Hi. It’s been ten days since my last blog entry? I took an unexpected break (note to those who joined my Neutrogena giveaway: I will be announcing the winners plus a second giveaway tomorrow, so watch out for that) from blogging, mostly because the last week and a half have been overwhelming. I went to Singapore for a week for the now-annual Laneway Festival and did other tourist-type stuff, like visited Universal Studios. I had meant to get some blogging and work done while there, but the wifi at my hostel was a bit spotty and prevented me from doing anything besides updating my Twitter and Tumblr and occasionally checking my Facebook.
It was my first time at Laneway and my first music festival (as an adult). The line-up was up to 14 bands (from 8, last year) and I wanted to see them all! Unfortunately, a bunch of friends and I missed Cults (who started their set at 1:50pm on the dot) because we were still queuing to get inside Fort Canning Park and only managed to get in just in time for Yuck.
Note to self: try not to get off at the wrong bus stop the morning of a big music fest.
PRAISE DA HEAVENZ that Wu Lyf cancelled and Chairlift took their spot. They even played my favorite song ♥
I hope I got which Lightman twin is which correctly.
She is mega adorable! I wasn’t familiar with Austra prior to Laneway but when they came out on stage and started playing, I literally shot up from where I was sitting and ran to the stage. New favorite band!
I sat out on Girls to rest a bit, though the great thing about Fort Canning Park is that you still get a decent view of the stage no matter where you are.
Next up was The Drums but I only have eyes for Myles.
Here’s a couple of Jonny, too:
Anna Calvi and Twin Shadow were slated to play next which gave friends and I a little time to grab a bite to eat or, in my case, line up for overpriced beer (8SGD/~270PHP for A CUP, are you kidding me?!). It took a while to set up for Twin Shadow, causing Belle and I to panic a bit because nothing was happening on the stage where they were supposed to play; meanwhile, we could see Laura Marling’s stage setting up. Fangirl frenzy!
We managed to get near the stage for Laura, only to end up separated when other people started making their way up front, too. Music festivals are no fun when you’re not with friends and I had no one to squeeze or cry to during Darling Marling’s set! I also found myself behind two tallish white girls who kind of obstructed my view the whole time lol. I don’t mean to sound like a brat but she was the #1 reason why I was in Laneway, after all! She opened with Devil’s Spoke (cue: goosebumps) and I stopped trying to hold back my tears when she sang Ghosts.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart played next-stage but Belle and I decided to stay put so we could get a good spot for Toro Y Moi (whom I saw again last Wednesday at Hard Rock Cafe).
And then it was time for the biggest act of the night: Feist. “Shoreline! Shoreline!” Tara joked.
While Tara and our other friend, Jes, stayed put after Feist’s set, I made my way back to the bar to re-hydrate (with a 4 dollar cup soda, JESUS CRIES IT HURTS TO BE FROM A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY). I could honestly feel my legs giving up with every step I took, it was such a crazy kind of aching. I sat down with some friends during The Horrors but by this time, you could barely see the stage anymore because everyone was positioning themselves for the final act: M83.
This is where regret kicks in: M83 played an EPIC set— I was told it was still acceptable to use the word “epic” where M83 live is concerned— and I was in the sidelines, unable to squeeze myself into the crowd. Out of politeness or maybe just sheer stupidity.
I spent so much on this trip but you can’t exactly put a price tag on this experience. Being in the Philippines, chances to see my favorite musicians perform in the flesh are rare (thus, the crying during Laura Marling). I couldn’t help but feel emotional during what was easily the best day EVAR!!!*
Can’t wait for Laneway 2013!
*Watch me say the same exact thing on March 30 and 31, when I see Hanson for the second and third times lol.