The drive down to Falls Festival outside Byron Bay at the Parklands was scorching, and the campgrounds were just as unforgiving. The festival grounds themselves, however, were definitely cooler, with life-saving summer breezes swirling through the sea of food and clothing stalls. The walk through the stalls was an experience in itself. The familiar food stalls popped out at you from festivals past, however the new sights nestled in between were the things that grabbed my attention. A small gazebo housed a grey haired band playing their own blend of blues/reggae while the singer crooned through a distorted guitar amp. The paths were crowded with festival goers picking through the stalls sporting wide brimmed hats, and it was impressive to see that even though Falls calls the same festival grounds home as Splendour, there were many new stalls and alleyways to behold.
Fishing took the pleasure of opening the Forest Stage and got the crowd bouncing within minutes. Thelma Plum took the stage with all her grace and wowed the crowd as she played a selection of tracks from her Monsters EP. Kingswood found their feet instantly on stage, being no strangers to festival slots, and their explosive tracks from Microscopic Wars cut through the heat to get the crowd moshing within seconds. Crowd favourite Ohio featured new slide guitar sections to allow the crowd some singing time before they closed their set soon afterwards with enough energy to topple the other acts playing the afternoon set.
Megan Washington is set to take the stage at 6pm, and as I walked back from the stage to take a breather, I could hear the excited chatter for her presence in the crowds. Bring on the night!