The long-awaited blog post from a lot of you (I’m sure) has got to be where I spent my New Year: THE FALLS FESTIVAL!
Oh Falls, where do I even begin? You were just bloody amazing all round (okay maybe not the lack of lighting in the campsite toilets or having to live off wraps and crackers for four days but y’know..). I had been looking at the Falls Festival ever since I saw and read about Mollie’s experience of it the previous year and knew that we just had to go. A festival in Australia, in the sun, over New Year – who could say no?!
So off Alice and I went, armed with a tent, sleeping bag, wellies and six bags of non-perishable food (you may have read more about our prep here). It was torture carrying it all the way there and then having to struggle to the campsite – I still don’t know quite how we managed it. We hopped on the $10 shuttle from Byron Bay, leaving one backpack in our hostel’s luggage storage and one bag with our valuables in their safe, and half an hour later we were at Falls!
Here’s Falls in pictures:
Highlights of Falls
- The Foxtel cinema tent – it was amazing. It was open for three days of the festival and had beanie bags, beds and air con. You got your own tablet and headphones and could choose from hundreds of films and TV shows: popcorn was included, along with a really handy portable charger (a sneaky way people got to charge their phones at the festival!) It was really chilled out and relaxed; Alice and I went there all of the three days as it was a good getaway from the heat and meant we could pick up a charger.
- ‘Palm Springs’ – the water park of Falls. It had a gigantic water slide and six swimming pools with inflatables as well as their own sand with sun loungers! We didn’t actually go to Palm Springs until the very last day but we knew we couldn’t not go. We got lots of cool snaps with the inflatable flamingoes and Alice managed to get GoPro footage of us going down the slide. It was such a good idea and definitely a refreshing way to cool off.
- Silent Disco – we did this on the very first night and it was surprisingly so much fun. To anyone who didn’t have the headphones we looked absolutely ridiculous but it really was a great laugh. We danced away on the hill by the DJs with everyone else, switching between the three different channels, and occasionally drifting off elsewhere around the festival site. Going to the toilet with our headphones on was pretty strange as we ended up dancing all the way back (we got a lot of weird looks).
- New Year’s Eve – we got ready to bring in the New Year with The Wombats (who were headlining). The atmosphere at the Main Stage was insane and Alice and I even got on someone’s shoulders at one point. I loved every second of it; everyone was in such high spirits and everyone was really happy to celebrate the New Year together.
- Free face paint – on New Year’s Day we passed Rove Byron‘s tent and saw that they were doing free face paint (we had looked all over for relatively cheap, if not free face paint the night before with no success). It was so nice to have the face paint on and to celebrate the first day of 2016.
- Peking Duck – I loved hearing their music (oh my god there’s this one song – High – that was literally stuck in my head for a week afterwards) as it was something I’d never heard back in England!
- The Wombats & Disclosure – both of their sets were bloody brilliant. Two completely opposite artists but they both managed to get the crowd pumping and having a brilliant time.
– Once Alice has finally given me the GoPro footage, I’ll include all those pictures in this post –
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Peace and love,