by Tristan Rayner in New Music on Wednesday 6 February 2013

St Jerome’s 2013 Laneway Festival in Sydney posed a number of questions for the young, hip crowd in attendance to one of the big festivals that sits just off the edge of mainstream. Would it rain on the festival goers? Could gumboots be risked as possible fashionable items anyway? Who would hit it off with the energetic audience? Just what exactly was the strange cat logo? And who is St Jerome?

With a long line-up of up-and-coming acts, plus some big names, Laneway delivered. Of Monsters And Men stole the show, with their feel-good Icelandic folk-rock charming a deep crowd who had voted their best song number two in the world’s biggest music vote – Triple J’s Hottest 100.

Number three on that same list featured Alt-J (∆), who played a low-key set that reverberated around the crowd, while number four and festival-essential Flume made the ground jump with his punchy remixes and vibrant beats.

Our favourites were Brooklyn-based Yeasayer, who ripped up the festival with huge energy and tunes dripping with catchy rhythm, while final act of the night Bats For Lashes proved she is a live star, belting out her best to woo the gentlemen (and ladies) of the crowd.

Who you must not miss at Laneway 2013 (or on the radio, Spotify, Pandora, CD, whatever!):
Bats For Lashes
Of Monsters And Men
Kings Of Convenience

[Photos by Elise Boyd]