Top Five Picks for Falls Festival 2014/15
Time to hippity hop on your computer and rapidly log into your email inboxes as the Falls Festival ballot has just been drawn!
With only four long months that are going to be as painstakingly tedious as they are exciting, the waiting game has quickly thrown us into a budgeting, organisational mode, not to mention compiling playlists made up of our favourite Falls artists from this year’s first line-up announcement.. So in other words the entirety of this year’s first line-up announcement.
Whether you’re packing nerves to buy a Lorne, Byron or Marion Bay ticket, we’re all in this together and are praying that the Purple Sneakers gods look after our dire need to get to one of these locations this New Years Eve. In the meantime, we’ve jumped the gun and are looking into, in our opinion, the top five most important acts to be seeing at the festival. Because we WILL get tickets. All of us. It’s going to be okay.
Not only is it “Album Time”, it’s “boogie in Australia at Falls Festival for the first time ever.. Time”! Patiently awaiting for his name to pop up on an Australian festival bill, we knew we’d be expecting a visit from Todd Terje in the Summer of 2014/15. Since releasing his debut record, It’s Album Time!, the Norwegian disco ball has been busy on the road, uncovering the record’s live show throughout Europe, Japan and America. Now set to appear at all three Falls Festival sites, we’ve ensured our calendars have been scribbled with the words, “Dance batshit crazily with Todd Terje” over the last few days of December.
Some people just can’t keep their big mouths shut, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad news for all parties involved. Just days prior to the line-up’s first official announcement, San Francisco man Scott Hansen updated his tour page for his ambient production project, Tycho, prematurely informing us of his Falls Festival appearances. Already getting the crowd cheering this early on, he’ll be one to watch at the festival this year. Perhaps we can expect some of his own visuals to be projected during his set too!
SALT N PEPA
Although the Flight of the Conchords dudes would beg to differ, there seriously ain’t no party like Boogie Nights, and there sure isn’t a duo quite like Salt N Pepa. Do they need an introduction? No. Will there be a huge, enthusiastic crowd? Of course. Be there.
THE BLACK LIPS
There’s a great chunk of producers and dance enthusiasts making up part of the Falls Festival line-up this year, and then there’s other sparkling gems such as The Black Lips. Born out of Atlanta in the US, the four piece have been kicking since 1999, and have just released their seventh studio record, Underneath The Rainbow through Vice (which, mind you, is available on a limited run of beautifully marbled 180 gram vinyl). Sure to be a set comprised of fresh material and golden oldies, any Black Lips fan would be an absolute fool to miss these guys jamming in Falls’ natural surroundings.
Canadian trio Badbadnotgood (BBNG) are far from your average band of drumkits and electric guitars. Rather fond of hip-hop and its purveyors, they compose interpretive tracks of the genre, injecting them each with a rich, jazz dosage combined with a dark and mysterious solution. Returning for the first time since their 2013 OutsideIn festival appearance, prepare to lose yourself in their instrumental catalogue that will see their set consisting of improvisation and tracks from their third record aptly titled III that was released earlier this year. If their last Australian show was anything to go by, you’ll be wondering why they’re yet to invert their name.
We’ve addressed five international artists that we’re stupidly excited to welcome to Australia for Falls Festival this year, though it doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about our Australian buddies. Here’s some tracks from our very own backyard to listen out for at the event.
Words by Hannah Galvin.