Singapore Laneway Wrap
On 29 January 2011, the St Jerome's Laneway Festival made its long-awaited, wet and triumphant Asian debut in Singapore. Held in the lush surrounds of Fort Canning Park, Singapore's inaugural Laneway featured quite possibly the best line-up of indie music to ever hit the country –– !!!, Beach House, Deerhunter, Foals, Holy Fuck, Ladyhawke, Warpaint, Yeasayer and The Temper Trap –– and fans lapped it up, with many punters traveling long distances to make the festival.
Thousands of punters braved at times torrential rain to enjoy a remarkable evening of music that finished with a headlining set from The Temper Trap, their last show on their year-long world tour.
'We can't control the weather, but we can control the music, and the music prevailed!,' festival co-founder Danny Rogers said.
Local media hailed the event, with Wayne Lee, editor-in-chief of Juice Singapore, saying the event proved the strong following for indie rock in the country and wider region, and Dessy Aswim, from Youth.SG, calling the event 'one of the best Saturdays I have ever had'. Writing in My Paper, Yeow Kai Chai called the night 'a baptism.'
On its blog, MTV Asia wrote that the festival 'was worth every speck of dirt, mud and penny spent and has no doubt amplified Singapore’s spot on the world map as a flourishing music scene, both mainstream and indie.'
'Finally, a music festival in Southeast Asia that's worthy of the name,' Paul Kay, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Out Hong Kong, said. 'A fantastic venue, a packed and up-for-it audience, and a lineup that mixed unimpeachable indie credibility with balls-out, dance-till-you-drop rock'n'roll euphoria, Laneway Singapore couldn't have asked for a better debut. Even the non-stop torrential rain couldn't wash the smile from my face.'
Chanun Poomsawai, entertainment editor at B-K, called the festival 'fantastic, hands down the best I've been too', adding that they would love to see the fest become an annual staple in Asia.
The bands clearly enjoyed themselves too: in an interview with BBC6's Elle Davis, festival openers Warpaint described the crowd as 'probably one of the best we've ever had,' while Canadians Holy Fuck –– who introduced themselves during their standout set as Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene –– said they 'had a blast.' Foals, meanwhile, thanked the fans for 'braving the rain and giving us spirit.' Indeed.
After the unqualified success of its debut Asian outing, Laneway is looking to come back bigger and better in 2012.
Check out all our photos from Singapore below.
Photos by Aloysius Lim, Ryan Chang and Bryan Soon