Falls Festival founder to launch new festival on NSW far south coast

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The man behind the Falls Festival is launching a new festival on the NSW far south coast, after receiving funding from the NSW Government’s State Significant Event fund.

Simon Daly founded the Falls Festival in 1994 and ran it for 20 years, in addition to launching the Lost Lands Festival in Victoria prior to the pandemic.

Daly has now put his festival experience into the Wanderer Festival, which he hopes will attract 9,000 people in its first run.

The three-day event will be held at Bournda and will feature three main stages with a line-up of music, arts, circus, workshops and comedy.

Daly said he wants to attract festival goers who love “a Woodford or Womad”.

“It’s for someone who loves going to festivals all over the country and youth events,” he told the ABC.

Daly concedes the festival’s location “in the middle of everywhere but in the middle of nowhere” was a challenge.

“There’s a reason why something like this at this scale hasn’t occurred in the south east before,” he said.

The organisers are planning to run shuttle buses during the event to and from the surrounding towns to help patrons attend.