Sydney Laneway Wrap
8 February 2012
The weather gods smiled on Sydney Laneway this year, with the festival opening to bright sunshine after days of dreary, rainy weather.
A grateful Sydney crowd streamed into the beautiful surrounds of Sydney College of the Arts to enjoy what Pages Digital called 'the most impressive bill of any festival this summer.' By late afternoon, the festival was sold out.
It was a day of standout performances. Music Feeds were particularly taken with DZ DEATHRAYS, M83 and The Horrors, calling the UK quintet's performance 'fascinatingly eerie.'
Music Feeds also praised the line up's exciting mix of new and emerging acts. 'Even if you weren’t too familiar with the line-up, Laneway provides the perfect opportunity to find out what these bands are about.'
Louisiana pop quintet Givers found a heap of new fans on their Sydney debut. 'Utterly joyous and totally carefree, Givers were the happiest band of the day, and a real surprise packet,' Pages Digital wrote of their infectious performance, while also singling out SBTRKT's incredible set. 'Joyful, euphoric, energetic and upbeat, SBTRKT’s live set was the perfect way to end a day of acts that pride themselves on sonic experimentation.'
Radar wrote: 'It has to be THE festival in this country to witness new indie music live and I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t some of the less well known bands like Chairlift, Cults, Twin Shadow, Austra, Portugal the Man, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart without it.'
We'd like to thank everyone for an incredible day of music. Thanks for all your feedback about the food and amenities on the day: we'll be making some changes to ensure this isn't an issue next year.
Check out all the photos from the day below, and view our other galleries here.
Photos by Daniel Boud.