ARTS

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE ART

Come along to Falls and immerse yourself in the many amazing programs on offer. Running all festival long, there are so many ways to get creative and involve yourself in the shaping of the festival. See below for just some of the arty delights we’ll be serving up and tempting you with this year…

 

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BOOGIE NIGHTS

Dancing can solve any problem, so have yourself an extra night of boogying before the rest of the gang arrives. It’s the first night of Falls where music from all corners of the globe comes together. This year we have a Japanese funk band, New Orleans brass band, games facilitators and many more. To make things even more fanciful, it’s a fancy dress affair! This year’s theme is INTERGALACTIC.

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FALLS FIESTA

Start puttin’ on the ritz! The Falls Fiesta is an extravaganza parade over NYE that celebrates all things decadent and fun. Each year it gets bigger and better: the sculptures, the costumes, the music and the people. It’s a unique experience and a great way to truly immerse yourself in the festival. Preparations start with Art Camp and continue at The Village during the event. The more the merrier and the merrier the better, so jump on the end of that conga line.

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THE VILLAGE

It’s the festival within a festival, the party within a party. It’s the weird and it’s the wonderful. Take a trip to The Village and find out for yourself all the wondrous things awaiting. We’ve got morning yoga sessions, samba classes, circus workshops, puppetry, burlesque and comedy, as well as a never-ending list of the unexpected. There’s plenty of ways to get involved or just sit back, relax and observe.

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ART CAMP

Fancy a crafternoon or two? Head on down to The Village Art Camp where the zest of the fest begins to take shape. It’s a weekend of camping onsite with friends in December, where you’ll help create the art and the heart of Falls. We’ll supply the materials and the tools, all you need to bring is your imagination and creativity.

Sustainability

Falls have been recognised internationally as a pioneer in environmental and sustainable initiatives. Each year we do our very best to improve and save where we can, paving the way for others to follow. It’s not that easy being green but it’s okay, cause it’s our favourite colour and it makes the world a better place. Scroll over each image to see what we’re up to, download our full Sustainability Report and check out what you can do to help.

COMMUNITY GROUP ENGAGEMENT
COMMUNITY GROUP ENGAGEMENT

WE LOVE HELPING OUT OTHERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE WORK WITH MANY GROUPS SUCH AS DIVERSITAT, THE MIGRANT RESOURCE CENTRE, THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY AND LORNE CARE TO HELP THEM EXPAND AND GROW, REACHING OUT TO MORE PEOPLE AND BRINGING POSITIVE CHANGE TO THEIR COMMUNITIES.

GREEN TEAM
GREEN TEAM

OUR HARDWORKING GREEN TEAM COLLECTS AND SORTS ALL FOOD AND RUBBISH WASTE THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL, MAKING BOTH YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENT HAPPIER. IN 2012 WE RECYCLED MORE THAN 55 TONNES OF WASTE!

LOCATION, LOCATION
LOCATION, LOCATION

FALLS CONNECTS WORLD CLASS PERFORMERS WITH REMOTE AUSTRALIAN LOCATIONS. WE PROVIDE REGIONAL AREAS WITH ACCESS TO A VAST RANGE OF CULTURAL ENTERTAINMENT.

WATER SAVER
WATER SAVER

OUR COMPOSTING TOILETS ARE 100% WATER FREE AND SAVE AN AVERAGE OF 180 KILO LITRES OF WATER EACH YEAR. WE HARVEST AND STORE RAINWATER THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO BE USED DURING THE EVENT AND WE USE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CLEANING PRODUCTS.

OFFEST AU GO GO
OFFEST AU GO GO

BECOME A FESTIVAL OFFSETTER WHEN YOU PURCHASE YOUR TICKET. FOR JUST A FEW EXTRA BUCKS YOU CAN TAKE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE EMISSIONS CREATED BY YOUR TRIP TO FALLS. IN 2012 WE OFFSET A WHOPPING 1660.5 TONNES OF GREENHOUSE GAS WITH CLIMATE FRIENDLY.

ARTISTIC CULTURE
ARTISTIC CULTURE

FALLS CELEBRATES CREATIVE ABILITIES OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES. WE SUPPORT LOCAL ACTS ON THEIR WAY TO SUCCESS AND HELP PROMOTE THE MUSIC AND ARTS LANDSCAPE WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES.

ECONOMIC IMPACT
ECONOMIC IMPACT

IN 2009, THE ECONOMIC BENEFIT GENERATED BY EACH FESTIVAL WAS ASSESSED TO BE $22 – $27 MILLION TO LOCAL STATES & TOURISM. YIKES. WE CREATE COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR COMMUNITIES AND EMPLOY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE – IT’S WHERE MANY PEOPLE GET THEIR FIRST STARTS.

GREENER TRADER AWARD
GREENER TRADER AWARD

ALL TRADERS MUST USE BIODEGRADABLE UTENSILS & SOURCE LOCAL PRODUCTS WHEREVER POSSIBLE. ALL SCRAPS ARE COMPOSTED. LEFT OVER FOOD IS DONATED TO CHARITY. THE MOST INNOVATIVE TRADER WINS AN AWARD EACH YEAR & IS PROMOTED ONSITE. ALL ABOUT POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT!

EDUCATION AND EMPOWEREMENT
EDUCATION AND EMPOWEREMENT

APART FROM A ROCKING GOOD TIME, THE FESTIVAL DELIVERS A SAFE AND RESPECTFUL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. THE EVENT IS SHAPED BY THOUSANDS OF DEDICATED STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS AND DELIVERS IMPORTANT SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION FROM START TO FINISH

CARPOOLING
CARPOOLING

WE ENCOURAGE ALL PATRONS TO REDUCE THEIR TRAVEL FOOTPRINT AND ARRIVE IN STYLE WITH FRIENDS. THIS CUTS DOWN THE AMOUNT OF VEHICLES ON THE ROAD AND THE AMOUNT OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMITTED. COOL KIDS THAT CAR POOL THIS YEAR WILL BE IN THE RUNNING TO WIN GREAT PRIZES.

COMMUNITY FUND
COMMUNITY FUND

$1 FROM EVERY TICKET SOLD IS USED TO FUND LOCAL COMMUNITY PROJECTS. RESIDENTS FROM BOTH LORNE, BYRON BAY AND MARION BAY CAN SUBMIT FUNDING APPLICATIONS AND EACH LOCAL COMMUNITY VOTES ON HOW THE $48,000 IS SPENT.

TOURISM AWARD WINNERS
TOURISM AWARD WINNERS

WE WERE THE NATIONAL RUNNERS UP IN THE AUSTRALIAN TOURISM AWARDS IN 2012 FOR EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY, RECOGNISED FOR OUR ENVIRONMENTAL EFFORTS AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS!

Work at Falls

All applications for the 2014 events will open up around July / August.

Please check back here at that time.

FAQ

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Ticketing

  • Ticketing Question

    For all questions relating to ticket purchases, delivery, payment etc. Please talk to the lovely folks at OzTix via info@oztix.com.au or call them on 1300 762 545.

     

  • Do I have to buy a car pass this year?

    If you plan on driving then yes you will need a car pass for your vehicle to access the festival site. If you have 3 or more people in your car then you will be issued a refund at the event. This facility has been introduced to help alleviate traffic congestion, space restrictions onsite and to better our carbon footprint. Check it out on the Tickets page.

  • Will there be a re-sale?

    There will be no re-sale facility this year. If you’re unable to attend the show and have purchased tickets, you will be able to pass or sell them to a friend at face value. Flip side, please only purchase tickets from a known and trusted friend

  • What is the carbon offsetting option?

    This is an option to offset your travel to and from Falls. For only $3.50 you can make a huge difference, all money captured by patrons is invested into sustainability initiatives with Climate Friendly. Visit the sustainability section for details on our worthy 2012 projects and how we offset our own footprint.

     

     

     

     

  • Is camping included in my ticket?

    Free camping onsite is valid for all ticket holders for the duration of the festival. Please check car pass and shuttle bus info on the Tickets page.

  • Can I buy a ticket from a friend or online?

    If you purchase a ticket from a seller other than Oztix or our official instore retailers then you run the risk of that ticket being invalid on arrival.  Any person without a valid ticket will not be permitted entry, so don’t risk it.

  • Selling tickets on Facebook?

    Posts about buying or selling tickets on our Facebook page will be automatically deleted and you also face the possibility of being banned all together.

  • If I have a different ticket type to my friends can I still camp with them?

    No sorry, you have to arrive together to camp together. You must also camp at your allocated location, although you can still visit your friend’s site.

  • Is there a limit on how many tickets I can buy?

    Yes, only 4 tickets can be purchased per person.

  • Wristbands at the event?

    There are no replacements for lost wristbands; the only way they can be removed is with scissors. Wristbands will not be replaced and cannot be transferred to friends.

  • Replacing lost tickets?

    If you’ve lost the email that contains your e-ticket or if you think that it may have been copied/compromised, please contact Oztix.

Travel

  • Are there buses to and from the festival?

    Yes, we have a free shuttle bus running to the festival site from Geelong near the train station, head to the Tickets page to secure a seat. We also have a bus shuttle from Smith Street in Lorne near the kindergarten to the festival with your ticket for free, this is about a 15-20 minute drive. Any further travel, you will have to purchase a bus token from the token booth onsite, which will cost $10 for a return trip. Bus times will be released closer to the festival date.

  • Do I need a car pass?

    If you’re planning on driving to the site then yes you will need a car pass, check out the details on the Tickets page.

  • Can I drive to the festival and back each day?

    No, there are no temporary parking spaces, once you’re onsite your car must remain parked in camping until the end of the festival. There are buses in and out of town that you can utilise.

  • Can my parents/friends drop me off and pick me up?

    Only cars with a valid car pass and valid ticket holders can access the site. Drop offs at the shuttle bus service on Smith St are available.

GENERAL

CAN WE BRING?

  • Can we bring the kids along?

    Lorne is a strictly 18+ event, however families with children under the age of 12 are welcome. All patrons must be 18 years or older and proof of age ID may be requested at any time. Children aged 11 years or younger are allowed in free of charge, however must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Please ask staff about our family campgrounds on arrival.

     

  • Can I bring a Winnebago, bus, campervan or camper trailer?

    Sure can. Just keep in mind that gas bottles are strictly prohibited as they can be a fire hazard on site, they cannot be used onsite. If the gas bottle is removable you can choose to leave it at home or, for a gold coin donation you can leave it with the site fire brigade to store until after the event. Fines will be issued to those found with gas bottles in the campgrounds.

     

  • Can we bring a port-a-loo?

    Whilst we enjoy your forward thinking, the answer is NO. We have fabulous loos throughout the Falls site that are all enviro-friendly and Falls fan friendly.

  • Can we bring a couch to Falls?

    No couches, however camping chairs and hammocks are more than welcome.

  • Can I bring alcohol to the festival?

    NO! We will be searching ALL cars (including all drink bottles, bags and containers) this year. All people in the car or campground will be permanently ejected if there is any alcohol found. No exceptions so don’t risk or ruin you or your friends time at Falls.

AT THE FESTIVAL

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Event Info

Lorne, VIC

WHAT TO bring

Here’s your very own comprehensive checklist to make sure nothing is forgotten and nothing that you bring is forbidden. Staff, police, sniffer dogs and security will be searching ALL cars on arrival. Harsh penalties including immediate ejection from the event, fines and possible criminal charges apply to those found carrying any of the LEAVE IT items.

BRING IT

  • Tickets & ID
  • Proof of age
  • Working tent with spare pegs
  • Sleeping bag, pillow and extra blankets
  • Torch
  • Folding chair
  • Plenty of warm and dry clothes, spare socks & undies
  • Swimsuit
  • Waterproof gear
  • Closed toe shoes (not thongs to avoid foot injuries)
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen & insect repellant
  • Drink Bottle
  • Enough cash for your stay
  • Food (not in glass containers)
  • Earplugs
  • Car phone charger

LEAVE IT

  • Alcohol
  • Port-a-loos
  • Couches
  • Fireworks, flares & sparklers (all strictly monitored)
  • Gas bottles or cooking facilities with a naked flame
  • Glass of any kind
  • Illegal drugs
  • Pets and animals
  • Sound systems
  • Professional cameras

FACILITIES

We have all of your creature comforts covered. The following are some of the important things in life that you’ll find onsite:

  • Spacious, well serviced composting loos
  • Showers
  • Warm and cold showers
  • Medical Centre in the Main Arena
  • Security to keep you safe
  • Staff and volunteers to answer your questions
  • Info stations in the campgrounds
  • Free fresh water refill stations
  • Garbage and recycling bags
  • Bars with a great variety of beverages
  • Breath testing facilities
  • Merchandise
  • Buses to and from town
  • Workshops and activities
  • Staff to answer all of your questions
  • Market stalls
  • A wide variety of food options (including vegetarian and vegan)

Partnerships

We’d like to thank all of the partners that are working with us this year, contributing to the success of each event. Scroll over each image to find out a little bit about who they are and what they do.

TRIPLE J
TRIPLE J

Australia’s number one youth radio station, check them out and stream it live at triplej.net.au

They love music.

TAC
TAC

The TAC is a Victorian government-owned organisation whose role is to pay for the medical and rehabilitation costs of people injured in transport accidents. The TAC actively promotes road safety in Victoria to bring about changes in both attitude and behaviour among road users.

CHANNEL V
CHANNEL V

Falls’ favourite TV music program!

Featuring all of the latest in music news, tours and festivals around Australia and the world.

Check them out at vmusic.com.au

CARLTON DRY
CARLTON DRY

Leave the city in your wake and make your way to this year’s Falls Festival. The summer sun, best mates, blissed out tunes and a cold Carlton Dry in some of the most epic venues in Oz – What more could you want? Check out their Facebook page: facebook.com/CarltonDryAustralia

Oztx
Oztx

Oztix is Australia’s largest independent ticketing company providing ticketing sales for venues, events, festivals, bands and performers. Oztix 100% wholly owned by the people who run it allowing us to be a dynamic organization who responds to our client and customer needs. We were established in 2003 and will be celebrating our 10th birthday this year.

VISY
VISY

VISY are always looking at things differently. Where you see rubbish, they see opportunity.

They help Falls manage our waste onsite and enable us to recycle as much as we do each year.

KOPPARBERG
KOPPARBERG

We are thrilled to offer refreshment from the town of Kopparberg, Sweden, to Falls Festival, with our Genuine Swedish Cider.  Best served over ice, while soaking up the best music that Falls has to offer, under the Australian sun.

VODKA CRUISER
VODKA CRUISER

If you’re planning on going to Falls, then plan to see us there. This summer vodka is going where the bands are, where the rays are, where the massive nights and memorable days are. Vodka Cruiser, go where it goes.

JACK DANIELS
JACK DANIELS

Jack Daniel’s and music have been a legendary combination since back in 1982 and we’ll be bringing some authentic Tennessee flavour to Falls Festival. Whether onstage, backstage or front-and-centre, Jack’s famous whisky is another essential addition to your summer of music at Australia’s best festivals and beyond. Check them out at www.facebook.com/JackDanielsAustralia

Contact

We’d love to hear from you! If you have questions, comments or suggestions send ‘em through. Make sure you include which location you attended/ are interested in and a detailed description of your question.

Email: info@fallsfestival.com

 

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About Falls

Falls is a multi day camping event kicking off at the end of December in Lorne, Victoria + Marion Bay, Tasmania +Byron Bay, New South Wales.  We bring tunes from around the globe to your frontal lobes.  Bands that make you dance. Art that gets you involved, with friends that make you laugh.

It’s all about the moments, the big ones you share with everyone and the small ones you share with your nearest and dearest.Over the years Falls has been developed and fostered by a group of family and friends, this tradition continues today. Lot’s of love and attention goes into every detail, which we look forward to sharing with you again this summer.

Each event is held on a pristine patch of land surrounded by trees, nature and most importantly – beach proximity! It’s the locations of our festivals that are the real stars and the few days you spend with us will be some of your best. Road trip, bring your friends, make some new ones and enjoy the music, arts and gorgeous natural settings that we have on offer.

 

FACES OF FALLS : If music is maths, the people making the equations at Falls are:

  • Jessica Ducrou, National Festival Director
  • Simon Daly, Festival Founder
  • Brandon Saul, Festival Director Byron Bay
  • Elise Huntley, General Manager Byron Bay
  • Andrew Irwin, Financial Manager
  • Janel Morrissey, Finance
  • Alycia Emmerson, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager
  • Chris Burton, Site Manager Lorne
  • Patrick Beveridge, Site Manager Marion Bay

 

 

  •                                                                                                 Paul Piticco, National Festival Director
  • Cathy James, National General Manager
  • Stacey Piggot, National Publicist
  • Clare McGregor, Local Byron Bay Publicist
  • Kat Murphy, Artist Commercial & Logistics Manager
  • Kirralee Fitzpatrick, Ticketing Manager
  • Ruth Blackhirst, Event Manager Lorne
  • Abby Allen, Event Manager Marion Bay

History

1993

1993

Falls was created from a campfire idea. It was on the Falls home, the very Lorne farm, sitting around an annual NYE campfire with guitars, music, friends and family that Simon Daly decided he extend the invitation to everyone and host a music festival. Sure, why not? With no previous experience or connections he chose a NYE timeline, this gave him twelve months to pull it all together. Roping in local bands and friends, they somehow managed to pull it off.

The result was a one-night affair, tickets were just $20, 5000 people were expected and over 11,000 people showed up. Traffic was banked for miles, so much so, the surrounding farmers had to open up their land to the expanding masses. People continued to roll in with the music throughout the night, it was a success beyond belief and the rest as they say is history.

Line up: Cosmic Psychos / The Sharp / The Badloves and many more.

1994

1994

Kurt Cobain and John Candy departed this life for the next, Jeff Buckley released Grace and Falls hit its stride in its second year, showing it wasn’t a one hit wonder.

By now people had heard the word – Falls for New Years. Road trips were planned, it was convoys galore and learning a little from the previous year attendance was capped at 10,500.

The Bands were as excited as the punters and though it was the nineties, we had the best of the eighties on stage. The Hoodoo Gurus joined us and helped cement Falls as a festival to remember. This year Simon also decided to give a small band a shot on stage, they were so unknown they didn’t even feature on the poster. Their name was Silverchair.

Line up: Hoodoo Gurus / Cosmic Psychos / Tumbleweed / Spiderbait / Silverchair and many more.

1995

1995

We got Windows 95, Smashing Pumpkins and Mariah Carey topped the charts, Pink Floyd called it quits and Falls put on a little weight.

There was simply too much music to pack into one night, so we decided to add another making it twice as sweet. By adding camping, you’re adding stories and this is what made us a really special festival.

More nights meant more bands. As line-ups continued to grow, both in size and popularity we kept it balanced with home grown talent. We saw debut festival appearances by bands like Regurgitator and Spiderbait that would later go on to become a Falls fixture.

One of the only wet years in Falls’ history, we invested heavily in roads and infrastructure so that local farmers would never have to tow a car out of the farm again, come rain hail or shine.

Line up – Hunters & Collectors / Tumbleweed / Spiderbait / Died Pretty / Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes / Regurgitator / Custard / The Fauves.

1996

1996

There was more fun to be had in the summer of 96 at Falls than the Atlanta Olympics and Nintendo 64 release combined. With a new year came a new stage and it was filled with the best Australia had to offer.

Pennywise came down, Powderfinger and Custard played; these bands were as hot as the weather *(it was hot). The line ups back then were different from what you might see today but come on guys, it was the mid 90’s and that’s what we all listened to, right? It was heavy, it was sweaty and it was fun.

It’s then no surprise that again tickets were in-demand and sold out fast, so much so, we looked at increasing capacity for 97.

Line up – Pennywise, Radio Birdman / Regurgitator / Custard / Powderfinger / The Living End and many more.

1997

1997

We cloned sheep, Paul McCartney became Sir Paul McCartney, Mike Tyson bit off an ear, safe to say it was a big year. To keep up, Falls needed to give Australian crowds something to talk about.

Line ups so far had been great. They were fun, they were entertaining but not huge, enter James Newell, aka Iggy Pop. Sporting purple spandex pants, long tangled hair, loads of protruding veins and not much else, he made love to our biggest crowd yet. Having as much fun playing, as every face in the crowd had watching, he took us into the New Year.

Whilst watching him laying down on stage to sing I Wanna Be Your Dog, it dawned on us that Falls was entering a new era, one where line ups would only continue to grow. Yay.

Line up – Iggy Pop / You Am I / The Cruel Sea/ Grinspoon / The Living End / Jebediah / Something For Kate and many more.

1998

1998

Frank Sinatra lived until he died at age 82, The Strokes and Doves formed, R.E.M released Up and AIR released Moon Safari, it was a good and a sad year for music.

Back home, Iggy Pop reminisced on the great time he had playing Falls when he got-a-talking. He mentioned his time in Lorne and it’s amazing atmosphere to friends, one of them being Deborah Harry, who incidentally was looking to plan a trip down under. She rang us to see if we would have her play (of course!) and then Blondie joined us to ring in the New Year on stage.

It’s a fun story and one that we love here at Falls. Her classic pop songs were light, loud and live which surprisingly complimented an otherwise grungier bill. Heart of Glass, Rapture, Call Me, it was so great, how could we top this?

Line up – Blondie, Mudhoney / You Am I / The Avalanches / Grinspoon / Frenzal Rhom and many more.

1999

1999

Two thousand, zero zero, party over oops out of time. Party like it was 1999? We sure did.

Amongst the hysteria of the big cities worrying about the millennium bug and if it would shut down their elevators and traffic lights, we were tucked away nicely in the forest. Cool, calm and collected, well sort of.

Shrouded in fog and mud from the previous weeks bad weather we were forced to move locations last minute. Our friendly neighbours in Torquay had the land and a massive sound system and agreed to help us out. Diverting 13,000 people to the new location was a challenge but it payed off.

No more mud, no more sludge and the Violent Femmes came out to play. With so many NYE party options on hand, those that chose Falls were cool as cucumbers as they partied into a new millennium.

Line up – Violent Femmes / The Tea Party / DJ Freddy Fresh / Regurgitator / Frenzal Rhomb / You Am I / Something For Kate / The Fauves and many more.

2000

2000

In the brand new millennia, Tom Hanks lost Wilson in Castaway, Pokemon was the most searched for word on the internet, Wikipedia made doing uni assignments that much easier, Radiohead released Kid A and we were back at home in Lorne – all was right with the world.

To play our welcome home party another band joined us, they had grown a lot in the five years since we’d seen them. Big enough to feature on the poster this time, hey, big enough to headline – it was Silverchair. From the tiny tots we saw in 95, they’d grown up to become the biggest band in Australia and for that matter one of the biggest in the world. With sequin jackets on, they were impressive.

Line up – Silverchair / Reef / The Vandals / Killing Heidi / The Superjesus / The Avalanches / Magic Dirt / John Butler Trio / Rocket Science / The Waifs / Dallas Crane and many more.

2001

2001

After September 11, many international artists were hesitant to fly long distances and tours to Australia all but vanished from their radars. In order to secure a line up we needed to find a band that wasn’t afraid to fly, or indeed afraid party. That band just so happened to be The Hives. It was their first ever show in Australia, and when they played – it was love at first sight.

We have never seen a crowd take to a band so quickly and get so involved in their music and between song interactions, it was truly beautiful to watch. They stayed on, had a holiday in Lorne and caught the rest of the Australian talent on offer.

Line up: The Hives / Stanton Warriors / Grinspoon / Regurgitator / John Butler Trio / Paul Kelly / Body Jar / Warped / Nu Breed /On Inc / Pound System and many more.

2002

2002

here were many firsts in 2002. David Bowie released Heathen, his highest charting album since 1984, we found water and ice on Mars and the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand formed.

It was also the very first time Fergie performed live with the Black Eyed Peas on our very own Falls stage. It was actually her trial run and both the crowd and the band thought she nailed it, phew. The Black Eyed Peas were obscure and cool and actually really great live.

Jack Johnson, arrived, played, surfed and swung by the Falls staff party. Strapping a microphone to a trolley, away we went. It was a great night to cap off a great festival.

Line up: Jack Johnson / Black Eyed Peas / The Vandals / Grinspoon / Jet / Even /The Butterfly Effect / Warped /The Sleepy Jackson / Timo Maas / You Am I and many more.

2003

2003

Ticketing demand was well outweighing supply, which in economics would equate to a rise in the ticket price or an increase in supply. In festival terms this translated to adding another venue, which we did, in Marion Bay.

Simon’s wife and mother both hail from Tasmania and knew that the live music scene was almost nonexistent. So it made sense that another remote community would benefit from and play host to Falls.

Using the same recipe as Lorne: summer + music + arts + camping + friends = Falls, we just added more water. Closer to the coast, Marion Bay gave locals and mainlanders a chance to groove together to tunes that had previously never made it past the Bass Strait. With Mother Nature’s stamp of approval, it was warm and sunny and our sister festival beamed.

Some of the line up: Michael Franti & Spearhead / Groove Armada / Cut Copy / Krafty Kuts / Paul Kelly / The Waifs / Turin Brakes /The Beautiful Girls / Regurgitator and many more.

2004

2004

Facebook made following friends and stalking strangers easier, rubber charity bracelets exploded all over the world and Arcade Fire and TV On The Radio unleashed their debut albums. In fact, letting loose was the theme of the festival this year it seemed.

We cast our nets even further and scooped some acts from Japan, South Africa, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, UK and the USA who gave us The Black Keys.

However it was the performance by Tim Rogers with You Am I in Marion Bay that year which everyone still remembers and talks about.

Having had a little too much fun backstage before their show began, Tim swaggered, err staggered on stage, flung some limbs, slurred some words and had the pit security more worried about catching him than potential crowd surfers.

With the stage vacated well before time, the rest of the time slot was a brilliant impromptu collaboration by everyone still hanging about backstage – from The Beautiful Girls to Missy Higgins (the later dedicating a concussed rendition of Scar to a round of backstage hugs gone wrong). Yes it was another great year!

Line up: The Black Keys / De La Soul / Xavier Rudd / You Am I / The Panics / Sarah Blasko / Billy Bragg and many more.

2005

2005

We got new albums from Daft Punk, The White Stripes and Brian Eno. The Klaxons and Little Red formed and funnyman Will Ferrell became the highest paid actor of the year.

On the Falls front… We used to take to the stage each year and thank the crowd for their support and count in the New Year. On this particular occasion, Simon’s father John got up and decided to tell an epic version of an epic tale from Roman mythology to the audience. It was the tick of the clock on NYE…, but from hazy recollections, it was about a baby being plucked from its mother’s breast and abandoned only to be raised in the woods by a she-wolf. Say what?

Those who knew literature recognised the tale of Romulus and Remus. Those who knew John and his love of storytelling were in hysterics. For everyone else, as it somehow linked in to introducing Wolfmother, there were lots of laughs, lots of puzzled looks and most of all lots of cheers.

There haven’t been many speeches lately….

Line up: The Dandy Warhols / The Shins / Ozomatli / Wolfmother / The Zutons / The Grates / Lior / CW Stoneking and many more.

2006

2006

Pluto was downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet, Vampire Weekend formed and Arctic Monkeys released their debut album which became the fastest selling in the UK of all time. Lots of international and intergalactic movement.

We had about six international artists come to Australia for the very first time that year so it was very exciting. Being so far away from Europe and America, bands have to really want to tour Australia and play our festival, otherwise the huge flight is just a huge pain in the ass.

We always get really positive feedback from artists that they love the remoteness of the venues and the natural beauty surrounding them. So when Modest Mouse confirmed they’d come and play in the eleventh hour, our organisers were jumping for joy.

Line up: Modest Mouse / The Bees / Basement Jaxx / Wolfmother /Hilltop Hoods / You Am I / Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males / Midnight Juggernauts and many more.

2007

2007

Did Tony Soprano die? All we found out is we’ll never know. What else? The final Harry Potter book was released, Jamie T put out his debut Panic Prevention and Florence and the Machine formed.

With so many other festivals around, one special thing Falls has over many is its rich history. When bands are looking to tour, a lot of the time they chose our festival because of its reputation and the positive experiences other bands have had here.

Thanks to our standing, this year we had an amazing line up to help us turn 15. That’s no easy feat believe you me. We had a huge party and again proved why we’d lasted this long. Though it was our crystal anniversary, we got something even better, fine weather and music, what’s better than that?

Line up: Kings of Leon / Groove Armada / Black Rebel Motorcycle Club / Jose Gonzalez / Paul Kelly / The Waifs / Girl Talk / Little Red and many more.

 

2008

2008

There were writers’ strikes in Hollywood, Fleet Foxes released their debut album, Italy had a lottery jackpot of €100million and Barack Obama was elected president, it was all very exciting and very loud.

After the NYE celebrations had died down, those left standing made their way down to the village. There, on the bean bags were the members of Gomez and Mystery Jets, the Falls organisers and members of the crowd that found themselves still looking for something to do.

It was a little garden party that lasted into the wee hours of the morning and was filled with great music, company and fun. We love when bands get to enjoy the festival as much as the audience and really get to know the crowd.

Line up: Franz Ferdinand / The Hives / Fleet Foxes / The Kooks / The Drones / Late of the Pier / Mystery Jets / Gomez / Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and many more.

2009

2009

Pop king Michael Jackson passed away, Morrissey turned 50, Noel and Liam Gallagher reached boiling point and Oasis split, yikes. Luckily it was smooth sailing for Falls.

Each year artists are offered food and drinks from the surrounding areas. In Marion Bay there are usually plenty of local oysters on offer – always yummy, sometimes eaten. This year we had King Khan and the Shrines and they went bananas for the oysters! Downing 180 before they went on stage, now that’s a lot of seafood. They still managed to put on the most incredible live show, just don’t ask us how.

In Lorne, there were no oysters but Moby didn’t care. He picked 20 random members of the crowd for a private backstage party before his set. What a cool way to get NYE started.

Line Up: Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Moby / Grizzly Bear / Jamie T / Rodrigo Y Gabriela / Datarock / Editors / The Temper Trap / Andrew Bird / White Rabbits and many more.

2010

2010

Charlie Sheen lost the plot, Paul the octopus foretold the soccer world cup victories and for some reason everyone became obsessed with vampires, luckily not at Falls.

Artist rituals are always interesting to watch. Sometimes it involves alcohol, sometimes prayers and for The National it involves a game. It was a quoits like match that we learned they play before each set. The backstage crew gathered to watched them battle it out, it was lots of fun.

It wasn’t all fun and games for Peaches however, all her costumes were lost in transit. We had to go to the village and quickly create makeshift outfits with what was available – in the end she looked great.

As a lot of bands do, Public Enemy stayed on in Lorne for a little holiday to enjoy the coast. Sitting in the Pub with the rest of the bar flies was – sight for sore eyes Flava Flav. With his giant clock necklace and gold capped teeth, he was cooler than cool and he fit right in, locals loved him.

Line up: Interpol / Klaxons / Joan Jett & The Blackhearts / Public Enemy / Cold War Kids / The Jezabels / The Rapture / Sleigh Bells / Angus & Julia Stone and many more.

2011

2011

It was the year of many things – water cooler talk consisted of the Royal Wedding, Amy Winehouse’s passing, a boy wizzard saying good-bye and planking.

At Falls, mother nature smiled upon us again, bestowing both Lorne and Marion Bay with perfect festival weather.  Introducing a fancy dress element to Boogie Nights was well received with some dapper looking patrons strutting around in their colourful creations.

Now folks, coordinating a NYE countdown is harder than it seems and it was in 2011 that we missed it by a minute and a half in Lorne (oops!).  When Alex Turner graced the stage to welcome us into 2012 in style it didn’t matter, celebrations were just as grand. Pressure is now on for future years.

Line up: Arctic Monkeys / Fleet Foxes / Crystal Castles / Beirut / The Kooks / Kimbra / Aloe Blacc / Regurgitator / The Grates / Metronomy / Tim Finn / Easy Star All-Stars / CSS / DJ Yoda / J Mascis / Lanie Lane / Bleeding Knees Club and plenty more.

2012

2012

It was the year Falls celebrated it 2oth year in Lorne and 10th year in Marion Bay! We were ready for a massive party and that’s what we got!

Falls has been such a great journey and we spent some of the event reminiscing years gone by. Sampology put together a special AV show that detailed the rise, growth and love that Falls has passed through over the decades.  From humble beginnings to where we are today each event has been unique in its own way.

RSVP’ing to the party in 2012 were:

Line up: The Flaming Lips, Two Door Cinema Club, Hot Chip, Beach House, The Hives, Django Django, First Aid Kit, SBTRKT, Boy & Bear, Coolio, The Vaccines, Sharon Van Etten, Hilltop Hoods, Bombay Bicycle Club & many more