The lineup for the 26th annual Falls Festival is finally here, a few months out from the return of the touring summer shindig – and to be quite honest, we’re a little disappointed.
Headlined by R&B group Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, English rockers Catfish And The Bottlemen, Aussie folkster Vance Joy and indie heroes CHVRCHES, the lineup is set to make its way through Lorne (Victoria), Marion Bay (Tasmania), Byron Bay (New South Wales) and Fremantle (Western Australia) between December and January over the New Year period.
The roster also features international acts like ‘Africa’ legends Toto — who have come good on their promise to bless the rains down in Australia — and post-punk stalwarts Interpol, who recently teased Aussie tour plans off the back of their new album “Marauder.”
Meanwhile, Asian hip-hop collective 88rising, Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit and Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat will also all perform exclusively at Falls this year.
On the local front, Falls’ Australian contingent features Hilltop Hood, Flight Facilities, Amy Shark, DMA’S, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, and Golden Features just to name a few.
So why are we disappointed? Well, there’s no-one on that line-up that we’re exactly excited about. And the top headliners seem to be recycled acts from previous festival line-ups over the last couple of years – we were hoping for a new name; an exciting artist that hasn’t toured Australia for a while or someone along those lines.
Check out the full line-up below and tell us what your thoughts are on the announcement in the comments.
THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2018 /19 NATIONAL LINE-UP:
ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS · CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · VANCE JOY · CHVRCHES · HILLTOP HOODS · TOTO · INTERPOL · 88 RISING FEAT. RICH BRIAN, JOJI, NIKI & AUGUST 08 (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · FLIGHT FACILITIES · AMY SHARK · DMA’S · KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD · GOLDEN FEATURES · FIRST AID KIT (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · OCEAN ALLEY · HOCKEY DAD · CASHMERE CAT (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · THE VACCINES · CUB SPORT · RUEL · JACK RIVER · BISHOP BRIGGS · MALLRAT · BRIGGS · TOUCH SENSITIVE · TKAY MAIDZA · DERMOT KENNEDY · TIRED LION · HOBO JOHNSON & THE LOVEMAKERS · SOCCER MOMMY · ODETTE · MAHALIA · HATCHIE · WEST THEBARTON · SAM FENDER · TIA GOSTELOW · KOTA BANKS · TRIPLE ONE · ALICE SKYE · HEAPS GAY DJ’S & FRIENDS + PLUS LOADS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED.