Festival director, police praise Falls patrons

WOWING THE CROWD: Hilltop Hoods at Falls Festival 2016 at the Byron Bay Parklands.
WOWING THE CROWD: Hilltop Hoods at Falls Festival 2016 at the Byron Bay Parklands. Marc Stapelberg

THE Falls Festival at Yelgun came to an end on Sunday after 16,000 revellers spent three full days enjoying top musical acts, as well as a range of side events and camping.

The third running of the festival at the site was "a great success and one of the best we've had at the venue", organisers said.

Music on offer included Birds of Tokyo, Bloc Party, Elliphant, Miami Horror, Goons of Doom, Paul Kelly, Art vs Science, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Disclosure, The Wombats, Courtney Barnett and Foals.

Emergency first aid director, Stephen Barnes, said the number of people seeking help from medical services was down 50% from the previous year and the lowest for the festival at the site.


Falls Festival 2016 in Byron Bay at the Byron Bay Parklands.
Falls Festival 2016 in Byron Bay at the Byron Bay Parklands. Marc Stapelberg

He said patrons looked after themselves and each other.

"The weather was perfect, the vibe was perfect and the patients who did need us were a pleasure to treat," Mr Barnes said.

Festival director Brandon Saul said more than 500 volunteers joined staff and service personnel to help create the event.

"It was a thrill to see the natural amphitheatre full of people having a great time," he said.

Police also praised festival-goers.



Peking DuK at Falls Festival 2016 in Byron Bay at the Byron Bay Parklands.
Peking DuK at Falls Festival 2016 in Byron Bay at the Byron Bay Parklands. Marc Stapelberg

Tweed Byron Police Inspector Greg Jago said the biggest problem had been people trying to gain free entry to the event by jumping the fence.

"A number of prosecutions for trespass have been commenced," he said.

There were also drugs detected, but the number of finds and the amounts detected "were not excessive", Insp Jago said.

Fence jumping was not a bigger problem than in previous years, a festival spokesperson said.

"Hopefully these kids will start volunteering then they can enjoy the festival for themselves for free," the spokesperson said.

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