UPDATE 23/08/16: The full lineup for Falls Festival 2016/2017 has been announced.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Falls Music & Arts Festival has announced that it is expanding to Western Australia in 2017, with a completely new event called Falls Downtown set to bring Aussie and international artists to the streets and forgotten buildings of Fremantle over two days in January.
The first-ever Falls Downtown will seek to break the traditional Falls Festival format by “awakening spaces which have been lost in time”, organisers say. The event, like the traditional Falls events in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales, will also feature food and drink, performance art, makers, artisans and community involvement.
Falls Downtown’s open air Main Stage will be situated in the Fremantle town square, with plenty of spaces to chill in during the day, including bars and seating in the shade of nearby trees and palms.
The festival will also bring the abandoned local Myer building back to life, with danceterias, art installations, performances areas and markets spread across multiple levels of the building, which will also feature rooftop glamping.
Over in the Town Hall Atrium, Falls Downtown will put on a ballroom blitz, complete with luxurious 19th century decor and a velvet-draped stage. Yup.
The stone-walled St John’s Anglican Church will also host some heavenly events with its high ceilings, stain glass windows and wooden pews, and the whole festival site is just a short walk from the Fremantle train station and the local beachfront.
Falls Downtown 2017 is set to take place on Saturday, 7th January and Sunday, 8th January, with more details about the event (and its highly-anticipated lineup) still to be announced.
Last year’s Falls Festival lineup included the likes of The Wombats, Bloc Party, Foals, Disclosure, Courtney Barnett, Hilltop Hoods and Hiatus Kaiyote. Catch all the best photos from the Victorian leg of the event, below.
Watch: Falls Downtown! Fremantle WA, 2017
Falls Downton 2017
Saturday, 7th & Sunday, 8th January 2017
Fremantle, Western Australia (18+)
Gallery: Falls Festival, Mount Duneed Estate 28.12.15 – 01.01.16 / Photos: Nikki Williams