IN PHOTOS: Father John Misty, Anderson .Paak, and more at Singapore’s Laneway Festival 2018

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Hip-hop and R&B artist Anderson .Paak in Singapore's Laneway Music Festival 2018. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Singapore (CNN Philippines Life) — Seeing the names of the acts slated to perform in the eighth Singaporean edition of Laneway Festival alone can thrill any avid concertgoer. Needless to say, the experience itself surpassed the hype.

In true Laneway spirit, this year featured heavy hitters and up-and-comers alike, as well as a potent mix of genres in the programming: Anderson .Paak’s hip-hop, Father John Misty’s Americana-esque rock, Sylvan Esso’s electropop, and more. There was space for discovery as much as there was to unleash one’s inner overeager fan.

For the Pinoys who had made the trip out of the country, the inclusion of Manila’s The Ransom Collective was a source of pride — as was the case with Cheats in 2016.

Thankfully, the Lion City’s tropical climate was more forgiving than last year. It wasn’t yet another case of the infamous “Rainway,” not that getting drenched, even the blistering sun, would dissuade determined music fans.

Technical problems in the Garden Stage, one of the twin main stages, pushed back some of the artists’ sets by several minutes, and undeniably disappointing as this was for the audience, each act still delivered performances to remember.

Anderson .Paak_LanewaySG2018-2473.jpg Anderson .Paak ignites the crowd with his funky tunes and his incredible stage presence. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Bonobo_LanewaySG2018-3520.jpg Bonobo’s distinctly soulful and organic brand of electronic music — with its jazz and world music influences — is indeed ear candy. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Father John Misty_LanewaySG2018-3121.jpg Singer-songwriter Joshua Tillman, better known as Father John Misty, was quite the charming crooner, as fans intently listened to him as he sang the likes of the provocative “Total Entertainment Forever” or the deeply intimate “I Love You, Honeybear.” Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Mac DeMarco_LanewaySG2018-2025.jpg Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco returned to Laneway Singapore this year — still with his crazy antics in tow. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Sylvan Esso_LanewaySG2018-1180.jpg Although the Cloud Stage — where Sylvan Esso performed — is quite a long walk from the main stages, the electropop duo still managed to draw a dancing crowd. Pictured is singer Amelia Meath. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

The Internet_LanewaySG2018-1485.jpg Only two years after their first Laneway Singapore appearance, hip-hop soul outfit The Internet returned, giving the humid afternoon some much-needed cool – special thanks to lead singer Syd’s velvet voice. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

The War on Drugs_LanewaySG2018-3992.jpg The War on Drugs closes this year’s festival with a performance befitting the 2018 Best Rock Album Grammy awardees. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Wolf Alice_LanewaySG2018-2340.jpg Wolf Alice electrifies the Laneway crowd with a sound recalling the grunge and alt-rock scene before the turn of the millennium. In photo is the band's guitarist and lead singer Ellie Rowsell. Photo by PAOLO ABAD