With summer festival lineups starting to trickle through, arguably the biggest, Falls Festival, has just announced its huge 025th anniversary lineup. Headlining this year’s festival, which makes stops in Fremantle, Lorne, Marion Bay and Byron Bay, will be our very own Flume in his . first local shows since December, Seattle’s Fleet Foxes, and the amazing, explosive Run The Jewels.
As always, there’s a fantastic mix of local and international acts; Brighton pop rockers The Kooks will be returning to Australia for the first time since 2015, as will hip-hop’s most eloquent young upstart in Vince Staples, whose latest album Big Fish Theory continues to be a huge hit, while Glass Animals will be returning once again, having last visited for Laneway 2017. The always amiable Liam Gallagher is along for the ride with LA quartet Foster The People, and possibly the happiest rapper in the game, D.R.A.M., who will hopefully actually show up this time, having cancelled his appearance at Groovin The Moo earlier this year.
Closer to home we’ve also got Angus And Julia Stone, Peking Duk, who by all accounts delivered Splendour’s wildest set, Dune Rats, The Smith Street Band, Julia Jacklin, Bad//Dreems, Methyl Ethel and DZ Deathrays all coming in hot.
Oh, and there’s also the small matter of Daryl flaming Braithwaite too, because what party would be complete without everyone screaming every word to The Horses.
While the lineup is pretty great overall, it would be remiss of us to ignore the ongoing issue with Australian festivals being completely non-diverse. It’s weird, frankly, considering the industry itself is diversifying at a (slightly) faster rate than ever, but for some reason these major lineups aren’t really changing to reflect that. There’s like five women on the entire, almost exclusively-white bill. Sigh.
You can find the full lineup below (individual locations will vary as always) and there’s still plenty more to be announced. Tickets are on sale to the general public from August 29th and you’ll no doubt have to be right on the ball to get one as it’s going to sell out quicker than a hiccup.
Falls Music And Arts Festival 2017/18 Full Lineup
Run The Jewels
Glass Animals (No Sideshows)
Angus & Julia Stone
Foster The People
The Smith Street Band
The Jungle Giants