Brisbane fans flood into St Jerome's Laneway Festival

Ms Mr perform at St Jerome's Laneway Festival Brisbane.
Ms Mr perform at St Jerome's Laneway Festival Brisbane. Cassandra Tobin

IT WAS a case of 'what a difference a year makes' for St Jerome's Laneway Festival, yesterday.

The boutique festival kicked off the Australian leg of the tour at Brisbane's RNA Showgrounds, tucked into the Alexandria Street entrance and pavilions to ensure the 'laneway' vibe.

Bleacher seating at the Zoo Stage, a PIP area (for pretty important people), pop up restaurants and an increased punter count were notable differences from last year's event.

Pretty Important People are catered for at Laneway Festival, Brisbane with flowers, cushions, bleacher seating, a bar and Excloosive toilets.
Pretty Important People are catered for at Laneway Festival, Brisbane with flowers, cushions, bleacher seating, a bar and Excloosive toilets. Cassandra Tobin

Those who sat at the Car Park Stage all day would be forgiven the festival offence thanks to the stage's popular line-up.

Real Estate, The Rubens and Of Monsters And Men were all on early in the afternoon, setting the mark for later acts Alt-J, Flume, Yeasayer and Bat For Lashes.

The Rubens, 2011 break-out single Lay It Down continues to be the blues driven highlight of their set despite the success of later releases including My Gun and Don't Ever Want To Be Found from the band's debut self-titled album.

Icelandic six-piece Of Monsters And Men get points for crowd participation including singalongs for triple j favourite Little Talks and Mountain Side.

It has to be said, Alt-J don't look the rockstar part, but it hardly matters when the United Kingdom four-piece, who took out last year's Mercury Prize thanks to their debut An Awesome Wave, charm punters with their distinct brand of indie-pop.

Alt-J perform at St Jerome's Laneway Festival Brisbane.
Alt-J perform at St Jerome's Laneway Festival Brisbane. Cassandra Tobin

Breezeblocks, Something Good and Tessellate draw the biggest cheers, while the gritty bass of Fitzpleasure adds to an otherwise clean set.

New York's Ms Mr were a good reason to head to a new setting at the Zoo Stage, making their Australian tour debut.

The pounding rhythm of Bones and echoed harmonies of Fantasy were the stand-outs of the set.

Flume was one of two acts suffering the effects of flying.

The it-kid of the Australian electro scene slid onto stage 11 minutes late thanks to a three-hour delayed flight.

Holdin On, Sleepless and On Top were given new life back at the Car Park Stage providing a dance vibe for an other-wise indie-pop and rock filled line-up.

Melbourne's harmonising six-piece, Alpine added jump-suited sass to the Zoo Stage before Chet Faker dealt with sound issues at the Future Classic Stage leaving him with a shortened set.

Alpine perform at St Jerome's Laneway Festival Brisbane.
Alpine perform at St Jerome's Laneway Festival Brisbane. Cassandra Tobin

The sound wasn't the only issue for the I'm Into You singer, who had arrived from a 25 hour flight from New York earlier in the day.

Those lucky enough to fit into the packed room - late comers were turned away by security - enjoyed the shortened set, all-be-it fractured at times including re-starting Terms And Conditions and taking requests from the crowd.

While the event boasts a 'no headliner' bill, Bat For Lashes was given the closing set at the Car Park Stage.

Those who stuck around ­- though the crowd was noticeably thinner - were treated to a rousing set including All Your Gold and Laura.

Topics:  brisbane, music

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