Music, Special Events

The Falls Art & Music Festival

0 Comments 07 September 2011

Now in its 19th year, The Falls Art & Music Festival only gets better. From the 28th of December to 1st January in Lorne, Victoria and the 29th to the 1st in Marion Bay, Tasmania, these two destinations simultaneously invite people from far and wide to a couple of days packed with good weather, great tunes and fine arts. With artists and campers alike pouring in from all corners of Australia and the world, Falls is always bustling with something new and exciting to discover.

Falls was born from a campfire. Yes, a campfire. While sitting around with close family and friends celebrating his 22nd birthday, Simon Daly impulsively decided – with no experience or connections in the music business – to host a music festival in Lorne. Somehow, he pulled it off. Local bands were roped in and the turnout weighed up at a massive 11,000 people, which caused quite the back log in traffic in the area. The tickets where 20 bucks back then – what else would you expect?

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From then to now, the Falls has grown in its reputation for an outstanding experience. This year has an amazing line up; here’s a bit of a taste, so try not to drool:

Arctic Monkeys
The Jezabels
Fleet Foxes
Missy Higgins
The Kooks
Crystal Castles
Emma Louise
Josh Pike
Josh Thomas
Laine Lane
Papa Vs pretty
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Young MC
Richie 1250

Photo: Arctic Monkeys

Each Falls experience is unique. True, there’s the music spread out over the three days, not to forget the camping, but there’s no missing the incredible arts program available.

Falls Fiesta

Falls Fiesta is the NYE extravaganza where everyone is the star of the parade. Celebrating all things eccentric, grab a decadent costume, some loud makeup and join in on the fun.

Boogie Nights

Falls’ Boogie Nights starts off the party a day prior to the main festival, with world music from Latin to French to African and back again, it’s truly a time for getting in the dancing mood.

Falls Films

The deal is you bring the popcorn and chocolate covered snakeage, and Falls will supply the film goods. Only in Marion Bay, the starry night cinema comes to you, with 2011 promising three new film titles to air at the festival. A more comprehensive overview will be released closer to the date. Movie buffs, prepare to be satisfied.

The Village

The Village has been aptly described as the party within the party. This paradise takes the best elements found at the most authentic of carnivals and combines it with the Falls twist on everything strange and wonderful. Yoga sessions and samba classes are on offer right through the day, as well as circus workshops for those who have always been curious about the topic. Complete with puppetry and burlesque, there’s a seemingly never-ending list of crazy and quirky possibilities awaiting.

Art Camp

If art in its primal definition is your calling, then 5 days in mid December is the time to be at the Falls. Before the opening of the actual event, your creative flare is needed to help decorate the art that goes into the main festival.

Really, you’re looking for the perfect way to unwind at the end of the year. Luckily you’re in the right place, and headed in the right direction. For the die-hard muso or art aficionado, this is a must-attend.

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