Review: Groovin the Moo – Oakbank

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Words by Jemah Finn

What a groovin day. GTM, you have done it again.

Groovin the Moo 2016 rolled into Oakbank in South Australia this week and left us all with a super sweet taste of satisfaction in our mouths.

The coordinators of GTM definitely have their finger on the pulse when it comes to throwing a rad festival. I attended GTM sick and sober and I had a blast and a half.

Festival punters clearly weren’t scared off by last years atrocious weather (Mother Nature took Groovin the Moo far too literally and created a nice mud pit for us to waddle in last year) and rocked up decked out in the latest fashion trends and ready to groove all day long. A few attendees were spotted in unnecessary gumboots, but hey I guess it is better to be safe than sorry.

Those who made the trek to the rural location were gifted with one divine day. Mother Nature was trying desperately to impress and did not fail, the weather was delicious. Pair that with a stellar line-up, and boy do you have the ingredients to make one tasty day of music, beers and friends!

With the likes of  The Rubens, Alison Wonderland and Boy & Bear, GTM had no shortage of mighty fine entertainment. It did not matter what stage you were at, you were guaranteed to be utterly satisfied.

It is hard to pick a standout performance because all the artists were fab, but I would have to vote DZ Deathrays, SAFIA and Client Liaison as some of the artists in my top five of the day.

DZ Deathrays’ are the kind of band that know how to get the audience head banging. Their electric vibes on stage and familiar songs set the foundation for a really intense and excited crowd.

SAFIA are also experts at drawing in a crowd, but rather than head banging, the audience can be expected to sing along to their well known songs. Lead singer, Ben Woolner, is exceptional live. I heard many festival-goers compare Ben to Jesus, because of his vocal talents.

Another crowd favourite, Client Liaison, hit the stage full of energy and undeniable charisma. Dressed in outrageously fantastic sequin covered outfits, with disco inspired choreography to match, these legends had the audience enthralled and excited for more!



Towards the end of the night, the weather shifted and morphed from a bright and sunny day to what felt like an Antarctic wind. The denim jackets came out and the crowd began to disperse a little bit, but most keen festival-goers braved the conditions to stick it out until the very end.

Being so spoilt with such a killer line-up, it would have been silly to sacrifice good entertainment for a little warmth. For those who stuck around, they got to witness one heck of a GTM 2016 finale in Alison Wonderland and RATATAT.

Alison Wonderland was astounding as usual, delivering an electric set. This girl never disappoints. She really is a little pocket-rocket, jam packed with energy. It is never not a massive party when this girl steps on stage, and GTM was no different.

RATATAT also helped with the GTM climax with their mesmerising experimental beats. They were nothing short of spectacular and absolutely cemented their position as a crowd favourite.

GTM was a spectacular mix of great music, entertainment, good food and good friends. We had a blast and can’t wait for next year! cover pic




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