It’s that time of year again. The smell of freshly mown grass, the burden of shelling out money for petrol as you motor down the highway, the painstaking decision of whether to wear a jumper or not – the time is almost upon us, the Regional Festival Groovin’ The Moo begins its tour in the next few months.
Depending on location, its spaced out, not-too-busy setting coupled with surprisingly fantastic line-ups sets the perfect scene for a laid-back day of indie music. GTM remains my favourite don’t-have-to-spend-my-life-savings festival (unlike Splendour for example).
The tour travels round several regional parts of the country, hitting Oakbank, Bunbury, Bendigo, Canberra, Maitland and Townsville. Should Canberra, my local destination, be insulted that GTM, a so-called regional festival, stops at the Nation’s Capital? Perhaps, but don’t speak too loud – its pretty much the best thing that comes to Canberra anyway.
But regardless of whether you frequent Bendigo or Maitland, if you’re a Triple J enthusiast, this year is a goldmine of talent both old and new. Its hard to know what is more appealing – the thought of Wolfmother belting out Joker and the Thief, or The Flight Facilities caressing the audience with a rendition of Claire de Lune.
One of the best Australian live acts, Ball Park Music is also making an appearance (it will be epic I absolutely guarantee it), as are San Cisco who are fresh off dropping their second energy infused album. One of the more surprising acts, Charlie XCX, the pop princess who combined with our own Iggy Azalea for Fancy will be heading over with a bag full of carefree hits. Festival frequenters The Preatures, Saskwatch and Sticky Fingers add yet more hype and if rap is your cup of tea, then you can feast on Aussie hip-hop with Hilltop Hoods who never seem to stop producing hits, Aussie youngster Tkay Maidza and of course, A$AP Ferg. If that isn’t enough, Meg Mac and Broods among others will be hitting the road as well.
With a ridiculous line-up like that, and one of the best festival vibes out there, get your indie outfit sorted, choose your destination and get driving.
A$AP Ferg (USA)
Ball Park Music
Charli XCX (UK)
The Delta Riggs
Hot Dub Time Machine
RL Grime (USA)
You Me At Six (UK)
Dates and venues:
Saturday 25 April – Oakbank Racecourse, Oakbank SA (ANZAC Day)
Sunday 26 April – Hay Park, Bunbury WA (ANZAC Long Weekend)
Saturday 2 May – Prince Of Wales Showground, Bendigo VIC
Sunday 3 May – University of Canberra, Canberra ACT
Saturday 9 May – Maitland Showground, Maitland NSW
Sunday 10 May – Murray Sports Complex, Townsville QLD
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