DARYL Braithwaite has been added to the bill of alternative music festival The Falls.
It continues 68 year old Braithwaite’s crossing over to a younger generation on the back of the ongoing popularity of his 1991 hit The Horses.
Braithwaite now joins a Falls bill that includes Triple J favourites Flume, Liam Gallagher, Fleet Foxes, Peking Duk, Glass Animals, Angus and Julia Stone and the Kooks.
“We all felt like there is a Daryl renaissance and The Horses is still a huge moment in Australian music regardless of your age,” Falls co-producer Paul Piticco said.
Braithwaite will tap directly into the Falls’ young demographic, who should also recognise his hits One Summer and As the Days Go By, as well as his first band Sherbet’s Howzat.
The world’s coolest electronic act, Daft Punk, sampled Sherbet’s We Ride Tonight on their million selling Random Access Memories album.
Braithwaite will get a 45 minute set at each Falls Festival, however Piticco is quick to point out it is not a novelty booking.
“We were just sitting around thinking ‘Would it work? Would Daryl smash it out of the park?’ and we all said yes!”
Melbourne band Client Liaison opened the festival door for Braithwaite when they got him on stage to sing The Horses at the Beyond the Valley festival for New Year’s Eve 2015 — an event mainly geared to the 18 to 25 year old audience.
Braithwaite is also playing next year’s Red Hot Summer Tour with John Farnham and is still one of Australia’s hardest-working musical acts.
The Falls, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, takes place in Lorne, Marion Bay in Tasmania, Byron Bay and Fremantle over the late December/early January period.
Byron Bay runs December 28-31, Marion Bay December 29-December 31, Byron Bay December 31 to January 2 and Fremantle on January 6 and 7.
Tickets go on sale 9am August 29.
Flume and UK band Glass Animals will perform their only Australian gigs at the Falls, with no side shows.
Also on the bill are rappers Run the Jewels, US folk rockers Fleet Foxes, UK band The Kooks, US band Foster the People and the debut Australian shows by former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher.
They will join Angus and Julia Stone, Peking Duk, Vince Staples, Jungle, Dune Rats, The Smith Street Band, Allday, Thundamentals, Methyl Ethel, D.D Dumbo, DZ Deathrays, Everything Everything, the Jungle Giants, Slumberjack, Anna Lunoe, Julia Jacklin, Bad//Dreems, Cosmo’s Midnight, Alex Lahey, Camp Cope and more.
Originally published as Braithwaite’s unlikely new gig