Festival Column: The Falls Festival, Tasmania

Feature by Rose Howie | 16 Nov 2011
  • The Falls

To me, New Year's Eve is a rubbish night. I almost inevitably find myself switching between the extreme heat of a sweaty party and the extreme cold of Scotland's streets as I traipse home without hope of finding a taxi. If, like me, you are sick of feeling let down by the anti-climax of New Year's, then the Falls festival in Tasmania could be the perfect escape. Of course, for most of us, jetting over to Oz for Hogmanay is a completely far fetched notion, but it's always nice to fantasise and for those of you who are heading out there this December or in situ already (there are Skinny readers everywhere), here's a low-down of the edgy music and art festival set in one of Australia's most beautiful locations. The 3 day festival kicks off on 29 December with headlining international acts like Artic Monkeys, Crystal Castles, The Kooks and The Wonderful World of DJ Yoda as well as almost 70 Australian talents set to rock you into 2012. With almost a hundred bands, DJs and comedians to choose from there really is something for everyone. The festival is held in the stunning setting of Tasmania's South East coast, just a couple of hours away from the breathtaking Wineglass Bay. Free on-site camping for all 3 nights is included in the $216 ticket price. If you fancy a shorter visit then a 2 day pass is $188 but you'll miss out on the Boogie Nights celebration on the 29th which features great acts like Anna'a Go Go Academy and Ritchie Lumb 2050. This event guarantees a unique New Year's experience in amazing surroundings you're not likely to forget in a hurry. [Rose Howie]

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