Bloc Party will play at Falls Festival at North Byron Parklands. Photo supplied by Patrick Martin, Splendour Media.
Bloc Party will play at Falls Festival at North Byron Parklands. Photo supplied by Patrick Martin, Splendour Media.

Get excited for the Falls Festival

IF YOU'RE still reminiscing about your favourite acts from Splendour in the Grass and pining for more live music, Falls and Southbound Festival organisers have just given you something to get excited about.

The first line-up announcement for the festival has been unveiled, featuring the likes of British indie rock band Bloc Party, Perth alternative rock band Birds of Tokyo and Adelaide hip hop group Hilltop Hoods.

The festival will play North Byron Parklands over the new year.

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke was in Australia in March for a solo tour and said he was excited to bring the band back, several years since their last show Down Under.

"I'm feeling super excited about playing Falls Festival," Okereke said.

Okereke has released two albums as a solo performer but being the frontman of Bloc Party is still a major part of his life.

"I've put out two records as a solo artist, and it's nice for me to be able to experience that," he said.

"But (Bloc Party) is a super important thing for me."

While they're still in the process of putting together the new record, Okereke said they would definitely be performing some of the newest Bloc Party material at Falls.

"I'm super excited about this next phase for us," he said.

"It's always exciting when you're working on a record and trying to work out how to perform it live to people.

"That's where the real skill comes in, so I'm looking forward to that."

While they're still in the process of putting together the new record, Okereke said they would definitely be performing some of the newest Bloc Party material at Falls.

"I'm mostly looking forward to getting in front of an Australian audience," he said.

"Australian audiences are the wildest. They're super crazy but personally I've always enjoyed playing to Australian audiences.

"I feel they give the most of any audience.

"As a performer you respond to what the audience gives you."

Okereke said he was keen to see some of the acts on the line-up too, such as Aussie talent Courtney Barnett.

"She's someone who I first heard in Australia and it's great to see she's there."

Falls Festival will take place at North Byron Parklands from December 31 to January 3. 


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