12-hour Laneway sold out

12-hour Laneway sold out
From left, clockwise: Banks, .gif, Royal Blood.

SINGAPORE - Laneway, Singapore's biggest indie music festival, is sold out this year. All 13,000 tickets to the event on Saturday at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, have been snapped up.

It is the first time the festival is sold out since its debut in 2011.

This year's edition of the St. Jerome's Laneway Festival Singapore, to call it by its full name, also features its biggest line-up to date - 19 international acts playing on three stages.

Set to be a 12-hour show, the list includes current hot and critically acclaimed names such as English singer-songwriter FKA twigs, British garage rock duo Royal Blood and American singer-songwriter St. Vincent.

Also taking the stage, most for the first time in Singapore, are Swedish electronic quartet Little Dragon, Australian chart- topping soul/electronic singer Chet Faker, award-winning Australian folk-blues siblings Angus & Julia Stone and Malaysian indie outfits Enterprise and Pastel Lite.

Laneway has pulled in a steadily growing crowd over the years. And with the end of Esplanade's much-loved Mosaic Music Festival, it has no rival on the local music calendar for indie music.

Started by Australians Danny Rogers and Jerome Borazio in 2004 as a nine-act gig in an alleyway outside Mr Borazio's bar in Melbourne, Laneway has since expanded to multiple Australian cities, as well as Auckland in New Zealand and Detroit in the United States.

Besides the music performances, punters can join in various carnival-like activities, feast on an esoteric range of food and beverages, have a haircut at a barber shop run by American brand Sailor Jerry and check out stylised portable toilets dubbed "the Punk Portaloo" by shoe brand Dr. Martens.

Life! profiles four of the acts - British duo Royal Blood, Californian singer Banks and the two local acts on the line-up this year, electronic pair .gif and alternative rockers Hanging Up The Moon.

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