In Photos: Auckland's Laneway Festival Hour by Hour

Photographer Joel Thomas captures the anatomy of a day at the inner-city music festival.

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30 January 2018, 3:07am

There are few experiences more universal than the messy creep of time at a summer music festivals. Laneway is no different: the carefully-selected headgear and casually-unbuckled overalls of the first arrivals; the gradual wilting in the stinking heat of mid-afternoon, and the final descent into sunblock-slicked, sweat-stained leavers. We documented this year's Laneway from those fresh-as-a-daisy first hours to the last messy moments of shedding body glitter, dying phone batteries, desperate attempts to locate lost mates, and the slow amble out the gates.

11AM

12 PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern makes an early appearance
Yellow boots worn by Sylvia Dew of Polyester

1 PM

MeloDownz

2 PM

Got to keep sun smart.

3 PM

Die! Die! Die! fan found in crowd
Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso

4 PM

Alex G
Awe at Alex G

5 PM

Connan Mockasin
Security cools the crowd

6 PM

Kai time

7 PM

Mac Demarco

8 PM

Anderson Paak.

9 PM

10 PM

Amongst the many trees in the park, this friendly punter is looking for only one.
Bonobo

11 PM

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