As autumn sets in and the trees turn to falling leaves Australian’s across the country begin to countdown to their favourite annual rural festival Groovin the Moo and this year was no different. As the end of April approached as the beginning of May sets in people all over the country flocked out of town and into the vast Australian landscapes to catch a glimpse of one of the only remaining Australian touring festivals still enjoying successes year in and year out. Staying true to themselves and knowing their market the annual party executed one hell of a shindig this year as their youthful lineup, which appealed to both the seasoned festival veteran and the first-time festival goers, incorporated Triple J sounds from artists past and present. 

Mixing genres and allowing for collaboratory moments unlike any other this years lineup saw Australian acts like Alex Lahey, Confidence Man, Dean Lewis, Flight Facilities, Mallrat, Tkay Maidza & Vera Blue play alongside international acts Amine, Claptone, Duke Dumont, Lady Leshurr, Public Service Broadcasting, Royal Blood & summer favourite Portugal The Man. Australian music royalty Paul Kelly, Grinspoon, The Amity Affliction & Ella Hooper were highlights as they again took to the stage to showcase why Australian music is a global commodity and as relative newcomers Winston Surfshirt, Sampa The Great & Skeggs took to the stage fans were truly treated to a new reason to celebrate our truly magnificent home-grown talent. Allowing a range of musical acts from hip-hop to dance, pop to indie and folk to techno made sure everyone had something to watch and someone to look forward to seeing. 

If you didn’t get a chance to see the incredible live music feast that is Groovin the Moo then you’ll unfortunately have to wait until next year’s nation wide tour begins but I’m telling you it’s a festival you don’t want to miss. It’s truly one of my favourite live festivals and creates an easy space for you to watch your favourite musicians no matter if it’s your first festival or you follow the circuit. Make sure you note down to check out ticket details as January rolls around to make sure your at the next instalment but for now take a look below at some of my favourite moments from this year party.

Photos by Jackson Grant, Mackenzie Sweetnam