When this year’s Groovin The Moo lineup was announced, a lot of people were posting the same thing across social media: who?
“I don’t even know these people,” seemed to be a common sentiment, particularly amongst those aged over 22. So to help you out, we’re going to go through the line up and let you know who they are, and why you should see them on this tour.
Here’s the first six:
A$AP Twelvyy: You’ve probably heard of one of the A$AP Mob (there’s plenty of them) – they’re a group of rappers, fashion designers, music video directors and producers that form a hip hop collective in New York. The rappers are the better-known members of the crew, and this includes the fairly mainstream A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky. Twelvvy has been around since 2011, and released his debut album 12 in 2017. If you want to see how genuine rappers from the Bronx do it, A$AP Twelvvy is one not to miss.
Watch: A$AP Twelvvy – Hop Out
Angie McMahon: Hailing from Melbourne, Angie McMahon’s web site summary says, “I’m 90% spaghetti bolognese.” Now, if that isn’t relatable, I don’t know what is. Angie won a competition in 2013 to open for Bon Jovi on his Aussie tour. He gave her some advice: “Don’t screw it up.” She finished the tour and went back to University, because, as she told the Sydney Morning Herald: “I was like, ‘I’m not ready for this. My songs are shit. I can’t really perform. I’m not really bringing anything to the stage other than being a timid, folkie singer-songwriter’. I knew I wasn’t good enough. I was worried, of course, that I was passing up some massive opportunity. But, sometimes you have to.” This is a girl and a guitar, but her vocals and songwriting has won her fans the world over. She’s currently touring the USA, so check her out at GTM before the Americans want her back.
Watch: Angie McMahon – Slow Mover Live on The Set
Aurora: Look, if we just go by her name alone this will be a once-in-a-lifetime set you don’t want to miss. Aurora is the stage name of a diminutive Norweigan girl who reminds us at Girl HQ of the legendary Björk… if she had a love child with Yolandi Visser from Die Antwoord. Aurora told Billboard in the US she loves to eat baby porridge – particularly the banana flavour – and would love to have a black belt in karate. With her inspirations coming from life, death, nature and the moon, this is one enigma worth checking out.
Watch: Aurora – Running With The Wolves
Billie Eilish: If you haven’t heard of Billie Eilish in the last year, you may have been living under a rock. Billie was born in 2001, which officially makes the rest of us old and talentless. Her debut single, Ocean Eyes, went viral, but her clip for When The Party’s Over has clocked up more than double the YouTube views, currently sitting at just over 177 million. Overall, her videos have gathered over a billion views. She writes all of her tracks with her brother, who also performs with her. Dave Grohl recently compared the connection she has with her audience to 1991 Nirvana – apparently his kids love her! Billie’s hugely anticipated debut album, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? will be released at the end of this month, and after that we can’t imagine her touring Australia regionally again – this may be your best chance to see her without traveling.
Watch: Billie Eilish – You Should See Me In A Crown live on Ellen
Camouflage Rose: This might be a familiar face to Townsville audiences – he played Townsville GTM in 2018 as the Fresh Produce act. The Brisbane-based, Zimbabwe-born hip hop artist signed a deal with Sony last year, and his track Late Nights received gold status from ARIA last year.
Watch: Camouflage Rose – Late Nights
Coolio: Look, if you really don’t know who Coolio is, you might be reading the wrong blog right now. You may not know him for his cooking skills (he has released NY Times bestselling recipe books, as well as a popular web series, Cooking With Coolio) but surely – surely – you’d know him for writing and performing the mid-’90s hit Gangsta’s Paradise, taken from the Michelle Pfeiffer movie of the same name, or his follow up hits 1, 2, 3, 4, C U When U Get There, or Rollin’ With My Homies (which featured in the classic teen flick Clueless)… or at least for his crazy hair. Coolio is now in his 50s, so we’re keen to see one of the OGs hit the stage at GTM this year.
Watch: Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
Stay tuned for Part II of Who’s Who of Groovin The Moo tomorrow.