AU ABROAD

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.

Foals, who have been teasing fans with tastes from their highly anticipated album What Went Down, will be in the country shortly for some select listening parties and with their announcement on the Falls and Southbound tour coming this morning, we can't freaking wait to see Yannis and the boys back with their dynamic live shows.

Similarly with Bloc Party, it's been quite a while since Australian fans have seen them tour here, with Kele working on his own material and the band undergoing some changes in personnel in recent times. Still, they're known for producing some killer live shows and for Bloc Party fans, these ones are so long overdue and a promising hint at what's to come.

The international contingent on this first line up continues to prove strong and diverse, with the likes of Disclosure, Gary Clark Jr., Kurt Vile and the Violators, Django Django, The Maccabees, Halsey and more making their way to Australia to ring in the New Year with us! Music fans can expect some great homegrown talent on the tour as well, as Courtney Barnett, Gang of Youths, Seth Sentry, Alpine, the Hilltop Hoods and more all head to Byron, Lorne and Marion bay after hectic tour schedules both at home and abroad.

As with every year at the festivals, the popular Boogie Nights sessions return, with a line up of artists ready to ensure your festival bender gets off to the best start. This year, Weird Al' Yankovic (yep, you read that right), Art vs Science, Fleetmac Wood and El Vez are going to be doing their thing in Byron, Lorne and Marion Bay, tasked with getting the crowds adequately turnt up for the rest of the weekend.

2015/16 FALLS AND SOUTHBOUND FESTIVAL TOUR DATES

Lorne: December 28th - January 1st | 18+
Marion Bay: December 29th - January 1st | All Ages
Byron Bay: December 31st - January 3rd | 18+
Southbound: January 8th - January 10th | 18+

Now, to tickets. Punters will have access to the Falls ticket ballot (now available through www.fallsfestival.com) until August 14th, when registrations close. General sales commence from 9am AEST, August 26th. Southbound pre-sales will be happening from 9am AWST, August 5th until 5pm AWST, August 9th. General ticket sales for Southbound will commence from 9am AWST, August 10th - head to www.southboundfestival.com.au for more info.

Check out the first artist announcement below and get registered for your tickets - the ballot will see the majority of the tickets go quick.

FALLS FESTIVAL FIRST LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT

ALPINE
THE AVENER
BIRDS OF TOKYO
BLOC PARTY
BØRNS
COURTNEY BARNETT
DISCLOSURE
DJANGO DJANGO
FOALS
GANG OF YOUTHS
GARY CLARK JR
HALSEY
HIATUS KAIYOTE
HILLTOP HOODS
KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD
KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS
LITTLE MAY
THE MACCABEES
MAC DeMARCO
MEG MAC
OH WONDER

PAUL KELLY & MERRI SOUL SESSIONS ft. CLAIRY BROWNE, DAN SULTAN, KIRA PURU, VIKA & LINDA BULL

RUFUS
SETH SENTRY
TORO Y MOI
YOUNG FATHERS

BOOGIE NIGHTS LINE UP

WEIRD AL' YANKOVIC
ART VS SCIENCE
FLEETMAC WOOD
EL VEZ

SOUTHBOUND FESTIVAL ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT

ALPINE
BIRDS OF TOKYO
BLOC PARTY
BØRNS
COURTNEY BARNETT
DISCLOSURE
DJANGO DJANGO
FOALS
GANG OF YOUTHS
GARY CLARK JR
HALSEY
HIATUS KAIYOTE
HILLTOP HOODS
KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD
KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS
LITTLE MAY
THE MACCABEES
MAC DeMARCO
MEG MAC
OH WONDER

PAUL KELLY & MERRI SOUL SESSIONS ft. CLAIRY BROWNE, DAN SULTAN, KIRA PURU, VIKA & LINDA BULL
RUFUS
SETH SENTRY
TORO Y MOI
YOUNG FATHERS

FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER LINE UP (January 8th)

ART VS SCIENCE
THE DANCING ACCOUNTANT
DEATH DISCO DJs
FUNK CLUB DJs
HWLS
KOI CHILD
PILERAT DJs