Top 3 Acts at Laneway Festival 2019
Creating a line-up like none other, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival delivers amazing local and international acts every year.
This year over in Footscray in Melbourne, the rain couldn’t hold off the epic amount of patrons that set their sights on the likes of Gang of Youths, Crooked Colours, Cosmo’s Midnight and The Smith Street Band. Out of all of these astonishing acts we narrowed it down to our ‘Top 3’ of the day, and here they are.
Yellow Days aka George Van Den Broek was one of the first to kick off Laneway Festival on a soaking Melbourne Saturday. It was the ideal way to get into the day as nineteen year old talent unleashed his ravishing vocals over the gathering crowd. The grey clouds were the perfect backdrop for his effortlessly unique style. This multi-instrumentalist and multi-talented artist cast a bit of warmth as he worked through tracks from his debut EP, Harmless Melodies and debut LP, Everything Okay In Your World?. George’s indescribable sound was more impressive in the live format and as he made his way across the stage, he showed how confidently he was owning it. A Little While and Gap In The Clouds were true highlights of the set as his howling textured singing had created backing vocals in the punters. Filling his spot quiet easily and could have played for a couple of hours longer.
Bashing her way into her set, quiet literally, G Flip aka Melbourne singer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and badass drummer showed us some of her talents. Georgia Flipo began behind the drums with a collection of pumping tracks to get her impressive crowd feeling her vibe. It didn’t take much work. A surprising spot for her, an early afternoon place, would have been ideal to have her later in the day, needless to say she didn’t disappoint. The opening Killing My Time had the boisterous patrons going nuts. Giving a shout out to her parents made the set that more sentimental. Her set was explosive, as her evolving career has been as of late and she showed why she is one of the most exciting Australian acts to be going around at the moment. G Flip was charming and always had a smile on her face which made it a joyous occasion. Drink Too Much made all of those arms and legs moving as the chorus reached epic heights. You couldn’t keep your eyes off the dynamic artist as she owned the stage by dancing along all throughout her set.
Another afternoon set that made the festival that even better was the crew behind Middle Kids. As soon as they made their entrance onto the stage, you knew they weren’t messing around. Harnessing a gigantic amount of energy, it was projected onto the crowd and they loved every second of it. Prime example of that was their track Edge Of Town, a true favourite. Frontwoman Hannah Joy’s gorgeous vocals echoed over Footscray and as it rightly should. Their rambunctious sensibilities were contagious and as the jumping bodies got more vibrant the energy was reflected back on stage. This back and forth was an impressive scene to watch. As the sun was popping its head out from behind the grey clouds it felt like it wanted to shows its thanks too. Mistake was a stunning moment in the set where you could truly appreciate their songwriting and visuals created from their lyrics. The nostalgic essence in their sound suited the festival format and was the ideal way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Photos: Liz Stephens