Lorne, in Victoria, was regularly in Melbourne’s newspapers for all the wrong reasons: a small seaside town renowned for the drunken revelry that took place there each New Years Eve.
Fast forward 20 years and Lorne is now known for celebrations of another kind around New Year: the annual Falls Music & Arts Festival.
And Falls is bringing its vibe to North Byron Parklands for the first time on New Years Eve 2013.
Originally proposed as a January event, the Falls Festival was asked by Byron mayor Simon Richardson to hold the festival over the New Years Eve period, as a component of Byron Shire Council’s new Safe Summer and Cultural Activities strategy.
‘This event is a crucial piece in the community safety and cultural program jigsaw, currently being developed for Byron,’ mayor Richardson said yesterday.
‘The event will be produced in close collaboration with the Byron Shire Council and its newly formed Summer Safety and Cultural Committee and will form part of a broader shire-wide risk management strategy; effectively providing a professionally and responsibly controlled licensed venue for the 18- to 30-year-old demographic.’