It’s no secret that each festival has its own signature style of music, fashion and people. Whether you’re rocking head-to-toe black to Soundwave or conveniently forgetting to wear your t-shirt to Stereosonic, each festival embraces these styles as part of the music genres it represents.
With its eclectic lineup and regional location, Groovin the Moo embraces its country vibes and gumboots are a must for both fashion and functional reasons. Yet as much as I like being that stereotypical festival girl with a floppy hat and paisley-patterned gumboots, that’s not why I’m keen for Groovin every year. It’s the contagious energy of live music that has me hooked. This year’s lineup presented an alluring mix of local and international acts. With a range of oldies to fresh meat there’s no doubt there was a band for everyone’s taste.
I must confess I had already seen a number of these bands live, from Flight Facilities and The Preatures at Falls Festival to Broods and San Cisco at North Court. With such large expectations I was expecting to be somewhat disappointed, yet these bands did not fall from their pedestals. San Cisco in particular proved that they are constantly working to create and enhance new sounds, presenting a performance that showed an improvement from the barely audible band people awkwardly danced to at St Kilda Festival. On the other hand, Flight Facilities proved that consistency is key, presenting yet another amazing set to finish of the night and leave people craving for more.
It wasn’t just my old favourites that struck a chord with me this year. Newcomer Meg Mac was undeniably my highlight of the day. Whether she was humbly thanking the crowd or belting out her latest track ‘Turning’, this girl could do no wrong. Her voice was untainted by the electronic gimmicks that many other acts hide behind and resulted in a sound that was both hypnotic and honest. Other highlights of the day included whipping out my air best air guitar to Wolfmother’s ‘Joker and the Thief’ as well as dancing the night away with Hot Dub Time Machine.
On the 2nd of May, Bendigo’s Prince of Wales Showgrounds hosted a number of great acts. Whether you were wearing your Cosby sweater to see Hilltop Hoods or praying for sunshine with Flight Facilities, Groovin the Moo definitely did not miss a beat.