Laneway is a special festival. Anyone could tell you that, but why not hear it from one of Pond’s multi-instrumentalist Shiny Joe Ryan. Pond played at the Aukland leg of the festival yesterday. I, like many others, happily lived vicariously through artists’ Instagram coverage. Something about watching musicians I love (both local and International) interacting makes me giddy. These special moments that we are gifted the opportunity to observe through our screens are what make Laneway so unique.
“At least one of Spinning Top’s bands have played every Laneway for the last seven or eight years and each year everyone is very excited to play for just that reason. The atmosphere is amazing backstage and we’re always very excited to hang out with our friends from overseas while traveling around Australia. It’s fun to show the out of towners how we do it here in Oz. The organisers and staff of the festival are very friendly, helpful and generally excited themselves which is fantastic. This year it’s great to be back hanging out with our good mates in Mac DeMarco, Connan Mockasin (in NZ) and are looking forward to making some new friends.”
Only New Zealand were lucky enough to have Connan Mockasin perform and Joe was smart enough make sure he was there. I’ll have to check in with him in a weeks time (I’m sure he’ll have plenty of new stories to share) but this set is his highlight of the festival so far.