More than 40 artists from around Australia and the world will help ring in 2017 when the hills of North Byron Parklands light-up for this year’s Falls Music & Arts Festival, writes Georgina Bible.
London Grammar and Childish Gambino lead a stellar line-up of international acts that will include the legendary Grandmaster Flash, Broods, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Jamie T, Aluna George, MØ, Modern Baseball and Shura.
On the Australian music front, festival favourites Violent Soho lead an all-star contingent that includes The Avalanches, Matt Corby, Alison Wonderland, The Rubens, RY X, Ball Park Music, The Jezabels, Tkay Maidza, Illy and the DMA’s.
And in news just in, low-fi psych rock Perth exports, Pond, have stepped-up to fill the headlining spot left by Grouplove’s exit from the line-up due to medical reasons. Falls Music & Arts Festival Byron Director, Brandon Saul, has named his not-to-miss picks from the 2017 line-up.
“I’m looking forward to seeing Childish Gambino because he is a true innovator,” says Saul. “London Grammar – because one of their first big festival gigs was at Falls Byron, they were so blown away by the crowd that had come to see them they asked for the cialis generique crowd to be lit up so they could take photos of them from the stage; Bernard Fanning -because he is the real deal and of course hip hop legend Grandmaster Flash – catch up on ‘The Get Down’ on Netflix to get a feeling for how influential he is,” he adds.
But Falls isn’t just about great music – the Falls Festival 2016 Arts program is back again and bursting with interactive installations, creative spaces, visual arts, and trippy performances.
Soak up freestyling rhymes, circus performances, hip-hop dance workshops, puppetry, burlesque, samba soul sessions, Russian choirs, 80’s flash mob troupes, folk and bluegrass bands and cabaret.
Now in its third year, the Falls lifestyle precinct will offer craft workshops, yoga and dance workshops, live music, funky markets and the infamous late night silent disco sessions.
Festival Byron Director, Brandon Saul, is also a big fan of The Grove.
“I really love spending time in The Grove, it’s where all the weird and wonderful stuff happens at Falls, it’s a mini festival within a festival and also provides a showcase for the extraordinary local talent we have in this region,” he says. “Merryn Jeann, Angie Hudson, Teddy Lewis King, Parcels – the list goes on – The Grove really is the place to be.”
And don’t forget the first night of every Falls Festival has a fancy-dress theme and this year is no different. The theme this year is ALL GOLD EVERYTHING.
North Byron Parklands 18+ event
Byron Bay NSW: 31 Dec, 01 Jan, 02 Jan (est. 2013) 18+ event *sold-out
EMBED + LISTEN TO THE 2016/17 LINE-UP PLAYLIST: https://embed.spotify.com
THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2016/17 NATIONAL LINE-UP
CHILDISH GAMBINO (NO SIDESHOWS) · LONDON GRAMMAR (NO SIDESHOWS) · THE AVALANCHES
VIOLENT SOHO · MATT CORBY · ALISON WONDERLAND* · CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN*
FAT FREDDY’S DROP* · TA-KU · THE RUBENS* · THE JEZABELS · BALL PARK MUSIC
POND · BERNARD FANNING* · JAMIE T · BROODS · TKAY MAIDZA*
GRANDMASTER FLASH · ILLY · MØ · HOT DUB TIME MACHINE · DMA’S · ALUNAGEORGE
BOOKA SHADE · CLIENT LIAISON · VALLIS ALPS · PARQUET COURTS · CITY CALM DOWN · L D R U*
MODERN BASEBALL · TIRED LION* · REMI* · RY X · MARLON WILLIAMS* · LEMAITRE · SHURA
PLUS PLENTY MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT ALL SHOWS
*NOT PLAYING FREMANTLE
BYRON BAY NSW: 31 Dec · 01 Jan · 02 Jan
NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE · HAELOS · HEIN COOPER · MIDDLE KIDS
SPIT SYNDICATE · DENA AMY · MALLRAT · LASTLINGS · MATTY ROGERS + MORE