So... this is my first post after months and in 2015! Happy new year, people!!!
Things had been hectic these couple of months and when I finally had time to relax and unwind for myself, I decided to go abroad for a music festival.
To St. Jerome's Laneway Festival 2015 in Singapore to be exact.
My friend in Singapore, Sabrina, told me and my friends in November that Lykke Li would perform here. I was really stoked and asked her to buy me a ticket since I would still be around Asia anyway.
However, couple of weeks before the festival, Lykke Li canceled her gig due to health reasons. I was really bummed. However that didn't stop me from going.
I have always been open about music suggestions; I cannot put myself in a box when it comes to music. From indie to EDM, I enjoy what I enjoy.
So, I was like, "I have bought the ticket... Might as well check out other artists."
And then, BAM. I fell in love with some of the artists, such as Angus and Julia Stones (I have loved Big Jet Plane for a long time but just realized they sing it), Chet Faker and St. Vincent.
As it came closer to the festival, I got more and more excited. I flew to Singapore on Friday and went out until 2:30 a.m. because I was too excited to go to bed.
I met Sabrina at Bayfront MRT station and found our way to the Meadow at Gardens by the Bay, where the festival was held.
I have to say it was probably one of the best concert venue I've ever seen. I mean, two main stages with Marina Bay Sands as the background? Laneway is doing it right.
We arrived as soon as the door opened, at 11 a.m. although the first act started at 12:45 p.m. We did it intentionally because we were hunting for freebies from the sponsors. (WHO DOESN'T LOVE FREEBIES FROM WORLDWIDE-KNOWN COMPANIES?)
From free Sailor Jerry temporary tattoo to Dr. Martens goodie bag, we went from one booth to another to make sure we got them all.
After hunting for freebies, we went to sit down in front of two main stages waiting for the first couple of acts to perform. I have to say Pond was pretty amazing!
Sabrina, Michael (my Australian friend) and I started to get up to be in the audience when Mac Demarco performed. Then... It started to pour (RAINWAY!). Thanks to our freebies, we managed to stay (quite) dry.
What blew my mind was the fact that the rain stopped right after Mac Demarco and the band finished singing Coldplay's Yellow. Pretty rad, son.
Sabrina and I stayed there until Angus and Julia Stone. THEY. WERE. AMAZING. Julia was so darn pretty. They both performed really well. Too bad that the audience wasn't so excited as I was when they played Big Jet Plane.
We finally took a rest after that. At that point I was SO EXHAUSTED from going out until the morning the previous night. I even thought of going home after Chet Faker.
But then when we sat down behind the sound tent and Jungle was on stage, I feel like they pump the rest of the energy inside of me. I started dancing like no one is looking. (Which was kind of embarrassing because I surely can't dance normally.)
Sabrina and I made our way to Chet Faker at Cloud Stage, which was about 5 minutes walk from the main stages. This is the only thing that I didn't enjoy about the festival. Cloud Stage was way smaller than the main stages and they put Chet freaking Faker there. He is super well-known and gazillion people wanted to see him. I even heard that some people broke the fence because they tried to watch his performance.
Nonetheless, Chet Faker was AMAZING. 1998 to open the whole thing was perfect. Love him. No other words are necessary.
The last three performances on the main stages were Banks, FKA twigs and St. Vincent. Banks was absolutely pretty and great (although we only made it to her last song, Begging for Thread), FKA twigs had the BEST stage lighting and visual, and don't even ask me about St. Vincent. I was in love and dancing my butt off throughout her show.
I got back to my hotel at around 00:30 and was REALLY REALLY EXHAUSTED. My feet were really sore and my body just couldn't handle anything anymore.
But nonetheless, it was such an amazing festival. Great time with great people. This was my first time going abroad just for the sake of going to a music festival but everything was SO worth it. It's been more than a week and I'm still in Laneway withdrawal.
However, I am now looking forward to another music festival. This time is super different than Laneway. Look out for my blog post about Future Music Festival Asia in March! :)