Groovin The Moo 2015
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Groovin The Moo 2015




As a sea of onesies, ponchos and gumboots streamed into Bendigo’s Prince Of Wales Showgrounds over the weekend, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Groovin the Moo festivalgoers had finally read the weather forecast ahead of time. Alas, you’d be (partially) wrong – the predicted wind, rain and cloud still didn’t deter the female population from the obligatory short-shorts and crop tops. Hideously inappropriate for a late-autumn day, but who cares? It’s Groovin the Moo and with a stellar lineup for 2015, it’s time to party!

Groovin The Moo 2015

Opening a music festival is never an easy task, but local act The Pierce Brothers took it in stride, drawing a surprisingly large crowd with their catchy folk music and energetic live show.

Groovin The Moo 2015

In the Moolin Rouge tent, The Delta Riggs took to the stage with their signature swagger. Surrounded by a haze of smoke emanating suspiciously from the audience, and with the help of an on-stage tiki bar, frontman Elliott Hammond captivated the crowd with his Jagger-esque dance moves and raw vocals.

Groovin The Moo 2015

There was something almost serendipitous about the sun finally making an appearance as Peace took to the triple j stage. Hailing from the UK, the band is building a solid reputation for their impressive live shows and this was no exception as they both teased and pleased the crowd.

Groovin The Moo 2015

They were followed by the sultry, soaring vocals of Meg Mac who was an absolute standout; almost everyone in the vicinity stopped and stared in sheer awe at both her talent and her incredible velvet cape. Her soulful voice was captivating as she took the crowd through her impressive repertoire, including 'Known Better' and 'Roll Up Your Sleeves'.

Groovin The Moo 2015

Local indie pop darlings, The Preatures, put on a fast-paced, rocking set. Frontwoman Isabella Manfredi was reminiscent of the late Chrissie Amphlett in her pinafore and white blouse. A comparison brought eerily to life when the band launched into a energetic cover of the Divinyls’ 'Boys In Town'.

Groovin The Moo 2015

Despite a disappointing turnout by the crowd, UK rockers You Me At Six hit the stage with fierce determination and a catalogue of catchy tunes. Opening with 'Room To Breathe' and 'Loverboy', diehard fans and passing festivalgoers alike were immediately drawn to the charismatic stage presence of frontman Josh Franceschi.

Groovin The Moo 2015

Back to the Moolin Rouge tent and Peaches made her appearance, resplendent in costumes that wouldn’t seem out of place in a production of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert. The only artist who could successfully rhyme ‘vaginoplasty’ in a song, her R-rated performance (complete with oversized genitals) was both incredible and mesmerising.

Groovin The Moo 2015

Charli XCX and her all-girl band kicked off their set with a defiant “put your fucking middle fingers in the air!” The heaving crowd responded in kind, almost drowning out the lead vocals as Charli lead them into hit song, 'I Don’t Care'. The rest of the set was an exhilarating ride! One festivalgoer was overheard repeating “Wow” as the band left the stage at the end of the set.

Groovin The Moo 2015

Wolfmother drew a sizeable crowd but frontman Andrew Stockdale’s attempts at humour in between his self-indulgent guitar solos fell flat for this reviewer. Older hits, 'Woman' and 'Joker And The Thief', were well received but were the few highlights of an otherwise lacklustre set.

Groovin The Moo 2015

Having been tasked with closing out the triple j stage, The Hilltop Hoods kicked off with 'Chase That Feeling' to an adoring crowd. Their set was predictable, filled with a mix of old and new but it kept everyone happy. Songs from their latest album Walking Under Stars, receiving almost as much enthusiasm as classics like 'Nosebleed Section'.

Groovin The Moo 2015

As the last act in the Moolin Rouge, Flight Facilities had the smoke-filled tent buzzing with anticipation. Introducing themselves with a very formal "Thank you for choosing to fly with Flight Facilities", they were joined by guest vocalist, the always-popular Owl Eyes. Their set was pure party and kept everyone dancing until the very end.

Despite the weary legs and tired eyes befalling punters as they trudged out the gates, there was an overwhelming sense of achievement and electricity in the air. Groovin the Moo had once again rocked Bendigo to its very core.

Groovin The Moo 2015
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