The first act to take to the main stage was Jesse Davidson. Davidson was an unearthed finalist in 2015, and has been on tour since leaving school. His music was fun and lighthearted, enjoyed by his loyal fans and first time listeners alike. Jesse and his “boys” is a name to watch.
Gang of Youths pulled the first big crowd to the arena. Charismatic front man David Le’aupepe led the group to raucous highs; their indie anthems already classics, the audience was treated to high octane renditions of their favorites, Magnolia was a particular hit. Despite the sweltering heat, the energy was unstoppable with both crowd and band alike refusing to let a little (ok, a lot) of sweat stop them from having a crazy good time.
Singer – songwriter and unstoppable powerhouse, Meg Mac, treated Falls to her first Tasmanian performance. Her stunning and rich voice, so familiar and distinct, was as perfect on the live stage as it is in the studio. Each of her songs sent Goosebumps over our skin as she belted out hit after hit, proving she still has a lot left up her sleeves.
LA based BØRNS plays pop music but not as you’ve heard it. Upbeat yet ethereal, frantic yet soulful, it is the unique sound that makes BØRNS a standout act. Skillfully toeing the line between indie-pop styling’s and Buckley-esque guitar BØRNS is not an act to be missed.
Leon Bridges tore onto the stage in a whirlwind of energy and soul. If you’ve ever wished you could have seen one of the late great soul singers in person, Leon may just be the next best thing. Smooth as fuck, and with fantastic songs in his repertoire the still young Leon has a long career ahead of him. The show he created not only sounded reminiscent of James Brown or Otis Redding, but it had the look to match; vintage style without being over the top, Leon creates his blast-from-the-past show with a natural ease.
The best description of Hiatus Kaiyote is the one they gave themselves: “multi-dimensional polyrhythmic gangsters.” They are full of mojo, and their onstage presence is as unique as the songs they play. Hiatus Kaiyote are the embodiment of how far being individual will get you in the industry; Grammy nominated and with fast rising popularity, Hiatus Kaiyote provide a fresh outlook on what music making can, and will, be.
Remember when the front man ruled the school? Those 80’s acts full of talent but with one man holding it all together? Kurt Vile remembers. Kurt Vile and the Violators were fast, loud and altogether nostalgic. Kurt’s laid-back rocker vibes and sweeping music have brought him fame across the country, and we sure are glad it bought it to Falls.
British act The Maccabees gave us what all British rockers do; rock music disguised as pop with a pinch of dance. Each member of the Maccabees reeked with stage presence and the songs were tight. The Maccabees have their place amongst Brit-pop royalty because they’ve earned it. And let’s be honest, they are cool in a way that’s only seems possible when you’re from the UK.
Birds of Tokyo pulled in a mass audience for their standout performance. With their energetic guitar riffs and heavy drum and bass, they were one of the best acts of the night. Starting with old favorites, as the set progressed they played their new material, blending the old rock and new synth-pop styles with apparent ease. Birds of Tokyo’s anthemic masterpieces are a force to be reckoned with and make for a spectacular show.
Brit-pop powerhouse The Wombats once again took to the Falls stage, this time with all new material ready to go. The energy with which they played their party classics was unrivalled; The Wombats show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Their rock-cum-electronica synth melodies was stunning to see played out live. The Wombats are as perfect on the stage as they are in the studio, leaving no room for disappointment.
The Hilltop Hoods are known for being a live spectacle; the Aussie hip-hop icons were fan favorites and had the ego to boot. Entertaining and energetic, their massive set was filled with their classics, and stunning highlights off their latest album, Walking Under Stars. The Sharp lyrics and staple samples of the Hoods are thing of Australian legend.
As the night progressed, Foals kept the momentum going with their spectacular music and extravagant light show. Showcasing both new songs from their recently released album What Went Down as well as a few old favourites such as Spanish Sahara, they were a hit with the crowd and were the most fun band to watch. Starting out with their louder, pure rock tracks, and progressing to their more chilled out yet no less vibrant tracks, they kept the energy of the crowd in a frenzy just like the total rockstars they are.