Filipino music fans make the trip to Laneway 2015

Marguerite de Leon

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Filipino music fans make the trip to Laneway 2015
Were you one of the Filipinos in the 13,000-strong crowd?

MANILA, Philippines – The Singapore leg of the Laneway Music Festival, held January 24 at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, brought a solid 13,000-strong crowd from all over the world – including a fun Filipino contingent. (IN PHOTOS: 14 highlights, Singapore’s Laneway Music Festival 2015)

The diverse lineup was sure to please many indie lovers, and the Filipinos we found on the scene were a happy, satisfied bunch. 

Many of them were Laneway veterans, attending yearly since the Singapore leg began in 2011. Some booked as early as September to enjoy discounts, and met up with fellow Filipinos now based there for work.

Do you know anyone from the Pinoy indie lads and ladies we spotted in the photos below?




And here’s what festival-goers could find if they ambled across the Meadow:

These vintage-inspired vixens struck a pose at their pop-up bar-barbershop-tattoo parlor.


Giant Jenga, anyone?


Walk past the Laneway crowd and get an unmistakeable whiff of sunscreen.


This guy was going to get a tan at all costs. 

 Photo by Belle Baldoza

Rappler teammate Belle Baldoza couldn’t resist the perfectly placed photo frame.


Rainbow Brite kawaii desu! 


What’s a music festival without folks in feather headdresses?


 Photo by Belle Baldoza

We’re sure these guys didn’t lose each other in the crowd.

 Photo by Belle Baldoza

Even the staff at the food tents were having the time of their life! These guys served cheese-soaked, phyllo pastry beef rendang sliders that were to die for. 


With the mesmerizing Marina Bay Sands towering over the festival grounds, you couldn’t have chosen a better venue in Singapore. 


And here are some video snippets of the venue and the amazing performances, which ran 12 hours straight, artist after artist, like clockwork: 

The Meadow was calm at noon, when gates opened, but that didn’t last for long.

Malaysian band Enterprise kicked off the performances with their brand of dark, dancey post-punk. 

The crowd got even larger with noise punk band Eagulls.

Pond, cousin of indie favorite Tame Impala, added a gritty, psychedelic vibe to the afternoon.

It started to rain around 4 pm, and it was a good thing most of the people thought to bring plastic capes! Fortunately, things dried down after just 30 minutes, and the weather was great the rest of the day. 

Mac de Marco purposedly butchered Coldplay’s “Yellow,” and it was glorious.

Folksy duo Angus and Julia Stone’s set drew even more festival-goers closer to the stage. 

British rockers Royal Blood offered something markedly different from the other, more alternative acts: flat-out, hardcore rock, and their energy just tore through The Meadow. Here’s a shot before the whole front crowd turned into a mosh pit!

If you’re a fan of Future Islands, you have to see them live. Samuel Herring’s guttural screams are really something you can’t get on the recorded versions of their songs. 

FKA Twigs’ set was arguably the sexiest act of the whole festival. Everything was art-directed to a T, and Twigs’ body rippled around the stage expertly. 

(Comment from a Pinoy in the crowd, when the artist started talking to the audience: “Ay, nagsasalita pala siya? (Oh, she’s talking?”)

It’s no surprise whatsoever why St. Vincent capped the night off. She was the gorgeous robo-goddess everyone hoped for, and she shredded that guitar like nobody’s business. 


Were you there on the 24th? Or do you plan to go to next year’s festival? Share your thoughts with us in the comments! – 










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Marguerite de Leon

Marguerite Alcazaren de Leon heads Rappler’s Life and Style, Entertainment, and Opinion sections. She has been with Rappler since 2013, and also served as its social media producer for six years. She is also a fictionist.