so many of them packed in front of the Dean Turner Stage.
Singalongs: So many bro’s mouthing the words to set opener Emmy Lou. SNAG ALERT.
Moment my heart burst: Just before James (aka Vance) played “Red Eye” he looked out into that endless crowd, took a breath and sighed “this is awesome”. 
Set up on stage: Drums, organ, guitar and James on acoustic guitar. Pretty sure the keys player used something that resembled a toilet brush, for percussion, on stage. 
Highlight: Well “Riptide” of course. The huge crowd helped him singalong to the runaway ukelele hit, and dang it they knew every word. A great way to close.

    The artist who topped the Hottest 100 poll for 2013 had a little help from his friends today in his hometown Laneway Festival.

    Crowd size: Epic. I actually couldn’t see where the sea of humans ended, there were so many of them packed in front of the Dean Turner Stage.

    Singalongs: So many bro’s mouthing the words to set opener Emmy Lou. SNAG ALERT.

    Moment my heart burst: Just before James (aka Vance) played “Red Eye” he looked out into that endless crowd, took a breath and sighed “this is awesome”. 

    Set up on stage: Drums, organ, guitar and James on acoustic guitar. Pretty sure the keys player used something that resembled a toilet brush, for percussion, on stage. 

    Highlight: Well “Riptide” of course. The huge crowd helped him singalong to the runaway ukelele hit, and dang it they knew every word. A great way to close.

  14. The London foursome delivered a dark storm of jagged guitars and howling psychodrama, despite the glaring sun.
Do you have it any blacker? No floral dresses or sunny bonnets for these lasses. Mirroring their shadowy, serrated post-punk, the band dressed all in black despite the scorching heat. Special props go to drummer Fay Milton who belted the skins in a PVC/leather top. Brave.
Dark souls in the daylight: You get the sense that Savages are best suited to dark places and tightly confined spaces (like an underground club after midnight), but they still shone with fierce intensity despite the wilting mid-arvo sun. Singer Jehnny Beth was a captivating sight as she stalked the stage, her voice as sexy as it was sinister, while Gemma Thompson tore howling sounds from the abyss with her guitar.
Set highlights: ‘She Will’ and ‘Shut Up’
Everybody needs good neighbours: Hats off to the older ladies watching from the balcony in the nearby apartment just 10 metres away. They hung around for the full set so they’re obviously fans.
Can you sexy dance to Savages? No, not really, but that didn’t stop people from trying.

    The London foursome delivered a dark storm of jagged guitars and howling psychodrama, despite the glaring sun.

    Do you have it any blacker? No floral dresses or sunny bonnets for these lasses. Mirroring their shadowy, serrated post-punk, the band dressed all in black despite the scorching heat. Special props go to drummer Fay Milton who belted the skins in a PVC/leather top. Brave.

    Dark souls in the daylight: You get the sense that Savages are best suited to dark places and tightly confined spaces (like an underground club after midnight), but they still shone with fierce intensity despite the wilting mid-arvo sun. Singer Jehnny Beth was a captivating sight as she stalked the stage, her voice as sexy as it was sinister, while Gemma Thompson tore howling sounds from the abyss with her guitar.

    Set highlights: ‘She Will’ and ‘Shut Up’

    Everybody needs good neighbours: Hats off to the older ladies watching from the balcony in the nearby apartment just 10 metres away. They hung around for the full set so they’re obviously fans.

    Can you sexy dance to Savages? No, not really, but that didn’t stop people from trying.

  15. Australia’s leading ‘Turn of the ’90s Corporate Synth Pop’ duo Client Liaison turned back time at the Moreland St Stage. 
Memorable Shout Outs: To Christopher Skase and Clive Palmer.
Strong Looks: Power blazers were thrown to the stage floor mid-set, in favour of showing some skin. Singer Monte’s alabaster skin gleaming in the Footscray Sun.
Moves: Ambitious, angular dancing was observed both on stage and in the crowd - with plenty of deep shoulder action.
Most likely to: Need to stop down mid set and call their brokers/ use a pager.Highlight tracks: ’Free of Fear’ + ‘Groove the Physical’.

    Australia’s leading ‘Turn of the ’90s Corporate Synth Pop’ duo Client Liaison turned back time at the Moreland St Stage. 

    Memorable Shout Outs: To Christopher Skase and Clive Palmer.

    Strong Looks: Power blazers were thrown to the stage floor mid-set, in favour of showing some skin. Singer Monte’s alabaster skin gleaming in the Footscray Sun.

    Moves: Ambitious, angular dancing was observed both on stage and in the crowd - with plenty of deep shoulder action.

    Most likely to: Need to stop down mid set and call their brokers/ use a pager.

    Highlight tracks: ’Free of Fear’ + ‘Groove the Physical’.