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Final release of Byron Falls Festival tickets now sold out

A big crowd gathers for Chet Faker at the 2013/14 Falls Festival at North Byron Parklands.
A big crowd gathers for Chet Faker at the 2013/14 Falls Festival at North Byron Parklands. Blainey Woodham

IN LESS than three weeks, the final release of Byron Falls Festival tickets have sold out.

The festival, now in its second year, already had to apply for an increased capacity after the first 15,000 tickets sold out in less than three weeks.

North Byron Parklands applied to increase the capacity by an extra 2500.

The Department of Planning and Environment granted the approval on December 2, making the additional tickets available.

Big local line-up

FALLS Music and Arts Festival Byron just got a whole lot more fun with more than 100 local artists announced for the four-day festival at North Byron Parklands.

Musical maestros Potato Potato, Greg Sheehan (with Utungan Percussion), Warren Earl (with swing dancers), Dan Hannaford (Play Mullum and Falls Protest Song competition winner), Shashuka, Tora, Louie and Patrick and the Russian men's choir from Mullumbimbski, Dustyeski, are just some of the acts joining a kaleidoscope of local burlesque babes, sideshow eccentrics, magicians, thespians, contortionists, vaudevillians and acrobats.

Falls Festival Byron is ready to ring in the new year North Coast style.

The majority of local programming will be focused at The Village, the mini festival within a festival and hit of last year's Falls, and a brasserie style venue called The Troubadour, which will also feature a daily hourly dose of comedians brought together by local Lady of Laughs, Mandy Nolan.

Daytime activities in The Village include indigenous weaving with members of the local Minjunbal clan, wearable art workshops and daily "so you think you can interpretive dance" events. There will also be a Fiesta tent where patrons can create their own puppet and costume for the Boogie Nights party on New Year's Eve and the massive Fiesta parade on January 2.

Casablancas cancels

JULIAN Casablancas and The Voidz have withdrawn from Falls and announced the cancellation of their Australian and Asian tours, citing "unforeseen logistical circumstance".

"Unfortunately, due to unforeseen logistical circumstance, we must cancel our planned trip to Australia and Asia," the band said in a statement.

"The band is hoping to announce new dates sometime in the New Year and are disappointed that it can't be right now and are very sorry for all and any inconvenience."

Aussie bands Cloud Control and DZ Deathrays have stepped in at the last minute to fill the The Voidz shoes.

The announcement comes just one month after headliners Royksopp and Robyn cancelled their Falls shows.

Falls app

THE Falls phone app has made staying on top of festival information easy with the most up-to-date and accurate information available.

The app helps you navigate between stages, build and share your planners, get the latest info, check out the map and brush up on artist profiles.

The app is available through Apple and Android.

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