Falls Festival founder Simon Daly spent 20 years directing Falls Festival in Lorne. After this hugely successful run, he departed the festival so he could focus time and energy on his rapidly growing family.
Simon and his family share a great passion for camping and have spent many trips on a beautiful piece of land ringed by a tranquil river. Twice a year, Daly welcomes around 30 families to enjoy a long weekend of fun activities and relaxation in the beautiful natural surrounds of the river.
“Watching kids of all ages bond together and be completely engaged in total screen liberation was one of the most rewarding aspects of the weekend on the river”.
The Lost Lands concept began as a seed of an idea and has grown and evolved over the past three years. With each experience on the river, the desire to capture the spirit of these trips grew stronger. Simon imagined a space where art and music and the family experience could live together.
Simon consulted with many dear friends, but it was former Falls Festival programmer Richard Moffatt who urged him to visit the UK’s Camp Bestival, a festival so perfectly aligned to his vision.
“I took the whole family at the time - my wife along with Lyla 6 and Oscar 2. We camped for 4 days and nights with 16,000 adults and 15,000 kids. The kids were thoroughly engaged from start to finish. It was one of the most enjoyable festival experiences I’ve ever had – a complete sensory overload!”
Camp Bestival is an incredibly rich and colourful world created with the entire family in mind. The festival provides kids with a plethora of activities and plenty of amazing experiences for adults as well. The centerpiece of Camp Bestival is a giant castle. In many ways, the castle shares similarities with the Lost Lands venue - the magnificent Werribee Mansion.
The Camp Bestival trip completely validated Simon's dream of bringing The Lost Lands to life.
"Programming for families is really rewarding. Being able to curate a festival later in life and adapt all the best things I’ve seen in festivals over the past 20 years has been amazing! With an audience of families and friends ranging from 2 to 62, I feel like I have a blank canvas. The festival has no boundaries for creativity.”