Photos by Markseee.
St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2018 may not have featured the most star-studded line-up in the festival’s history, especially for fans of electronic music, but that didn’t stop the acts that played from absolutely bringing the noise and dropping some killer sets.
With the temperature peaking in the late afternoon sun, The Internet strolled out on stage looking far too cool for the weather. With Syd out front, the band rolled out their smooth brand of hip-hop and gave fans a welcome distraction from the heat.
Sticking with hip-hop, Anderson.Paak was billed as one of the headliners and definitely lived up to that position. Bursting onto the stage and immediately launching into one of his biggest songs, ‘Come Down’, he and his band The Free Nationals lifted the energy of both the day and the crowd to new levels. After whipping the crowd into a frenzy with his charismatic blend of charm and sex appeal, he decided to really show off and jumped behind a drum kit, playing them with flourish and style while continuing to sing and rap. It didn’t seem possible but the energy shot up again for the last 20 or so minutes of the set, he and the band blending songs together into non-stop music, soundtracking a sunset dance party to close out what was clearly the set of the day.
As darkness came in, Bonobo came to the stage and were the polar opposite on stage to the madness of Anderson.Paak. With very little crowd interaction, Simon Green and his stage band went to work and pumped out some big, atmospheric beats. They were the perfect act to signal the start of the night and to prime the audience for the spectacle they were about to witness.
Odesza may not have been a headliner but no-one told them that. Starting off with a six-person drumline and a live horn section joining them on stage, they went for a slow build opening before dropping into fan favourite ‘Say My Name’. The drumline made frequent returns to the stage and always with perfect and intimidating choreography. Their drums even lit up! Odesza aren’t really known for outright bangers but every track was dialed up to eleven and pumped out, with even previously mellow tracks turning into party starters.
The highlight of the set was a guest appearance by Jack from Mansionair performing live vocals for their collaboration, ‘Line Of Sight’. After stunning the crowd with an audio-visual wonderland, they slowed it down a little for their last song ‘Sun Models’… but not for long, remixing it halfway through to bring the crowd up one last time before they said goodbye. It was a perfect set to round out the night, and cap off an incredible day.