It took all of an hour for Falls Festival’s Lorne event to sell out this morning, leaving keen music lovers without a ticket to Australia’s premier New Year’s Eve music festival. So for those who missed out, what’s the alternative?
Falls isn’t just a Lorne-based event; Marion Bay is an all-ages, more relaxed location on the coast about an hour out of Hobart. The beach is right beside the camping grounds – a perfect hangover cure is an early morning swim (if you’re sober enough to swim obviously). Byron’s leg of Falls is pretty much another edition of Splendour in the Grass, so regulars to that part of the world know what to expect – that’s why it will sell out very soon! The Fremantle part of Falls this year is the most interesting; there’s no camping in the urban port city which will definitely change the atmosphere for Falls, which has never done this before.
Each event caters to a different market so if you’re up for a roadtrip chances are that a particular Falls venue would suit you. Each venue has virtually the same headliners, with local acts rounding out the lineup.
Not up for an interstate roadtrip? There are plenty of Victorian music festivals over this New Year’s break. Beyond The Valley is in its third year of operation, this time returning to Lardner Park in Gippsland for three days of festivities. Beyond the Valley focuses less on bands and more on DJs and electronic acts, a clear point of difference in a crowded festival market. Although the festival was criticised for lacklustre facilities and organisation during last year’s New Year’s heatwave, this edition looks promising, with Sticky Fingers, Hermitude and Chance the Rapper appearing.
Also returning is the boutique Let Them Eat Cake, which is held on New Year’s Day out at Werribee Mansion. The lineup is due out on the 13th of September, but last year’s festival hosted Jon Hopkins and Four Tet, amongst others. This eclectic mix is more forward thinking and trend-setting than even Laneway Festival, so don’t judge the festival purely on the names you don’t recognise (probably all of them). Finally, there’s New Years on the Hill, another boutique festival, coincidentally also in Gippsland. This two-day festival lets you bring your own alcohol for a change and boasts a lineup headlined by the Preatures.
If you did miss out on Falls Festival tickets this year, don’t despair! There’s definitely an event out there perfectly suited to your tastes this New Year’s.