Falls Festival line-up revealed

The Violent Femmes will be part of the huge line-up but probably without drummer Victor DeLorenzo.
The Violent Femmes will be part of the huge line-up but probably without drummer Victor DeLorenzo. Cathy Adams

THE line-up for the first ever Falls Music and Arts Festival in Byron Bay has been announced, brimming with sonic musings to cure your electric New Year's Eve cravings.

Heading to our shores, as announced this morning, are: Asta, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Big Scary, Bombino, Bonobo, The Cat Empire, Chet Faker, Crystal Fighters, Cyril Hahn, Flight Facilities, Gossling, Grizzly Bear, Hanni el Khatib, Hermitude, James Vincent McMorrow, London Grammar, MGMT, Neil Finn, Pond, The Preatures, The Roots, Rufus, Solange, Tom Odell, Vampire Weekend, Violent Femmes, White Denim, The Wombats, and more local acts to come.

The NYE festival will feature two main stages with an addition of an arts precinct for interactive, eclectic activities set up, Falls Festival Byron Bay director Brandon Saul said.

"The Falls Music and Arts Festival has a very Byron feel to it - people are friendly, it's colourful and diverse, there's a great sense of community and respect," Mr Saul said.

"There are lots of activities to get involved with throughout the three days alongside great music across the spectrum. I'm really looking forward to working with local talent to bring a unique Byron flavour to this edition of Falls.

"We're getting in and doing some serious work on the site to ensure it's ready for Falls and that people can enter and exit efficiently."

There will be two access points, frequent shuttle buses, marshals at each off-site bus stop, one- to three-day car passes, as well as designated "kiss and drop" areas, he said, with general admission camping free, as it is at all Falls Festivals.

It's also been announced that Falls is releasing a New Year's Eve ticket type available only to local residents from Byron Shire.

The eclectic program will feature: Legs Akimbo, Hot 8 Brass Band, Hot Dub Time Machine, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro, The Correspondents, Tom Thum plus headliner The Roots.

Tickets for this event are $99 and will go on sale online at 9am on Tuesday, August 27.

There will also be a limited allocation of tickets for locals for the rest of the festival.

All other tickets to the festival will be sold nationally via a ballot system online

Head to the festival website to register and go in the ballot. Ballot closes 12noon August 26.

All details will be on the website

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