Falls Festival is one of the main highlights of Australia’s music calendar. It’s particularly special to me because it is one of the few opportunities in Tasmania to experience world class music live. Having been the two previous years, we decided to volunteer at the festival this year, primarily for the free entry involved. It ended up being much more rewarding than I expected. Here is my experience volunteering at a music festival.
It was pretty easy work and the shifts were mainly outside of the times bands were playing. It was very interesting seeing how the festival worked from behind the scenes. We saw all the little hiccups and problems that happened along the way, and the incredibly effective way the management team dealt with them.
The main downside of Falls this year was the unpredictable Tasmanian weather. It unfortunately resulted in our tent breaking and sleeping bags getting rained on. But we were also very lucky, our campsite was in a spot where we could sit and snuggle in the back of the car and still watch what was going on at the main stage.
Luckily, the weather improves as the festival went on. On our morning off volunteer work, we were able to join the Falls yoga class, which I find always helps with that sore back from the deflated blow up mattress and offers a time of peace and stillness in the midst of the festival chaotic crowds.
As always, the bands were amazing. Alt-J were completely mesmerising. It is impossible not to lose yourself in the suspense and pure sexiness of the unexpected curves in a song like Every Other Freckle.
My favourite act was George Ezra. Everyone knows I have a thing for English boys. His songs inspire me to go see the world and to take each day as it comes. He is also well-known for working in a burger stall at another major Australian music festival, Splendour in the Grass, before he was a famous musician.
I was so excited to have been able to get a photo with him! Can you tell I’m blushing? 😛
Falls is a great excuse to come to visit Tasmania and see what this beautiful part of the world has to offer, and volunteering is the best way to do it!