Home is where the heart is! Falls Music & Arts Festival Byron organisers announced today the recently approved increase in capacity to the sold-out Byron event will be dedicated entirely to tickets for locals. Locals tickets are now on sale through the Falls website. Single day and multi-day passes, with separate camping tickets, are available for locals until sold out. Only the purchaser needs to be from the local area (Ballina to the QLD border, west including Lismore) and can purchase up to six tickets each.

For local tickets and further information, visit www.fallsfestival.com/byron-bay/
“Tickets to this year’s festival sold out quickly and I know many missed out so we’re thrilled to be able to offer these additional tickets to locals,” said Falls Byron Director Brandon Saul. “The option to purchase multi-day and single-day Festival Tickets without camping makes it easier for locals who want to dip in and out of the festival. Camping tickets are available for those who want to make a night of it and don’t want to drive.”

In further good news for the local community, organisers have announced the recipients of this year’s Community Fund with grants going to Brunswick Heads Public School, Cabarita Youth Services, Bay FM Community Radio Station, Byron Bay NYE Soul Street and Brunswick Valley Landcare.

“The local community is at the heart of what makes Falls Music & Arts Festival special,” said Brandon Saul “The Community Fund recognises and supports local organisations whose hard work benefits the community as a whole.”

Falls Music & Arts Festival 2016 Community Fund recipients are:

Brunswick Heads Public School:
Having established a successful music program in 2016, Brunswick Heads Public School will proceed to stage 2 with the help of the Falls Community Grant. Musical instruments will be purchased allowing for three to four more classrooms to be included in the program. The school’s music program includes a Bundjalung choir and language tutor involving 20 indigenous students who come from 6 different schools to write and record songs in the Bundjalung language.

Cabarita Youth Service:
The Cabarita Youth Service has recently undertaken an expansion of their Tweed Coast service area south to include Pottsville. The Falls Community Fund grant will fast track this expansion and provide greater services, activities and outcomes for the youth of the Tweed region.

Bay FM Community Radio Station:
BayFM will purchase equipment towards the set-up and training of electronic news gathering for local schools and community groups to extend its “Community Newsroom.” BayFm believe with mainstream media concentrated in a few hands, “citizen journalism” is more important than ever and especially hope to engage young people in the community.

Brunswick Valley Landcare – Nest Box Programme
Byron Shire is a place of great biodiversity, however, habitat for many species of wildlife has reduced dramatically due to clearing and human habitation. The Falls Community Fund grant will go towards Brunswick Valley Landcare’s nest box programme providing purpose-built nest boxes for tree-dwelling wildlife, whilst educating the community in the monitoring and benefits of the programme.

Byron Bay Soul Street New Year’s Eve Celebrations:
Thanks to the ongoing support of Falls Byron, Soul Street is an annual family friendly event featuring interactive shows throughout the main town centre over New Year. The New Year’s Eve program includes local bands, market & food stalls, face painters, circus performers, fire twirlers, drummers, amusement rides and children’s activities galore.