Festival Review: Groovin The Moo, Maitland, April 27th, 2019

Groovin The Moo is arguably one of Australia’s best and most important festivals; it is a right of passage for many young punters and takes some of Australia and the world’s finest acts to regional parts of the country that may sometimes be overlooked.

Jack River at Groovin The Moo
Jack River, Photo: Georgia Moloney

From Bunbury in Western Australia to the Townsville in Queensland, this iconic festival can truly rival its international counterparts like Coachella. We were lucky enough to capture the magic in The Hunter Region’s Maitland, and it definitely lived up to its hype.

This year’s stunning lineup included something for all ages and all tastes. It saw rock legends Regurgitator and Trophy Eyes, electronic hit-makers Fisher and MØ, Aussie pop legends Jack River and Thelma Plum, hip-hop icons Coolio and A$AP Twelvyy, international acts like Billie Eilish and Aurora, and so many more all take the stage and command it in their own unique way.

Aurora at Groovin The Moo
Aurora, Photo: Georgia Moloney

The sun was out, the dust was rising, and the outfits were sparkling as thousands of people piled into the Maitland Showground on Saturday, April 27.

Thelma Plum swooned her crowd in the middle of the day before Trophy Eyes truly got the moshpit riled up, turning it into a sea of people on shoulders chanting back lyrics and fist-pumping along to their tracks.

Trophy Eyes Groovin The Moo
Trophy Eyes, Photo: Georgia Moloney

Another standout of the day was Jack River’s sparkling, anthemic pop-laden set, which included bangers from her debut album such as ‘Limo Song’ and ‘Fool’s Gold’, to a more rock-style interpretation of her recent track with Peking Duk ‘Sugar’.

Watch Jack River’s video for ‘Fool’s Gold’:

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Norwegian electro-pop icon Aurora then stunned the crowd in the Moolin Rouge tent with her entrancing, thumping tracks like ‘Warrior’ and ‘Forgotten Love’, reminding her audience to stay in touch with themselves by introducing one of her tracks with ‘This song is about humans and how amazing and horrible we are’.

Hip-hop legend Coolio then got everyone’s hearts thumping and legs running to his stage when he ended his set with ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, followed by a boogie-inducing Hilltop-Hoods performance.

Coolio at Groovin The Moo
Coolio, Photo: Georgia Moloney

The highlight of the day was truly Billie Eilish, an artist who perfectly matches the amount of hype that has swirled around her since her earliest releases. Her latest album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO immediately shot her into super-star status, and she managed to turn the grassy (or dusty at that point) field into a sea of people all chanting her name and begging her to come on stage. She happily obliged, ripping through bangers from ‘you should see me in a crown’ and ‘bad guy’, and swooning her audience with softer tracks like ‘ocean eyes’.

Watch Billie Eilish’s video for ‘bad guy’:

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Flosstradamus was the perfect end to an intense day of sun and bangers, which will surely leave every punter with memories they won’t forget for a while to come.

SOFI TUKKER Groovin The Moo
SOFI TUKKER, Photo: Georgia Moloney

Groovin The Moo 2019 Lineup

A$AP Twelvyy (USA)
Angie McMahon
Aurora (Norway)
Billie Eilish (USA)
Carmouflage Rose
Coolio (USA)
Crooked Colours
Duckwrth (USA)
Flosstradamus (USA)
G Flip
Haiku Hands
Hilltop Hoods
Holy Holy
Jack River
Just A Gent
MØ (Denmark)
Nick Murphy
Nicole Millar
Rejjie Snow (Ireland)
Sofi Tukker (USA)
Spinderella (USA)
Thelma Plum
Trophy Eyes

Groovin The Moo 2019 Dates

Friday, 26th April
Adelaide Showground, Wayville
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 27th April
Maitland Showground, Maitland
Tickets: Official Website

Sunday, 28th April
Exhibition Park, Canberra
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 4th May
Prince of Wales Showground, Bendigo
Tickets: Official Website

Sunday, 5th May
Murray Sports Complex, Townsville
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 11th May
Hay Park, Bunbury
Tickets: Official Website

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