Falls Festival Byron Bay director Brandon Saul said he was ‘thrilled that tickets for the first Falls Music and Arts Festival Byron Bay have been so popular with locals and travellers alike’.
‘The allocation of locals tickets has been snapped up, with locals from across the northern rivers choosing to come for the whole festival and many others coming to spend their new years eve with us. We’re really looking forward to putting on a great festival, Byron style,’ he said.
The event will feature local bands and musicians alongside international and national artists on the lineup.
Likewise, many local market stallholders will be setting up stalls at the festival and local visual and performance artists have been engaged to help coordinate arts activities before and during the festival, according to the festival promoters.
The announcement of the Falls Festival Byron Bay, to take place at Splendour’s North Byron Parklands site from December 31 to January 3, caused controversy in some circles both because of the location and the fact that it runs over the period of New Years Eve, which Byron Shire Council has been struggling to manage.
But Mr Saul pitched in with some much-needed funding and offers to loan key acts as part of the town’s early evening New Year’s celebration.
There were also hopes the event would attract some of the ‘party element’ out of Byron Bay itself.
Promoters say they also plan a Youth Skills Program to give local youth hands-on experience and mentoring in carpentry, construction, bush regeneration and event management.
Acts that punters will see at the inaugural event include Chk Chk Chk, The Cat Empire, Chet Faker, Crystal Fighters, Flight Facilities, Gossling, Hermitude, Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Johnny Marr, London Grammar, Neil Finn, The Paper Kites, The Preatures, The Roots, The Rubens, Solange, Thundamentals, Vampire Weekend, Violent Femmes, The War On Drugs, White Denim and The Wombats.