Everyone’s favorite indie music festival is coming to town again, and we’re so, so psyched! Since its debut in 2005, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival has steadily amped up its party tricks, bringing you show after show of drastic proportions.
This coming 27 January, you can expect the most epic line-up of talented artists from all over the world. This means you’ll also be coming face-to-face with Singapore’s very own Amateur Takes Control, MAS1A, Obedient Wives Club, TheLionCityBoy and Tim De Cotta!
So brace yourself for a full day of boisterous fun. If this happens to be your maiden music festival, here’re some easy tips that’ll go a long way in helping you make the most of your experience:
1. Buy Your Tickets Beforehand
Laneway Singapore per ticket price:
- Door sales: $200
- Pre-event purchase (single ticket): $158
- Pre-event purchase (group of 5 and above): $150
This is an absolute no-brainer. Door sales will set you back by an additional $50, which is money you could’ve used on food, drinks and fringe activities within the event premises if you had rounded up a few friends and made a group purchase through pre-event ticketing platforms. It’ll do you well to plan your merry-making ahead of time and secure tickets sans an evitable $50 charge.
Recommended: Make group purchases at APACTix (online or hotline), Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office, SingPost, The Star Performing Arts Centre Box Office or Scotts Square (more details on Laneway Singapore’s official website).
2. Bring Festival Essentials
Consider your personality and interests when packing. If you intend to enjoy the music from a distance whilst lounging under the open heavens, make sure you bring a picnic mat and cushions for your private lepak corner. If you like getting up close to artists and screaming to song lyrics, put a pack of lozenges in your pocket. If taking a thousand photos for Instagram is your absolute jam, carry along a fully-charged power bank for your phone.
Recommended: Whichever way you lean, we recommend packing a raincoat and handheld fan for outlasting both rain and shine. Most importantly, be sure to bring your ticket, photo ID (for identity and age verification) and some money for F&B expenditure!
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3. Choose Your Outfit Wisely
If you’ve never been one to sacrifice comfort for fashion, this is the one time you wouldn’t want to try otherwise. When putting your outfits(s) together, do a movement test and make sure you can sit, stand, jump and wriggle around comfortably. Leave your new flats at home, and go party in your trusty sling-backs or sneakers – trust us, the right pair of shoes/sandals will go a very long way in helping you ride through 14 hours of non-stop fun!
Recommended: Think Coachella. Coachella-goers rock all kinds of fun, comfy, beautiful outfits such as kimonos, maxi dresses, headbands, statement necklaces, gladiator sandals and ankle boots. Stick on some gold temporary tattoos and you’ll be looking right at home!
4. Stay Ahead Of Show Times
Some performance arenas are located within tents, which means that only a certain number of audience members will be allowed access on a first-come-first-serve basis. To avoid being left out of an act you really want to watch, keep ahead of show times and arrive at the designated arenas early. Pick up a timed line-up at the event entrance, and hold on to it for dear life!
Recommended: Set reminder alarms on your phones at least 30-40 minutes in advance. That way, you can have all the fun you want with other activities and still be in time for every one of your favorite artists.
5. Explore The Booths
Last year’s Laneway brought in both big and small, international and local names for its F&B and fringe activities. Housed in cosy booths, vendors like H&M and kllylmrck added even more interesting gimmicks to the music festival, offering participants henna art and yarn-bombed hairstyling services. F&B included beef nachos, acai cups, coconut smoothies, burgers, beers and more.
Recommended: Laneway doesn’t allow outside F&B to be brought in, so make sure you eat well before attending the festival. F&B within event premises can be a little pricey for a take-and-go concept, but when you’re hungry, anything goes (note that no re-entry into Laneway is allowed). So make sure you bring more than enough cash – just watch out for conniving opportunists at all times!
Since you’ll be partying the entire day, make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before. Once you’ve nailed down the above, nothing can stop you from thoroughly enjoying your most memorable Laneway music festival yet!
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