2017: A year of Trump, mother nature’s revenge and terrorist attacks.
It’s hard to define 2017 in a few words. Some might say they felt mixed feelings, a year of highs and lows. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, with the heaviest news cycle in recent history. No matter the case Byron Bay’s Fall Festival has cleared our minds. With a drizzle of live music and a dash of $12 red bull and vodkas, we are ready to take on 2018.
Before the day began, tensions ran high for weather conditions, but the sheer sweat caused everyone to rain dance, while the sun stayed out.
First off the bat was Daryl Braithwaite’s iconic ‘Horses’. A generation of millennials – none of whom were conceived when he was the Sherbet front man – sang “We’ll go riding on the horses.” The atmosphere at the time was full of elation; a moment to look back on in years to come.
Up next at the amphitheatre were indie gods The Jungle Giants, again proving themselves to be more far more than a Brisbane high school band. After seeing them live on various occasions now their progression is obvious, presenting a clear hold of the stage as they gain more experience.
Aussie hip hop group Thundamentals taught the crowd how to ‘take a fist and make a peace sign with it’, spreading messages of love and acceptance. It created somewhat of a mosh etiquette at Falls Festival, with all punters showing a high level of respect for each band and for each other. Foster the People’s more instrumental set turned the spotlight onto Mark Pontius, a true talent on the drums.
Its been another whirlwind year for Aussie artist Flume, who’s not letting his ride stop short. As the clock struck midnight the drop of Flume’s hits reverberated through the amphitheatre with every reveller sharing the same thought: ‘there is not a better way to start the new year’.
While day two of Falls Festival had not as many headliners as the others, Falls goers came up with their own entertainment between acts. To anyone who as been to Byron Bay parklands before, whether for Falls or Splendour, we all know about that Everest walk from ground level to the top of the hill and into the mosh. Well, this year an easier route was made to the stage, a shortcut if you will. A mud slide was made down the amphitheatre, it screamed OHS alert and was eventually shutdown, but that didn’t stop members of the Dune Rats giving it a go.
Glass Animal’s lead singer Dave Bayley, presented one of the most animated performances ever witnessed; he was notably in the moment. During the set, rain hurled down on crowds. While most stayed, others fled for shelter. A few interesting spots were discovered, huddled under water tanks and scampering from mother natures wrath inside recycling bins. Fishnet stockings were this year’s glitter, surely many went home to reveal diamond patches of mud over their legs.
Now we’ve all heard of people trying to smuggle items into festivals but this year it was out. A select few of us witnessed the greatest heist since the Boston Museum Robbery. Cow sculptures that decorated the site were attempted to be removed. Despite being over three metres wide an inconspicuous slip under the jacket wasn’t quite the Ocean’s Fourteen it set out to be and it was inevitably caught.
With a large portion of the main arena shut down due to the mud slide antics of the previous day, it became very compact. Angus and Julia Stone playing a whole lot of their new tunes, but of course, completing the performance with 2010 throwback to ‘Big Jet Plane’. The sibling duo transcending their vocals through the storms.
Vince Staples played his recent album ‘Big Fish’, and I almost missed Liam Gallagher. But ‘today is (was) gonna be the day’, that Gallagher, front man of Oasis performed the most anticipated song of Falls. ‘Wonderwall’ lived well up to its expectations. And of course, Peking Duk smashed out all the hits as usual.
As Falls Festival 2017 drew to a close, we whispered ‘that’s the way it’s gonna be, little darlin’ as the bus drove off into the sunrise.
Gallery by Jake Wilton Photography (c).