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Falls Festival Line-Up Announced And WTF Daryl Braithwaite

The line-up of the Falls Festival has been announced and I immediately felt the same way I feel when the Hottest 100 comes out every year: utterly uncool. 

Scanning the list of bands, while I've heard of a few of them, I can't rattle off any actual songs with any kind of confidence.

Among the bands I recognised: Flume, Fleet Foxes, Run The Jewels, The Kooks, Peking Duk, Angus and Julia Stone, Foster The People, Liam Gallagher, The Smith Street Band and the Thundamentals…

And the ones I didn’t: Glass Animals, Vince Staples, Jungle, Dune Rats, D.R.A.M, Everything Everything, Allday, The Jungle Giants, Methyl Ethel, Slumberjack, D.D Dumbo, Anna Lunoe, DZ Deathrays, Confidence Man, Julia Jacklin, Bad//Dreems, Cosmo’s Midnight, Winston Surfshirt, Luca Brasi, Alex Lahey, Camp Cope, Flint Eastwood, Ecca Vandal, Dave and Total Giovanni…

There was one name in the line-up that totally threw me.

Daryl Braithwaite.


    Not gonna lie, I genuinely thought it was a typo.

    Then I asked one of my (much) younger colleagues what they thought of Mr Horses and it blew my mind -  not only is Braithwaite considered cool, he's "memeish" (my colleague's words), which meant that Braithwaite had become a ubiquitous quirk of Aussie pop culture. 

    Which is why his inclusion in the Falls Fest line-up doesn't make sense, then it does, then it doesn't.

    Braithwaite has no new album to promote, no new tracks and, frankly, we don't even care - his cruisey singalong anthems, including The Horses, As The Days Go By and One Summer, can turn any rough crowd into a sudden swathe of loved-up best mates. 

    (Unless it's the new cover version of The Horses, check out Carmen and Fitzi's chat about it this morning in the vid up top)

    And if the Falls' isn't your cup of tea, we have a solution.

    There's always 96FM's Kickstart Summer Concert – not only do we also have Daryl Braithwaite, we also have Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Thirsty Merc, Phil Jamieson from Grinspoon and End of Fashion.

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