Thousands of music fans turned out in Footscray on Saturday to enjoy a jam-packed St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.

Nestled along the banks of the Maribyrnong River, the festival offered its now familiar blend of rising hip-hop talent, breakthrough dance acts, powerful female artists and psychedelic festival stalwarts.

Emerging local stars Camp Cope and Tash Sultana were early highlights, followed by a blistering set from White Lung, a crowd-pleasing performance by Car Seat Headrest and a politically-charged outing by A.B. Original.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard thundered through their festival-honed set before Sampa the Great had the crowd captivated with her energetic show.

Mick Jenkins showed why he is regarded as one of hip-hop’s most welcome new voices before Nick Murphy, stepping out from behind his Chet Faker alter-ego, had the crowd eating out of his hands.

Tame Impala closed out the day to a packed and adoring audience, a confetti storm erupting over their swirling psych groove at the climax of pulsing sing-along stomper Let it Happen.

White Lung at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

White Lung at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Tash Sultana at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Tash Sultana at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Tycho at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Tycho at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

 

Jagwar Ma at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Jagwar Ma at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Tame Impala at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Tame Impala at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Crowds enjoying Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Crowds enjoying Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Tame Impala at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Tame Impala at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Crowds enjoying Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Crowds enjoying Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Nick Murphy at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Nick Murphy at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Crowds enjoying Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Crowds enjoying Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Crowds enjoying Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Crowds enjoying Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Mick Jenkins at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Mick Jenkins at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Sampa the Great at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Sampa the Great at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

A.B. Original at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

A.B. Original at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

A.B. Original at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

A.B. Original at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Car Seat Headrest at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Car Seat Headrest at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

White Lung at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

White Lung at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Tash Sultana at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar

Tash Sultana at Laneway Festival. Photo by Benjamin Millar