Highlights of Laneway Festival 2013

The indie summer festival of the year


By Marion Ang, Photos credit to Chugg Entertainment

With the crowd of 10,000 indie concert revellers set against the backdrop of The Meadow, Gardens by The Bay; armed with mats and sweltering under the sun, it was well-worth it for good 12-hours worth of sights and sounds. Besides the issues with umbrellas and bottle caps (for safety precautions), the music was definitely not one of them. With the perfect venue, sunny weather and great tunes – Campus has the lowdown on some of the acts that staged Laneway Festival 2013.

Kicking off the stage was Kings of Convenience – with dedicated fans crowding the front of the stage once the gates opened, it proves their popularity in Singapore’s music scene. The charming (and geeky) Norwegian duo performed “My Ship Isn’t Pretty” and other songs such as “Love Is No Big Truth” and “Know How”. Fans danced to the melodies and sang along, waving their hands as the band completed their set.

The hottest part of the day saw Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men rocking the stage. With a large crowd surrounding the stage as they started setting up for a sound check, they were definitely one of the favourites of the list. Everyone swayed and sang along as they played “Little Talks” and “King and Lionheart” and even had an encore. With their distinctive pop/folk tunes, they simply stood out from the rest.

UK indie-rock band Alt-J faced a few technical problems at the start, causing them to leave the set for about a good 10 minutes. It did not dampen their mood though, as they came back and rocked even harder on the stage with ‘Tessellate’. Despite a few hiccups, they definitely pulled off a sweet performance with “Breezeblocks”, “Matilda” and “Something Good” that left fans singing along to their heart’s content.