The Village at a previous Falls Festival - it’s a gate to a festival within the festival.
The Village at a previous Falls Festival - it’s a gate to a festival within the festival. Patrick Gorbunovs

The Village: Arts, craft, cabaret and flash mobs

IAN PIDD is spending this New Year's Eve in Byron Bay.

Mr Pidd is the director of all Village areas at Falls Festivals at Byron Bay, Lorne and Marion Bay.

It's his job to offer Falls Festival punters an experience that goes beyond the music at every festival location.

Mr Pidd said the challenge of programming the Villages line up for each Falls Festival location is to capture and reflect their specific culture.

"The main stage line up at Falls moves between all three festivals but the Village and Arts line up stay put," he said.

"Each has its own line up, and some of those people are super local.

"In Byron we have (bubble acrobat) Shep Huntly, (folk band) Button Collective, (cabaret performer and MC) Mae Wilde and (1980s flash mob) The Cassettes, who we totally adore because they are superb.

"Then we also have Liam Power, who is the most fantastic magician, and Nick Coyle, who offers a spoofy guide to meditation, which is kind of ironic and hilarious."

Also in the Village's line up are the Transylvanian Gypsy Kings, who recently performed at the Mullum Music Festival.

Mr Pidd said he programmed the Village festival with Mullum Music Festival director Glenn Wright.

"Glenn and I have programmed this festival together, and he knows all the locals and he has a very good relationship with them that will work," he said.

"The point of the village is that it's participatory, interesting and surprising, and a different experience to being in front of the big band."



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