8000 early patrons get into Falls Festival vibe

THE eleventh Marion Bay Falls Festival started yesterday with thousands enjoying a small roster of artists before the festival gets into full flight today from 11am.

Festival spokeswoman Helen Ransom said organisers expected 8000 through the gate before it closed last night.

She said the festival's first night, called Boogie Nights, featured smaller acts and DJs, intended to set the festival's vibe and pace for the next two days.

Jungle-vibe act The Correspondents and New Orleans' Hot 8 Brass Band delivered the music and the message when they took to the Field Stage in the evening.

Techno veteran Late Nite Tuff Guy closed the first night.

Windy weather and mid-teen temperatures greeted festivalgoers yesterday.

Temperatures are expected to hover around 20 degrees for the next two days, and a small dose of rain is expected today.

Ms Ransom said festival patrons were warned to brace for cooler nights but advised that onesie outfits would be for sale at the festival's market.

She said the festival's market strip featured a greater number of stalls, bars and food vendors this year with creative and healthy options.

Ms Ransom said the festival had established a new communal eating garden this year that she described as an "epicentre of great food".

Along with police, the St John's Ambulance Service is on site once more this year to assist with injury, and the Road Safety Task Force will have a breath-testing facility available again for those driving home on New Year's Day.

Two-day festival passes will be available on the gate from today for $220.

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