Clockwise from top left: The Observatory, Vandetta and Gema.
Finally! It took the cool folks at Laneway Festival three editions to finally grant the wishes of Singapore music fans.
Experimental rock band The Observatory, singer Vandetta and electronica producer Gema will be the first Singapore artistes to perform at Laneway Festival Singapore 2014.
These home-grown acts are personally handpicked by festival co-founder Danny Rogers. He said, “These acts are all truly worthy of their position in this incredible group of artistes. Festival-goers are in for such a treat.”
Genre-bending experimental rock outfit The Observatory is made up of Vivian Wang, Leslie Low, Dharma and new member, recent Young Artist Award winner Bani Haykal. Formed in 2001, the influential band is known for their unique blend of folk-rock, jazz and electronica. The current album ‘Catacombs’ is described to have a “more primal, new dark wave sound”.
Read also: Interview with Bani Haykal
Vandetta is the electronica guise of R ‘n’ B singer and radio DJ Vanessa Fernandez. Her latest EP ‘Vandetta’ boasts a stark yet soulful electronic sound.
Up-and-coming electronic music producer Gema only made his debut last March at a gig at The Substation. Making music since 13, the multi-instrumentalist is known for his synth-strewn beats.
‘Out of The Furrow (Excerpt)’ – The Observatory
The 12-hour festival, held on 25 January at The Meadow at Gardens By The Bay, will also feature other 15 acts like Glaswegian trio Chvrches, US sister trio Haim, electronic music producer Jamie XX, London duo Mount Kimbie and New Zealand psychedelic band Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Read also: Full Laneway 2014 lineup revealed
Festival organisers Chugg Entertainment are promising a bigger festival experience with the addition of a third stage next year.
Whereas the past two festivals featured two adjacent stages, 2014’s edition will feature three stages. The addition of a third stage is the primary reason for the inclusion of Singapore acts.
“We always wanted to showcase local talents since we started here in 2009, however with the addition of a third stage, we finally had the room to actually do it,” Rogers said.
‘Before EP Sampler’ - Gema
Originally called the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival after the now defunct bar where Rogers and co-founder Jerome Borazio first booked bands, began in Melbourne in 2004, in a back alley behind the bar, thereby giving the festival its name.
Read also: Laneway 2013 review
Within two years, the festival expanded to Sydney before spreading across Australia before expanding to New Zealand and Singapore. It made its American debut in Detroit in September this year.
St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2014 | Date: 25 Jan | Time: Doors open 11am | Venue: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay | Tickets: $150 (standard ticket); refer to the Laneway Festival website for full package details