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Goons of Doom

Goons of Doom

They believe in love and aliens and ghosts and beer and funerals and goth moths and have just released what they say is their most politically sensitive record to date: Black Skull Bong.

Originally from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the band all moved to Bangalow four years ago to invest in medical marijuana crops.

‘We’re fearless and unapologetic when it comes to taboo subjects,’ explains Killerwhale. ‘Outrage is too easy in this day and age. Everyone is offended by everything. Big deal. If you wanna start talking about why you’re offended and what you’re gonna do to change shit then great, otherwise shut the fuck up and let me play my guitar super loud in the nude on top of my dead dog’s grave.’

Israeli Chicks

Israeli Chicks

The Israeli Chicks are described as a ‘cold sip of brute, Aussie pub rock, a solid nod towards early New Zealand / English post punk, and a hot slap of ‘Cramps’ infused horror-blues’. Or alternatively; three housemates that started playing music in a sandy garage together two years ago in Byron Bay, Australia.

Mini Skirt

Mini Skirt

Formed in Byron Bay, but firmly tied to their homage from all over the east coast. They describe themselves as a ‘punk band that actually stands for something’.

Their noisy body of work is underpinned by lyricist and visual artist Jacob Boylan, working with themes parallel to his artwork – his lyrical brushstrokes paint a picture of what it’s like to be young in Australia right now, an ever conflicting love and discontent keeps Jacob bouncing around the stage like a man possessed.

They join other acts Tash Sultana, Thundamentals, Cosmo’s Midnight and Concrete Surfers. Additionally the nationally touring line-up will feature Halsey (Only Aus Shows), Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Playboi Carti, Peking Duk, Of Monsters And Men, Pnau, Lewis Capaldi, Milky Chance, John Farnham, Banks (Only Aus Shows), 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.

For more info visit https://fallsfestival.com/byronbay/

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  1. Has anyone else questioned the wisdom of holding Falls this year if the fire danger and weather conditions continue? Especially given the warnings about the problems with evacuation? Before anyone does a Michael McCormack and accuses me of insensitive politicisation let me plead a genuine concern and horror at a potential scenario.

  2. As if the safety to humans and wildlife and the community was not enough of a threat . John Farnham is billed. Demonstrate solidarity for truth, Art, good taste, decency, beauty, purity, ethics, and Australian values by holding your nose and evacuating in advance by not attending.

  3. Plus the numbers go up this year. Lets hope that they have been told no fires, no Fireworks, NO Pyrotechnics, especially on New Years Eve. But with the 10s of thousands of people from over Aust., lets hope that the smokers ash in the trash bins. Live Nation has a chance to lower the numbers but as money is so important I doubt it. Also if anyone comes back at me re OH the community needs something to help them enjoy after so much devastation. Let me inform you that the Mullum Music Festival is supposed to be doing that. Its all over FB. The sad reality is that money comes first, community third, and our fabulous worn out fireies last. I will know doan my helmet


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