The Falls Festival 2014 site
The Falls Festival 2014 site Javier Encalada

The ladies are in charge today at Falls Festival

IT WAS a hot and humid day at Yelgun, but thousands of revellers at North Byron Parklands dismissed the hot temperatures and made the most out of the first day of Falls Music and Arts Festival 2014.

Megan Washington was the first major music act to grace the Forest stage, getting punters dancing to the tunes of her latest album There There, released last September.

Well known tunes from that album, such as Yellow and Blue, and Limitless,  were part of her music set.

Australian rock was the main dish at the first night of the festival with Melbourne artist Dan Sultan getting the crowds roaring at sunset.

Sultan sang songs from his album Blackbird, released last April to critical acclaim, and Get Out While you Can (2009).

A last minute change in last night's line up was the inclusion of Brisbane punk rock duo DZ Deathrays, replacing Crowd Control at the Forest Stage after Dan Sultan.

Crowd Control's gig was moved to Friday's schedule after Julian Casablancas cancelled his Australian tour and his Falls gigs.

The Strokes frontman and his new outfit were added to the bill a few months back and were scheduled to perform at all three Falls legs.

Crowds were well behaved and in a good mood despite the heat.

The Falls Music and Arts Festival continues today with an all-female list of headliners: '80s hip-hop trio Salt N Pepa and Australian DJ and producer Alison Wonderland.

Salt N Pepa are charged with not only being the first all-female group in the genre, but also with completely flipping the script on a male dominated world, breaking the glass ceiling so that generations of ladies could rise up.

Alison Wonderland is renowned for her next-level production and intricate sets, but her musical prowess extends far beyond her mixing decks.

Growing up, she was a principal cellist in the Sydney Youth Orchestra and bass player in an indie rock outfit, Skills, which have undoubtedly influenced the style and complexity of her productions.

Today, her stand-out live shows, innovative music production and striking videos have won her fans the world over - and today is Falls Byron's turn.
 



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