So we were lucky enough to hit up Groovin’ The Moo Canberra on Sunday, for a wicked show of music featuring the likes of big acts such as Disclosure, The Presets, The Jezabels, with a host of rising stars like The Kite String Tangle, Vance Joy and Allday. To mix things up we have gone with an acrostic review, so here it goes:
C is for Covers – Pretty much every band mixed up their show, and in true festival spirit played some covers that got the whole crowd going. From Allday’s rendition of OutKast’s ‘I’m Sorry Ms Jackson’, to Loon Lake’s electrifying version of The Darkness’s ‘I Believe in A Thing Called Love’, and even Andy Bull’s retro classic ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, each was epic and special. The Kite String Tangle topped it off with his titanic and infectious cover of ‘Tennis Court’ by Lorde, complete with crowd groans.
A is for Andy Bull – who can definitely hit a high note. One of the best sets of the morning, he played a host of new songs, including his classic duet ‘Dog’ (originally featuring Lisa Mitchell), and major singles ‘Keep on Running’ and ‘Baby, I Am Nobody Now’. Obsessed with synth, he played the first set that really got the festival going for us.
N is for new songs - of which plenty were on display. Allday, Andy Bull, The Kite String Tangle, and Vance Joy all dropped brand new tracks which are yet to make it onto a record. Add the fact The Presets, Naked and Famous, Jezabels, Architecture in Helsinki, all ripped out tracks that have dropped in the last couple of months, and it was nigh on impossible not to get excited at all the new music hitting my ears for the first time.
B is for Burgers – If you had one of the burgers, you would understand why this gets a special mention in the acrostic review. Not only filling, but juicy and full of greasy goodness, they hit the spot. In fact all the food I saw looked good, Kebabs I can vouch for being yum, and the ease of getting drinks made the day a win for all over 18.
E is for Erratic Dancing – When it comes to dancing, Architecture in Helsinki took the cake with a freaking awesome display of whole band synchronised dance moves that made the crowd go mental. Special mentions also go to Hayley Mary’s kicking display for the Jezabels, the duo from The Presets, and the hip hop stylings of Illy. However the dance tent was were it was at, with Whatsonot, Peking Duck and Disclosure, sending the crowd into a fury of intense grooves, ensuring many tired legs by the end of the night.
R is for Rock n’ Roll – GTM has long embraced a good mix of pop, indie and heavy rock and 2014 was no exception. Parkway Drive were clearly a major drawcard and even though their music isn’t my thing, they put on a show. It is intense, fast and their fans are more than dedicated. But perhaps it was Loon Lake who summed it up best with the priceless and slightly ironic quote ‘Its bloody dangerous playing rock n’ roll”
R is also for rain-free - Yeah, so it didn’t rain. Which was a major plus as it had threatened all day, and despite the thermometer not climbing over 16 degrees all day, it didn’t stop people getting their short shorts and singlets on to dance
A is also for Attire – Once again the onesies where out in force, with cows, lions, stationary and a host of Disney characters on display. There is nothing like seeing a slutty Alice in Wonderland hooking up with Crayola Crayon to make your day out at a festival truly memorable. Oh yeah, and the sick 12 hour line-up of bands that blew us away.