One last chance at Falls Fest tickets for Byron, south Tweed
UPDATE 10.50am: LOCALS tickets for New Year's Eve and two day passes have now sold out. However, three-day passes remain available in the festival's locals-only ticket release.
The link provided by organisers for local ticket sales remains inactive. Locals tickets are available here.
7.38am: AS an early Christmas present for locals, The Falls Music and Arts Festival in Byron Bay has set aside a final allocation of locals' tickets to the sold-out event to go on sale 9am today, as some of the local artists for the festival are revealed.
Under the release, residents from the Byron Shire and the southern end of Tweed Shire will be able to buy up to four tickets each. Only the purchaser need be "local", meaning residents will be able to buy tickets for mates from other areas. The festival is an 18+ event.
Festival organisers have not said how many tickets will be available in this morning's release.
Organisers say tickets will be available at www.byronbay.fallsfestival.com. As of 7.30am today, this link has not yet been made live.
With a line-up already including Vampire Weekend, Neil Finn, Violent Femmes, Chet Faker, The Wombats, MGMT and The Preatures, among many more international, national and local acts, The Falls Festival is set for its first year at its North Byron Parklands location.
In addition to the international and national profile acts in the line-up, a contingent of local performers from across the Northern Rivers will perform at the festival, including Bundjalung hip-hop outfit Supafresh, Wacko & Blotto, Mae Wilde, Jimmy Willing, Starboard Cannons, Roundabout Theatre, Shiny Shiny, Juzzie Smith and the Button Collective.
Supafresh's Mitch King said the group felt privileged to have been asked to perform at the NYE festival.
"We're looking forward to it. It's going to be great," Mitch said.
"I was lost for words (when I found out), it was just amazing."
Stoked to be playing at such a high-profile music festival alongside such great artists, he said the group felt it had been taken to another level in its career.
"It's a great opportunity to show what we're about," Mitch said. "We just hope to keep performing at other festivals throughout Australia - that's the dream."
Festival director Brandon Saul said that the release of the final allocation of tickets for locals was in support of the community's Safe Summer In The Bay initiative.
"We've been aware that there will be changes to how the Byron Bay township operates over New Year's Eve (so) we are releasing a final allocation of tickets for locals, making sure residents have access to a great festival full of music and arts over the New Year period," he said.