The line leading into this year’s Groovin The Moo seemed to be miles long, I guess this was unsurprising, considering this year’s Canberra leg of the festival sold out within five days.
Just a few years ago, I remember buying tickets at the gate for GTM but since the demise of other festivals such as Big Day Out, Soundwave and Future music, demand for smaller festivals has grown.
For those lucky enough to snag a ticket to the Canberra leg of GTM, it definitely delivered.
This was the best GTM that I have been to!
After finally conquering the line, I made it just in time to watch Northeast Party House, whose energy was palpable. Hits like Calypso Beach and For You made the crowd go wild. I was especially thrilled when they covered Dammit by Blink-182.
The other highlights of my day included Montaigne, Milky Chance, and The Wombats.
Despite being sick, Montaigne delivered what she described as “one of her best sets yet.” I absolutely love Montaigne and it was so great to see her putting so much effort into her performance. Her interaction with the crowd was also delightful.
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German band, Milky Chance had the crowd jumping. They played a number of hits from their new record Blossom. The folk band definitely added to the atmosphere of the night.
As always, The Wombats delivered an absolutely awesome set to what was a crowd filled with adoring fans. The British band comes to Australia quite often (aptly named the Wombats) and it’s quite a testament for them to be playing GTM when they currently do not have a new album to promote.
The Wombats played with so much charisma and left crowds – especially me – wanting more, and this is the fourth time that I have seen them!
Other acts that I saw throughout the day included Tash Sultana, The Smith Street Band, PNAU, Snakehips and the Darkness. It was hard to fault any of them.
However, I was disappointed the long line made me miss out on L-Fresh the Lion and Amy Shark, as I was very keen to see both of them.
Compared to previous years, it seemed the acts put a lot more effort into their sets. I don’t know if this was due to the fact that it was a sellout or if they are feeling the pressure to keep up, regardless, myself and I am sure many others were thankful.
Besides the music, there was also all the other things that go along with a festival.
As expected, the bar was always incredibly busy but the workers were proficient and the line moved quick.
There were more food options this year, with Hamlet favourites and other independent food stalls supplying the hungry crowd with a myriad of options.
The headspace tent was also buzzing as it provided free charging, heaters and free water.
And the toilets.. well let’s just skip over that.
Overall it’s great to see that GTM is continuing to grow. A few years ago I feared its demise, in Canberra at least, but I don’t think I will have that worry if the festival continues to book awesome acts.