The Falls Music & Arts Festival was due to kick off in Victoria on Monday (28Dec15), but organisers decided to move it to another location after a devastating blaze broke out in the area on Christmas Day (25Dec15) and destroyed around 100 homes in Wye River.
Organisers faced a race against time to get a permit for the new site, but they managed to get the paperwork sorted in time for the start of the festival.
"It's been a huge effort... thanks to the support of the community but especially the Government, (which) has been incredible, with the emergency services and really all of their resources to put together a new festival permit," festival founder Simon Daley tells Australian radio station 774 ABC Melbourne. "We've really had to rebuild from scratch. There was certainly a concern, at a state level, people would end up all over the state in a really difficult fire period, and camping, and it's much better to have everybody in one place that we can look after them."
Organisers have issued around 1,000 extra tickets for the New Year's Eve (31Dec15) day of the festival and proceeds will go to those affected by the fires.
"We've increased our (capacity) from 16,500 by 1,000, and every single dollar of that ticket for New Year's Eve will go straight to the Wye River community," Daley adds.
Other performers at the festival, which also features locations in Tasmania and New South Wales, include Gary Clark, Jr., The Wombats, The MACcabees, Courtney Barnett and Birds of Tokyo.