Returning to the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival as global touring favourites, Scottish trio CHVRCHES are in the best position to see just how much the love and support for them and their music has grown in the past year, so far away from home. Backstage at the Laneway Festival in Singapore over the weekend, the band reflects on their first time touring in the Asia-Pacific region compared to now, where they most recently enjoyed a huge and enthusiastic crowd of fans at The Meadow.
“It was crazy to us that we get to travel to all these places we wouldn’t get to go anyway,” vocalist Lauren Mayberry said. “Especially because of the music we’re making. Places that are so far away from home and you don’t think anyone would have heard of you; it’s really awesome when you get to those places and people are investing in the band. We’re glad that we’ve gotten to come back and do more shows.”
Remembering their first show in this particular area of the globe for Laneway, the band notes their level of expectation of the tour versus the reaction they were met with.
“We had no idea what to expect when we came the last time; we didn’t know if anyone knew about our band or if there was any interest, anything like that. I remember being pleasantly surprised by the size of the crowd we played to and being quite blown away by it! We’d never heard people sing lyrics back at us before! It was the first time we’d ever heard it and it was a really special moment.”
You’ll be able to catch CHVRCHES on all dates of the Australian Laneway Festival tour from next weekend, kicking off in Adelaide on Friday, February 5th.
2016 ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
February 5th | Harts Mill, PORT ADELAIDE
February 6th | Brisbane Showgrounds, BRISBANE
February 7th | Sydney College of the Arts, SYDNEY
February 13th | Footscray Community Arts Centre, MELBOURNE
February 14th | Esplanade Reserve & West End, FREMANTLE