Happy Birthday to Falls Festival, who are getting ready to celebrate the brightest ever summer silver jubilee,across the 100% all-natural amphitheaters and center stages of its spiritual homes in Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle!
The quarter-century line-up has landed amongst the party palms, port cities and champagne shores of Australia’s heartland, as we release another collection of almighty salutations across the New Year period and first week of January.
Lorne VIC: 28 Dec, 29 Dec, 30 Dec, 31 Dec (est. 1993) 18+ event
Marion Bay TAS: 29 Dec, 30 Dec, 31 Dec (est. 2003) All ages
Byron Bay NSW: 31 Dec, 01 Jan, 02 Jan (est. 2013) 18+ event
Fremantle WA: 06 Jan, 07 Jan (est. 2016) 18+ event
FIRST LINEUP + PLUS LOADS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Friends of Falls members pre-sales will commence at 9am (local time) Thursday 24 August
Optus Perks pre-sales will commence at 9am (local time) Friday 25 August
General Sales will commence at 9am (local time) Tuesday 29 August
Local Tasmanian in store sales will commence at 9am (local time) Tuesday 29 August
All details and pricing can be found at: fallsfestival.com
In the intervening half a decade since he was first seen at Falls on our Victorian leg way back in 2012, it’s fair to say that our man Flume has been keeping himself relatively busy. In fact, it wouldn’t be particularly difficult to mount a case that since that show (which took place just after his 21st birthday mind you) the man known as Harley Streten has become one of (if not the) most talked about Australian artist of his generation. Riding high on the release of his latest atom bomb Skin, its gigantic single ‘Never Be Like You’ and an accompanying remix album, Flume possesses a born-with-it knack for dance, adventure and collaboration which he rides like a fader inspiring our heads, heart and feet.
Existing in our time but seemingly timeless, Fleet Foxes are a special experience. Much loved for their delicate self-titled masterpiece and its Grammy nominated follow up Helplessness Blues, the harmonious folk vignettes created by this Seattle based troupe and their erstwhile leader Robin Pecknold reside deep in the chest cavity of their legion of fans. Returning this year after a prolonged and keenly felt absence, their galloping, complicated and richly rewarding return Crack Up was worth the wait. It also ensures that we’ll have a chance to get thoroughly lost as we’re enveloped in Fleet Foxes’ skyscraper-high instrumentation and signature 3-part, 4-part, 5-part, million-part harmonies.
Admit that when you read the words ‘Run The Jewels’, Zach de la Rocha popped up like a little devil on your shoulder shouting “run the jewels fast, run the run the jewels fast” into your ear. Admit it and we can move on. Okay. You know how this goes. Run The Jewels are an unstoppable dream team living and dying by the sword of two legends: El-P and Killer Mike. They are experts in flow, conscious lyricisms and just hip-hop in general. They’ve released three albums (numbered sequentially), the latest of which shot to number 1 on the US Billboard charts. They’ve also released a remix album called Meow The Jewels which is made up entirely of cat sounds. They are absolutely unmissable. Run the jewels fast, run the run the jewels fast…
Currently winding their way around the world celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their classic debut albumInside In/Inside Out, The Kooks will arrive in Australia with one eye on a glorious past and the other on a sparkling future. While tracks like ‘Naïve’ and ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’ helped establish a blueprint for British guitar pop that is still gaining devotees a decade later, these Brighton natives have never stopped developing. More recent records have displayed a penchant towards bombastic beats and hooks that have continued to tickle crowds in just the right spot. Their recent The Best Of… So Far showcases all of this and ensures that The Kooks will be mining a deep well of hits at this year’s festival.
A slippery, crunchy, joyous delight, Oxford lads Glass Animals have gone from mysterious upstarts to main-stage mainstays in the blink of an eye. Emerging in 2014 with their infectious debut single ‘Gooey’, very little was known about these boys. As information and tracks began to tumble out, it became clear that there was a big fish on the line and subsequent debut album Zaba was all the confirmation we needed. Jagged guitars and squelching synths combined with quixotic vocals to create perfect singles. Flying in the face of second album syndrome, the follow-up How To Be A Human Being has fared even better, earning Glass Animals a Mercury Prize nomination and confirming them worldwide as a must-see live act. Exclusive Australian shows.
As they spare no expense in pursuit of the ultimate live experience, local boys Peking Duk could be forgiven for resting on their laurels. As DJ’s and producers, they’ve reached dizzying heights already, clocking four entries into this year’s Hottest 100, peaking at number 9 with monster single ‘Elliphant’. Apparently though, this is not enough for Peking Duk. They must level up, and they have done so by incorporating live instrumentation into their show. Not content simply smashing our faces in with banger after banger on the decks (although they do include a ripping, international hit filled mid-show set) - they now wield guitars, drums, violins and countless guests into an unforgettable live experience.
Australia’s resident sibling sweethearts have been away for far too long. Sure, they’ve been working on their own jams: Angus hazily grooving us with his smoky side project Dope Lemon and Julia quietly following the beat of her own drum, but it’s been long enough. There’s been a hole in our hearts as deep as a well since they last serenaded us in 2014 with their brilliant self-titled effort, a record which hit the top 10 in 8 countries and became the Stone’s 3rd Platinum release after 2010’s Down The Way and 2007’s debut A Book Like This. Hearing our cries, they’ve readied a new release, the incoming Snow and if the initial buzz is anything to go by, it’ll be another Aussie classic for us to swoon to at this year’s festival.
A little fact you may or may not know: the version of ‘Pumped Up Kicks’, Foster The People’s smash debut single that took over the world in 2012, is actually frontman Mark Foster’s original demo of the song. While that goes some way to explaining the idiosyncratic nature of the tune, it goes further in complimenting the effortless nature and cosmic vibe of this sun-drenched Californian outfit. Now onto their third record, the critically acclaimed Sacred Hearts Club, the boys have built a reputation for fist pumping choruses and melodies that worm relentlessly into your brain, refusing to leave until you hear them just one more time. A band built for the live stage, Foster The People are primed and ready.
A one-man walking, talking hit machine, Liam Gallagher would have to possess one of the most recognisable voices in popular music history. As the front man for Oasis, he not only scaled the mountain but stopped for a lager when he reached the top. His clarion call sounds loud and clear throughout classics like ‘Live Forever’, ‘What’s The Story Morning Glory’, ‘Wonderwall’… do we need to go on? His debut solo album, so many years in the making, is called As You Were and it confirms that Liam is as much of a giant now as he ever was back in the heyday of BritPop. For his first ever headline shows in Australia with a crack band and a setlist that takes in classics old and new, this promises to be the best opportunity to lose your voice mid-singalong at this year’s festival.
Taking rave-rap to the masses, Vince Staples is a different kind of cat. One of the hottest artists on the planet right now, this Californian pocket rocket has described his own creations as “Afrofuturism”, and indeed, there’s something in the break-neck beats and wonky flows that points directly at a future that we can only just imagine. Breaking out this year with his huge sophomore album Big Fish Theory, Staples has also displayed a talent for collaboration - hooking up with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Damon Albarn and even our very own festival friend Flume (could an on-stage collab be in the works?). Outspoken, quick-witted and supremely talented - Vince Staples is truly something new.
In possession of one of the finest break-out singles heard in years, London-based soul / funk outfit Jungle flew right onto the radar in 2014 with their instant classic Busy Earning. This joyous menagerie of past and future styles immediately put this hardworking collective on “band to watch” lists worldwide and sent their debut self-titled album into charts worldwide (eventually going Gold in the UK). Formed in 2013 by likely lads (and childhood chums) J and T, Jungle as a collective puts an emphasis on a true connection with their audience, achieved with a powerhouse 7-piece live band. The on-stage effect is spectacular and with new material planned next year, we’re in for a treat.
Calling your second album The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit is a bold move. Who says they’ll know? They might not know! What if it’s not actually bullshit? See, these guys are sneaky. Staking their reputation on a seriously fun blend of stoner punk and pop rock, Dune Rats are a couple of Brisbane bad boys with nothing better to do than to infiltrate our stages and festivals with crazy live shows at the same time as invading our brains with hook after syrupy hook. What they don’t want you to know? They’re super smart. You can’t write crunchy bangers like Bullshit or Scott Green without a decent bit of grey matter. Their reward was an ARIA number one album: preposterous as it was deserved. Get loose again with Dune Rats.
Officially an important band in the annals of Australian music, The Smith Street Band’s latest album More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me confirms these Melbourne natives (taking their name from a street just as poetic and ramshackle as they are) as the voices of their suburbs. Forever following the lyrical exorcisms of frontman Will Wagner and expertly moulding them into fist-in-the-air anthems of love, loss and life in contemporary Australian society, TSSB have built a discography and reputation based on pure spirit and belief. On stage they are a force of nature, hurling themselves and their instruments around venues with reckless abandon and inspiring their rabid fanbase to do the same.
D.R.A.M. as a technical term refers to a type of random access memory that stores each bit of data in a separate capacitor (we’ll assume you know what this means…). D.R.A.M. as an artist refers to 29-year-old American rapper Shelley Marshaun Massenburg-Smith. Both are important - only one will be appearing at this year’s festival. Lucky for us, we snagged the rapper. Coming in hot on the back of the release of his debut record Big Baby DRAM, its single ‘Broccoli’ (which features fellow buzz king Lil Yachty) and a huge collab with Gorillaz on their single ‘Andromeda’, D.R.A.M has been said to combine childlike giddiness with old-school-crooner charm, emerging with a mix of classic funk, soul and R&B. Call it trappy-go-lucky.
When they said technology was cyclical, they were wrong. Nobody wants a Mini-Disc player in 2017. When they said fashion was cyclical, they were right. Have you noticed happy-hardcore raver pants are back? When they said Daryl Braithwaite was cyclical, they were bang on. Of course he is. As the lead singer of Sherbet, one of Australia’s most popular bands through the 70’s and early 80’s, Braithwaite gained a reputation for his silky smooth voice and stage presence to match. Hits like Howzat and I Have The Skill set him up for a huge solo career which features the unforgettable Horses. Recently dropped mid-set by Duke Dumont as an Australian classic, it is a song that, like Daryl, ages like a very fine wine.