Canberra Living- Groovin The Moo 2012

21 May

Living in Canberra which at times can seem like a large country town, it is a bit exciting whenever any big names in music come to town. One of the best festivals to emerge in the last few years isGroovin the Moo which presents some awesome Australian acts as well as some decent international ones.

I wasn’t planning on going this year but after a bit of convincing by my friends I decided to head along. This year saw some big names like Kaiser Chiefs, Hilltop Hoods, Kimbra and incredibly old school Public Enemy team up for a great line up. Stand outs on the day included 360, Hermitude, City and Colour (chilled out), Bluejuice (a lot of fun) however the two last acts Hilltop Hoods and Kaiser Chiefs definitely made the $100 tickets worth it. Hilltop Hoods were great playing some old stuff mixed with some of their newer songs and really made you realise how much of an influence they have had on Australian Hip Hop. Kaiser Chiefs were one of the best acts I have ever seen live. They had so much energy in their performance and had the whole crowd singing and dancing.

One of the best parts of GTM was the set up. Despite the fact there was 15000 people there, none of the stages felt overcrowded which left a sense of intimacy in the performances. One massive downside is the time of the year it was on. May in Canberra is cold, realistically too cold to stand outside for 12 hours but with some clever layering, a lot of dancing and a drink or two it was much more tolerable. Also the inclusion of a Nandos van was amazing. Can’t go wrong with some delicious Portuguese Chicken to keep you going throughout the day.

The crowd this year was much better than other events I’ve been to in Canberra with everyone being fairly relaxed and willing to have a joke as opposed to some of the more aggressive crowds in the past. So all in all it was a brilliant day all up despite the massive wait for the taxis, the cold or the ridiculous 9am start at work the next day (festival on a Sunday- bad idea). Really looking forward to next years event.

What are some of the best music festival experiences you’ve had? Let me know below!



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