First Aid Kit, Interpol, Anderson .Paak, Toto among Falls Festival 2018 line up
Falls Festival is a staple of the summer music calendar, providing a sure-fire way to see out the year with a bunch of great bands at events in Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay, and Fremantle.
This year’s line up keeps that tradition going, featuring a list of acts that have gone big in the past 12 months alongside certified crowd-pullers and reliable festival favourites.
Vance Joy, Chvrches, Hilltop Hoods, Amy Shark, and Falls exclusives Catfish And The Bottlemen are some of the big names this year. Meanwhile, young rap fans will go gaga for the Australian debut of 88rising – an East-meets-West collective featuring Indonesian rhymer Rich Brian, Japanese-American Joji, Niki, and producer August 08.
But there’s plenty of drawcards for the rest of us…
NYC post-punks Interpol are making their way back Down Under for the first time in four years. They’ll arrive with a swag of material from their sixth and latest album Marauder, and their set is regularly smattered with cuts from their landmark debut Turn On The Bright Lights.
So, it looks like frontman Paul Banks may just get to fang around in his dream car: a Holden Ute. Got one? Let us know.
Falls will be your only chance to catch Swedish siblings First Aid Kit. Klara and Johanna return Down Under for the second time in 2018 behind Ruins, an album of sadness and beauty, stepping up as songwriters and performers with their stirring alt-folk and stunning vocal harmonies.
You should definitely have Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals on your live bucket list.
If you missed the hip hop polymaths playing Laneway Festival and sideshows earlier this year, don’t make the same mistake twice. Backed by a killer band, .Paak is an absolute dynamo – he raps, he sings, and commands the soul-funk party, whether he’s out front or behind the drumkit. With word of a new solo album on the horizon, this is a do-not-miss experience.
Hands down the biggest line-up surprise is the chance to ring in 2019 by blessing the rains down in Africa with Toto.
Falls has made a habit of booking ‘legacy’ acts in recent years (like Daryl Braithwaite, Grandmaster Flash, and Paul Kelly) but Toto are easily the most ironic and daring booking yet.
‘Africa’ will obviously go off as hillside singalong – it’s been a staple of Falls DJ sets for years before Weezer’s cover put it back in our news feeds – but so too will greatest hits like ‘Hold The Line’ and ‘Rosanna’. Oh, and if we're lucky their reciprocal cover of Weezer's 'Hash Pipe'.
Add to that Australian faves like King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Flight Facilities, DMA’S, Hatchie, Ocean Alley, and A.B. Original MC Briggs, and you’ve got a New Year’s to remember.
Here’s the full Falls line up, which is set to expand in the coming months.
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Catfish And The Bottlemen (only Aus shows), Vance Joy, Chvrches, Hilltop Hoods, Toto, Interpol, 88rising (only Aus shows), Flight Facilities, Amy Shark, DMA’s, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Golden Features, First Aid Kit (only Aus shows), Ocean Alley, Hockey Dad, Cashmere Cat An enticing New Year’s invite…, The Vaccines, Cub Sport, Ruel, Jack River, Bishop Briggs, Mallrat, Briggs, Touch Sensitive, Tkay Maidza, Dermot Kennedy, Tired Lion, Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers, Soccer Mommy, Odette, Mahalia, Hatchie, West Thebarton, Sam Fender, Tia Gostelow, Kota Banks, Triple One, Alice Skye, Heaps Gay DJs & Friends, plus more to come.
The dates are as follows:
Falls Festival, Lorne: Friday 28 December – Monday 31
Falls Festival, Marion Bay: Saturday 29 December – Monday 31 (all ages)
Falls Festival, Byron Bay: Monday 31 December – Wednseday 2 January
Falls Festival, Fremantle: Saturday 5 January – Sunday 6