Byron Bay Falls Festival - gallery

Craig Brokensha
Swellnet Dispatch

Road-tripping Sydney to Byron and back over the New Year break would usually provide some form of surfing along the way. And while the Mid North Coast did offer a couple of fun sessions to break the up the drive north, the return leg was void of any surf at all. Thus this gallery is full mostly of shots from the festival rather than the waves scored along the way.

The Byron Bay Falls Festival is located in the beautiful Tweed Valley. The drive in through the backroads around Mooball is just blissful, rolling hills of lush green as cows graze away and farmers sell their local produce on the side of the road.

The festival itself is like a mini city with thousands upon thousands of campers spread out across the farmland, while the centre piece are the stages and amusements set back in the leafy and hilly corner of the valley. The aptly named Valley Stage is a natural amphitheatre meaning you can view and hear the bands from any vantage point, but also get in as deep as you want within the crowd.

A highlight would have been a severe storm rolling through Dune Rats set. The crowd didn't budge, quite the opposite with many a punter throwing themselves down the slippery and muddy hills. It did get too dangerous though and even organisers rightfully shut down the giant mud slide.

As the storm passed though the air cleared and an amazing sunset ensued, with the rising moon and distant lightning creating a magical atmosphere.

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t-diddy commented Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 at 11:52am

great shots! could hear the fremantle falls well from my living room - fleet foxes and glass animals were highlights for me

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belly commented Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 at 12:30pm

Great shots!!

Hazy when you're 18 but the original in Lorne was Cosmic Psychos, Badloves and The Sharp. In those innocent times the organisers made the mistake of selling cans of beer, I think The Sharp lasted 2 songs before they had to retreat for cover and that was it. Show over.

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zenagain commented Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 at 2:31pm

Haven't been to a festival in aeons, looks like great fun.

Those smoothies in the second pic- oh my lordy to be 20 again.

Wondering Craig, after the big storm the poor little things must have been freezing. Did you invite them into your tent and offer to help them out of their wet clothes?

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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zenagain commented Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 at 3:32pm

↑ inappropriate?

Sorry.

#metoo

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Gary G commented Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 at 4:23pm

Gary can neither confirm nor deny whether he has seized control of Zen's interior monologue

We
are
fa-mi-ly:
I got all my Gary's and me

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simba commented Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 at 3:39pm

Shame on you Zen......im truly shocked by those allegations ..to suggest Craig would stoop so low......im ringing Oprah .......

simba

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Craig commented Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 at 3:43pm

Totally above board guys ;)

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Blowin commented Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 at 3:43pm

Ha !

That looks like the best time !

Check the eyes on the chick in the blue singlet....lit up !

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