Nothing says New Years Eve’s like 25,000 thousand voices rising together in song – and that’s exactly what happened at North Byron Parklands yesterday when Daryl Braithwaite hit the stage for the 2017/18 edition of Falls Festival Byron.
The audience, most of whose parents were in pre-school when his career began, chanted ‘Daryl! Daryl!’ for almost a minute before Braithwaite made his entrance, as the opening act for the long evening of music and dance.
Fallers came in droves with their glitter and smart phones – fashion favourites for the men were Hawaiian shirts.
For the ladies, out were the 16/17 event’s floral head pieces and mini, mini dresses covered with long sheer house coats, and in were variations of sheer tutus over black undies, lace dresses over black bikinis, fishnet stockings under g-string leotards, and basically any filmy lacy lingerie covered in other filmy lacy stuff – though one woman went for broke with a much simpler ensemble of black undies and matching nipple stars – it was a very hot and humid day…
Punters were generally well behaved, the only real snags coming from fishnets caught on false nails and selfies taking too long. One fellow seen busily snapping photos of a woman and her friends was asked by Echonetdaily if he was their official photographer. The man rolled his eyes. ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘I’m the “Insta” husband.’
The stage provided everything and more than you could want if you were a festival goer. From Daryl’s Howzat to Flumes ‘Happy New Year Byron’, the crowd certainly got what they came for, and that was fun and hanging out with their mates. And photos. Photos and videos clogged the airwaves as the rest of the world watched from afar.
So, it looks like that’s the way it’s gonna be in 2018 little darlins – enjoy the ride.
Photos David Lowe & The Tree Faerie