Rich feathers…precious stones. The Groovin the Moo (GTM) cosmogram returns in 2012. With the milestone of a record ten international Artists alongside local essentials coming together for Australia’s only touring regional event, the scene has been set for a ritual of musical and communal expression. From City and Colour, Kaiser Chiefs to Public Enemy and more, this will be one fun techni-colour spectrum of artist all sorts handpicked for May.
Now in its eighth percussive year, the GTM tribe of 75,000 strong across the land will hold up the sky for another gathering culminating in a happiness explosion of epic proportions. Sporting headdress and holding talisman, White Eagle Desert Dweller aka Stephen Halpin (GTM Promoter, Cattleyard Promotions) relayed in anticipation, "I'm really excited about this lineup. So many fresh locals, festival favourites and breaking internationals to keep the outdoor stages rocking and the Moolin Rouge banging. Looking forward to checking out Chiddy Bang, plus Mutemath and The Maccabees who are making their first tours of Australia. I'm sure everyone will give them a friendly GTM welcome."
With a history of sell-out events, in 2012 the five shows will again be ready to cater for all ages, as well as being licensed (recommend 16+). GTM is excited. In exchange for a single joyous day with its much missed sidekicks, a sacrifice of rich musical and culinary offerings will be put forth to satiate the clan’s eyes, ears and bellies. Oh and there will potions to wash down the treats too! As well as market stalls, amusements and magickal gravity defying rides if a different kind of spiritual connection is desired.
Twenty-five touring artists will be presented ceremoniously on a double outdoor stage and by the voodoo glow of the Moolin Rouge before those who have astral plane travelled, caught magic carpet train or bus from interstate, country town, regional centre and city.
GTM is Bendigo (Saturday 5 May), Townsville (Sunday 6 May), Maitland (Saturday 12 May), Canberra (Sunday 13 May) and Bunbury (Saturday 19 May) in 2012.
For those who are ready, with a ticket price at under $100 (or two pineapples, rather), cometh with your tribe. It’s time to partake in a day where we give, receive, beam and shake.
In alphabetical order, behold these Artists of Groovin The Moo 2012 who will lavish us with storytelling and song:
360, Adrian Lux (SWE), Andrew W.K One-Man-Party Tour (USA), Beni, Big Scary, Bluejuice, Chiddy Bang (UK), City and Colour (CAN), Digitalism (GER), The Getaway Plan, Gold Fields, Hermitude, Hilltop Hoods, Kaiser Chiefs (UK), Kimbra, The Maccabees (UK), Matt Corby, Muscles, Mutemath (USA), Naysayer & Gilsun, Parkway Drive, Public Enemy (USA), Purple Sneakers DJs, San Cisco, Wavves (USA) with more local and triple j unearthed artists to be announced!
And the GTM cosmogram goes a little something like this…
The idea for this thing sparked in 2003. “Surely there are enough festival-heads outside the major capitals to support a decent festival”. Rod and Steve were so caught up in their joint fantasy of a regional roving music tour at a party in Newcastle in 2003 they failed to notice those sneaky #@&^ steal their last beers.
On 24 April 2005 this thing became a reality when GTM set up camp at the Gloucester Showgrounds (NSW) and over 1,400 tribe members gathered to see the Screaming Jets, Killing Heidi, Evermore, The Spazzys and a bunch of local and Newcastle bands. The show hit the road and pulled up at Narrandera in the NSW Riverina, to the glee of the 1,800 people who came along to cap off the end of the beginning.
In 2006 GTM took to Maitland (Hunter Valley NSW), Albury (NSW) and Darwin (NT) – where Gomez (UK) played, the first international act for GTM.
Maitland 2007 was the first GTM full house. With Silverchair and The Black Keys headlining, the joint was thumping. GTM also visited Albury one more time with the Hilltop Hoods, John Butler Trio and You Am I.
The 2008 Maitland show sold out again, and also took to Townsville (QLD) with The Presets juggernaut headlining. The NQ people showed they do love to party.
The GTM family grew in 2009 and spread its wings to Bendigo (VIC) as well as returning to Maitland and Townsville over three weekends of magic and mayhem.
A crazy, big year was 2010. Two new shows in Bunbury (WA) and Canberra (ACT) and a brand new beautiful big venue in Townsville. With an epic selection of bands on the bill all five shows sold out, and the GTM team worked hard.
We arrived at 2011 and the GTM theme was consolidation. No new venues, but plenty of work to ensure all shows were as awesome as ever. A thorough review of each site during the off-season meant that every show was even better than 2010 and again the events were a national sell out.
Now, it’s 2012 and we’re at the ready to do it all again! It’s been quite a journey so far, and eight years in - two shy of a decade - but it still feels as though we’ve only just begun…
AC Slater (USA), Architecture In Helsinki, Art Vs Science, The Aston Shuffle, Birds Of Tokyo, Bliss n Eso, Cut Copy, Darwin Deez (USA), Datarock (NOR), Drapht, The Drums (USA), The Go! Team (UK), Gotye, Gyroscope, The Holidays, Horrorshow, House Of Pain (USA), The Jezabels, Nina Las Vegas, Sampology, UNKLE Live (UK), Washington, The Wombats (UK)
Vampire Weekend (USA), Silverchair, Empire of the Sun, Tegan and Sara (Canada), Grinspoon, Spoon (USA), Miami Horror, British India, Lisa Mitchell, Kisschasy, Muph and Plutonic, Yacht Club DJs, Bag Raiders, Kid Koala (Can), Funkoars, Space Invadas, Illy, Ajax, Jonathan Boulet, Killa Queenz and The Only.
The Living End, Hilltop Hoods, Architecture In Helsinki, De La Soul (USA), Okkervil River (USA), Ratatat (USA), The Twelves (Brazil), The Drones, The Grates, Children Collide, Tame Impala, Little Birdy, Muscles, Art vs. Science, Miami Horror and Van She.
The Presets, Sneaky Sound System, That 1 Guy (USA), Azzido Da Bas (Germany), Pitch Black (NZ), Spiderbait, Little Red, The Galvatrons, The Herd, Gyroscope, The Middle East, Katalyst, Karnivool and Resin Dogs.
Silverchair, The Black Keys (USA), The Presets, Sneaky Sound System, Xavier Rudd, Midnight Juggernauts, Hermitude, Mia Dyson, Blue King Brown, Clare Bowditch, You Am I, The Morning After Girls, Trial Kennedy and Airborne.
Hilltop Hoods, Shihad, End of Fashion, The Herd, Faker, Gomez (UK), John Butler Trio, You Am I, Youth Group, Augie March, True Live, the Mess Hall, the Vasco Era, the Audreys, Clare Bowdtich
Screaming Jets, Killing Heidi, Evermore, The Spazzys, Grinspoon, Spiderbait, The Pictures and Neon.
All in all, judging from the sea of smiles leaving the Prince Of Wales Showgrounds, Groovin’ The Moo in Bendigo was another success. It must be noted that this had a lot to do with friendly event staff and excellent security, which too often makes all the difference. Can’t wait for next year!
The numbers spoke volumes about the whole day however, and apart from being a welcome injection in to the local economy, the event can seem to do no wrong in the eyes of the fans
Thanks GTM, you've provided true bang for your musical buck once more.
GTM Party just gets better!
The Bendigo Advertiser
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