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Laneway Festival 2015: Brisbane

12am // 17.02.2015

Laneway Festival Brisbane

Photos by Dave Read.
Words by Steve Rodgie.

A shift in location within the RNA Showgrounds made for a slightly different experience for the Brisbane leg of St Jerome's Laneway Festival in 2015, but the formula remained the same – an excellent line-up of international and Aussie acts, quality stages, good beer, tasty food and swathes of stoked music lovers. For a festival of its size, it’s baffling how Laneway always manages to maintain such a mellow atmosphere, year after year. Great form.

Our day kicked off with Connan Mockasin playing at the Mistletone Stage, conveniently located steps away from the main gate. The New Zealand tripper put on a cracking set of psychedelic pop, setting a twisted tone for the day ahead. Dune Rats have come a long way in the past few years and belted out their high-energy surf-rock jams to a crowd of frothing fans, before it was time to head over to see Benjamin Booker approach the Good Better Best Stage for a sick set of his unique blend of bluesy, soulful garage rock.

Benjamin Booker.
Benjamin Booker.

A quick but heavy downpour of rain didn’t phase the punters as UK duo Royal Blood ripped into a tight set of garage/blues rock to the delight of their Brissy fanbase, with more than a few bodies flying around the slippery pit.

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Royal Blood take the stage to a gloomy backdrop.

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Aussie sweetheart Courtney Barnett is going places fast, and showed why there’s such a buzz around her music with a highly enjoyable performance as the storm clouds sailed off.

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Courtney Barnett.

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Known for melting minds with their blistering live shows, Laneway favourites Pond proved they’re only expanding their sound with another epic set, probably blowing out a few eardrums too. Plug up, people.

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Pond's Nick Allbrook, feelin' it.

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Pond's "Shiny" Joe Ryan.

Cheeky bugger Mac DeMarco effortlessly had the entire Never Let It Rest Stage simultaneously swaying and smiling from the second he kicked into his set of dreamy jams, which inevitably transcended into crowd-surfing chaos. Australia loves the Mac!

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Mac DeMarco.

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Banks is hot.

Don’t miss St Jerome’s Laneway Festival when it rolls around in 2016.
Visit: lanewayfestival.com.au // facebook.com/lanewayfestival.