Words by Danielle Kondrat, images by Dannielle Mcpherson Photography
It’s dusk and the sun is setting as we arrive at Laneway Festival.
Situated in the industrial port-side of Adelaide, northwest of the CBD, Ruel has claimed the main stage and the crowd is filled with energy.
The day has already kicked off with previous performances from Tones & I, Oliver Tree, George Alice, Hockey Dad, Kaiit, Spacey Jane, Katie Pomer and Sahrae.
The festival grounds are filled with eclectic market stalls featuring ethically made garments, suckerpunch Ts and flirty and femme art raising money for conscious causes.
We take a moment to debrief in one of the many spaces designated for recovery.
We are surrounded by murals, coloured lighting, and enough space to dance.
The food also doesn’t disappoint, catering for vegans with gourmet burgers and nachos, plus hot dogs and donuts.
A broad variety of drinks are on tap, with sparkling wine and alcoholic kombucha, as well as cider, beer, and spirits.
The festival is split between four major stages, with the Hart’s Mill stage playing host to The 1975, King Gizzard & The Liizard Wizard, Ruel, Earl Sweatshirt, Tones & I, Kaiit, Pist Idiots and Jess Day.
The Lion Flour Stage features Charli XCX, Ocean Alley, DMA’s, Hockey Dad, Benee, Oliver Tree and George Alice.
The Friends and Freedom Stage showcases J.I.D, The Chats, Stella Donnelly,West Thebarton, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, BBNDS, Spacey Jane, Omar Apollo and Colstrane.
Then, there’s the Girls Rock Stage, featuring Hatchie, Kucka, Lonelyspeck, Stacy Says, Shahrae, Stabbitha & The Knifey Wifeys and Katie Pomery.
We think it’s safe to say we’re sold for Laneway 2021.