Dusty sunset at Falls Festival.
Dusty sunset at Falls Festival. Patrick Gorbunovs

Byron's first Falls Festival wraps up

CAPPING off the inaugural Falls Music and Arts Festival in Byron Bay was up to MGMT, The Wombats, The Violent Femmes and Neil Finn.

The event, held at the North Byron Parklands at Yelgun, saw 15,000 punters across the three-day event.

Performances continued on the final day, including a slot in The Village by Brisbane solo act Emmaline.

The alternative pop musician has performed at festivals previously; however, this was her first time solo.

"There's such a great crowd," she said. "But we do feel a little too conservative compared to some of the people wandering around."

All in all she was happy to be on stage after "begging to the right people" to get involved.

On Wednesday crowds had to grin and bear it through the dust, but they were hardly complaining.

The Rubens frontman Sam Margin struggled through his set, caused not by the dust but New Year's Eve celebrations.

Playing songs from the band's debut, self-titled album, Lay It Down and My Gun were the definite crowd pleasers at the Amphitheatre stage.

While Rufus had everyone dancing up a storm at the Forest Stage as the sun went down, New Yorkers Grizzly Bear were happy to admit they may not be the most energetic act on the bill as they played Sleeping Ute and clear crowd favourite Two Weeks from their 2009 release, Veckatimist.

"I know we're not an electronic dance band or anything," Daniel Rossen, frontman said from the Amphitheatre stage. "But just sway real hard, or kiss the person next to you."

Still at the Amphitheatre stage, the Cat Empire changed the pace giving punters a chance to skank their way through their latest song Brighter Than Gold and old favourite Sly.

Vampire Weekend rounded off the second night of the festival with one of their ever-polished sets opening with Diane Young, White Sky and Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.


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