It’s that time of year again when rain, shine and music collide to bring us the ultimate summer experience at Falls Music and Arts Festival. One of the largest events happening across the New Year period, Falls has been going strong for a quarter of a century and still never fails to amaze. The bill for the 2017/2018 tour included a bunch of stellar international names including Fleet Foxes, Run The Jewels, Vince Staples, Liam Gallagher, Foster The People, Glass Animals and The Kooks, as well as homegrown favourites like Flume, Angus and Julia Stone, Methyl Ethel, Allday, The Jungle Giants and Julia Jacklin. And that’s just a preview.
Of the four idyllic locations the festival plays, we made our annual pilgrimage to Byron Bay which delivered its usual medley of hot, balmy weather, rainy afternoons and… mud, lots of mud. Clearly it’s our favourite way to ring in the new year.
Day I eased us into things with sets from Daryl Braithwaite, The Jungle Giants, Thundamentals, Foster the People, and Flume rounding out and counting down to 2018. The definite highlight though was watching a crowd of tens of thousands singing every word to Braithwaite’s iconic 1990 hit Horses.
Photos by Dani Hansen.
Check out our galleries for Day II and Day III!
The Jungle Giants
Foster the People
Photos: Dani Hansen/Howl & Echoes