The last day of Falls Music & Arts Festival’s 2015/16 tour came to an end with a spectacular set from English duo Disclosure to a packed North Byron Parklands Ampitheatre. Over 16 000 attendees rushed to the Valley stage to see the electronic act, half expecting Lorde to step out of the fog to sing “Magnets”, while the rest believed Disclosure had smuggled fellow Englishman Sam Smith into the country to belt out their collaboration “Omens”.
Neither act appeared on stage, with Disclosure instead opting to deliver an intense set consisting almost entirely of their efforts, apart from a brief appearance from Brendan Reilly, who contributed vocals for “Moving Mountains”. The masterminds behind Falls festival knew that Disclosure would bring an incredible show along, and chose to gift the lucky Falls festival-goers with an extensive set spanning over 80 minutes.
Foals preceded the festival headliners and managed to invigorate the punters, resulting in the most energetic mosh-pit of the day. “My Number”, “Spanish Sahara” and “Mountain At My Gates” all provided the crowd with the perfect songs to sing along to, while “What Went Down” turned the Valley stage into a turbulent mass of people.
Gary Clark Jr. surprised the crowd by proving that blues rock still had its place in modern music amidst the growing collection of electronic acts. People could be seen air-guitaring along to Gary Clark Jr.’s virtuosic guitar solos, which were delivered in bountiful quantities.
Each act at Falls Festival had one area that they excelled in unlike any other, and for Mac Demarco, that was stage banter. Laughter filled the air between each track as witty comments and anecdotes were shared by Mac Demarco and his band, including a story that detailed touring guitarist Andrew White’s decision to invest his money by purchasing the rights to one of his favourite films, Hunt for the Red October, before encouraging everyone to rent it at their local Blockbuster.
Gang of Youths represented Australia as the only national artist playing the main stage on Day 3, and they did not disappoint. David Le’aupepe strode up and down the stage as if he grew up on it, somehow sounding eerily better live than on the Gang of Youths recordings. Each track felt emotional and real as they performed them, a feat that is seemingly lost in other genres of music when performed live.
Falls Music & Arts Festival never fails to deliver an incredible New Years party. Each act created moments that could only be experienced within the festival grounds. Bring on 2016/17!