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Falls Fest line-up creates legacy of legacy acts

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Legacy acts, in case you aren’t aware, are musicians famous in past decades and still famous now, even if no longer as popular with youth.

Their legacy often stems from huge hits they may have had over the years but can sometimes rely more on pop culture influence in general.

They become legacy ‘acts’ when after a generation or two away from music industry charts and sold-out tours they suddenly reappear on festival line-ups.

Youthful punters may well be curious enough about a famous legacy act to check out a festival set but it’s far less likely they’d buy a ticket to a dedicated show.

Chances are they’ll have a great time singing along to the hits they know almost as well their parents once did: festival patrons singing Darryl Brathwaite’s version of Horses alongside the man himself at Falls Festival 2017 – 2018 comes to mind.

But perhaps it’s the parents themselves festival organisers are hoping to attract.

Your chance to see ‘the Voice’ live

Youth aren’t known for masses of disposable income but their parents might be able to afford to spend a bit more on food, booze and shopping in general at festivals – especially if they only buy a day pass, specifically to see the legacy act.

And so we come to John Farnham’s listing on the Falls 2018-2019 line-up.

The well-loved Aussie icon is partly famous for selling more than one farewell tour many, many years ago… when it comes to goodbyes, he’s obviously no good.

But if you were too young, busy or poor to see him live in the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s or early 2000’s, your chance to see a living part of Australia’s pop history has come.

Falls Festival organisers have announced the full line-up of this years touring festival and Mr Farnham’s name is on the third line.

Tash Sultana. PHOTO: jeff ‘legacy act’ dawson

Falls Festival line-up across the states

Ahead of him on the line-up list are Halsey; Vampire Weekend; Disclosure; Playboi Carti; Peking Duck; Of Monsters and Men; Pnau; Lewis Capaldi; and Milky Chance.

Other acts featured are Banks; Dope Lemon; Vera Blue; Yungblud; G Flip; Crooked Colours; Parcels; Thelma Plum; Montaigne; #1 Dads; WAAX; Baker Boy; Holy Holy; Wave Racer; Bad//Dreems; Psychedelic Porn Crumpets; Amyl & the Sniffers; The Japanese House; Pink Sweat$; B Wise; Cxloe; A Swayze & the Ghosts; Totty; Adrian Eagle; Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers.

The festival is due to happen in four different places over the New Year period: Lorne, Victora; Marion Bay, Tasmania; Fremantle, Western Australia; and, of course, Yelgun, just north of Byron Bay.

Each location has its own special featured acts and for festival-goers in Byron, this includes Tash Sultana, Thundamentals, Cosmo’s Midnight and Concrete Surfers.

Audiences in Lorne will have exclusive sets from What So Not, The Jungle Giants, Lime Cordiale and Kwame.

Marion Bay crowds can hear from Illy, Luca Brasi, Kat Edwards and what might almost count as another legacy act these days, Wolfmother.

Exclusive headliners for Fremantle are Lime Cordiale, Sampa the Great and Sly Withers.

Tickets have gone on sale and this year punters have the option of paying them off in instalments.

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  1. It has to be a decade ago now that after Farnhams’s so called ” last time ” tour and a few more, I came up with my own idea for a promotion, the John Farnham Please Not Again Tour, heheheh it has kept me laughing for years, no offense intended


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