Held at the new north Byron Parklands site at Yelgun for the first time, the Falls Music and Arts Festival kicked off on New Years Eve and rolled smoothly into 2014 with an impressively organised event. Utilising a different part of the Yelgun site to Splendour In The Grass last July, two natural amphitheatres provided great views of the stages, some much-needed shade, and fantastic acoustics.
The Forest stage was almost as large an area as the main Amphitheatre stage but lacked the big screen projection. It pulled crowds of around 10,000 for acts like Flight Facilities and London Grammar. The Village area and the Club House with its small stage and table and chairs both provided an intimate reprieve from the huge crowds at the main stages, with some great cabaret acts and local entertainment to sit back and enjoy.
The lessons learned from Splendour had certainly been taken on board – the walk from the car park to the site was half the distance and we heard no complaints from the 13,500 happy campers. Free water tanks were well maintained to keep 15,000 punters hydrated in the intense humidity. Water trucks sprayed down the walking tracks regularly to reduce the dust. Volunteers did an amazing job of keeping the site clean, and ample bar staff kept queues moving quickly. Punters were friendly, happy and the overall vibe was hugely positive.
Tweed residents were given the option to buy locals tickets and shuttle buses to the site had pick-up points in Kingscliff, Casuarina, Cabarita, Hastings Point, Pottsville and Wooyung. However information on shuttle pick-up locations was a little scant and shuttle departure times weren’t available on the website which created some confusion for those travelling from the north.
Logistics aside, it was all about the music. And the music was sensational. The line-up featured an impressive selection of local, national and international acts on the main stages and some of the smaller venues throughout the site.
Tweed Scene’s highlights included The Paper Kites, Chet Faker, The Preatures, Big Scary, Johnny Marr, Tom Odell, Bonobo, Touch Sensitive, Flight Facilities, Vampire Weekend, Oliver Tank, The Kite String Tangle, Asta, The John Steel Singers, James Vincent McMorrow, Solange, Pond, Violent Femmes, London Grammar, Sara Tindley, Crystal Fighters, and MGMT.
The entire Falls team deserve a big congrats for pulling off such a great event 🙂
3 January 2014
Tweed Scene was a guest of the Falls Music & Arts Festival.