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FALLS FESTIVAL | DAY 2

Despite some light early rain, Day 2 of Falls Festival had a ripper start with Stella Donnelly’s opening set a beautiful ordeal, with only her, her guitar, and witty lyrics charming hundreds of punters. Most of the crowd may have been stashed under cover with their first beers of the day, but it was easy to see she impressed. 

There was a long wait before Manu Crook$ hit the stage, and that was further extended by DJ Ziggy hyping the crowd and dropping some Kendrick before Manu finally came out. Once he was out though things dialed up quickly as he casually strutted the stage dropping bangin’ track after track.

Photography by Michellefish

Luca Brasi’s safe but solid rock worked well in the festival atmosphere. They smashed out a swamp of hits, as well as a popular cover or Paul Kelly’s How to Make Gravy that had everyone singing along. Ocean Alley managed to fill the stage with members, but also filled the amphitheater amply with a decent performance that was nicely juxtaposed by Julia Jacklin’s charming songwriting that followed. Jacklin joked about it being the first time her name has been on a big screen but given the quality of her songs, we don’t doubt we’ll see it again up there soon.

DZ Deathrays weresimply monstrous. They thundered through material from their first two albums, as well as spreading recent singles across the set. Opening on Shred for Summer” was an ambitious move, but it only dialed up from there. Confetti cannons added a sparkle to the set, but only when they closed with Gina Works at Hearts did the crowd fell in love.

Dune Rats packed the stage with inflatable props and Razor scooters, but somewhat neglected to spread the atmosphere. Their material was played well, and they put on a good show, but it felt rather routine in comparison to earlier acts. The naming and shaming of other artists’ drug usage earned a cringe worthy laugh, and the request to look after those around you was welcome given the fan base’s reputation.

Foster the People’s setlist largely ignored their latest two albums, sticking heavily to their tried and tested festival friendly material from their 2011 debut, Torches. The mixing at the sound desk may have been questionable at times, but the energy was impressive, with Mark Foster holding the 10,000 strong crowd in the palm of his hand.

Flume’s performance was impressive but the lack of guest vocalists disappointed more than a few punters. The sound quality was stunning, and his new material is sounding bonkers but we’ve come to expect a little more from the Grammy-award winning producer. Despite the total fire ban, Benson was dropping serious heat following on with his midnight set. He worked through bangers and meme tracks alike, giving those who were still coming down from Flume’s set a chance to boogie into the night. 

Michelle He

Live music enthusiast. Always at gigs with my camera.