If like myself you are a regular Groovin’ The Moo Canberra, you will know it’s usually safe to leave buying tickets up until the final weeks before the festival. I don’t do this because I’m unsure whether I want to go – I’m not one to say no to live music, especially when the music venue is so close to home (a rarity living in the Capital) – but because the festival has never sold out so soon.
However, this year, the Canberra leg of the regional music festival, Groovin’ The Moo (GTM), sold out within five days.
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One person who managed to get a ticket in time, 23-year-old, Daniel Pekevski, said based on the last three years that he has attended GTM, he was not surprised that it sold out in less than a week.
“GTM has been growing each year, from the literal space, amount of local and international acts and also the participation from people who travel outside of Canberra,” said Daniel.
CEO of UC Union, Joe Roff, believes that while other music festivals come and go, GTM has really cut out a niche.
“Some of the other really big music festivals are actually folding and closing up, but Groovin’ The Moo is actually going form strength to strength,” said Roff.
Roff said the 15,000 GTM tickets mean an enormous amount to Canberra as it attracts visitors and helps the economy.
“Tourism ACT is a growing arm of the government and there’s a real emphasis on creating Canberra as a cultural hub which includes music,” said Roff.
Since GTM came to Canberra in 2010, the festival has been held at The Meadows at University of Canberra The venue itself is organised by the UC Union.
GTM prides itself on being a one-of-a-kind touring festival as it holds all events in regional venues. This is something which festival-goers like Daniel appreciate.
“GTM is one of those festivals where if you lose your friends, you will always bump into someone you know. I think it is something you will only find in a small city festival,” said Daniel.
For those who were not lucky enough to snatch tickets in time, cry no more! GTM has officially launched a ticket resale service through their provider, Moshtix, meaning there is still hope to see artists such as The Wombats, Tash Sultana, Violent Soho and Amy Shark.
By Ruby Becker