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Laneway Brisbane: Worth The Wait

After 3 years, Laneway returned with a whopping lineup.

With warnings of extreme heat, Laneway attendees were surprised to turn up to the RNA Showgrounds & see cloudy skies. But the sun soon came out for a magnificent afternoon of music.

For the early birds who caught Adam Newling’s set, a surprise proposal from the bassist’s girlfriend shocked the crowd. The country-tinged indie rock singer-songwriter kicked off the day with an uplifting performance.

With fans sprinting to the Hell F*ck Yeah stage to catch their favourite act for the first time, The Backseat Lovers. You could’ve heard the screams from the other side of the festival when they played the opening riff to ‘Kilby Girl’.

Girl in Red then took to the Never Let It Rest stage for an entrancing set. She performed a wall of death (without the death part). She was Moses & the audience was The Red Sea & she ran through the parting, greeting her keen fans.

English post-punk band, Yard Act, made their Brisbane debut back at the Hell F*ck Yeah stage. They are unapologetically British with clever lyrics and upbeat instrumentals to go with it. Despite lead singer, James Smith, singing of the dreary existential state of their home country, audience members were somehow able to dance & smile thanks to the unserious presentation of their songs.

The Hell F*ck Yeah stage then crossed The Irish Sea to watch Dublin band, Fontaines D.C. An electrifying show despite guitarist Carlos O’Connell being unable to join them. Luckily, Cathal MacGabhann of The Altered Hours well & truly filled in the big shoes left for him. The mosh had its fair share of crowd surfers and craziness during the set that ranged all three of their albums.

Laneway punters did not let the weather get them down and there’s still more fun to be had with the festival coming to Adelaide, Melbourne & Perth next week & sideshows selling fast. You can see the official recap video below.


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