Fes­ti­val of fun Falls into place

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - SHAUN McMANUS

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.

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