Music revellers flock to Laneway Festival at Sydney Olympic Park

The Sydney Olympic Park was the hottest place in town on Sunday as fans braved a scorching heatwave to watch the St. Attending Jerome’s Laneway Festival.

Contestants swarmed Sydney showgrounds from noon to midnight as thousands flocked to the popular one-day festival, commonly known as Laneway.

The star-studded lineup included performances from Stormzy, Steve Lacey and Dominic Fike.

The festival was open to revelers over 16.

St.  Jerome's Laneway Festival was held in Sydney on Sunday as temperatures reached 34°C

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival was held in Sydney on Sunday as temperatures reached 34°C

The majority of revelers have swapped bright colors and glitter for neutral and cool fabrics this year

Many participants brought hats to stay safe from the sun in the scorching heat

The majority of revelers have swapped bright colors and glitter for neutral and cool fabrics this year

The festival was open to revelers over the age of 16

The festival was open to revelers over the age of 16

Revelers swarmed Sydney Showgrounds from noon to midnight on Sunday for the Laneway Festival

Revelers swarmed Sydney Showgrounds from noon to midnight on Sunday for the Laneway Festival

A heavy police presence of officers patrolling the venue throughout the festival ensured revelers were on their best behaviour.

Police drug detection dogs ensured that illegal substances did not enter the venue.

Tickets for the event started at $179.90.

One of the biggest highlights of the festival was its four air-conditioned stages as temperatures across Sydney soared into the mid-30s.

Compounding the heat, the humidity cracked nearly 50 percent, sending the ‘sensible’ temperature closer to 40 °C.

Attendees were all smiles for the cameras as they entered the venue for a day of Laneway fun

Attendees were all smiles for the cameras as they entered the venue for a day of Laneway fun

The star-studded Laneway lineup included performances from Stormzy, Steve Lacey and Dominic Fike

The star-studded Laneway lineup included performances from Stormzy, Steve Lacey and Dominic Fike

NSW Police brought drug detection dogs to the Sydney Laneway Festival on Sunday

NSW Police brought drug detection dogs to the Sydney Laneway Festival on Sunday

Hats were the go-to accessory at Sydney Laneway Festival 2024 as temperatures soared into the mid-30s

Hats were the go-to accessory at Sydney Laneway Festival 2024 as temperatures soared into the mid-30s

Despite the heat, the contestants were all smiles for the cameras as they entered the venue for a day of festive fun.

A young and energetic crowd took advantage of the sunny bright blue skies, with short skirts, denim and vibrant outfits dominating the fashion of the day.

Many revelers ditched the usual music festival uniform of bright colors and glitter and opted for neutrals in cool fabrics.

One of the most popular accessories was a hat to protect revelers from the hot sun.

But some attendees were left shaken after their sunscreen and make-up were confiscated at the event’s gates.

Laneway attendees were treated to performances from headliners Stormzy, Steve Lacey and Dominic Fike

Laneway attendees were treated to performances from headliners Stormzy, Steve Lacey and Dominic Fike

Several attendees were left shaken after their sunscreen was confiscated by security at the event's gates.  Pictured are security officers directing revelers where to go

Several attendees were left shaken after their sunscreen was confiscated by security at the event’s gates. Pictured are security officers directing revelers where to go

The Laneway Festival in Sydney attracted a high police presence on Sunday

The Laneway Festival in Sydney attracted a high police presence on Sunday

The festival had four air-conditioned stages

The festival had four air-conditioned stages

“When you go into the festival you’re told you’re not allowed to wear sunscreen, stupid,” one reveler fumed online.

Responding to organizers asking followers what their ‘highlight’ of the day was, another said: ‘I probably get my lip gloss, perfume, deodorant and sunscreen confiscated.’

The decision was made by security despite Laneway’s website recommending that attendees bring sun protection.

The next Laneway Festival will be in Auckland on Tuesday, followed by Adelaide on Friday, Melbourne on Saturday and Perth next Sunday

The next Laneway Festival will be in Auckland on Tuesday, followed by Adelaide on Friday, Melbourne on Saturday and Perth next Sunday

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Sydney was preceded by his Brisbane event on Saturday.

The next Laneway Festival will be in Auckland on Tuesday, followed by Adelaide on Friday and Melbourne on Saturday.

The final Laneway Festival event will be held in Perth next Sunday.

Now in its 19th year, the beloved festival returned for the first time in three years in 2023 following the Covid pandemic.

The festival was first held at the Sydney Showgrounds and has been a major event for music lovers since 2006.

The festival, commonly referred to as Laneway, began in 2005 as a series of weekly gigs at an unassuming bar in Melbourne’s CBD.

It has now exploded in popularity and expanded to five Australian cities—Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Fremantle—as well as Auckland, New Zealand and Singapore.

Humidity in the city has cracked nearly 50 per cent, pushing the 'sensational' temperature to 38C

Humidity in the city has cracked nearly 50 per cent, pushing the ‘sensational’ temperature to 38C

There was a heavy presence of police officers and drug detection dogs at the festival

There was a heavy presence of police officers and drug detection dogs at the festival