IF SATURDAY night at the Falls Festival was all about the Hives than New Year's eve celebrated another Swedish act with First Aid Kit among the highlights on the last day of the year.
On an afternoon when female performers, including local singer/songwriter Bertie Blackman, played a starring role in the festival's 20th year, First Aid Kit siblings Klara and Johanna shone brightest.
After paying tribute to fellow Swedish band Abba with a stunning cover version of the song Chiquitita, Klara later said they planned to relax on the beach at Lorne with a picnic before welcoming in the new year.
"It's wonderful to be back in Australia, especially for New Year's eve and to be in Lorne at the festival for the first time makes it very special," she said.
Melbourne band Loon Lake, whose song In the Summertime, could have been the festival’s theme song, attracted a huge crowd in the Grand Theatre, while Matt Corby on the main stage was one of the festival’s biggest attractions.
Two decades after establishing itself as one of the country's premier music festivals, Falls this year attracted international acts including Maximo Park, Irish electro indie trio Two Door Cinema Club and '90s rapper Coolio, of Gangsters Paradise fame, who ushered in the new year for 16,000 ecstatic music fans.
Martin Boulton was a guest of the Falls Festival