ORGANISERS hope that an "amazing line-up" and Tasmania's unique experiences will keep the Falls Festival at Marion Bay afloat after it was announced yesterday that the event will expand to Byron Bay this year.
Concerns were immediately raised that the third location - in addition to Marion Bay and Lorne, Victoria - would detract attendance from Tasmania.
Each festival will run over New Year's Eve.
For the 2011-12 Marion Bay event, more than half of the 16,000 tickets for the festival were sold to interstate punters. Last year, Marion Bay organisers said that without funding - which was eventually delivered by philanthropist Graeme Wood - the Tasmanian leg would not continue.
Event director Paul Piticco said festival organisers always had to keep one eye on the bottom line of the Tasmanian show. "We do have a concern about the Byron event taking patrons that may have gone to Marion Bay, but we are hoping that the amazing line-up we have this year, paired with the unique experiences that people can have throughout the state while they are there, will be enough to counteract anything too dire," he said.