Reports from Brisbane are that yesterday’s Laneway Festival was great despite terrible sound engineering. A punter told Pedestrian “it was the worst sound engineering I’ve ever heard at a music festival, period.”

Due to sound-related issues headline act M83 were delayed for almost 30 minutes before their scheduled start time, and the band were forced to finish their set 15 minutes early due to a sound curfew enforced by the Brisbane city council.

Laneway organisers have issued an apology via Facebook: We are sorry for the delay. It was due to technical difficulties beyond M83 and our control. Thanks for your patience and enjoy the show.

Festival goers response was less than enthusiastic:

“Shortest set I saw all day .. Worst end to what was a great day”

“Feist was getting electrical shocks from the mic. M83: Such a short set… sound was poor. Yes I’m having a whinge, but I paid good money to see an artist I LOVE and it was only 30 mins long. M83 should have copped the council fine for noise or something, and have them play a full set”

“I don’t think saying the whole day sucked is over the top at all. I heard about 8 bands today, some of them among my favourites, and at the end of the day it would’ve sounded better on my laptop and that’s not cool for the artists or the punters.”

Yikes.