Rolling around in early May we have the annual Groovin’ the Moo festival, which always sees a high turnout of students in flower crowns and crop tops excited to get their hipster on. This year sees a strong line-up of both Aussie and international acts making their way down to the hallowed halls of UC, ready to create our very own oasis.
Headlining this year we have our national hip-hop heroes, Hilltop Hoods, continuing the final leg of their unfortunately-named Cosby Sweater tour after the release of 2014’s album Walking Under Stars. Sure to be performing some of their biggest staples, from Nosebleed Section to The Hard Road, the Hoods are a highly anticipated fan favourite and definitely an act to hang out for.
Joining Hilltop Hoods, there are a number of star-studded Australian bands, including Sydney’s own The Preatures, whose 2014 debut album Planet Blue Eyes saw them skyrocket into the charts with smash hits Is This How You Feel? and Somebody’s Talking. Expected to bring their signature energetic performances complete with rocking bass lines and beautiful harmonies – these guys are really going to get the audience going.
Fan favourites Sticky Fingers are also expected to generate some excellent vibes with their hit Gold Snafu, which placed 20th in 2014’s Triple J’s Hottest 100. The beauty of Groovin’ the Moo is that it also offers the stage to the more recently unearthed acts such as Meg Mac (Roll Up Your Sleeves, Grandma’s Hands) and Tkay Maidza (Brontosaurus, Switch Lanes) who we are looking forward to measuring up on the stage.
Joining the Aussie bands this year are a number of electrifying international acts such as the mildly unexpected Charli XCX, whose worldwide smash hit Boom Clap, whilst not typically something we expect from GTM, is sure to be an crowd pleaser. Our friends from across the ditch, New Zealand’s Broods are also joining this year’s line-up with the crazy Canuck Peaches and Harlem’s own A$AP Ferg. All in all, expect to be dancing all day and into the night, with this year’s line-up sure to get you groovin’.
Photo: Groovin’ The Moo 2014, photography by Ross Caldwell and Janis Lejins