Groovin the Moo is an annual one-day festival held in various (mostly) rural locations around Australia in April and May each year. This year will be the lucky 13th festival.
This year’s line-up has just been announced and it’s going to be huge. With a great selection of International and Australian bands, Groovin the Moo also gives opportunities for rising stars to hit the lime-light by selecting one Triple J Unearthed artist to open the festival each year.
There’s something for everyone at Groovin The Moo. There will be Hip Hop, Indie-Pop, Metalcore, British Rock, Electronica, House Music and Folk just to name a few.
All the way from UK we will see Against Me, Architecs, The Darkness, Loyle Carner, Snakehips and The Wombats . From USA Dillon Francis and K.Flay will grace the stage. Milky Chance from Germany will also perform, and of course, we have a diverse selection of some of Australia’s finest artists. Here’s the full line-up.
AGAINST ME (UK) • ALLDAY• AMY SHARK
ARCHITECTS (UK)• THE DARKNESS (UK)
DILLON FRANCIS (USA)• GEORGE MAPLE• HAYDEN JAMES
THE JUNGLE GIANTS• K.FLAY (USA)• LFRESH THE LION
LOYLE CARNER (UK)• METHYL ETHEL• MILKY CHANCE (GER)
MONTAIGNE• NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE• SLUMBERJACK
THE SMITH STREET BAND• SNAKEHIPS (UK)
TASH SULTANA• THUNDAMENTALS
VIOLENT SOHO• THE WOMBATS (UK)
UK’s Alt/pop trio, The Wombats get a lot of airplay on Australian radio. Hailing from Liverpool, the band rose to fame quickly in 2007. It is now 10 years since they released their debut album, ‘Guide To Love, Loss And Desperation’. The Wombats are returning to Groovin The Moo after debuting here in 2011. 21-year-old South London hip hop artist, Loyle Carner has been writing, rapping and freestyling since he was 10. In 2015 he scored a spot at the famous Glastonbury Festival and hasn’t looked back since. Germany’s Folk duo, Milky Chance has performed at coveted festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella and Lollapalooza. They have released a new track ‘Cocoon’ as a preview to their second studio album “Blossom’ which will be released mid March.
Among the Australian acts, I am really excited to see 21-year-old, singer-songwriter Tash Sultana from Melbourne. This dynamic artist is getting lots of attention and playing to sold-out shows all over the world. She started out busking on the streets of Melbourne and became well known through her homemade videos, which went viral. Violent Soho is an Alt/rock four-piece band from Brisbane. They are hugely popular in Australia, winning ‘Best Rock Album’ for their 2016 WACO LP at the 2016 ARIA awards, and ‘Best Group’. Thundamentals are a hip hop group from Sydney, who have two EP’s and three full-length albums under their belts. They have toured frenetically in Australia and Europe and played nearly every major festival in Australia. Methyl Ethel is a dream-pop group from Perth. Their music is mysterious, enigmatic and compelling. The original trio (vocals, bass, drums) has been joined by a fourth member on keys, to give their stage performance an extra complexity.
The Jungle Giants are a four-piece Indie/rock band from Brisbane. They are making a real name for themselves through their creativity and experimentation. Their latest album Speakerzoid’ pushes new musical boundaries and showcases the diverse range of each band member. Hayden James is a singer-songwriter from Sydney. He makes House Music with organs, synthesisers and guitars. Hayden has toured around Australia, Europe and the Americas since his first single ‘Permission To Love’ was released in 2013 and amassed millions of plays on Spotify.
Apart from all the great music, Groovin The Moo also showcases visual and performing artists. This year at Wayville, Adelaide for example, aerosol artist, Zedr will be providing on-the-spot graffiti art for festivalgoers. He has developed a unique style using a variety of techniques. His messy approach adds an abstract feel to his work. Ink Pots Arts provide high-quality arts engagement experiences for all ages. They are well known for their use of drama, singing, circus and ukulele playing. What they will bring to Groovin The Moo, however is still a mystery.
Groovin The Moo also supports community projects like work experience, volunteer organizations, local products and mental health services.
Visit the website for all the latest information: https://gtm.net.au/
Fri 28th April – Wayville, South Australia
Sat 29th April – Maitland, New South Wales
Sun 30th April – Townsville, Queensland
Sat 6th May – Bendigo, Victoria
Sun 7th May – Canberra, ACT
Sat 13th May- Bunbury, Western Australia