Saturday, 4 January 2014

Falls Festival - Days 1 & 2

Falls Festival 2013

Sunny during the day and absolutely freezing during the night, the weather did not stop a sold out Falls Festival, full of face painted twenty something´s letting loose for 4 days in a row.

The days would start slow, with the majority of the crowd making it to the afternoon gigs, but the line up was so good that even the earliest bands were ones not to be missed.

Solange, The Roots, Vampire Weekend and even Neil Finn stole the hearts of the crowd getting the biggest turn outs.

The count down was brought in by Vampire Weekend on the Valley Stage and HorrorShow at the Grand Theatre. By this time most people were partied out, so the count down happened and the show just went on. It felt like New Year’s Eve every night!

We have reviewed some of our favourites below. Enjoy the galleries!

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The Roots are true performers. This award-winning hip hop/neo soul ‘something’ band formed in 1987 just keep it coming. I saw them first in 2004 at Paredes de Coura Festival (Portugal) and Falls festival was just another stand out performance with an energy on stage that could made you exhausted only watching.

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Solange certainly had the wow factor on stage with braids that went down to her thighs. There is no denying she was one of the stand-out performers at Falls, with grinding dance moves to match her voice. Solange is the sister of Beyonce but there are no real comparisons, Solange having a unique sound of her own.

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Rocked a lot of energy on stage. She performed her songs to an afternoon crowd and came back later that night for a lil’ cameo with Flight facilities. Her heavily dance-influenced tracks got the crowd up and moving and really set the mood for the rest of the night.

Funny enough, In 2008 Brooke Addamo was a finalist on the sixth season of Australian Idol and her cover of Foster The People's Pumped Up Kicks polled at #28 in triple J’s hottest 100 a few years ago. It is still worth checking out.

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Straight from Tokyo Japan, comes one of the most energetic bands in funk. The six-piece band dressed in suits with a funky style of their own and a real presence on stage got the crowd moving from the first song. Well known at Australian music festivals, signed to the prestigious P-Vine label in Japan and released in Australia through Instrumental Recordings. These gentlemen were the soul of the Falls Festival.

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