Every February, Laneway swoops down from Singapore, across Australia and out to New Zealand, packing festival grounds and bringing with it some of the hottest Indie artists the world has to offer. Seven cities in two weeks. Laneway comes and goes pretty quickly and we want to make sure that you don’t miss out. Making sure you don’t miss out isn’t just about buying your ticket — it’s about preparation. That’s where we come in. Without further ado, here’s our list of St. Jerome Laneway Festival Pro Tips to make sure you get the most out of your festival experience.
It’s an Indie show so know the lineup
Laneway is about Indie music. This means the bulk of the artists don’t follow mainstream music trends and might not get the radio play that brings quick fame. They’re underground, hip — whatever word you want to throw around. Don’t show up as the clueless attendee who can’t talk about any of the artists but posts a bunch of Instagrams because it’s the place to be. A good attendee studies the Laneway lineup thoroughly and knows who’s hitting the stage when the time comes.
Explore the Spotify playlist
In the same vein, attendees can browse through the official Laneway Spotify playlist. Just search “Laneway Festival 2018” and you’ll have access to a three-plus hour playlist full of some of the lineup artists’ best songs. Once again, we want to avoid the “showing up and not knowing the words” scenario! Luckily, Spotify hooks it up.
Balance comfort and style
Harder said than done. While we told you not to be the person looking left and right for Instagram pictures to prove you were in fact at this cool festival, it is kind of the place to be. With that “place to be vibe” comes a certain desire to dress up. So go for it, but remember that you’re at a festival, not a dinner party. Grass stains, mud if it rains, and a little beer on your shirt from the overexcited festival goer next to you should all be factored in as possibilities. Dress accordingly.
Ziploc bags can save the day
This may sound remote, but when it starts pouring and you’re stuck in a muddy crowd with no way to protect your cell phone, you’ll be beyond grateful that you stuffed a Ziploc bag in your back pocket just in case. Throw your money, your ticket, and your phone inside and breath a sigh of relief. This is a habit of an experienced festival goer. We’re doing our best to put the “pro” in “pro tips”.
Laneway food is exceptional. From sushi rolls to Mexican street food to American-style barbecue sandwiches, there’s a reason why they don’t let you enter the festival with your own food. You’ll complain about the rule until the smells hit you.
Time to Pay
Let’s say the ticket purchase stretches your bank account a little more than you would like. They’ve thought of that. The Laneway Time to Pay program allows you to cover your ticket in monthly payments from the date of purchase up until the day of the festival. Time to Pay is also great for the organized friend who buys tickets for their friend group but knows the friends will be slow to pay back. So spread it out and don’t stress the ticket price too much.
Know what to leave behind
Laneway is pretty strict about what makes it through the gates and what doesn’t. Beverages, food, foldable chairs, umbrellas and selfie sticks are all no-no’s. Think only in the essentials. Yes, it’s expensive to buy everything inside, but that’s the way the festival’s set up. It would be a bummer if you had to leave those sandwiches and that full cooler of beer at the entrance. So don’t forget!
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