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Sydney Laneway Festival 2014

By Ellie Schneider
4th Feb 2014

Brimming with the highest calibre of emerging and established talent, Laneway Festival 2014 was one to be remembered. With just 12,000 tickets sold in Sydney, the boutique festival attracted a dedicated group of music lovers—most donning denim, stripes, and floral headpieces.

Set in the lush, green Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), this year's Laneway was a story of four stages, and an exceptionally curated lineup with Lorde, Haim, Chvrches and Vance Joy leading the charge. Autre Ne Veut was an early highlight, bringing his frenetic electronic to the Future Classic Stage, followed closely by the dreamlike sounds of Youth Lagoon.

By mid-afternoon Vance Joy, recent winner of the Triple J Hottest 100, had the crowd enthralled, with most fans screaming along to their newfound hero. Next up was London-based Daughter, who played a hauntingly beautiful set that had us all hooked from the first note.

LA sister-trio Haim created a party vibe at the amphitheater, rallying the crowd. The sisters began by belting out 'Falling', before tearing through hits off their debut Days Are Gone and finished off with 'Let Me Go', as Alana leapt off the stage and into her fans embrace. In the late afternoon sun, Kurt Vile took to the Garden Stage playing tracks off his two most recent albums, Smoke Ring for My Halo and Wakin' On A Pretty Daze.

Dressed in her signature black, the people's Lorde, now a global phenomenon, played from sunlight into dusk—creating an ethereal presence as her disciples danced. 'Tennis Court,' 'Team,' 'A World Alone' and of course, 'Royals' left the crowd completely in awe. The xx in-house producer extraordinaire rounded off the festivities with an epic DJ set. Jamie Smith remixes everyone who's anyone and the result was certainly impressive.

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