Laneway 2017 Brisbane Laneway started in an actual laneway in Melbourne, in 2005, of course where all the trendy cats flock to. After 12 years of running there’s been some major changes including the adding of 6 different locations, two of which are international spots. We had never been to a Laneway before which was surprising for the both of us but with a lineup like this one we could not miss it, and with Tame Impala not touring for quite some time it was essential we saw them.
It was a bloody hot day, but luckily the grounds of the RNA show grounds had loads of trees and massive tents for the thousands of bodies that made their way to the festival. Something really special throughout the day was A.B Original taking the intermissions, with traditional dancers and dreamtime stories, as it was Australia Day (Invasion Day) it was important to inform punters the extreme importance of changing the date and showing respect to our elders of our beautiful land.
It was one bloody hot day, but luckily the grounds of the RNA showgrounds had loads of trees and massive tents for the thousands of bodies that made their way to the festival. Unfortunately, we missed Nick Allbrook who we just love, the lead man of Pond and former member of Tame Impala but we got there just in time for Rolland Tings, that was some damn funky electronica to get everyone grooving.
Earlier in the day we caught the ever growing guitar lord Tash Sultana, for such an early set you don’t normally see so many people, but of course because it’s one of the most successful artists in Australia at the age of 21, there wasn’t much room to move. Something I really love about the fact that Tash is so successful is that people are actually taking the time to appreciate some really decent music, where they aren’t pushing their mates around. She must’ve had a sick day because she scored #3 in the Hottest 100 too.
Flicking between stages we made the time to sneak up to the triple j countdown party which we had no idea even existed as it was tucked away behind the train track, luckily catching the top 10 before making our way back into the festivities, Zipping off to watch Car Seat Headrest at the Spinning Top Record stage. A band that has just completely taken off and were playing to crowds as small as 6, 2-3 years ago so says drummer Andrew Katz, were playing to one of the biggest crowds to be seen at that stage.
One of the most talked about artists of 2016 was D.D Dumbo, taking out the Triple J Australian Album of the Year and being added to the Laneway lineup at a later date, created even more of a hype for punters. After listening to interviews with D.D Dumbo, he has incorporated instruments from all over the world into his music and debut album ‘Utopia Defeated’. The tent was filling up as he played popular tracks ‘Satan’ and ‘Walrus’.
After seeing King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard about 5 times in the last 8 months, we were only just as excited to see them again. Always so much energy, so much goodness, so many instruments, so many energised bodies. Honestly they’re one of the most hardworking bands in Australia, with 8 albums under their belt and counting, 100% best live act in Australia currently, so get your ass to a show asap.
As the night was nearing the end, we positioned ourselves in the prime spot to catch Nick Murphy/Chet Faker. Dropping crowd favourites like ‘Talk is Cheap’ and ‘No Diggity’, not dismissing the old Chet Faker form, but embracing it to co-exist with the new and improved Nick Murphy who dominated the stage. And alas the moment we had all been waiting for TAME IMAPALA... Tame Impala has been one of our favourite bands since the Heart Full Glass Of Wine E.P back in 2008, and over that time to now Kevin Parker the lead man on the band has developed and changed the sound of the band dramatically, we do miss the true psych garage rock sound but whenever they play live they always crack out the older tracks that the true fans all know and love.
It’s actually insane to think how much the band has grown over the years, selling out shows all over the world yeahhhh straya. The tent was full to the brim with humans spilling out as the rain started to bucket down, playing mostly tracks off their most recent album ‘Currents’, tracks from previous albums ‘Lonerism’ and ‘Innerspeaker’ (my all time favourite). Confetti cannons were let off numerous times and everyone went nuts, whadddda damn good time, just wish their set went for another hour or two. ‘ For those who could still manage to stand Jagwar Ma kept the crowd going in the Future Classic tent, we gathered our friends, and celebrated the epic day that had been by dancing until we couldn’t dance no more!
Reviewers: Sarah McEwan + Jariah Travan
Photography: Alix McKenzie