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Falls Festival Sideshows

The Falls Festival is one of the bigger indie rock festivals in Australia. Starting as a  Festival in Victoria 18 years ago and then moving to Tasmania about 7 years ago.  It has started to spread its wings to Various other parts of Oz. Last year it spawned a sister Festival  in Brisbane. Next year this 2 day festival is on the 5th and 6th of January.
The first announcement of the Lineup was made today and includes a few bands, I am keen to see.
A few of these have new albums out soon and may well play Glasto next year.
The highlights of the first announcement are, The Klaxons, The National and Interpol another highlight will be New Zealand’s very own Ladyhawke.

Although i am not going to any of these festivals I will be able to see a few bands in Sydney that week.

Last year I saw the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The View and the editors during the falls sideshow period.

If I was to choose 3 to go this year I think The Klaxons, The National and Ladyhawke would be my favourites.

Here is some more info on who is playing from the falls people

    The darkly atmospheric indie rock of INTERPOL (USA); undeniably iconic, unrelentingly cool, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS (USA) bringing us raw rock ‘n’ roll passion; raw and reflective, with deep musical and lyrical wonders, THE NATIONAL (USA); quite simply, one of Australia’s greatest living rock bands, THE LIVING END; legends of rhyme, PUBLIC ENEMY (USA) performing in full their masterpiece ‘Fear of a Black Planet’ on the 20 year anniversary of its release; London based whiz-kids, KLAXONS (UK) playing their epic new album; the nation’s loved purveyors of harmonic rural pop, ANGUS AND JULIA STONE; the psychedelic circus of TAME IMPALA; New York band, THE RAPTURE (USA), bring their pioneering influential brand of post punk; superwoman of pop, LADYHAWKE (NZ); the piano based indie blues, manic vocals and irresistible lyrical crescendos of COLD WAR KIDS (USA); duo SLEIGH BELLS (USA) with their jagged, dance punk take on bubblegum pop; PEACHES (USA), bringing her one woman travelling show down under once again for a special DJ/Karaoke/Performance Art set (!); indie-pop, fabulous foursome, HOT HOT HEAT (CAN); modern icon of Australian music, PAUL KELLY; legend of the Australian roots scene, ASH GRUNWALD; jagged grunge punk rockers, CHILDREN COLLIDE; the melodic summer sounds of THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS; with their stripped back garage rock THE SOFT PACK (USA); local singer/songwriter DAN SULTAN having done us proud making it big on the national stage; for the first time in Australia behold the shimmering brightness of Californian four-piece, THE MORNING BENDERS (USA); THE COOL KIDS (USA) bring their brand of classic hip hop; JUNIP (SWE) featuring Jose Gonzalez (vocals and guitar), Tobias Winterkorn (keyboards) and Elias Araya (drums); KITTY, DAISY AND LEWIS’ (UK) quirky blend of vintage inspired rockabilly, swing and country; with an amazing vocal range, quirky persona and edgy lyrics MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS* (UK) for the first time in Australia; the stunning harmonies of Townsville’s THE MIDDLE EAST; indie melodies of CLOUD CONTROL; sailing right into the heart of The Falls Festival, YACHT CLUB DJs* bring their churning, energetic set; revel in the heavenly sounds of Australia’s pop darling, WASHINGTON; the dense harmonies and brooding arrangements of BOY AND BEAR; formerly New Buffalo and co-writer of Feist hit ‘1234’, SALLY SELTMANN*; downright funk and soul from THE BAMBOOS; flamenco and live Latin Cuban percussion from TIJUANA CARTEL; one of the coolest men on the planet right now, master turntablist A-TRAK (CAN); witness the wizardry of EDAN THE DEE-JAY (USA) and his magnificent array of musical talents; an eclectic, infamous DJ set from Vampire Weekend’s CHRIS BAIO (USA); champion beatboxer, BEARDYMAN (UK) uses no pre-recorded material to create amazing tracks before your very eyes; THE CUBAN BROTHERS (UK) presenting one of the most hilarious and bizarre live dance and comedy shows you’re ever likely to witness; energetic, four-piece Melbourne dance band, WORLD’S END PRESS*; Norwegian masters of danceable electronic, CASIOKIDS* (NOR); with a reputation as one of the nation’s finest and most eccentric songwriters, DAN KELLY*; Senegalese rappers DAARA J FAMILY (AFR) with their afro-beats and reggae inspired sounds; be whisked to a world of French rhythms and sublime pop with JAMAICA* (FRA); the furious guitar picking and gravel soaked vocals of blues singer CHARLIE PARR; the crashing percussion, joyous vocals and swooning keys of JONATHAN BOULET*; sophisticated indie pop of, THE JEZABELS; fuzz-driven, brooding rock to melancholic piano from BIG SCARY; effortlessly catchy pop-rock of LAST DINOSAURS*; spreading satisfyingly good beats with a spectacular live audio visual DJ performance, SAMPOLOGY*; like a cross between The Rolling Stones circa 1971 and some kind of lost Beck b-side – it’s EAGLE AND THE WORM*; JINJA SAFARI* bring together Afropop rhythms and tumbling island-guitar sounds; electro-pop, synth heavy sounds of duo, TIM AND JEAN*; delivering mammoth Afro beats to the dance-floor, THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA*.

    *Lorne only

    Get in early and start your Festival experience in Lorne on the 28th of December and Marion Bay on the 29th by getting your groove on at the FUNK N SOUL RETRO REVUE with the likes of:
    (Marion Bay)

    No doubt we’ve sufficiently piqued your interest and you’re bursting to find out more…head to where the line-up pages will provide you with plenty of happy reading!

    We’d also like to say, give yourself a pat on the back! You’ve helped make The Falls Music and Arts Festivals one of Australia’s longest running music and arts festivals. In two stunning locations, this year’s diary dates are:
    December 29, 2010 to January 1, 2011 in
    Marion Bay, Tasmania (All ages), and
    December 28, 2010 to January 1, 2011 in
    Lorne, Victoria (18+ event).
    Featuring around 60 performers, comedians, The Falls Arts Village, films, spectacular natural amphitheatres and FREE CAMPING.

    The fact you’ve received this little token of our appreciation means that you’ve subscribed (thank you!) BUT have you entered the ticket ballot? Being a subscriber doesn’t mean your hat is in the ring for this year’s hotter than hot tickets. If you want to come along to this year’s extravaganza you will need to subscribe to this year’s ticket ballot via BEFORE 5pm on August 18. Remaining tickets are on sale to the general public on September 9 and 9am.

    Stay tuned – we’ll keep the love coming with more to be announced on what’s coming to The Falls Music and Arts Festival in 2010!

    Phew! After all that excitement we need a cup of tea and a good lie down.
    See you soon!

    Love, The Falls.

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