St. Jerome's Laneway Festival. Live music in unique settings. Such was the seed that grew in the heads of Jerome Borazio and Danny Rogers. Leading new music, community, lovers of the fresh, urban collectiveness. It started with great bands in their bar in Melbourne's CBD. It got bigger than the bar and spilled into the lane. It got bigger than the lane. Fourteen hundred people attended the first laneway festival in 2004. Now the goodness has spread across Australia, into New Zealand and Singapore. The Melbourne festival has moved out of the CBD and into Footscray on the banks of the Maribyrnong. Four stages, thirty artists. The choice was extraordinary.
First up were the lovely Danish duo, The Kings of Convenience. To be honest, if I had only seen them, I'd have been happy. Lovely, lovely vibe. They seemed genuinely happy to be there and playing for Melbourne.
Chet Faker, Schlohmo, Alt J, Ms Mr from New York who seemed overcome that so many people had turned up to listen to them AND knew the lyrics to their songs, Snakadactyl...it was a feast.