Com­ing our way

Asia’s in­agu­ral Laneway Fes­ti­val to be staged in Singapore in Jan­uary.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - R.AGE - By DARYL GOH

BACK in Fe­bru­ary 2006, the Bangkok 100 Rock Fes­ti­val, a two-day event re­garded as one of the most am­bi­tious in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals ever planned in this corner of the world, at­tracted 42,000 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional fans. It put Thai­land on the Brit­pop map as it fea­tured Oa­sis, Franz Fer­di­nand, Placebo, Ian Brown, Snow Pa­trol and Max­imo Park, among oth­ers.

Next Jan­uary, Singapore is set to be the talk of the re­gion with the is­land city in­tro­duc­ing the Asian edi­tion of the St Jerome’s Laneway Fes­ti­val. Since its in­cep­tion in Mel­bourne in 2004, tick­ets for the in­die-cen­tred Laneway fes­ti­vals across Aus­tralian cities con­sis­tently sell out each year.

As a steadily grow­ing bou­tique fes­ti­val, the St Jerome’s Laneway Fes­ti­val in Aus­tralia is branch­ing out. Through the years, it has be­come syn­ony­mous with pic­turesque lo­ca­tions, di­verse line-ups full of in­die bands and en­thu­si­as­tic clued-in fes­ti­val-go­ers.

The green and lush out­door grounds of Fort Can­ning Park in Singapore will be stag­ing its inaugural Laneway Fes­ti­val on Jan 29. The line-up in­cludes much-blogged about in­die acts like Tem­per Trap, Foals, Yeasayer, Deer­hunter, Lady­hawke, Holy F***, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Beach House and Warpaint.

The Singapore edi­tion of Laneway ba­si­cally trims the Aus­tralian lineup (fea­tur­ing 25 acts) down to nine mouth-wa­ter­ing bands, mostly from Aus­tralia, the United States and Bri­tain.

The award-win­ning Aussie group Tem­per Trap, hail­ing from Mel­bourne, Vic­to­ria, is an ex­clu­sive ad­di­tion to the fes­ti­val in Singapore. The group’s de­but Con­di­tions (2009) is a world­wide in­die suc­cess with eu­phoric sin­gles Sweet Dis­po­si­tion, Fader and Sci­ence Of Fear es­tab­lish­ing the quar­tet as an in­ter­na­tional force.

Judg­ing by the group’s high pro­file ap­pear­ances at blue chip fes­ti­vals like Glas­ton­bury, Roskilde Fes­ti­val, V Fes­ti­val as well as Big Day Out and Splen­dour In The Grass in Aus­tralia, the right act has been cho­sen to head­line Asia’s first Laneway edi­tion.

“We are thrilled to play our last show on this al­bum cy­cle in Singapore as part of the Laneway fes­ti­val. We have a very strong con­nec­tion to the event, with it be­ing the first fes­ti­val we ever played and it is truly an hon­our to close the inaugural Singapore ex­trav­a­ganza,” said Tem­per Trap vo­cal­ist Dougy Mandaggi in a me­dia state­ment.

Else­where, the Laneway in Singapore line-up reads like a hip­ster’s mix CD se­lec­tion. Not so much main­stream blus­ter on the billing but rather a mix­ture of buz­zwor­thy names and undis­cov­ered acts. Ac­claimed Bri­tish in­die out­fit Foals and New York hip­sters Yeasayer are the crowd-pulling names. The five-piece out­fit Foals, hail­ing from Ox­ford in Eng­land, is the ob­vi­ous high­light. Af­ter the ten­ta­tive ex­per­i­ments on An­ti­dotes, Foals has moved up the cre­ative sweep­stakes and made it­self a pow­er­house on stage too.

The Mer­cury prize nom­i­nated group’s sec­ond al­bum To­tal Life For­ever is a fu­tur­is­tic­tic al­bum bound to­gether by com­plex sound­scapes, which is set to at­tract fans to Laneway.

Yeasayer, the genre-de­fy­ing out­fit from New York, is the clos­est you will get to idio­syn­cratic in­die pop and weird­ness in spades. The trio’s sec­ond al­bum Odd Blood has been a sleeper hit, and sound­ing like a shim­mer­ing dream­scape when played live. Just don’t call them MGMT, please.

The dreamy, time­less pop of the Beach House duo and the art­dam­aged squall of the Deer­hunter quar­tet will nec­es­sar­ily seal the deal for this fes­ti­val. The road trip to Singapore in Jan­uary, as they say, is def­i­nitely on. n StJerome’sLanewayFes­ti­val in Singapore takes place at Fort Can­ning Park on Jan 29, 2011. Tick­ets go on sale this Fri­day. Browse sis­tic.com.sg or lanewayfes­ti­val.asia. Hot­line: % 02-6348 5555.

Main at­trac­tions: (clock­wise from top left) Aus­tralian in­die out­fit Tem­per Trap, Beach House and Yeasayer are slot­ted to play the Laneway Fes­ti­val in Singapore.

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