The year Falls Festival is really teasing us. After announcing that they would expand to Western Australia this year back in June, and then confirming that none other than Childish bloody Gambino would be headlining earlier this month, this morning they've let slip another headliner before the full lineup is released this afternoon. And, much to our delight, it's London Grammar.
Yep, the British trio will return to Australia for Falls Music & Arts Festival over the New Years period. It's a quick return to the country — after all, they only toured last year — and they'll join musical (and acting and writing) wunderkind Donald Glover to play all four shows.
As always, Falls will be heading to Lorne in Victoria for four nights, and Marion Bay in Tassie and Byron Bay on the NSW coast for three nights over New Year's Eve. They'll also be setting up shop in Fremantle for the first time with Falls Downtown, a two-day city festival slated to take place over the weekend of January 7-8.
The main stage will be set up in Freo's town square, while an old-world ballroom and a stone-walled church will house the smaller ones. They'll also be taking over the abandoned Myer building, turning it into a creepy crib for art installations, "unexpected performance areas", markets and "bunkered basement danceterias". There'll even be a small number of glamping tents on the roof. It sounds similar to some of Melbourne Music Week's activations of abandoned spaces, and it sounds insane.
This new iteration of the festival and the announcement of Childish Gambino as headliner is another win for Falls, who sell out their Lorne event basically every year. Since its inception in Lorne back in 1993, the festival has grown to span three cities, which include the original site on the Great Ocean Road, Marion Bay in Tassie and, since 2013, Byron Bay.
But here's the dates. The full festival lineup will be announced this afternoon. Stay tuned.
Lorne, Victoria: December 28-31 Marion Bay, Tasmania: December 29-31 Byron Bay, NSW: December 31 - January 2 Fremantle, WA: January 7-8
Tickets for Falls Festival 2016/17 will go on sale at 9am on Tuesday, August 30 via their website.