By REBECCA HERNANDEZ
Organisers for Falls Festival have announced that the annual music event will not run this year, taking the regular holiday period to instead “rest, recover and recalibrate.”
“The Falls team are today switching on their OOOs and taking this New Year’s season off,” reads the festival website.
The decision comes after a particularly difficult period for the nationwide event – with the past few years marred by delays, legal trouble, and the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Taking Time Off
These issues led to cancellations in 2020/2021, the shuttering of the festival’s Tasmanian arm soon after, and a failed attempt to find a new, permanent home for its Melbourne event in 2022.
“The past few years has seen unprecedented change in the live music space, both front of house and behind the scenes,” said Jessica Ducrou, Secret Sounds co-Chief and Falls Festival producer, in a public statement.
“Our team needs a break, so this year we’ll take time off to enjoy the holiday period and allow some space to re-imagine how Falls will look in the future”.
She continued, thanking patrons for the “ongoing support” and discussing the “great vibes” of the 2022/2023 events.
“We look forward to updating you with our plans when the time is right,” she concludes, leaving the future of Falls presently ambiguous.
An Ambiguous Future
Falls Festival has been an Australian mainstay for the past 28 years, ringing in the New Year by gathering Aussies and artists from across the globe together for a weekend of sound and celebration.
Having begun in 2013, 2023 would have been the Byron Bay festival’s 10th year running, in what residents now say is a firm part of “the Byron Shire landscape”.
Locals and music fans alike will just have to wait and see what’s to come for Falls Festival.