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Groovin The Moo Festival Review #TuneSquad

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When I landed in Sydney, I had a goal to attend as many music festivals in Australia as possible.  Luckily for me, I found an amazing group of friends that have a similar passion for a quality party.

With it being one of my mate’s birthdays that weekend (Happy Bday Troy), and the legendary Groovin The Moo Festival — it felt like the perfect time for a weekend away in Canberra.

I remember writing about how Groovin The Moo was one of the top music events in April, and it definitely did not disappoint.

I’ll be honest, out of all the festivals I’ve been to in Australia — this might have been the one I was least excited for.  I was exhausted from working quite a lot, the line-up lacked any underground house and techno, and I’ve been trying to save money and festivals are expensive.

But I’m really glad I went, because Groovin The Moo definitely was a solid party.

Let’s discuss…

TuneSquad

Just like any aspect of travel, sharing an experience with a great group of people can make the biggest difference.  Over the past 8 months, I’ve met some amazing people here in Sydney.  Thanks to their quality organizational skills (shoutout to Cass), we all rocked up to the festival in style.  We were easily the largest squad of the festival, and repeatedly had people take photos of us.  I mean, look at us.  Hot damn, we look good.

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The Venue

In my opinion, Groovin The Moo was held at a pretty standard venue.  There was no “wow” factor about it, but it had green grass, a decent amount of room, and we were fortunate to  have beautiful weather!

There were a few times where I felt that it could have been a bit bigger though.

This was a Sold-Out event, and you could definitely tell.  There were people everywhere.  Almost too crowded at times.

The only thing that really bothered me was the bathroom locations which were pretty far away from everything.  It’s nice when you’re at a festival and can run away to take a piss and be back within a few minutes.

The Stages

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If you’re looking at the set-list, you’d see that there were 3 different stages.  The main stage could not be missed, as it was pretty massive.  What I found strange about it was that it was set-up in two-halves.  This was due to a lot of the bands needing their own equipment and to make artist transitions a bit smoother.  I had never seen a festival stage do that before, and I’m not sure how much I like it.  It was just a bit weird having the artist focused on one-side of the stage.  It wasn’t really a big deal, but definitely something I felt was a bit strange.

The second stage was where I found myself at the majority of the day.   This was also a pretty massive tented stage, and felt that the vibe was consistently on point.  Everyone was dancing, grooving, and raving all day.

Top 3 Sets

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Safia:  Rather early on in the day, SAFIA took stage and completely blew my mind.  My friends listen to Safia quite a bit, but I only realized that when I saw them play live.  I love their style, their vocals, and their deep and groovy tunes that blended so perfectly together.  

Golden Features:  I had seen them once before at Field Day, and I’ve been listening to their music every since.  These guys really know how to put on a show, and their track selection is fuego.

Alison Wonderland:  Australia’s favorite trap queen closed out the main stage in style, and played one of the best sets of the entire day.  I’m not going to lie, I was a little bummed to hear her play a Justin Bieber remix, c’mon, closing set doesn’t need that shit, but she quickly redeemed herself with banger after banger.

Read:  The JATW Playlist:  Top Ten Tracks of April 2014

The Downsides

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All Ages Event:  Maybe I’m getting old, but you could definitely tell that this was an all ages event.  The last music festival I went to was Return to Rio, and that had one of the best festival atmospheres I’ve ever experienced.  Everyone was a bit older, and knew their underground house music.  At times this festival felt like a massive 17-years old birthday party.  Okay, maybe an exaggeration.  But I’m 27 years old, and partying around everyone 10 years younger than me was a bit strange.

Within 20 minutes of entering the festival, I swear I saw 16-year old girls throwing up with their friends holding back their hair.  I’m sorry, but this isn’t a Prom afterparty.  Get it together people.  Learn how to party responsibly.

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Alcohol Zone:  At music festivals, you’ll most likely find me towards the back of the stage, in an area where there’s plenty of room to dance with a beer in my hand.  Unfortunately, because this was an all-ages event – you weren’t allowed to bring beer out of the 18+ zone.  It was a huge buzz kill.  Especially when I bought 4 beers for friends, and had plans to bring them back to the squad.

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Ending at 10:30 P.M:    

Maybe it’s from my years of partying until sunrise in Barcelona, or hitting up full-moon parties in Thailand, but ending a festival around 10:30 P.M is really sad.  I really don’t think a festival should ever end before midnight, but unfortunately it happens all to often at music festivals in Australia.

I also was pretty hungover from drinking on Saturday night, so having the festival starting at 11:00 A.M just felt heaps early.

Conclusion

The music was great, the weather was beautiful, and the overall festival organization was above average.  There were definitely a few aspects of the party which I think could have made the festival a bit better, but I would definitely recommend Groovin The Moo to friends.  It’s one of the last big festivals of the season, and I’m really glad I went.

Have to give a major shoutout to the TUNESQUAD.  We absolutely crushed it.  What a weekend.  Hoping we rock our jerseys to the next festival we all attend together!


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30 Music Festivals in Australia To Experience Before You Die

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Looking for the best music festivals in Australia?  Look no further.  I’ve compiled the ultimate bucket list of music festivals in the land down under.  Something I’ve realized about living in this amazing country, is that there is always something fun to do, and that includes music festivals.  Every weekend there’s always some event, party, or festival to check out.

Whether you’re living in Australia, backpacking around, studying abroad, or on a working holiday visa — definitely check out this list of the best parties to attend.  From the massive raves, boutique camping festivals, and epic bush doofs — Australia has all the festival junkies covered.

HOW MANY WILL YOU BE GOING TO…?



1.  Splendour In The Grass

  • When:  End of July
  • Where:  North Byron Parklands
  • Website:  http://www.splendourinthegrass.com/
  • Why:  Easily one of the biggest festivals in Australia, Splendour In The Grass is in a beautiful location, and always brings a top-notch line-up covering a wide variety of genres.  This will be a festival experience you’ll never forget.

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2.  Stereosonic

  • When:  End Of November / Beginning of December
  • Where:  Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne
  • Website:  http://stereosonic.com.au/
  • Why:  Australia’s largest electronic music festival definitely needs to be on your festival bucket list.  Every year they bring the biggest acts in the industry, build impressive stages, and create an incredible atmosphere.

*2016 Edition cancelled but will return in 2017*

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3.  Field Day

  • When:  January 1 (New Years Day)
  • Where:  Sydney
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/FieldDay
  • Why:  Set on the first day of the year at its beautiful iconic Sydney venue, The Domain. Field Day is the smart way to celebrate New Years and is also our city’s most popular boutique music festival. It’s known for a super-friendly atmosphere and quality line-ups mixing hip-hop, house, indie and electronic artists from around the world.

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4.  Harbourlife

  • When: Beginning of November
  • Where:  Sydney
  • Website:  http://www.fuzzy.com.au/
  • Why:  The one party a year with the view people travel 20,000km to see, Harbourlife brings quality house music to the best-located dance floor in the country.  Tickets can be hard to come by, so act fast and secure them before they sell out!

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5.  Lost Paradise

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6. Strawberry Fields

  • When:  Mid / End of November
  • Where:  Australian Bush, 2-3 hours outside Melbourne
  • Website:  http://www.strawberry-fields.com.au/
  • Why:  Strawberry Fields is an annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression held for three days each November, a few hours outside of Melbourne, Australia. Each year we bring you a diverse selection of both renowned and breakthrough electronic music from both Australia and overseas.  Indulge yourself in a sensory feast, including soul shaking sound, world class decor, dozens of eclectic market stalls, artistic installations, live performance art, workshops, forum discussion and more.

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7.  Subsonic

  • When:  Beginning of December
  • Where:  Riverwood Downs, New South Wales
  • Websitehttp://www.subsonicmusic.com.au/
  • Why:  Subsonic is a solid weekend of exceptional electronic, roots and soulful music in the gorgeous surrounds of Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort – a therapeutic three hour drive from Sydney.  Nothing but the best minimal, house, and techno.  From what I’ve heard, this is a party that should not be missed!

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8.  Listen Out

  • When:  End of September / Beginning of October
  • Where:  Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/ListenOut/
  • Why:  Listen Out is the antidote to many of the things you don’t like about bigger music festivals. It is a carefully handcrafted party, with a killer lineup of the dance music that matters and a philosophy of best, not biggest. Say goodbye to endless timetable clashes, long hikes to the 12th stage and spending your day with several thousand people you can’t relate to.

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9.  Wide Open Space

  • When:  Beginning of May
  • Where:  Central Australia (1 Hour from Alice Springs)
  • Website:  http://wideopenspace.net.au/
  • Why:  3 days of Australia’s best underground beats held in a resort at the foot of the MacDonnell ranges, about an hour’s drive out of Alice Springs.  This sounds like the ultimate outback festival!

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10.  Groovin The Moo

  • When:  End of April / Beginning of May
  • Where:  Oakbank, Bunbury, Benoigo, Canberra, Maitland, and Townsville
  • Website:  http://www.gtm.net.au/
  • Why:  On the cusp of winter, Groovin the Moo has become a place for those seeking warmth, a space for like-minded people to gather and open their ears to both new and familiar sounds. It’s a tradition for local host communities to participate in and celebrate.  This upcoming 2016 edition has one of the best line-ups that I’ve seen so far during my time in Australia.  With this festival hitting up each state in the country, you’d be a fool to miss out!



11.  The Town

  • When:  Easter Weekend
  • Where:  Strathbogie Ranges (2 Hours Outside Melbourne)
  • Website:  http://culturejam.com.au/
  • Why:  ‘A place of like-minded folk who’ve declared the real world a joke. We’re heading back to bikes and letters and the simplest of pleasures. From sustainable partying and funky-ass tunes, we invite you to get wild under the Easter full moon’.  Welcome to our interactive Village, part parodying every-day life with absurd theatrics and awesome set design, and part exploring what makes a healthy sustainable Town, all to a soundtrack of incredibly fun music. We aim to deliver a wacky new experiment never before seen on our Festival circuit

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12.  Happy Daze Festival

  • When:  End of May
  • Where:  Central Queensland
  • Website:  http://happydazefestival.com/  
  • Why:  A 3-Day Open Air Music & Arts Festival.  The Happy Daze Festival brings fresh eclectic flavours to Central Queensland. Gaining momentum from last years event, this realm of stimulating sights, sounds and activities is sure to tantalise the senses.

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13 ) Return to Rio

  • When:  Mid November & Mid March (Summer & Opening & ClosingParties)
  • Where:  Wiseman’s Ferry
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/ReturnToRio/
  • Why:  A 3 day- weekend filled with music and fun, dancing and drinking, and laughter and sun.  If you haven’t heard of Return to Rio before, you’re definitely missing out.  It’s an intimate weekend away that feels like just a gathering with friends to listen to top-notch underground house music.  This was honestly one of my favorite weekends in Australia!

Read my Return to Rio review & Check out my Return to Rio Photo Album


14)  Let Go Fest

  • When: February 4, 2017
  • Where:  Mornington, Victoria
  • Website:   https://www.facebook.com/letgofest/
  • Why:  One beautiful summer day of quality dance music, food, and entertainment.  While it may be one of the newer festival on the list, it will definitely be a solid event.  The line-up this year is looking amazing with Australian favorites RUFUS, Set Mo, and Hayden James

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15)  Rabbits Eat Lettuce

  • When:  Easter Long Weekend
  • Where:  Byron Bay (Doofville)
  • Website:   http://www.rabbitseatlettuce.com.au/
  • Why:  4 days of camping, BYO, 24 hour sound, yoga, workshops, awesome vibes & good music.  “Open your Heart.  Develop your Mind.  Move your Body”.  Everyone who has been has told me it is an absolute must!



16 ) Big Pineapple Music Festival

  • When:  End of May
  • Where:  Sunshine Coast, Queensland (woombeye
  • Website:   http://www.bigpineapplemusicfestival.com/
  • Why:  Whether it’s the magical energy that radiates from the pristine, treelined surroundings, or the laid back atmosphere that brings out the best in the performers and crowds alike, there’s a special vibe to the one- day camping event that continues to attract punters from all corners of the country.

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17)  Rainbow Serpent

  • When:  End of January (27-30, 2017)
  • Where:  Lexton, Victoria
  • Website:   https://www.rainbowserpent.net/
  • Why:  This is arguably one of Australia’s most popular festivals, and is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime.  For music festival junkies, this is a no-brainer.  “It’s a fresh discovery of opportunity and escapism, a chance to connect with like minded individuals and to celebrate nature, community and harmony.  No longer just an electronic music festival these days you can expect to experience a unique combination of music, art, performance, spiritual discussion, relaxation and healing.”


18 )  Earthcore

  • When: Nov 24 – 28, Nov 2016
  • Where: Pyalong, Victoria
  • Website:  http://www.earthcore.com.au/
  • Why:  “What is this Parallel Universe that beckons beyond the darkness?” Set on 1500 acres of pristine land one hour drive from Melbourne feat 5 epic stages across 5 days, Boutique Camping, Worlds Beyond Speakers Forum, Fractured Reality Art Zone, Yellow Sunshine Chill Out, Muffplex Cinema, Elemental Planet Lifestyle City, District 13 Theme Camp Zone, DIY Social Calendar, Kinky Karnival Freak Show, Mind Bending Art Installations, your closest mates and you!

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19)  Falls Festival

  • When: End of December – Beginning Of January.  New YEARS EVE
  • Where:  3 Locations.  Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay
  • Website:  https://www.fallsfestival.com/
  • Why:  The Falls Music & Arts Festival is one of the finest, longest running, boutique music events in Australia.  The festival is based on European style events, featuring a diverse mix of over 70 renowned bands, DJs and comedians from throughout Australia with over 20 international acts.  Definitely a solid choice for bringing in the new year.

One the Australia’s Best New Years Eve Music Festivals



20)  Dragon Dreaming

  • When:  Mid October , 2016
  • Where:  Wee Jasper, NSW
  • Website:   http://www.dragondreaming.net/
  • Why:  Enter the mind and imagination of the Dragon for four days in October in witness of a most beautiful festival!  Dragon Dreaming takes pride in nurturing local artists, live bands and DJs while providing an environment suitable for families and children of all ages. Dragon Dreaming Festival is approaching its seventh year and intend leaving all attendees feeling satisfied, fresh and inspired.  Dragon Dreaming Festival admits to getting down to a wide variety of musical tastes and we will present a carefully selected line up ranging from live bands, gypsy, dub, tribal rhythms, psytrance, breaks, dubstep, glitch, progressive, ambient, house, reggae and the list journeys on… Find your groove over the weekend on three different amplified stages. So put on your stomping shoes or your belly dancing jewels and have a boogie with your friends and family.

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21)  Burning Seed (Burning Man Australia)

  • When:    September 28th – October 3rd, 2016
  • Where:  Matong State Forest, NSW
  • Website:  http://www.burningseed.com/
  • Why:  Red Earth City will rise once more in 2016 in our beautiful Matong State Forest location.  This regional burn in Australia is something that you defintiely should not miss if you’re in Australia.  For those burners who can’t make the trek to Black Rock City in Nevada — this is the festival you’ll need to attend!

**Unfortunately had to cancel it’s 2016 edition due to weather, but will be back in 2017

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21)  Maitreya Festival

  • When:  Mid-March (March 11-14, 2016)
  • Where:  Lake Wooroonook, Charlton, Victoria
  • Website:  http://www.maitreyafestival.com/
  • Why:  Maitreya Festival emerged from the cosmic counter culture organic superfood soup bowl ten years ago!  The ultimate intention was to provide a global platform for investigation into the self, the setting within which we live, and the places we might be able to go together as a species of intrepid travellers and explorers! Any revolutionary platform without art and dancing is definitely not one worth having, so we wanted to present you with an immersive visual and aural experience as well!


22) The Plot

  • When:  End of November / Early December
  • Where:  Parramatta Park, Sydney
  • Website:  http://theplot.co
  • Why:   With an impressively large and eclectic line-up, The Plot is a one-day festival that shouldn’t be missed.  Located in the beautiful Parramatta Park, spread over three stages, this festival will keep your feet moving the entire time.

 


23)  Laneway Festival

  • When:  Check Facebook dates for upcoming events (there’s tons)
  • Where:  Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Road
  • Websitehttp://sydney.lanewayfestival.com/
  • Why:  This festival is touring all over Australia, New Zealand, and even stretches as far as Singapore.  With an amazing, large, and diverse line-up — Laneway Festival is going to be an experience worth checking out.  If you don’t go for anyone

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24 ) Electric Gardens Festival

  • When:  End of January
  • Where:  Centennial Park, Sydney — Perth Ampitheatrre
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/electricgardensfestival
  • Why:  This one day-festival in both Sydney and Perth is an absolute must.  Having experienced the Sydney event for myself, I can confidently say that this will be a party you will never forget.  They bring amazing talent, it’s very well organized, and the production value was top-notch!  Don’t miss this one!  Read all about my Electric Gardens Review !!





25 )  Woodford Folk Festival

  • When:  Dec 27 – Jan 1 (New Years Eve Festival)
  • Where:  Woodfordia, Queensland
  • Website:  https://woodfordfolkfestival.com/
  • Why:  Woodford Folk Festival is one of Australia’s largest and most iconic events (and one of the largest ‘folk’ festivals in the world). It is also the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia. The programme encompasses the depth and diversity of Australia’s cultural, artistic and social expression with music, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, workshops, debate, street theatre, films, forums, visual arts, an entire children’s festival and many special presentations including a spectacular fire event on New Year’s Day.


26 )  Mushroom Valley

  • When:   October 7-9, 2016
  • Where:  Near the Whitsundays
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/Mushroom-Valley-137048089786715/
  • Why:  3 Day Music, Art, & Lifestyle festival near one of the most beautiful destinations in Australia.  Definitely could easily fit into your travels, or would be a great weekend getaway.

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27 )  Byron Bay BluesFest

  • When: March 24th- 28th, 2016
  • Where:  Byron Bay, NSW
  • Website:  http://www.bluesfest.com.au/
  • Why:  Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with up to 7 stages over 5, 12 hour days, as well as camping for up to 6,000 people, 5 licensed bars, over 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens, and children’s entertainment.


28 )  Mona Foma Festival

  • When:  Mid January
  • Where:  Hobart, Tasmania
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/monafoma
  • Why:  Tons of different events spread over three 3 days.  Definitely worth checking out if you find yourself down in Tassie.

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29 )  Golden Plains Festival

  • When:  March 12-14, 2016
  • Where:  Meredith, Victoria (110 Minutes from Melbourne CBD)
  • Website:  http://2016.goldenplains.com.au/
  • Why: Golden Plains is a Premium Music Festival on an Epic Long Weekend in the Greatest of Outdoors. It is staged in Autumn so the weather is warm and stable. Afternoon goes on all day, the sun like honey on the trees, then a giant spike of excitement goes kabloooey at nightfall.  Join for an electric line-up, amazing food, and solid festival atmosphere.


30 )  Southbound Festival

  • When:  Dec 27 – 29, 2016
  • Where:  Busselton, Western Australia
  • Website:  http://southboundfestival.com.au/
  • Why:  Work off the Christmas Calories at an epic 3 day music and camping festival.  If you’re living around South Australia, than this is an event that shouldn’t be missed.       


Australia is an absolutely beautiful country, and it obviously has it’s fair share of quality music festivals.  Definitely looking forward to crossing a lot of these off my festival bucket list within the upcoming years.  Have you been to any of these?  What was your experience like?  Any major music festival missing from this list?  Let me know!  

Check out my other blog posts on music festivals.


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