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Who’s Who of Groovin 2020 Pt 1

It’s that time of year again – time to start introducing you to the who’s who of Groovin The Moo‘s stellar lineup to see why you should jump on tickets before they sell out (which you can do right here).

The first five Groovin The Moo acts for 2020 (in alphabetical order) are:

AJ Tracey
You might know rapper, singer, songwriter and producer AJ Tracey as Looney or Loonz, because they have also been his stage names since 2011. Hailing from the UK, Tracey was named by The Guardian in 2016 as “one of the best new acts to catch at festivals.” His first mainstream release since breaking from the Soundcloud game was his EP Secure The Bag! in 2017, which debuted in the UK Albums Chart at number 13. His self-titled debut album was only released last year, but it debuted at number three and featured his highest-rating single to date, ‘Ladbroke Grove.’
Why should you catch his set: The Guardian said so.

Watch: AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove


Bhad Bhabie

“Catch me outside, how about that?” Yep, Bhad Bhabie is none other than Danielle Bregoli, the controversial teen from Dr. Phil a few years ago. Bregoli turned her overnight internet fame into a decent career for herself, becoming the youngest female rapper to ever appear on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with her debut single ‘These Heaux.’ She then signed a deal with Atlantic Records, launched a reality show, a makeup brand, tours and of course a music career. Not bhad for someone just turning 17.
Why you should catch her set: It could go viral.

Watch: Bhad Bhabie – Get Like Me


Blanco Brown

You know that irritating viral dance ‘The Git Up‘ Challenge that everyone was posting their video of last year? You can thank Blanco Brown for the ear worm accompanying that. The American singer, songwriter and record producer has also worked with Chris Brown and Pitbill, but his own debut single has over 167 million streams on Spotify. He does have a whole album out, Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs, which reached number 10 on the ARIA Charts.
Why you should catch his set: See how many people do The Git Up Challenge at once.

Watch: Blanco Brown – The Git Up


The Cat Empire
If you don’t know Felix, Harry and their merry band of ska/Latin/reggae/funk/fusion men by now, you’ve clearly been living under a rock. The Cat Empire have been around for 20 years or so, touring Australia and the world relentlessly and releasing eight studio albums in the process.
Why you should catch their set: Good beats, good vibes, and the band is so big one of them might fall off the stage.

Watch: The Cat Empire – Brighter Than Gold (Live At The Roundhouse 2018)


Channel Tres

Channel Tres must love Australia, because this will be his third consecutive year touring here. And this time, he’s doing it with the GTM crew. The producer, musician and DJ from Compton, LA narrowly avoided the EDM scene and now produces music with a mixed aesthetic which pays homage to rap, RnB and the midwest.
Why you should catch his set: This should be a good one to get the day bumping.

Watch: Channel Tres – Controller

Stay tuned for Part II soon!

GTM dates and info here.

Your Legen-dairy 2020 Groovin The Moo Lineup Is Here

Australia’s biggest and best(est) touring regional festival, Groovin The Moo, has once again hand picked the cream of Australia’s crop together for one hell of a moo-sick lineup to herd around the country.

We knew Dope Lemon, AKA Angus Stone, was performing from what he let slip on social media a few weeks ago. But today was the full official announcement on triple j’s breakfast show.

This year’s lineup in alphabetical order:

AJ Tracey (UK)
Bhad Bhabie (US)
Blanco Brown (US)
The Cat Empire
Channel Tres (USA)
Clairo (USA)
Darude (FIN)
Dope Lemon
E^ST
Gang of Youths
Hayden James
Kelis (USA)
Kira Puru
Mallrat
Manu Crook$
Maxo Cream (USA)
Ruby Fields
San Cisco
Slowly Slowly
Sugarhill Gang (USA)
Supergrass (UK)
Tones And I
The Veronicas
WAAX
YBN Cordae (USA)
with hosts Jawbreakers and Mai

Dates and Venues
– Wayville, SA: Friday 24 April, Adelaide Showgrounds
– Canberra, ACT: Saturday 25 April, Exhibition Park in Canberra, aka EPiC
– Bunbury, WA: Sunday 26 April, Hay Park
– Bendigo, Vic: Saturday 2 May, Prince of Wales Showgrounds
– Townsville, Qld: Sunday 3 May, Murray Sports Complex
– Maitland, NSW: Saturday 9 May, Maitland Showgrounds 

Bendigo, Bunbury & Canberra tickets go on sale Tuesday 11th February at 8am local time. Maitland, Townsville & Wayville tickets go on sale Wednesday 12th February 8am local time. As always, please use only the official ticket links via gtm.net.au and never use Viagogo!

The Veronicas feature photograph taken by Brittany Long at Good Things Festival Melbourne

Live Gallery + Review: Groovin the Moo, Townsville

words + photos by Nikki May

This year I was able to attend Groovin the Moo Townsville as a photographer for Girl At A Rock Show. My first major festival as a photographer! Oh, how the anxiety was high. It was an amazing experience being able to see a lot of acts I had never seen before and found some new artists to add to my music rotation.

I started off in the Moolin Rouge tent where Carmouflage Rose had some super catchy beats and worked the crowd like a pro by inviting 40+ women on stage with him.

Next up was Haiku Hands who I fell in love with instantly. With songs like Dare You Not To Dance and Squat I found myself bopping along while photographing them. Not only are these girls all gorgeous, they had some serious moves on stage and kept the party going. They were so much fun to photograph. As soon as I got home I found as many songs of theirs as I could to add to my playlist.

After hanging around and snapping a few shots of Rejjie Snow I ran over to the Triple J and Cattleyard stages to catch Trophy Eyes. When I first saw the line up announced they were one of two main attractions for me so I was pretty excited to get to see them live and they didn’t disappoint, they brought a different tone from the other acts creating a nice atmosphere to groove along to.

It was at this point of the day I started to struggle with lighting a little. The Moulin Rouge tent has some pretty consistent lighting which made it easy to adjust to, however the main stage had massive screens behind the bands and Trophy Eyes happen to have a bright red logo on theirs as well as red lighting so I hit a bit of a snag in post production colour adjusting.

However, Holy Holy were a dream to photograph. Not only are the boys easy on the eye but their backdrop was a gorgeous mixture of blues with white and had nice neutral lighting. I had never heard any of their music previously but I really enjoyed their set overall and have become a new fan.

Jack River and DMA’s sets were pretty fun to photograph with some great lighting but I would like to skip to one of the highlight acts: Regurgitator. They had the funkiest backdrop images and the lighting was a dream, they played at the perfect time of day where it wasn’t dark yet but the sun had gone down enough to remove glare. If you want to see a fun show this is one band you definitely you need to see live. While some of their songs may not have been all ages appropriate it was fun to see people of all ages singing and dancing along to the classics.

Now its time for Spinderella and Coolio. Where do I start? Spinderella was another level. It didn’t matter how old you were or what era you grew up in, Spinderella spun a song to please everyone. It was so catchy that not only was the crowd singing and dancing, so was the security and photographers (I apologise to anyone who witnessed me dancing).

When Spinderella had hyped up the crowd into a frenzy it was time for Coolio. I will be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from Coolio but I was pleasantly surprised. That man doesn’t age, he looks the same as I remember from my teens and of course Gangsta’s Paradise went off. He was really fun to shoot and I was a little disappointed when I had to leave the pit, I could have photographed him all night.

After Coolio wrapped up Hilltops Hoods exploded onto the Cattleyard stage. I’m going to be completely honest here, I freaked out a little. Hilltop Hoods move so fast I couldn’t keep up, as soon as I had them in frame they disappeared again. This is the first time I’ve photographed such a high energy set and got overwhelmed. Not only were they high-paced but the lighting was like my worst nightmare: solid blues and reds with the odd white light break. Visually was stunning on stage but my camera and editing skills couldn’t cope. Unfortunately I missed the confetti cannon and smoke screens which I’m still kicking myself about but Jade got some great shots so head over to her gallery and check them out!

Next up was Nick Murphy. He was the whole reason I was there. I have been following Nick Murphy’s journey from Chet Faker to now and have loved everything he has done so I was beyond excited to finally see him live. My palms were sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy… oh wait, wrong reference! But that’s how nervous I was to photograph someone I’ve admired for years.

His performance was everything I wanted and more but again I struggled with the lighting. The stage as pretty dark with a fair amount of solid blue and red light that my camera struggled to pick up Murphy clearly but I didn’t let that stop me and have fallen in love with some of the shots I managed to capture.

Sadly I missed out on photographing Billie Eilish and Hermitude but the crowd was in a complete frenzy for Billie!

There is one last topic I’d like to touch on as a bit of a personal opinion and that’s the media/public feedback I have seen post-Groovin the Moo. A common consistency I have seen in the media is they mostly reported on the drug use at the event rather than the success of the event as a whole.

While I don’t condone drug use I am realistic enough to know its going to happen even with the prevention education we have available, and while sadly people were taken to hospital from the event I personally feel the media has sensationalised it to much. 20,000 people attended Groovin the Moo in Townsville this year and it works out roughly less than 1% were taken to hospital (I found the number of people taken to hospital was vastly different depending on publication). However these numbers weren’t just drug related as some media headlines make out; it was also excessive alcohol consumption and heat-related illness. After reading comments and posts online I saw the common responses were to blame the organizers of Groovin the Moo and saying to ban festivals completely.

This is just from what I saw during the day: There was a very strong police presence including sniffer dogs through the whole day, there were bag checks at the door and a tonne of security guards and police roaming through the festival all day and night. I personally don’t see how a organizer can take anymore measure of prevention. The overall massive success of the day has been overshadowed by a small percent of negativity and it’s that sort of sensationalism that gets events cancelled. I would be devastated to see something like this either move city or be cancelled altogether over some bad assumptions.

Lastly, I just want to give a massive shout out to Groovin the Moo organizers, the security team, the police and the Red Frog team who worked their butts off helping as many festival goers as they could.

Anyway, onto the photos!

 

 

 

 

The Who’s Who of Groovin The Moo PT II

Here it is… Part TWO of our breakdown of the acts playing GTM this year.

Crooked Colours: They’re from Perth. They’re electro-indie-cool. They’ve played St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival and they’re doing a huge national tour in support of their second album Laganta. These guys got some huge attention from triple j back in 2013, with glowing reviews from both Zan Rowe and Richard Kingsmill. They won the Laneway opportunity there, and did some great stuff before taking an 18-month break to hone their craft. They are back, bigger and better than ever, and if you can’t make it to one of their headline shows in May, GTM is your best bet.

Watch: Crooked Colours – Flow (Live on triple j)

 

DMA’S: Also a trio, these guys are from Sydney and their Britpop revival sound has won them scores of fans across the globe. They were nominated for a bunch of ARIAs last year for their second album, For Now, but it was the insane hype around them back when they began which really left a mark on everyone. They went from never playing a live show together to having a debut EP land just outside the iTunes top 10 in a matter of a few weeks. It was virtually unheard of. The crowd crush at Falls Festival a few years ago was from the crowd rushing to get from DMA’S set to London Grammar‘s. No chance of a similar incident at GTM, but you probably don’t want to miss these guys if you’ve never seen them before.

Watch: DMA’S – Delete (live at Splendour In The Grass)

 

Duckwrth: Duckwrth is from South Central Los Angeles, and it was his unexpected success in Australia that confirmed his path in music – something he’d considered giving up as recently as 2016. “My song, ‘Michuul‘ is on repeat on Triple J — that’s like their Power 105,” he told XXL Mag last year. “My homies who produce out there, Sachi, they was on IG like, ‘Look here bro, it’s on the radio,’ they had the lil’ zoom-in video and shit… There was a moment where I was gonna just say ‘fuck it’ and do graphic design, advertisements and shit, garment design,” he says. “Just with the state of where hip-hop was, I was over it. And just the fact that it was such a struggle because I been making awesome, creative music, but it wasn’t hitting the way it should.” He played at GTM Bunbury last year and the crowd was so stoked he’s been asked to join the national tour this year, so you probably want to catch him while you can.

Watch: Duckwrth – Michuul

 

Fisher: A Queensland-born music producer now living in LA, Fisher has had huge success in music for someone that was a pro surfer not all that long ago. In July last year – a year after debuting his first song – he released his track Losing It, which reached number one on the ARIA Club Tracks chart, was nominated for Best Dance Release at the ARIA Awards, made the top 50 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs and Dance Club Songs, making number one on the latter chart and earning him a nomination for Best Dance Recording at this year’s Grammys. You may also remember Losing It as the number two track on this year’s Hottest 100. He’s selling out shows and playing massive festivals overseas now, so we might not see him back here for a while after his GTM shows.

Watch: Fisher – Losing It (live at Tomorrowland)

 

Flosstradamus: Formerly a duo, Flosstradamus is now a one-man show. As a pair they were early pioneers of the trap genre, and came to attention with their remix of Major Lazer‘s Original Don. Flosstradamus has remixed some of music’s best, produced songs like Iggy Azalea‘s Flexin and Finessin, and released singles featuring names like Waka Flocka Flame, Post Malone, Lil Jon, GTA and Dillion Francis. The Chicago native doesn’t tour Australia very often, so GTM is a good opportunity to see him in the regional centres.

Watch: Flosstradamus – Live at EDC Las Vegas 2017

 

G Flip: We’re just going to give you her official GTM bio here, because it basically tells you all you need to know! “Melbourne singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist G Flip (Georgia Flipo), locked herself in her bedroom studio for all of 2017 and taught herself how to write and produce her own songs. And she taught herself well! The results were her self-produced debut single ‘About You’ and follow up ‘Killing My Time’ – both addictive, bittersweet, shimmering pop hits and both charting prominently in triple j’s Hottest 100.”

Watch: G Flip – Drink Too Much


Did you miss Part One of our Who’s Who of Groovin The Moo list? Check it out here and stay tuned for tomorrow’s instalment!

The Who’s Who of Groovin The Moo (and why you should see them) PT I

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

 

Carmouflage 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: Carmouflage 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.

 

Groovin The Moo Announces National Lineup

Get your glitter ready, folks! Groovin The Moo has just announced it’s 2019 lineup and damn, it’s a doozy!

This year the regional touring festival will bring a feast of international and Aussie acts to the masses, with rising stars and crazy throwbacks aplenty.

The 2019 festival will feature, in alphabetical order: A$AP Twelvyy (USA), Angie McMahon, Aurora (NOR), Billie Eilish (USA), Camouflage Rose, Coolio (USA), Crooked Colours, DMA’s, Duckwrth (USA), Fisher, Flosstradamus (USA), G Flip, Haiku Hands, Hermitude, Hilltop Hoods, Holy Holy, Jack River, Jimothy (UK), Just A Gent, MØ (DNK), Nick Murphy, Nicole Millar, Regurgitator, Rejjie Snow (IRL), Sofi Tukker (USA), Spinderella (USA), Thelma Plum, Trophy Eyes and WAFIA.

Tickets for the event are on sale now. As always, remember to use the official ticket outlet (Moshtix) instead of resellers like Viagogo. You run serious risks of losing your money and not being able to get into the event at all.

We will bring you more info on GTM over the coming weeks. For now, find your nearest venue below, and head to the official web site for all the info.

Groovin The Moo 2019 Tour
Friday 26 April: Wayville, SA
Saturday 27 April: Maitland, NSW
Sunday 28 April: Canberra, ACT
Saturday 4 May: Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 5 May: Townsville, QLD
Saturday 11 May: Bunbury, WA

 

Save The Date For Groovin

Our fave regional music fest has announced it’s tour dates for 2018.

Groovin The Moo will hit six regional centres over three weekends next April and May, across Victoria, Queensland, New South wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 8am daylight savings time on Friday 1st December. A lineup announcement is expected in the following weeks. For more information visit the official web site.

Groovin The Moo 2018

Friday 27th April
Adelaide Showground, Wayville

Saturday 28th April
Maitland Showground, Maitland

Sunday 29th April
University of Canberra, Canberra

Saturday 5th May
Prince of Wales Showground, Bendigo

Sunday 6th May
Murray Cricket Grounds, Townsville

Saturday 12th May
Hay Park, Bunbury

 

Five Festival Trends We Saw At Coachella

The festival-celebrity-Instagram mecca of Coachella began over Easter long weekend in the USA, and with Groovin The Moo kicking off next weekend, we wanted to take a quick look at five trends that were big in the desert this year…

Flower crowns
Yep, they’re still a thing. But they’ve shrunk. Big, gaudy, OTT, “I-wore-this-so-I-blend-in-outside-my-ex-boyfriend’s-house” flower crowns are out. Subtle, sweet flower crowns are in. Like this one worn by New Zealand blogger Victoria Hadlow:

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Space Buns
It doesn’t seem to matter exactly how you wear this Miley Cyrus/Jim Carrey/Baby Spice style – half-up, half-down buns; two French braids beginning at the forehead gathered into big, bouncy buns; two French braids beginning at the nape of the neck and working up into buns, or the classic as modelled by, er, model, Jessica Hart (pictured with Poppy Delevigne):

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Fishnets
Again, it doesn’t seem to matter how you style them, from full bodysuit to under torn jeans or daisy dukes; plain, rainbow or bedazzled, fishnets are hot right now. Hailey Baldwin made the case for bejewelled cutoff fishnets by using them to dress up previously ‘daggy’ double denim:

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Glitter
Glitter roots in your hair, glitter cheeks instead of highlighter… even glitter tits. Shine, sparkle and get your craft herpes on with all-over glitter. Girls are now taking ‘free the nipple’ to new heights with a trend known on the internet as ‘disco tits’ – stick-on jewels and body glitter in lieu of bras or tops. Are you game?

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All Lace Everything

Lucky it’s warm in Australia, because all of these trends give little coverage… the lace trend is no different. Lace dresses are a big deal this year. Team them with standard-issue underwear (even high-waisted ‘granny’ pants are A-OK) or a bodysuit and some ankle boots and your festival look is sorted.

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Groovin The Moo Adds Over 25 New Acts To Bill

Groovin The Moo has added over 25 up and coming acts to their already smouldering festival lineup.

Congrats to the following:

GTM Wayville: Friday 28 April – Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville SA (new venue!)
Heaps Good Friends (triple j Unearthed)
Horror My Friend
Jesse Davidson
Pines
Tom West

GTM Maitland: Saturday 29 April – Maitland Showgrounds, Maitland NSW (sold out!)
Introvert (triple j Unearthed)
Dean Lewis
Glades
Jack Grace
Ocean Alley

GTM Townsville: Sunday 30 April – Murray Sports Complex, Townsville QLD (Long Weekend, Monday Public Holiday)
Gretta Stanely (triple j Unearthed)
Confidence Man
Mallrat
Robbie Miller
Tia Gostelow

GTM Bendigo: Saturday 6 May – Prince of Wales Showground, Bendigo VIC (sold out!)
Tusk (triple j Unearthed)
Alex Lahey
Birdz
LANKS
Slum Sociable

GTM Canberra: Sunday 7 May – University of Canberra, Canberra ACT (sold out!)
Slow Turismo (triple j Unearthed)
B Wise
Bec Sandridge
Manu Crook$
Polographia

GTM Bunbury: Saturday 13 May – Hay Park, Bunbury WA
Luke Fox (triple j Unearthed)
Morgan Bain
POW! Negro
Teischa
Tobacco Rat
Ziggy

Another 60 plus acts are expected to be announced soon, mostly local DJs. Stay tuned!