A perfect day for a music festival; was noon and rather early, yet the merchandise booth was already crowded with fans of the lineup. Inside, we are directly welcomed by the two stages which were beside one another: Roscoe Stage and Derrik Stage. Vance Joy and Youth Lagoon started out the festival while Singapore welcomed it with a slight breeze and a hint of scorching sun that came and went. The festival-ready audience started to pile up in front of the stages as well sitting and lying around on the plains in The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay.
Anyone would have merely enjoyed the company of the Derrik and Roscoe stage alone and they would’ve been presented with a list of great ones such as The Jezabels, Kurt Vile, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Singapore based band The Observatory. In addition to that lineup, with them who came all the way from Scotland, Frightened Rabbit. While in the more secluded area, the Cloud stage, Vandetta, Mount Kimbie, Gema, Jono Ma’s DJ Set, XXYYXX and Jamie XX were some that filled the stage. Previous bands that had performed were seen up and about in the audience area also enjoying the festival.
As night fell, Savages took (definitely owned) the stage and there was quite a bunch, though not enough, watching these post-punk women combined with fans of Daughter which was scheduled to perform after Savages. Daughter vocalist Elena was somewhat overwhelmed with the reception the band got throughout the set as they kept on saying their gratitude in the middle of songs. Daughter’s set ended with Home, a single taken from the EP they released back in 2011 whereas the crowd in front of the two stages started to look as if a headliner of the festival is playing, and then the 3 sisters from Los Angeles started their set with Falling. The crowd must have done something right; they must’ve been that pumped and nuts or so kind at the same time seeing that Haim was also quite overwhelmed. Haim’s set was brief, Chvrches continued the lineup that night, and James Blake concluded the night accompanying some constantly energetic ones as well as the tired and content souls lying on The Meadow’s grass.
In other words, despite the various comments out there on how music festival nowadays come about, it’s still a home for great music welcoming those who are genuinely interested; this year’s St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Singapore was nothing that should be exaggerated, it was just right and just enough.