While social distancing and public gathering rules are still in place across the country, the Australian music community is starting to look to a brighter future. Announcing their New Year return, organisers behind the iconic Falls Festival have plans for an all-Australian lineup for stops in Lorne, Byron Bay, Marion Bay, and Fremantle.
In a statement released today, Falls Co-Producers Jessica Ducro and Paul Piticco said they have decided to push ahead with the end-of-year festival with focus on the recovery of the music sector.
"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," they wrote.
Hoping to bolster Aussie creatives who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown, Falls' pivot to go 100% local was an all-important decision for the industry's ecosystem. According to website I Lost My Gig, Australian music industry workers have reportedly lost approximately $340 million worth of income since the crisis began.
"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."
In a continued effort to support the Australian music community, Falls Festival will also raise funds towards Support Act; Australia's only charity that provides crisis relief services to those working in the music industry.
The positive news—which has been welcomed by industry and music fans alike—has inspired feelings of optimism for 2021, with one Facebook user commenting on the announcement, "I hope this inspires all festivals to do the same thing if safe to do so!!!"
While the future timeline of the festival remains uncertain, Falls promises it will be "working with and taking direction from the health authorities" as more information is available.
Having our students previously learning hands-on at Falls Festival Lorne as the Exclusive Education Partner, we have full faith that Falls will continue to do what matters most: support music, the arts, and its' community.