Laneway festivals around Australia are going down in Feb, and Brisbane luckily held off the rain on Saturday so all of the city's Triple J fans could descend on the Showgrounds for a day full of good music. I'm not sure if after the day that was I'll ever be able to taste Pear Somersby the same way, but nonetheless, it was a pre cruisey time all-round.
The lineup started off with some more mellow music before we got into the upbeat acts; the setlist was almost perfectly spread out across the four stages with there being very few clashes of similar acts. The stages were both indoor and outdoor, which made for a lot of standing in the sun before dusk arrived.
The guys seemed to all be into the party shirt trend, and I swear if I see one stripey button-up I might actually go insane. For the ladies, the trend to beat was coloured braids.
The standout acts were...
Gang of Youths
The Australian band Gang of Youths were the finale act of Laneway and couldn't have seen out the festival better, beginning with their hits 'Fear and Trembling' and 'What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?' and ending with 'Say Yes To Life' which sent the crowd mental.
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
A Boogie knew how to get the crowd going with his set including some bangers including the recent hit 'Look Back At It'.
Denzel Curry was based in the indoor stage and his set was complete with some killer graphics on the stage screens. Performing hit after hit, he also incorporated some XXXTentacion covers into the mix.
One of the hands-down best acts of the day was Jorja Smith, who is an absolutely fucking beautiful human being and has the voice of an honest-to-God angel. She was one of the acts we were most keen to see and she delivered in a major way.
Smino brought his iconic melodic rapping over chilled hip-hop beats to the stage and really took it up a notch. From his older tracks to his newer album, Smino's voice was one to beat.
Ravyn was one of the first acts of the day and was well worth standing in the sweltering heat for because her voice is simply out of this world.
What So Not
What So Not was the party we were all keen for and it was well-worth the wait. With a laser show, sick graphics and of course, dope beats going down in the inside stage, we were sorry we couldn't see all of it. We ended up having to half-drag our group out of the marquee to go see Gang of Youths - he was that good.
Just as night fell, Masego's crooning brought a much-needed vibe to the festival. Playing smash hits like 'Tadow', Masego was one of the brightest highlights of the festival by far.