THE VOICE: John Farnham stole the show in Noosa for The Red Hot Summer Tour earlier this year.
THE VOICE: John Farnham stole the show in Noosa for The Red Hot Summer Tour earlier this year. Michelle Cop

Welcome in the new year with John Farnham at Byron Bay

UPDATE, 11.20am: BABY Boomers and Gen X music fans are losing their minds at the prospect of welcoming 2020 while listening to John Farnham live at Falls Festival Byron Bay.

The festival's website reveals that on Tuesday, December 31, the line up so far includes Tash Sultana, Peking Duk, Pnau, Vera Blue, Byron Shire's own Parcels, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and John Farnham.

English-born Australian 'soft rock singer' Farnham, 70, was a teen pop idol from 1967 until 1979, billed then as Johnny Farnham.

His career has mostly been as a solo artist, although he replaced Glenn Shorrock as lead singer of Little River Band from 1982 to 1985.

In September 1986, his solo single You're the Voice peaked at No. 1 on the Australian singles charts.

The associated album, Whispering Jack, held the No. 1 position for a total of 25 weeks and is the second-highest-selling album in Australian history.

Both the single and the album had top-ten success internationally, including No. 1 in Sweden.

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, the list of acts includes Halsey, Of Monsters & Men, Lewis Capaldi, Milky Chance, Yungblud, G Flip, Crooked Colours, Waax, Byron Bay's rock'n'roll band Amyl & the Sniffers, Pink Sweat$ and Totty.

For Thursday, January 2, the acts confirmed so far are Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Banks , Byron Bay's Dope Lemon (aka Angus Stone), Thelma Plum, #1 Dads, Baker Boy, The Japanese House, Good Doogs and Cxloe.

 

Original story: FALLS Festival is coming back to Byron Bay this end of the year with a line up including John Farnham, Halsey, Vampire Weekend, Peking Duk and more.

The festival promises a special appearance from Whispering Jack himself, as the on- and-only John Farnham shows music fans a thing or two in his first appearance at Falls.

Look for his rendition of You're The Voice to sit right next to Daryl Braithwaite's 2017 performance of Horses in the pantheon of magical Falls moments.

Three Northern Rivers acts are included in this line up: one of the hottest young rock bands in the country at the moment, Amyl and the Sniffers, plus Dope Lemon (Angus Stone's solo project) and groovy funkster Parcels.

Headlining the festival in 2019/20 will be newly minted pop royalty and recent Rolling Stone cover megastar Halsey, for her only Australian shows.

NYC's hugely important hit-making heroes, hot off the back of new album Father Of The Bride, Vampire Weekend, are also on the list.

English house icons Disclosure with their massive hits Latch, Omen and latest banger Talk, are also confirmed, plus super fun pop legends Peking Duk are also coming.

Also unveiled in the line up were Icelandic band Of Monsters And Men, Australian dance masters Pnau, British heartbreaker Lewis Capaldi, smooth German hook guru's Milky Chance and LA alt-pop queen Banks.

Visa Checkout presale will start 9am on Monday, August 12. General Sales will open at 9am on Wednesday, August 14.

  • At North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, from December 31, 2019, to January 2, 2020. Visit fallsfestival.com.


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