Festival of fun Falls into place
ABOUT 10,000 revellers filed into Marion Bay yesterday as the Falls Festival kicked off in style ahead of a huge day of music today.
Acts Toto, Chvrches, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Anderson .Paak, and Golden Features will all hit the stage today as the three-day summer music festival shifts up a gear, before going into overdrive for New Year’s Eve celebrations tomorrow.
Falls Festival national producer Paul Piticco said more people than expected turned up yesterday to see acts including Hayden James, Dizzee Rascal and Ocean Alley as strong winds early gave way to a glorious summer day.
“We had a surge of tickets in the last couple of days and tickets are still selling really fast,” Mr Piticco said.
“We’re selling tickets right up to midnight on December 30.”
Bella Hickling, 20, of Sandy Bay, is attending her fifth Falls.
“All our mates go every year, so it’s good to all come together and see each other, and it brings all our Tassie crew together,” Ms Hickling said.
Tasmania Police praised the crowd’s behaviour yesterday.
Senior Sergeant Brenda Orr said in the lead-up to the festival, Falls organisers and Tasmania Police worked together to help prevent sexual assaults, following several incidents reported in recent years.
“We’ve implemented a couple of additional measures to stop those sexual assaults,” Sgt Orr said.
“We’ve got a lot of extra CCTV footage here, we’ve got sexual assault support service onsite and will be for the entire festival, the event staff here have been trained in what to do if a sexual assault is reported, and we will have a specialised crime response unit that specialises in dealing with sexual assaults onsite.”
She said the aim was to stop any incidents of sexual assault at the festival.