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As I boarded my flight to Singapore nearly 6 months ago from, I really didn’t consider the possibility I’d end up sitting at an indie music festival next to one of the world’s most futuristic looking hotels and a collection of solar powered man made ‘super trees’. A sensational lineup, ultramodern setting and Singapore’s warm breezy weather resulted in a very chilled yet vibrant break from the stresses of city life here.

This is the 4th year St Jerome’s Laneway Festival has returned to Singapore with acts from previous years including big names such as Bat for Lashes, Kings of Convenience, Gotye, Alt-J and many more. Aside from the usual UK, Aussie and American acts, this year took an interesting turn with the addition of some local talents. Vandetta, the Observatory and Gema undoubtedly brought a welcome twist to the lineup.

The Jezabels,  a four piece band from Sydney unknown to me before, were one of the earlier acts which set the tone for the day ahead. Hayley Mary’s distinct rich vocals demanded attention from throughout the meadow and became a crowd favourite almost instantly. XXYYXX’s explosive set did not disappoint, preventing the daylight hindering the atmosphere by the cloud tent.  Unfortunately UK act Mount Kimbie’s performance later in the day felt lacking in consistency and proved a little too experimental for me at times.

Due to an unfortunate injury Gabrial Winterfield of Jagwar Ma was unable to perform at the event, yet Jono Ma fulfilled the task of keeping the crowd entertained with his impressive DJ skills. As the night fell Haim’s stage presence was simply electrifying, especially during their rendition of their hit single ‘The Wire’. Having read so many positive reviews of Jamie xx live, I was worried I may had raised my expectations too high, thankfully my expectations were not only met but in fact exceeded. Jamie xx proved to be a true master of sound, opening with Motown inspired beats with the rest of the set continuing to be varied and infectious.

As the evening came to a close, the Mercury prize 2013 winner James Blake was the final act left to perform. Blake’s haunting vocals pierced through the crowd, readily complemented by a stirring selection of electric rhythms making for a memorable performance . Any doubts I had that songs such as ‘I Never Learnt To Share’ would not translate well onto stage were completely eradicated with all songs sounding as good, if not better on stage.

Although many continue to slate live music as being far from the quality of the recorded sounds we listen to everyday, the acts at laneway festival are another example of how the stage can bring another definition to their music. After being disheartened by various nights out in Singapore with questionable club music and uninspiring live events, the  Laneway festival has restored my faith that good music can be appreciated anywhere, even to audiences as far as those in Southeast Asia.

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Limassol Old Town

The Old Town of Limassol is filled with charm, warmth and culture. Take a walk at sunset or sunrise to experience it’s true magic. In the heat of the day with all the people crowding you seem to miss the magic of the place that’s why it’s best to come at a time where you can have a little more room to yourself.

Trendy restaurants are now opening left right and center and since the Marina is opening the old town has had a massive regeneration take place. I can’t wait to go see my hometown in it’s best this year ~ Perhaps I should lay low on the Limassol posts for a while till I’ve passed my exams and gone there which will be soon enough!

Rainy Day Women – Aimee

Rainy Day Women are a new up and coming band in Australia. A friend did the work on their new video ‘Aimee’. I think it’s pretty neat so have a watch and a listen. The song is a little more depressing than what I’m used to hearing but when listening closer you have to appreciate the raw sort of feel the band have.

Notes Music Coffee (Covent Garden) Review


So round two of notable coffee shops around London, will soon be able to do a Limassol installment. Notes Music Coffee is a charming idea pulled together very well by the ambiance of the cafe. The jazzy music really calms you down from the rush of the street just outside and I can imagine this to be the perfect place to stop over on a rainy day. Yet whatever it is although all the elements of a great place are there and they are executed well something just seems a little off. At the back although almost empty when I first sat down I couldn’t help but feel there was a real lack of space.

I ordered and apple juice which I have to say was probably some of the best apple juice I had ever had and a chicken sandwich which was tasty yet while eating it the bread made it a little difficult to look elegant while eating. They had a Studio Ghibli film on in the background which added some charm to the atmosphere. The store they had chosen had plenty of old fashioned London character. Although if walking by again I would probably stop along I wouldn’t necessarily plan my day around stopping by here.

Pros

  • Great Music, some amazing jazz
  • Good food/drink
  • Nice film posters and soothing to see a film played in the background
  • Beautiful Chalk menus near entrance
  • Great building
  • Rustic and Warm Interior
  • Plenty of Seats available

Cons

  • Staff seemed slightly rushed
  • Seems a little tight near the back
  • A little Dark
  • Something seems to be missing
As you can see I’m only nit picking, I would still advise you dropping down for a visit and form your own opinion, I might just have to find out the playlist they have on during the day for some home listening.
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