Massive Program of Music at Falls Festival in North Byron Parklands

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Australian music legend Daryl Braithwaite crushed his set. Photo: Allegro Music.

HERE FOR its 25th installment, the Falls Festival has become a staple diet for the many punters up and down the east coast of Australia who enjoy listening to quality tunes to bring in their new year.

Returning for its fifth edition at the North Byron Parklands, Falls managed to put in place what has proved thus far to be a well oiled and increasingly lubricated machine (and when I say lubricated, you should read: beers; but more on that later).

Kicking off on the 31st of December, everyone was in the mood to get things off to a good start. The weather was warm, humidity through the roof, tent sleeping near impossible, and the line up was incredibly well balanced.

Taking place on the same site as Splendour In The Grass, it’s clear the team behind both festivals have learnt from previous errors and put on what continues to be a well serviced and thought out festival.

With three main stages in use through out various times of the festival, Falls were smart to limit the use of the smaller Galaxy and Forest stages in the earlier parts of the day in an attempt to build the party up on over at the main stage. And this masterstroke proved to be, well, a masterstroke.

With DZ Deathrays getting a small but eager crowd pumping on the Forest Stage, a mass migration by the punters was made as Confidence Man were moved to the main Valley stage at late notice. Causing a few confused festival goers (myself include) to just follow the crowd up into the main amphitheatre as Confidence Man were just kicking off, you knew Falls was about to really let loose.

Absolutely smashing through the set with their singles “Bubblegum” and “Better Sit Down Boy” making appearances, frontwoman Janet Planet had the crowd frothing for more as she displayed some of the best d-floor moves you’ll ever witness on stage. Closing out on “Boyfriend (Repeat)”, you’d never have guessed what was about to unfold in the following set.

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