The Roots bring in the new year at The Falls Festival, North Byron Parklands. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs/ The Northern Star
The Roots bring in the new year at The Falls Festival, North Byron Parklands. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs/ The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

The Roots rock the Falls crowd into the New Year

THE Roots rung in the New Year at the inaugural Falls Festival in Byron Bay.

The US hip hop, jazz band, who are best known as the house band on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, were given the task of counting in the new year.

While there was no official fireworks, there was some drama after fireworks were let off by punters at the top of the natural amphitheatre, where the main stage is located.

There were no reports of injuries from the stunt.

Clairy Browne and The Bangin' Rackettes added sass to the stage earlier in the night, but it was Hot Dub Time Machine who really got the party started thanks to a set filled with 60 years in 50 minutes.

Playing tracks from The Beatles, through to Nirvana, The White Stripes and Beyonce the atmosphere in the Amphitheatre was nothing short of electric.

With a crowd of 15,000 expected across the three days - around 10,000 less than Splendour in the Grass which was marred by traffic issues on the site in July - both buses and traffic have had a smooth run thus far.

The festival kicks into gear today at the Yelgun site with all stages open and The Cat Empire, Flight Facilities and Vampire Weekend expected to draw the bigger crowds for the day.


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