No dampening the Falls spirit

Australian singer Vance Joy performs surrounded by smoke as the crowd is cooled down. Photos by Scott GelstonRAIN, sun, wind – while Crowded House might not have made the Falls Festival, the four seasons they sang about certainly did.

Patrons at the three-day Marion Bay festival endured all elements to enjoy songs from musicians including Vance Joy, Alt-J, The Presets and Tasmania’s own Luca Brasi.

And despite the temperamental weather – or perhaps because of it – patrons were mostly well-behaved.

St John Ambulance Falls Festival commander Pam Heiermann said the service had received few foot injuries or instances of sunstroke during the first two days of the festival.

Larissa Hearps of Ulverstone and Lauren Timmins of Burnie. Photos by Scott Gelston

About 40 staff – doctors and nurses included – were on site to deal with any medical issues.

“There have been no serious problems,” Ms Heiermann said.

“The temperature has kept it fairly quiet.

“It’s a festival – there’s nothing unexpected.”

The huge crowd at the Valley Stage. Photos by Scott Gelston

And police agreed.

“It’s been fairly quiet,” Senior Sergeant Ian Mathewson said.

“I understand there were a small amount of evictions management conducted.

“There’s been no drug seizures I’m aware of. The dogs are here today and yesterday and will be present and being used at entry points.”

About 14,000 people will be at the event to bring in the New Year.

Zak Latimer, Tara Krake and Steph George of Melbourne. Photos by Scott Gelston

Falls director Paul Piticco said the increase in crowd numbers was thanks to efforts from organisers to “double down” on Tasmania.

He said the stellar line-up, increase in activities for children and food offerings had ensured boosted numbers.

“There were a lot of questions about our longevity in Tasmania – we always said we were [committed] and we wanted to show it,” he said.

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