Falls Festival fun

About 12,000 celebrated the New Year in style at the Marion Bay Falls Festival

By Emma Hope

About 12,000 people flocked to the spectacular Marion Bay site for the 16th annual Falls Music and Arts Festival.

The three day event kicked off on December 29 as festival goers set up camp and enjoyed music from artists including Vera Blue, Pnau and crowd favourite John Farnham, who’s rendition of ‘You’re The Voice’ had patrons young and old on their feet dancing and singing along.

Awaking to steaming hot temperatures on the 30th, which would go on to reach almost 40C, many hit the beach. By mid-morning the beach had reached capacity and Surf Life Saving Tasmania, who were patrolling the area, made entry one-out, one-in only.

The second day’s line-up included YungBlud, Holy Holy, Thelma Plum and Peking Duk.

A festival highlight was New York rock outfit Vampire Weekend whose hits such as ‘A-Punk’, ‘Diane Young’ and ‘Harmony Hall’ had the crowd in rapture.

The rain set in during their performance providing a welcome change of temperature, a relief to the many sore and sunburnt bodies.

Wine from local vineyards Bream Creek and Cape Bernier was popular and stocked at bars throughout the festival site.

New Year’s Eve saw patrons celebrating to the sounds of local sensation Luca Brasi who are now enjoying national and international success.

Other musical highlights of the day included Milky Chance, Illy and G Flip. Disclosure brought in the New Year followed by Wolfmother.

Despite two people being arrested, one for assault and the other disorderly behaviour, Tasmania Police said overall they were pleased with crowd behaviour.

Of the 8500 drivers police tested on New Year’s Day as they left the Falls site 15 failed drink-driving tests and nine tested positive for drug-driving.

A traffic accident meant festival goers faced long delays to enter the site on the first day. Traffic was also slow moving during departure on New Year’s Day.

Check out the some of the best pics from the Falls Festival in the gallery below (photography by Charlie Hardy)

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