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Falls Festival cancels 2023 events

The organisers have called off the festival to "rest, recover and recalibrate" after several challenging years

Saffron Swire
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Saffron Swire

There will be no ringing in the new year at Falls Festival, as organisers have just announced they are taking a year off to "rest, recover and recalibrate." 

Secret Sounds made the announcement on Wednesday, May 17, saying: "After an impressive 28 years ringing in the New Year with some of the world's biggest acts, the Falls team are today switching on their OOOs and taking this New Year's season off to rest, recover and recalibrate."

Originally held in bushland in Lorne since 1993, the music event is one of Australia's longest-running festivals, recently running annually in both Byron Bay and Freemantle. But in recent years has struggled to find a permanent home amidst a series of crises. In 2019, it was cancelled due to extreme heat and risk of bushfire. In 2020 and 2021, the festival was cancelled because of Covid-19 lockdowns. 

The co-CEO of Secret Sounds and Falls producer Jessica Ducrou said the past few years have seen unprecedented change in the live music space, both on stage and behind the scenes. "While the Falls reboot in 2022/23 was full of amazing moments and we were thrilled to reconnect with our Falls fam, our team needs a break," Ducrou said.

"So this year, we'll take the time off to enjoy the holiday period and allow some space to re-imagine how Falls will look in the future."

Watch this space for any further updates.

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