Anna Calvi

Text: December Liow
Photos: Laneway Festival

There was a sense of nostalgia among most of the bands that performed at the Singapore leg of St. Jerome's Laneway Festival 2012 which ended its two weeks run with a whopping 12-hour long showcase at the Fort Canning Park yesterday.

The Australian music festival, back in Singapore for a second time, is the world's largest music festival in the world that promotes independent (indie) artistes and bands.

As described by The Drum's vocalist Jonathan Pierce, the atmosphere of the festival was much akin to the summer camps attended by teenagers in America.

"It would be sad to say goodbye to everyone," he said, during a press conference before the band's performance.

His views were echoed by several other artistes such as Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (TPOBPAH).

Despite the sentimental displays, the artistes put out show-stopping, spectacular acts to 7,800 festival-goers, a marked increase from the 6,000 attendees last year.

Kicking off the festival was The Cults and Yuck, warming up the crowd with their explosive performance.

Just as the skies darkened with a light drizzle in the air, Christopher Owens from Girls came on the stage decorated with sunflowers and presented an acoustic version of 'I Will Always Love You,' in tribute to pop icon Whitney Houston who passed away yesterday morning.

Following that, the band performed their hits 'Lust for life' and 'Laura', which seemed to have a rain dispelling effect as the skies cleared up again.

Amid the humidity and afternoon heat, Anna Calvi provided a much-needed breather after the high-energy performances of The Drums with her seductive rendition of 'Jezebel' and ''Surrender'.

There was no sign of fatigue from the performers, and British folk music sweetheart Laura Maurling, who arrived just two hours before her scheduled performance time, belted out her signature numbers such as 'The Muse' and 'Sophia' from her latest album A Creature I Don't Know.

Laneway Festival(Aloysius Lim, Chugg Entertainment)

However, the festival was not without glitches.

A major technical error disrupted TPOBPAH's performance of 'Say No To Love' and the band had to break for a couple of minutes for the crew to fix the problem before belting out hits such as 'Heart in Your Heartbreak' and 'A Teenager in Love'.

A significant improvement in the sound quality was seen after the disruption while American musician Toro y moi, Canadian singer Feist and British band The Horrors took the atmosphere to a new high.

Closing the night was M83 with a psychedelic display of their tracks 'Midnight City' and 'Couleurs'.

The festival was a true gathering for fans and artistes of the indie scene, but could have been made better without the split stage, given its best intentions to speed up transitions between the performers.

The Laneway Festival is due to return in February 2013.

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