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The Falls Festival
Falls festival logo.jpg
Location(s) Australia
Years active 1993- present
Date(s) December 29 - January 1
Genre Blues & roots, Rock, Hip hop, Electronic

The Falls Festival is a New Year's Eve music festival, held annually in Lorne, Victoria and Marion Bay, Tasmania Australia since 1993. It lasts four days, from December 29 to January 1 each year. The headline acts play mostly over two evenings, December 30 and December 31. Both festivals run simultaneously and swapping line-ups over different days.

Snout playing at the 2001 Falls Festival

The festival started in 1993 with a small one day concert, held in Lorne, Victoria, then known as Rock Above The Falls. It attracted nearly 11,000 people, far exceeding the organisers expectations, requiring them to quickly negotiate with neighboring farmers for the use of their land to accommodate the crowd.

In 1995 the event changed to a two day format, and in 1996 the name was changed to The Falls Festival for the first time. The 1999 festival was the first to be held off the Lorne site, moved temporarily to the Torquay site of the Offshore Festival .

In 2003, two events were held simultaneously for the first time; one in Lorne, and an additional event at Marion Bay, Tasmania. The same acts played at both events; the December 30 acts who played at Lorne, play December 31 at Marion Bay, and vice versa. Future festivals retained this two-location format.

Due to the length of the event, people bring a tent and camp out at the event; both locations have nearby beaches. Many artists playing at the Falls Festival are traditionally of the blues & roots genre, however it is not exclusively of this style, with rock, hip hop and electronic style acts also playing.


Falls Festival 1996

Falls Festival 1997

Falls Festival 1998

Falls Festival 1999

Falls Festival 2000

Falls Festival 2001

Falls Festival 2002

Falls Festival 2003

Performers at the 2003-04 event include Australian artists Xavier Rudd, The Beautiful Girls, Gerling, Regurgitator and The Waifs; and international acts Michael Franti and Spearhead, Pennywise, Reel Big Fish, and Ozomatli. Like many Australian festivals, the event also promotes local bands, with many Victorian and Tasmanian artists also performing at their respective state's festival. Solo female performer Missy Higgins also pleased crowds, promoting the release of her album and several popular singles, for which she was later recognised by receiving multiple awards at the ARIA Awards in 2005.

Falls Festival 2004

The 2004-05 festival was again held at both venues. Both sites sold out very early - the only Falls Festival to sell as fast was the 1999 event. Artists performing at the event included:

Falls Festival 2005

Artists who performed at the 2005 event include:

2005 was a record year for speed of ticket sales; tickets for the Marion Bay festival sold out two and a half days after going on sale on August 15, and Lorne tickets selling out one week after coming onsale.

Further allocations of tickets for both festivals were released during December and sold out within hours of coming on sale. An unlimited number of Falls Festival patrons were welcome to attend the 'Falls Cinema' on Thursday 29 December (One day earlier than the official kick-off) in an effort to minimize traffic congestion. It was much the same in Tasmania, however the number of tickets available were capped at 9000.

Falls Festival 2006

Valley Stage at the 2006 Falls Festival in Marion Bay

In early July, the new website for the 2006 event was launched. People were able to subscribe to the official mailing list and be entered into the draw to be offered tickets ahead of the official release date of August 16. Subscribers that were selected would be notified by July 30. Tickets for the 2006 festival were put on sale as of 9am, August the 16th. All tickets to the Lorne event were gone in just over 2 hours. The Marion Bay event followed suit, with all tickets sold out within 3.5 hours.

The announced performers as of December 28, include:



Restrictions on ticket sales were made in 2006 in an attempt to curb the increasing practice of ticket resale, commonly known as 'scalping', as well as to make the access to tickets more equitable. The changes reflected similar alterations made to ticket sale procedures of other major Australian music festivals such as Splendour in the Grass and The Big Day Out. Previously, Tickets had been released for sale in bulk and with no limits on the number of tickets able to be purchased by an individual, resulting in a high incidence of individuals purchasing multiple tickets, and a subsequent sell-out of tickets within a very short period of time, often within 24 or even 12 hours.

The restrictions included a purchasing limit of four tickets per any individual, as well as the initiation of an online ticket lottery, which randomly allocated the sale of approximately 50% of all tickets to a list of people who had registered their interest on the Festival's website. [3] Tickets were also released on multiple dates rather than in bulk, so that sales were more manageable and there was increased consumer accessibility to the sale of tickets.

Falls Festival 2007

The artists at the festival of 2007/08 include:

  • The Cops
  • Nathan Weldon and the Two Timers**
  • Special Patrol*
  • Soft Tigers*
  • Dukes of Windsor*
  • Macromantics*
  • The Paper Scissors*
  • Dances With Voices*
  • Goons of Doom*
  • Whitley
  • La Fiesta Sound System*
  • Favela Rock DJs*
  • Tokyo Apartment Party DJs*
  • Thief Featuring DJ Gsan & Mugen with Paris Well*
  • Jennifer Tutty & Katie Drover
  • Hoops*
  • Funktrust DJs*
  • Uber Lingua DJs*
  • New Young Pony Club*

(* Lorne Only), (** Marion Bay only)


Ticket purchasing procedures changed again in 2007, extending on initial changes made to procedures in 2006. Changes included:

  • The extension of the ticket lottery from 50% to 80% of all tickets - intended to increase the equity of ticket sale
  • The centralisation of all ticket sales to the Falls Festival Website - intended to eliminate the need to line up outside stores overnight in order to purchase a ticket, as well as prevent criminal problems associated with it such as littering and drinking in public
  • The inclusion of a name and date of birth printed on the Festival ticket - intended to further restrict scalping practices

Tickets went on sale to the general public on Monday 10th of September at 9am AEST, with the 14,500 tickets to the Lorne event selling out on the day they were released.

Falls Festival 2008

Those marked with an asterisk (*) are playing in Lorne only

Falls Festival 2009

  • The Phenomenal Handclap Band*
  • Fully Fitted*
  • The Vasco Era*
  • Dan Sultan*
  • Bag Raiders*
  • Grrilla Step*
  • Hoops DJ's*
  • Whitley*
  • Naysayer and Gilsun*
  • Catcall*
  • The Scare*
  • Zac Cooper^
  • The Paper Scissors*
  • Andy Murphy & Chardy*
  • Playing with Knives DJ's*

Funk’n’Soul Revue

  • Marva Whitney & The Transatlantics*
  • The Bamboos*
  • Deep Street Soul*
  • Mohair Slim
  • DJ Kano*
  • Emma Peel
  • Anna's Go-Go Academy
  • Russ Dewbury^
  • Chris Gill
  • Man Child

Those marked with an asterisk (*) are playing in Lorne only

Those marked with a caret (^) are playing in Marion Bay only

Line-up Leak

On August 6th 2009 some of the bands scheduled to play at the 2009 Falls Festival were leaked online due to a directory being left open on the official falls festival website. In light of the leak the organisers decided to officially release the entire first line-up announcement ahead of the scheduled August 13 release date.[1]

The Falls Funk’n’Soul Revue

On October 7th 2009 the Falls Festival announced that for the first time they would be putting on a pre-festival party and extending the Falls Funk’n’Soul Revue to Lorne on the 28th December. The extension of the revue makes the Lorne festival a 4 day event stretching from 28th December through to the 1st Januray. The Funk’n’Soul Revue will occur over two days across the respective states, on the 28th in Lorne and on the 29th in Marion Bay with slightly differing lineups across the two locatons[2]

Ticket Prices

Lorne Ticket Prices

Ticket prices have increased significantly over the last decade of the festival.
Ticket prices are as follows:

Year 3 day ticket 2 day 'Otway' ticket 2 day 'Sabine' ticket Funk’n’Soul Revue (28th Dec.)
1993 - $122 - -
1994 - - - -
1995 - - - -
1996 - - - -
1997 - - - -
1998 - $70 - two days only - - -
1999 - - - -
2000 - - - -
2001 - - -
2002 - - - -
2003 - - - -
2004 - $110 - -
2005 - $125 - -
2006 - $154 - -
2007 - $186 - -
2008 $289 $234 $197 -
2009 $329 $274 $237 $30

Tickets also include a small booking fee.
A two day "Sabine Fields" ticket in Lorne includes offsite camping with a free 3 minute shuttle bus ride to transport you to and from the main festival site.
A two day "Otway Fields" ticket in Lorne includes camping within a close vicinity to the main arena, allowing you to walk to and from the main stages.
Single tickets for the 28th can also be purchased but can only gain entry with a full three day ticket.

Marion Bay Ticket Prices

A two day ticket in Marion bay includes the 30 and 31 December. Single tickets for the 29th can also be purchased but can only gain entry with a regular two day ticket.
Ticket prices are as follows:

Year 2 day ticket extra day ticket
2003 - -
2004 - -
2005 - -
2006 - -
2007 - -
2008 $167 $20
2009 $167 $20

Tickets also include a small booking fee.


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