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Falls festival work is music to their ears

WELCOME: Festival volunteers Amelia Dlask, of Ocean Shores, and Amber Booler, of the Gold Coast, pictured meeting and greeting at The Falls Festival main entrance.
WELCOME: Festival volunteers Amelia Dlask, of Ocean Shores, and Amber Booler, of the Gold Coast, pictured meeting and greeting at The Falls Festival main entrance. Patrick Gorbunovs

WHILE the punters were rolling in on the first official day of Falls Music and Arts Festival, there were happy volunteers to greet them.

Amber Booler, from the Gold Coast, and Amelia Dlask, from Ocean Shores, have been on site since Saturday.

For three shifts of 4-6 hours (a total of 15 hours), the girls get a festival ticket.

"We've done wrist banding, car parking and now we're just welcoming people making sure they know where they're going," Ms Booler said.

Falls isn't the first festival the girls have volunteered at - they've also gave their time at Woodford Folk Festival two years ago.

And they're happy with the perks of the job.

"It's a nice feeling being able to do this sort of thing," Ms Booler said.

"When you see volunteers, they're always happy.

"Plus we get our own camping area with kitchen facilities.

"We didn't know anyone volunteering when we got here but we've met some great people." There are around 300 volunteers on site for the festival taking on various roles including wrist banding, helping out with car parking, rubbish collection and, as the girls were doing, welcoming punters.

When they're not on the job, Amelia and Amber are keen to check out the music on offer, with The Wombats and Vampire Weekend the top of the list.

Today's highlights

The Preatures, Amphitheatre Stage, 1pm

Amos Gill, Forest Stage, 2.25pm

Johnny Marr, Amphitheatre Stage, 4pm

RUFUS, Forest Stage, 7.20pm

The Cat Empire, Amphitheatre Stage, 9.20pm

 

Easing into Falls Fest

EASING into three days of music was a breeze at the inaugural Falls Music and Arts Festival.

The festival kicked off officially yesterday with 15,000 punters expected across the three days including 3000 from the Tweed and Byron Bay shires.

Local musicians were enjoying their time in the sun at the Guerrilla Stage including folk band, The Lucky Wonders (pictured at right) and folk duo, Elliott Brain and Loki Hough.

Brain, from Suffolk Park, said he gained the spot at the festival through local radio station Bay FM. He'll be playing with the duo for the next two days, scoring the midday slot each day.

CJ Mason and her friends from Sydney and Canberra were enjoying the comforts of a couch at the festival where not only could you watch the band but lap up the view of the entire festival including their camping spot off in the distance.

The group had prepared Daft Punk outfits to fit in with the intergalactic theme of the festival's first day.

While The Roots are bringing in the new year, other popular acts for the first night included Clairy Brown and The Bangin' Rackettes and Rapskallion.

For those who arrived early, getting around the festival has been a breeze.

Especially when you've thought ahead to bring a push bike, as Sam Newsom and Lucy Charlton, from the Sunshine Coast have.

The pair have been on site for two days and, other than a few gripes about toilets, have been enjoying the time with friends.

"We've just been hanging out with friends and enjoying the music they've had on so far," Mr Newsom said.

Topics:  byron bay, falls festival, falls music and arts festival




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