Huge: Falls Festival 2020/2021 is going to feature an all-Australian lineup
As a response to COVID-19's tightening restrictions in Australia, Falls Festival 2020/2021 is gonna be all local - and it's great to see.
Header image by Liam Fawell.
As a response to the ongoing and unforeseen COVID-19 pandemic, we've seen music festivals around the world both rise and fall. In Australia alone, festivals set to go underway throughout the March to May peaks have been cancelled full-stop - Groovin the Moo, for example, is out of the festival season until next year - while others have optimistically delayed themselves until later in the year, such as Splendour In The Grass, which is now running in October (like Coachella, which in the US, was moved from April to October).
A byproduct of everything going on, however, is festivals coming up with incredible ideas to continue striving throughout the year. Many festivals have emerged as online-only events, for example, and events on platforms such as Minecraft and Fortnite have become world-renowned. Simultaneously, other festival have used the chance to reflect on their past lineups and move forward in a new fashion, which is where Falls Festival comes in.
In a letter sent this morning, Falls Festival co-producers Jess Ducrou and Paul Piticco announced that they're pushing forward with Falls Festival 2020/2021, but keeping the line-up all-Australian. It's a great move, because 1) it's highly unlikely that international acts will be able to tour the country come December anyway, and 2) with the Australian music industry being so hard-hit by the pandemic, Falls going all-Australian gives talent a chance to shine after a year of not being able to do so.
We also can't help but see Falls Festival going all-Australian as an opportunity for the festival to get a little creative, and book talent that wouldn't traditionally work at Falls in the past due to space kept for internationals - whether that be in headliner position, or underneath. Will 2020 be the year Falls Festival finally book Kylie? Do it, you cowards.
Read the full letter below:
"Dear Falls Fans,
Today we are excited to let you know that we’re working towards Falls Festival Dec 2020 / Jan 2021 and that it will feature a limited edition, all Australian lineup.
As Australia heads towards the recovery phase of COVID-19 we have decided to move forward with optimism, and work towards presenting our Dec 2020 / Jan 2021 event in a way that will best bolster Australia’s live music industry.
We have some of the most exciting acts in the world and this special “home grown” edition of Falls will ensure that money stays in our local economy, providing maximum financial benefit for the Australian music community – artists, management, crew, agents, roadies, production etc - as well as the thousands of contractors and suppliers who rely on our events for their income.
Falls Festival Dec 2020 / Jan 2021 will also raise funds for Support Act which provides essential services to our music industry workers. Support Act has been inundated with requests recently from workers who have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Health and safety is always our number one priority, so as the recovery process begins and more information becomes available, we will continue working with and taking direction from the health authorities.
But today we’re letting you know that while we’re living in strange times, we’re choosing the bright side. Our team is moving ahead and we hope we’ll be seeing you all in December/January for an all Aussie edition of Falls Festival.
Jess and Paul."
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