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FALLS FESTIVAL

Wavves add Sydney and Melbourne sideshows to their upcoming Falls Festival tour

American group Wavves have announced headline shows, adding dates for Sydney and Melbourne in early January after their performances at Falls Festival. The group has played in Australia several times, including at festivals Splendour In The Grass and Groovin' In The Moo, as well as their own shows around the country.

Leon Bridges announces Sydney and Melbourne headline shows!

International soul star Leon Bridges has announced headline shows for Melbourne and Sydney for his first ever Australian tour. The Texan, who will also be performing at Falls Festival, will be playing shows at Sydney’s Metro Theatre and Melbourne’s 170 Russell in January.

Falls Festival sideshows announced for Foals, Bloc Party, Halsey, Disclosure and more!

We're two months out from the Falls and Southbound festivals kicking off for another year and like previous years, tickets have been flying for the events held around the country over the New Year's period. With the likes of Foals, Bloc Party and The Wombats headlining, the festival tour this year has represented a strong line up of international favourites, not to mention a crop of artists from Australia and abroad who've broke out strongly through 2015. Today, a bunch of official sideshows have been announced for a select few of these heavy hitters - click through to see where you can catch 'em and when.

Peking Duk, Miami Horror, Tijuana Cartel, The Wombats and More Added to Falls & Southbound Festival Line-Up

The Wombats
The Wombats - Image Credit: Kerrie Geier

Falls Festival has just announced some killer new additions to its line-up. Joining an already impressive list including Foals, Bloc Party, Disclosure and more will be Peking Duk, Miami Horror, Tijuana Cartel and Bootleg Rascal. Click through for the full second announcement...

Falls Festival and Southbound add three more acts to line-up

Every year, Falls Festival and Southbound never fail to deliver a stellar line-up of our favourite music and comedy acts. The 2015/2016 editions will be no exception with a line up that includes Foals and Bloc Party. The twin festivals have now added even more names as part of a second announcement, adding to the already solid list of musicians and bands who will bring us into 2016 with style.

Art vs Science confirm new album details - 'Off the Edge of the Earth and Into Forever, Forever' coming this October!

Art vs Science gifted fans with a taste of their new music a few months ago with the punchy "In This Together" and this morning, the Sydney trio have finally backed it up with the confirmation that their long awaited sophomore album is coming this October! Entitled Off the Edge of the Earth and Into Forever, Forever is impressive on the title alone and looks set to continue the AvS ethos of making music that conjures up its own little universe for the listener to get lost in - when one thinks of their recent Create/Destroy material and how far they've evolved and developed since 2011's The Experiment, it's great to see the boys haven't lost any sense of bold creativity and curiosity when it comes to playing with and developing sounds.

Exclusive Lollapalooza Interview: Django Django (UK) talk about their return to Australia for Falls Festival


Photo Credit: Larry Heath - Backstage at Lollapalooza 2015

Earlier today, it was revealed that UK outfit Django Django would be returning to Australia as part of the massive Falls Festival lineup over the New Years period (full lineup details HERE). Earlier this weekend, we caught up with Jimmy Dixon and Tommy Grace from the group while backstage at Lollapalooza in Chicago, to talk about their return to Australia, their latest album Born Under Saturn - and we find out why the new tracks have yet to become a dominating force amongst their sets. We also talk Metallica fans, defining moments and of course, cowbell.

Foals and Bloc Party lead the first artist announcement for the Falls & Southbound festivals!

Now that Splendour in the Grass is over for another year, Australian festival goers can now look ahead to the next major run of festivals coming up over the New Year period and for 2015, the crew behind the Falls and Southbound festivals have delivered a pretty slick line up of artists set to bring in your New Year right. Leading the first artist announcement of the festival tour are Foals and Bloc Party, both British bands who have long enjoyed a successful relationship with fans in Australia.

Under 18? Here are our five favourite festivals that cater to teens around Australia!


Photo Credit: John Goodridge, Falls Music & Arts Festival 2014

Who says over 18s should have all the music festival fun? Certainly not us. Which is why we’ve put together our top 5 underage festivals around Australia for you to add to your list of must-experience music events. From the Big Top at Luna Park, Sydney and the award-winning Bluesfest in Byron Bay to The Falls at Marion Bay in Tasmania – we’ve got everything (and everywhere) covered.

the AU interview at the Falls Festival 2014: Kim Churchill backstage at Lorne!


Photo: John Goodridge

January has been a huge month for Kim Churchill, with the multi-talented performer taking his new single "Single Spark" around the country over the past few weeks. We were blown away by his performance over New Year's at the Falls Festival and were lucky enough to snare some of the blonde troubadour extraordinaire's time at Lorne.

the AU interview at the Falls Festival 2014: Joe & Dave of Glass Animals (UK) ahead of their NYE set in Lorne!


Photo: John Goodridge

Glass Animals certainly came and made their presence known with Australian crowds as they played all legs of the Falls Festival and Southbound, along with headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney this month. Ringing in the New Year in Australia, a country which has been showing consistent support for their amazing music for a while now, the band performed brilliantly across the tour, fans not wanting them to leave. On New Year's Eve, a few hours before they took to the stage, we briefly sat down with Joe and Dave to welcome them to Falls and to find out how things have been going since our last chat.

the AU interview at the Falls Festival 2014: Jake & Stav of Bluejuice (Sydney) ahead of their New Year's Eve show in Lorne!


Photo: John Goodridge

The New Year's break saw the time of one of our best loved bands, Bluejuice, come to an end. Calling time on their 13 year career with a run of festival sets at Falls and Southbound at the end of 2014, the crowds bore witness to a lot of fun, nudity and incredible entertainment from the Sydney band who took to Tassie, Victoria, Byron Bay and WA for the last time. In one of their final interviews, Jake and Stav sat down for a drink and chat with the AU about their 'Retrospectable Tour', what they want to be remembered for, and tips for sexual pleasure.

the AU interview at the Falls Festival 2014: The Kite String Tangle (Brisbane) talks remixes, fanboying & more in Lorne!


Photo: John Goodridge

One of the break out artists of 2014 had to be The Kite String Tangle. The Brisbane producer made a name for himself through the year off impressive EP releases and a heavy tour schedule which took him all around the country and abroad to a warm reception. Backstage at the Lorne Falls Festival, Bridget sat down with Danny to have a chat about his place on the tour (returning after first playing Falls as a triple j Unearthed winner), remixes and more.

the AU interview at the Falls Festival 2014: Safia (Canberra) talk Lorde, Bluejuice, triple j Hottest 100 & plans for 2015


Photo: John Goodridge

the AU review recently sat down at the Falls Festival to interview indie electronic band, SAFIA. New to the Falls Festival line up, we asked them which bands they were most excited to see and they revealed an 'emotional' and 'crazy' festival showmance with Sydney’s Bluejuice. We talked about their recent Australian tour, their live show, and the 'prospering' music scene in their hometown, Canberra. We reflected on their 2014 tour with Lorde and talked about why the young singer is more mature than all of SAFIA. The band also revealed their favourite artists of 2014.

the AU interview at the Falls Festival 2014: Vance Joy (Melbourne) talks festivals and more backstage at Lorne!


Photo: John Goodridge

One of the big drawcards for a lot of Falls Festival punters on New Year's Eve was James Keogh, aka Vance Joy. The recipient of huge amounts of success through 2014 off the back of "Riptide" and the Mess Is Mine debut album which then achieved Gold status, Vance Joy is a name which quickly spread in international markets as well as through the Australian music fan base. Performing to a large crowd at Lorne on December 31st must've been a sweet way to wrap up what's been one hell of a year, but before he took to the stage, James sat down with Bridget backstage to have a quick chat.