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Falls Festival 2008 line-up announced

This morning the first round of artists for Falls Festival 2008 was revealed...

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • The Hives
  • Eli Paperboy Reed
  • The Cat Empire
  • The Kooks
  • The Grates
  • Gomez
  • Faker
  • Tegan and Sara
  • SoKo
  • Donavon Frankenreiter
  • Jamie Lidell
  • TZU
  • Mystery Jets
  • Architecture in Helsinki
  • Atmosphere
  • The Dodos
  • A Track
  • Wolf and Cub
  • Liam Finn
  • The Drones

Not too bad of a line-up actually, with the big names (Franz n Hives) better than most (Arctic Monkey's, Kaiser Chiefs etc) and the 'second tier' international artists (Gomez, Atmosphere, The Dodos, Tegan and Sara) definitely the kind of acts you would classify as 'above average'. Also the local representatives - The Drones, Liam Finn, The Grates, Architecture in Helsinki and Wolf and Cub - are all pretty damn awesome live acts.

If that line-up makes me feel all excited inside (or we just convinced it was awesome with that fucking rad 'breakdown' we just smacked you with) then you might want to head over to the festival website and sign up to the ticket ballot. The ballot officially closes on Wednesday, August 27, with the 'winners' to be notified on Monday, September 1. The remaining tickets (ie. folks that change their mind) go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, September 17.

Once again the festival will take place over the New Years Eve period (December 29 to December 31) at the same two locations as previous years - Marion Bay, Tasmania and Lorne, Victoria.

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Comments

Wayne

Very excited by The Dodos!
Waiting for sideshows already...

5 years ago

Seymour

Saw Franz at glasto, new stuff is exciting in that boring-franz-ferdinand kinda way...but well psyched for W&C I hear the new stuff sounds much more wicked live.

5 years ago

Jonny Yes Yes

i am probably most excited about the cat empire
they are fresh as

and tegan
but not sara

wait.. have we done that joke already

things that are rad

5 years ago

monachilada

meh... looks pretty underwhelming to me.

5 years ago

tomosushi

A bill with Scandinavians AND Canadians....hell yes

5 years ago

monachilada

you mean scandinadians?

5 years ago

saimagery

Snoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooore.

5 years ago

Aaaaaaaaaron

I'm actually thinking about going to this. I went to Falls back in 2002 and it was a good festival. Plus I doubt I will be doing anything exciting for NYE up here in Sydney.


Any others thinking they may head down.

5 years ago

kidalias

I like festivals where I don't love every single band ... less stress to catch everything. Gives you a chance to see bands you normally wouldn't see. With that said, however, I'm not going to pay $180 (looking at you, Great Escape) to camp near my own house to see local bands I can see every other week and international bands at their sideshows (and still have change leftover).

I'm curious to see how the Byron version goes.

5 years ago

tomosushi

Speaking of....did anybody read www.themusic.com.au this week...

it's a shame we only got quotes, but at least "Splendour in Disguise" made the cut. catchy.


Byron Bay festivals brawl…

The re-entry into Byron Bay of the Byron Arts & Music Festival in early January has caused a ruckus. It is run by the same people who ran it in 1994, 1995 and 1996, but with input this year from the promoters of the Victorian/Tasmanian Falls Festival.

Peter Noble of the Bluesfest has given a spray on two counts. One is that the date contravenes a pact made between event presenters, the Byron council, tourist and commercial associations that no event be held there in the first two weeks of January. The reason is that it’s the height of tourism season and Byron Bay won’t be able to cope with a large event.

Noble told the BA&M organizers they “have misrepresented to our shire what the Byron Bay Arts & Music Festival is really about - it is basically a hybrid between Splendour In The Grass and Bluesfest, featuring both festivals’ younger elements, and will be appealing directly to the youth of our country at a time when our town simply cannot accommodate them or receive their exuberance without great discomfort to our community and risk of national negative media exposure, which is the reason the Accord was enacted in the first place. People are already calling the event Splendour In Disguise within the wider music community.”

Secondly, Noble says he’s concerned about reports that organisers of the event have demanded that acts must play their event if they want to be considered for the two Falls Festivals. He says that would be contravening Trades Practices regulations.

Simon Daly of the Falls Festival denies this, saying, “There is absolutely no breach of law or ethics and you have misrepresented both the way we book artists and the response of those artists to our offers. It is as simple and as similar as a single tour offer incorporating multiple venues, a circumstance which occurs constantly in cases of local promoters bringing out internationals, the Big Day Out national tour and, indeed, the Blues Festival line-up appearing at multiple festival venues throughout Australia. A far more questionable practice (which we certainly do not engage in) would be to tell bands that if they perform at one festival they will be blacklisted from playing at a certain other festival ever again. Now, that would be restraint of trade. I can confirm without reservation that we have done nothing at all to prevent artists from appearing at the Blues Festival.”

Daly adds, “There has been no attempt to try to hide the involvement of The Falls Festival, which is widely accepted to be a good thing. The nature of the Byron event (and the organisers) is what attracted my interest in it, and the following is my understanding of the event: the festival is half the size of the Blues Fest and Splendour; it is midweek in early Jan and designed as a boutique festival that will be enjoyed as much by locals as by those visiting Byron at that time; it will make a much needed financial, social and cultural contribution to the Byron Bay community; all council procedures have been respected and adhered to in the application process.”

5 years ago

Sean

Underworld in Sydney for New Years....if that ends up happening that will be EPIC.

5 years ago

kidalias

So the second lineup is this?

Fleet Foxes
Augie March
Ash Grunwald
The Cribs
Late Of The Pier
Rocket Science
British India
TinPan Orange


Late Of The Pier, woo.

5 years ago

quack

Actually a pretty decent line up eh. Tempting. Maybe lacks one more decent band.

5 years ago

festychesty

this is a pretty decent line up, nothing outstanding, but there all good.
There is a new line up that has VIOLENT SOHO. They are realllly goood!
theres also heaps of other good bands but they are only going to lorne eg, Art vs Science, British India & The Cribs :(
It will still be good though... does anyone know if there is another line up coming out??

5 years ago

Jonny Yes Yes

i think the latest additions were the last.. tickets are all gone so can't see them adding anyone new..

5 years ago

kidalias

I saw some Falls tickets on eBay, but they were advertised with cds. "The Grates CD + free Falls ticket" $450. It made me ponder whether these people actually went out to buy a Grates cd to include in the package? Oh here is a really expensive one.

5 years ago

Jonny Yes Yes

package deal kings!!!

5 years ago

monachilada

looks to me like they are getting around ebay restrictions on selling tickets by selling the dvd and "throwing in" the tickets for "free".

"Franz DVD + 2 BONUS 3 Day LORNE FALLS FESTIVAL TICKETS"

5 years ago

kidalias

Really?



...


:)

How pissed off would you be if you paid $800 for the DVD and didn't get the tickets?

5 years ago

monachilada

umm. yes. really. sorry, didn't realise that was your actual point. i'm a bit slow.

5 years ago

Jonny Yes Yes

punch.. i haven't seen you hit from all sides like this since... yer know.. that night where we went to that 'masquerade ball'...

5 years ago

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