Slaying Singapore: Laneway Festival 2016
By Jaime Gonzalo
The 2016 Laneway Festival took place last January 30, 2016 at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay in sunny Singapore. With Cebu Pacific as our partner-in-crime, we slayed a great day full of color, diversity, energy and music. A massive 13,000 people turned up for the event–a crowd with all sorts of people from across the world. And if one thing was clear in Laneway, it was that for at least that moment in time, there was unity.
The ground was big enough to occupy four stages: the Bay Stage, Cloud stage, Garden Stage and The White Room. There was plenty of room to roam around the grounds and even with the heat one couldn’t help to dance to the awesome music. The bands and DJ’s provided awesome vibes throughout the whole festival to give all attendees an amazing experience.
Here’s what you missed (or loved) from this year’s Laneway Festival Singapore.
The instrumental act from New York performed an awesome set for the crowd at The Meadows, Garden by the Bay. The energy, appreciation and awe from the crowd was clearly evident throughout their whole set. Battles played hits from their latest album such as Dot Net, FF Bada and The Yabba among others. The highlight from their set was their animated drummer, John Stanier, who did not tire and radiated energy to the whole festival.
Stephen Bruner, better known as ThunderCat, was a definite crowd favorite during the festival. Stephen Bruner has worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Suicidal Tendencies and Flying Lotus–a diversity that shows just how flexible and adaptable he can be. He displayed his awesomeness in full character during the festival, where he played under the scorching heat without complaining a single time. He played his heart out for the crowd, playing jazz, R&B and electronic fusion hits from his solo albums. Class act.
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The hip-hop soul group from California led by Odd Future member, Syd the Kyd, provided awesome groovy vibes for the crowd at Laneway Festival. This was evident from the bouncing crowd despite the incredible heat that would have otherwise kept these people indoors. Syd made a connection with the crowd throughout the whole set and the crowd responded brilliantly to cap off a great performance by the band.
As the first DJ electronica act to take the stage, Hermitude definitely set the stakes high. As soon as Hermitude was announced, crowds filled up the front of the stage like a herd of cattle being chased by cheetahs. Hermitude absorbed the crowd’s energy as soon as they started playing a spin-off of the classic In the Jungle, prompting a massive sing-along with the crowd. Then came the bass, and the rest is history.