The Falls Festival at Marion Bay is an absolute New Years tradition in Tasmania, and what better way of getting a feel for it than sending a seasoned Falls veteran to experience it? We gave Gavin Boyd the keys to our @hobartandbeyond Instagram account and asked him to go nuts and show us his Falls experience, and below you’ll find his images and some extra words describing his experience. Thanks Gavin!
30th of December
Perfect weather conditions greeted Falls patrons as they entered the Marion Bay site on the 30th of December. You would struggle to find a more picturesque back drop to a festival anywhere in the world than that of the Marion Bay site. The aqua blue water of the bay glistening behind the main stage is a truly spectacular sight.
It was not only the weather and the scenery that was on song on the 30th of December however, the music acts were also at the top of their game. Meg Mac performed with the presence of an act with a much higher billing, packing energetic young festival goers into the main arena in the early afternoon, Kurt Vile kept the ‘Indy’ fans happy with a great set, The Wombats had an enormous crowd moving to their upbeat pop rock, and Foals delivered the set of the day with a high powered rock performance just before midnight.
Numbers seemed a little down on previous years on the 30th. However, the relaxed Falls Festival vibe was still present. Families played with their children on the hill overlooking the main stage, food vendors and bar staff bopped away to the music, as a long list of bands performed well into the morning of the 31st.
All in all, it was a great way to prepare for the big one (New Year eve 2015), which is sure to be a great day of sun, singing and celebrations as all at Falls Marion Bay ring in the New Year!
31st of December
New Year’s Eve at Falls starts with the must do walk to Marion Bay Beach for a refreshing swim which can make all the difference to how you start the ‘big day’. A large percentage of festival attendees religiously make the journey to the beach each morning to enjoy one of Tassie’s finest beaches.
The beach this year was packed with people looking to take a dip in the crystal clear waters of Marion Bay, relax on the sand with a book or simply to wash away a hard earned head ache earned from partying the night before.
Once arriving back at the main arena it’s time for some breakfast and coffee. Falls has come a long way since the days that dodgy ‘old fashioned’ fast food vans were the only thing available for sustenance at the festival. Wingseed, Taco Taco, Mount Gnomon Farm, and Bratwagen are just a few of the top quality food vendors who serve up gourmet treats to hungry festival goers.
One of the great things to do at Falls is relax on the grass with friends while enjoying the entertainment. This year was particularly suited to this due to the amazing weather experienced at Marion Bay. Temperatures on both days were in the mid to high twenties and with acts such as Mac Demarco and Paul Kelly on the billing the afternoons were just made for lazing around taking in the chilled out vibe of the festival.
Words & Pictures: Gavin Boyd, @tricky035