Falls Festival 2022/23 is back in a big way with headliners Arctic Monkeys, Lil Nas X and The Wiggles.
Falls Festival 2022/23 tickets go on sale today (May 12) around the country and in case you weren’t already excited, Falls have dropped another huge headliner – no less than the original lineup of The Wiggles confirming they’ll play all three festivals around the country as the legendary children’s entertainers (although their multi-generational appeal appears self-evident) continue their whirlwind 30th anniversary celebrations.
The news also confirms that there will, in fact, be a Lil Nas X and Wiggles collaboration, which caused a social media frenzy after the megastar US rapper asked them to co-headline his tour.
trying really hard to get the wiggles to coheadline the tour with me. i will keep you guys updated.
— MONTERO (@LilNasX) April 27, 2022
With 30 million albums and DVDs sold, eight million books, one billion music streams and two billion YouTube views, The Wiggles sit comfortably alongside Arctic Monkeys and Lil Nas X as the festival’s major headliners. Formed in 1991 and now touring with a largely renewed lineup, The Wiggles’ recent crowning atop triple j’s Hottest 100 and their media resurgence has proven, more than just the nostalgic reverence of social media, the underrated influence the Australian group had over generations of musicians, from DZ Deathrays to Tame Impala. Particularly noteworthy is the fact that Falls attendees will witness The Wiggles’ original lineup – Anthony Field, Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt and Greg Page – performing together, for what may be the last time.
What you need to know
- Falls Festival is being staged in Birregurra for the first time
- The 2022/23 festival will run from December 29 – 31
- Headliners include Arctic Monkeys and Lil Nas X. Tickets available here.
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It’s a huge year for Falls Festival after a horror spate of cancellations and for Victorians, it will be staged at its brand new home in Birregurra – a town about 40 minutes inland of Lorne – after announcing it was leaving the seaside with the intention of eventually expanding beyond 30,000 attendees. The official new festival site name is Pennyroyal Plains, and the festival will feature three stages; El Capitan showcasing global headline artists across hip hop, indie, rock and pop, Sugarloaf Resort for global electronic artists, and the Futures Stage showcasing the future of music.
The Victorian festival will go from December 29 – 31, Byron Bay’s festival will run from December 31 – January 2, and Fremantle will also go from January 7 – 8. Tickets go on sale on May 12. Falls described their new Vic location as “truly special, we fell in love with its gentle topography and sweeping open spaces, which has created the opportunity for Falls to transform its new landscape into a deeper and more immersive festival experience.”
Falls Festival 2022/23 lineup
Arctic Monkeys, Lil Nas X, The Wiggles, Peggy Gou, Chvrches, Jamie Xx Aminé, Ocean Alley, Camelphat, Spacey Jane, Dma’s, G Flip, Pinkpantheress, Rico Nasty, Amyl And The Sniffers, Mall Grab, Ben Böhmer (Live), Dj Seinfeld, Genesis Owusu, Tsha, Cc:Disco!, Young Franco, Anna Lunoe, Luude, Lastlings, May-A, Choomba, The Vanns, King Stingray, Peach Prc, Beddy Rays, Jean Dawson, Telenova, Biscits, Barry Can’t Swim, Floodlights, Elkka, Wongo, Yng Martyr, 1300, Moktar, Magdalena Bay, Dameeeela, Ebony Boadu, Elsy Wameyo, Rona., Juno Mamba + many more
Presale tickets are available from Monday 9 May, 9am – 9pm local times. G.A tickets available 9am sharp local times on Thursday 12 May here.
With nine billion streams, Arctic Monkeys will head to Falls to do the Australian festival ciruit after headlining across several European festivals. Their 2006 album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not is arguably the pre-eminent indie rock album of the 2000s and became the fastest selling debut in UK history. They are the only band to have won both Best British Group and British Album of The Year at The Brits three times. They’ve won 7 Brit awards in total alongside an Ivor Novello award, a Mercury Music Prize, 20 NME awards, five Q awards and three Grammy nominations.
Likewise, LGBT country pioneer Lil Nas X comes to Australia after shattering the record for longest running US number-one single with the 16 x Platinum remix with Billy Ray Cyrus of ‘Old Town Road’, and has since released his debut album Montero, boasting back-to-back number-ones with ‘Industry Baby’ featuring Jack Harlow and ‘That’s What I Want’ and also featuring the multiplatinum hits ‘Panini’, ‘Rodeo’ and ‘HOLIDAY’. Still just 23, Lil Nas X is now regarded as an LGBT pioneer in the gargantuan US country market.
Jamie XX, originally the often-background non-vocal member of breakthrough indie artists The XX, has proven by far the group’s most successful solo export since releasing the acclaimed ‘Far Nearer/Beat For’ in 2011, going on to release a highly-successful remix album with Gil Scott-Heron called We’re New Here, which paved the way for a new generation of fans for the legendary American poet and musician. Further singles‘Girl/Sleep Sound’, ‘All Under One Roof Raving’, ‘Loud Places’, and ‘Gosh’ followed, the latter two appearing on his debut album as a solo artist, 2015’s In Colour, which received nominations for a Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy, the Mercury Prize and Album of the Year at the Brit Awards, leading to Jamie released ‘Idontknow’ in 2020, boasting a faster-pace and more aggressive sound than his In Colour era. He’s since continued the more club-friendly material after returning in April this year with the festival ready anthem, ‘LET’S DO IT AGAIN’, released alongside a massive set at Coachella.
Also heading up the lineup are a range of electronic stalwarts. Peggy Gou recently impressed at Live at the Bowl and has earned a huge fanbase for her unmistakable MPC rhythms and irresistible melodies on tracks like ‘Gou Talk’, ‘It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)’, ‘Starry Night’ and ‘Jigoo’. Ben Böhmer will play another live set after his awe-inspiring performance at Pitch Festival earlier this year, while UK duo Camelphat rocketed to mainstream attention with ‘Cola’ in 2017 and have since released a steady stream of club-centric house tracks. Expect DJ Seinfeld, TSHA, Mall Grab, CC:DISCO!, Anna Lunoe and so many more to also play entrancing sets at Sugarloaf Resort as well. Looking at it now, there’s actually so much top-class electronica on offer.
Other major internationals include Scottish indietronica outfit CHVRCHES, who’ve now released four albums in the ARIA top 20, US rapper Aminé whose debut ‘Caroline’ reached the top 15 on the US charts alongside Rico Nasty, and UK artist Pink Pantheress, who rose to fame through Tik Tok and has since released her debut record To Hell With It. On the local front, very familiar Australian indie darlings Ocean Alley, Spacey Jane, DMA’s, G Flip, Mall Grab and Genesis Owusus are just a taste of the plethora of talented acts on offer. While there’s certainly a lofty triple j bent within the local flavour – Amyl and the Sniffers look pretty isolated among the heavy options – there’s still such huge variety within these acts that the overused cliche ‘something for everyone’ still applies. And that’s a good thing.
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Falls Festival 2022/23 dates and locations
Pennyroyal Plains, Colac, VIC – 29, 30 and 31 December 2022
North Byron Parklands, Yelgun, NSW – 31 December 2022, 1 and 2 January 2023
Fremantle Park, Fremantle, WA – 7 and 8 January 2023
There’ll also be all the usual Falls accoutrements; morning yoa, hammocks, swimming pools, food trucks and margaritas, the Shit Olympics featuring three legged races and backyard cricket, pinot and painting and more.
There’ll also be numerous glamping and VIP options. Club Falls tickets come with dedicated VIP event entry lanes, a concierge, private cocktail and food bars, fancy bathrooms and other services, while Falls Cabana tickets get you a 40 square-metre ‘private oasis’ in prime position overlooking the main stage and include 20 daily event passes, a private bar, food delivery service, lounge seating, VIP entry lanes and more.
How much are Falls Festival tickets?
Birregurra VIC & Byron NSW
3 Day Event GA $379 + booking fees & cc charges
3 Day Event VIP $559 + booking fees & cc charges
1 Day Event GA $189 + booking fees & cc charges
1 Day Event VIP $279 + booking fees & cc charges
3 Day Camping $149 + booking fees & cc charges
4 Day Camping $149 (Byron only) + booking fees & cc charges
2 Day Event GA $349 + booking fees & cc charges
2 Day Event VIP $499 + booking fees & cc charges
1 Day Event GA $189 + booking fees & cc charges
1 Day Event VIP $279 + booking fees & cc charges
Your comprehensive info guide and FAQs
Is Falls Festival happening this year?
It sure is! You’re forgiven for asking, given Falls has had a very rough trot having to cancel their Victorian event in 2019/20 just one day into its four day stretch in Lorne due to “predicted extreme weather conditions” for Monday December 30. Then in 2020/21, after originally announcing an all-Aussie lineup, the festival was forced into another cancellation due to outbreaks of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown restrictions. 2022 is hugely different for a number of reasons, so get excited for a stellar array of international and domestic talent, in a new location, but with the same great vibes.
What to bring to Falls Festival?
There’s definitely a few must-have items you’ll need if you’re thinking of heading to Falls; tickets (an obvious one), proof of ID, car pass if you’re thinking of driving into the festival, a tent that works, sleeping bag and pillow, torch and folding chair. Sunglasses are also a must alongside spare clothes, especially warm gear for when the nights get colder, closed toe shoes (break in the Doc Martens pre-festival), a towel, sunscreen and bug repellent. Other things such as snacks, earplugs, a car phone charger, medication and a decent ice-breaker or joke so you can make a few new friends will also come in handy.
Falls is also completely cashless. To make the entire festival experience a bit easier, all payments will be made through payWave and mobile devices – that way you can spend less time waiting in line at the bar and more time getting to the front of the mosh!
You can also check out our major festival camping checklist for both tent-camping and car or van camping below.
Who started Falls? Looking back on a past interview with Falls founder Simon Daly
Originally Falls Festival was founded by Simon Daly as Rock The Falls Festival back in 1993, and Daly was intent from the beginning to make Falls and his fellow festival contribution Lost Lands into pillars of festival organisation and sustainability. The festival has a certain intimate feel rarely felt in any other major events; maybe that’s because it’s still run in part by the Daly family, but it’s most likely the attention to detail the organisers put into it to ensure its continued growth and improvements. We spoke to Daly quite a while back about how one of Australia’s true cultural success stories first begun.
Daly dreamt up the Falls Festival when he was only 21 years old and the first ever Falls Festival was held on his parents’ farm in Lorne, where it continued to be held until this coming year. The first festival was really just a get-together, as Daly told us at the time: “It was something that had been in its infancy for a couple of years before that [the festival’s debut],” says Daly. “We always used to have a BBQ, sort of a mini bonfire camp thing just among friends in the years prior to that. On this one night, we all conspired to open up and invite a few more people up to the farm. That’s really where the beginnings of where the idea came to do something a bit different.”
The Falls Arts & Music Festival – as it’s officially known – has become an institution, a staple in the festival season calendar. Each year, festival-goers head out to the stunning locations to enjoy the ever-changing and growing party atmosphere that Falls fosters. With the best new talent, as well as much-loved favourites headlining the festival year-after-year, it’s no mystery why it’s consistently one of the most-loved and anticipated festivals on the calendar. Packing far more than just great bands, Falls is also renowned for its arts and comedy program.
“With the comedy, it’s always such a charming part of the festival because it’s held at the Grande Theatre and it’s between [music] acts and it’s a genuine spot – it’s not like a 10-minute token spot – it’s actually 50 minutes set aside,” says Daly. “It’s without a fail always one of the highlights of the festival… It’s just a really nice softening of the program where it allows music to shine and comedy to shine both equally.”
The arts section, for a long-time under the curatorial direction of Ian Pidd, has also grown to include a larger program. The Arts Village traditionally provided patrons with a range of activities and entertainment including circus workshops, puppetry, burlesque and comedy – its diversity is sure to satisfy a myriad of palettes. The Falls Fiesta was a famous optional dress-up occasion; the festival’s answer to a parade filled with dance and costumes. It’s safe to say, the future of the arts genre is bright as we look forward to future years, as is Falls Festival’s focus on breaking in new talent. What used to be called the APRA People’s Stage is now the Futures Stage, a chance for the greatest upcoming talent from Australia and abroad to strut their stuff at a major festival.
“We always used to have these acts that would perform out in the campground…they were literally patrons who had set up themselves on the campground and just done their own little side show,” Daly told us back in 2010. As such, a stage was set up for patrons with a penchant for performing. “We actually have the stage facing the bus stop, which takes about 3,000 people down to Lorne each day to enjoy the beaches. While they’re waiting in line to get on a bus, they’ve got the People’s Stage.”
Falls’ reputation for sustainability
When talking to Daly, what’s undeniable is the personal touch each member of the Falls Festival takes into creating the event, and none of this is more apparent than the festival’s commitment to sustainability and maintaining an eco-friendly event. The Daly family are from and still live in Lorne and as such, the importance of maintaining the beautiful landscapes of the region is a top priority.
Often, in most festivals and major events, recycling and non-recycling stations encourage patrons to throw their litter with more eco-efficiency. However, after visiting Visy Recycling, Daly was astonished to learn that if around five percent of a recycling load were contaminated with non-recycle waste, the load would be deemed trash, thus rendering the recycling efforts superfluous.
“It’s very easy to imagine people walking along in a festival and not quite getting their choice right and putting one item in the wrong bin and the whole load is contaminated,” explains Daly. “So we actually set up a whole sorting station similar to what we saw actually at Visy Plant itself, and do all the sorting on site.”
The Falls Festival has a green team that physically sorts through all the recyclable rubbish post-festivities to ensure that all recycled rubbish is a 100 percent clean. The other thing is their toilet facilities, which are sure to please the female demographic. Everyone, especially if you don’t own a willy, knows that festival loos are the armpits of a venue. The word ‘portaloo’ is enough to make eyes water and toes curl, and this was something that came to Daly’s attention through a rather personal encounter.
“Back in around 2000, my girlfriend at the time of only two or three weeks (but now wife) went into the ladies toilets and just couldn’t believe the state of them,” says Daly. “She went down to the house and grabbed a mop and broom and spent the entire New Year’s cleaning the loos. I just took note at that point.”
As such, the Falls Festival now hosts composting loos, which are not only eco-friendly since they’re waterless, but also often clean, spacious and odourless.
“The actual loads can be returned back onto the ground once the worms and so on have gone through all the waste, which is really just the way of the future… So that’s been a great part of the festival and really helped not just as the green way to go, but it also makes it such a comfortable festival to be at,” explains Daly.
Being Green also means utilising generators that have B20 biodiesel going through them. “For us, when you’re living in such a beautiful environment, you’re a custodian of that environment and there’s a real responsibility to ensure that everything is not ending up in your oceans or waste streams unnecessarily. So, there’s always been that just growing up in that environment, a deep passion to make sure you leave something as you found it, but I think we’ve found ways to leave it in a better place than what it was, and at the same time, showing other people the way as well.”
The festival’s tie to the local community is also a strong and endearing relationship. Every year, the Falls Festival donates $16000 to the Lorne community fund. “We put the community in charge with discovering and thinking of ideas of how to spend that money, whether it be the elderly citizens or the younger ones or the primary school,” says Daly. “Consequently, already we’ve had in the last two years $33,000 spent in Lorne on a whole range of things. The nice thing about it is it has been shared between the elderly and the young and the middle aged of the community.”
Looking back on the growth of the festival from bonfire talk to one of Australia’s most popular arts and music events, the staggering revelation is that none of the successes was ever an expectation, nor was it ever planned.
“I don’t think I’ve ever lived too far ahead of myself,” says Daly. “It’s always had that feeling that the festival can control its own destiny and that kind of surety has allowed it to develop much more than two stages and music. And who knows where else it’ll head beyond there, and the amount of work we put into the green element of the festival as well.”
The Falls Art & Music Festival dedicates a large amount of time and effort into ensuring that the entire festival is as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. From flush-free composting toilets which save around two-and-a-half million litres of water each year to harvesting rain water for supply to the gas-fired onsite showers, all the measures have been taken to ensure as little impact on the environment is made as possible.
Falls has also previously teamed up the likes with BYO Bottle to cut down on the amount of single use bottles, meaning you can bring your own refillable drink bottle and refill it for free at one of the refill stations around the festival.
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