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Groove in the Mooing Cold

By che - 10 May 2011 15

GTM Canberra

Groove in the Moo came to Canberra on Sunday to be our biggest music festival with over 16,000 people getting into the University of Canberra to see 29 bands on 3 stages, damn but it was cold though.

I’m sure the young folks walking around in their shorts and singlets during the day were glad to be in the mosh pit as the sun went down.

From what I saw the event was very well run, yes there were queues for the toilets, the bar and for food but none of them seemed to get out of hand.

The setup of the event was well laid out and the separation of the drinking area from the dance areas seemed to keep things under control, while still providing the ability to see and hear the music on each of the 3 stages with a beer in hand.

UC brought out their container deposit trick again so you’d pay $8 for a beer plus $1 for the container deposit. On one trip to the bar I was made to buy a VB just so someone could see what a $9 VB tasted like. It did make a big difference in that people were actively going around and picking up empties just so they could get a couple dollars off their next round.

Observation, most of the Australian bands would get up and play their music (which was good) and get off, whilst the overseas bands would get up and engage the audience and have fun.

I can remember the names and music of those bands that engaged the audience but would be hard pressed to remember the Australian bands.

My picks of the day were Darwin Deez, DataRock, House of Pain (just for getting back together and doing Jump Around) Architecture in Helsinki, Art Vs Science and The Wombats (just because we love to Dance to Joy Division).

Apologies to Matty Ellis who I was trying to see at the start of the day but just missed their set.

Really good day.

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Groove in the Mooing Cold
PrinceOfAles 1:22 am 11 May 11

chewy14 said :

Fiona said :

I wasn’t there but was merely on campus that day and passed two vomiting kids in the carpark who never even made it, plus the vast amounts of predrinking going on around the campus was a little scary, but I guess that’s why those kids stayed warm!

Yeah It was pretty funny seeing all the 16 year olds getting on the grog before going into the event, dressed in their fluoro tank tops and short shorts. Bet they froze their arses off.

I’m surprised the Crimes didn’t see fit to write another article like this one after the Warehouse festival:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/drug-culture-all-the-rave-in-sporting-cradle/2146761.aspx

People intoxicated at a music festival? Outrageous…..

That Canberra Times article was the most disgusting piece of “journalism” I`ve seen come out of the Canberra Times building in quite a while. I went to both Warehouse and Groovin the moo and the two events couldn`t have been more different. At warehouse I think I saw about two people the whole day having a bad time or causing others to have a bad time. Every single person I spoke to said it was the best day of their life. Warehouse was run superbly too, in fact I am going to say that it was the best festival I have ever been to. Groovin the moo was the complete opposite. At GTM I saw about half a dozen fights, scores of drunk kids and drunk adults making complete f*#kwits of themselves and people throwing up in the toilets everytime I went. It was just gross. I don`t think it was any fault of the organizers though. Everything (bar, toilets, security) seemed to run smoothly enough. Don`t think I will go to GTM next year though.

Kitty7 9:45 pm 10 May 11

I went, and had a great time. The Aussie bands that I saw definitely interacted with the crowd, especially Bliss n Eso who were brilliant. It was entertaining seeing the young kids freezing in their short shorts, and their singlets, I had lots of layers on and I still couldn’t feel my toes, I danced extra hard to try to keep warm.

I didn’t find the lines too long, once we got sick of the stupid young kids carrying on like the idiots they were, we went and hung out in the adult section. The lines there for food and the toilets were almost non-existent. The drunks were less obnoxious than the kids in the all-ages section.

Faves were Bliss n Eso, House of Pain with Jump Around and Everlast’s What Its Like, and The Wombats.

grunge_hippy 8:28 pm 10 May 11

it was damn damn damn cold… i went home about 7pm, half way through BOT with a cranking headache and shivering. (i had 4 layers on, so no, i was not those foolish enough to dress in shorts and a tshirt!) in the end, i got sick of waiting in line after line. there were far more toilets last year. having to hike from the main stages to either up in the bar and then back down the hill or up near the entrance was ridiculous.

perhaps i am getting too old!

Evil_Kitten 6:59 pm 10 May 11

I’m not surprised that people get drunk before the event – at $11 for a can of spirits it becomes a pretty expensive day! If it was a bit more reasonably priced, maybe you wouldn’t get so many people trying to knock back so many beforehand as a cheap head start.

gospeedygo 6:51 pm 10 May 11

chewy14 said :

gospeedygo said :

Maybe next year they can get bands that aren’t s***. No wonder people were so out of it.

Sorry but I think Justin Beiber had another gig. Maybe next year.

Eat me. FYI the last band I saw was Motorhead. Deaf forever.

chewy14 5:06 pm 10 May 11

gospeedygo said :

Maybe next year they can get bands that aren’t s***. No wonder people were so out of it.

Sorry but I think Justin Beiber had another gig. Maybe next year.

thatsnotme 5:01 pm 10 May 11

LSWCHP said :

I didn’t know about this gig, so as I drove along Baldwin Drive in Kaleen in the afternoon, I was astounded to see a gang of obviously pissed bogan kids lurching down the road towards UC, with one of them flinging his almost empty can of Woodstock over his shoulder onto the footpath as I went past.

I don’t really care if they want to scramble their brains with grog at rock concerts, but I reckon many of them deserved a smack on the bottom for the way they were treating my neighbourhood as a garbage dump.

You can always take some consolation in the thought that half way through the day, most of those kids would have been either vomiting or unconscious, and would have barely seen a band all day. Seems odd to me that anyone would shell out the cash for a ticket (and I’m guessing they weren’t cheap) to write themselves off before the day even begins.

Why not just stay home, take the cash you would have spent on the ticket and put it towards booze, and do a proper job of it? Chuck the stereo on if you want to introduce some atmosphere – to truly make it feel like a festival, every time you need to go to the loo, force yourself to stand outside the door for 15 minutes before going.

gospeedygo 4:36 pm 10 May 11

Maybe next year they can get bands that aren’t s***. No wonder people were so out of it.

LSWCHP 3:45 pm 10 May 11

Fiona said :

I wasn’t there but was merely on campus that day and passed two vomiting kids in the carpark who never even made it, plus the vast amounts of predrinking going on around the campus was a little scary, but I guess that’s why those kids stayed warm!

I didn’t know about this gig, so as I drove along Baldwin Drive in Kaleen in the afternoon, I was astounded to see a gang of obviously pissed bogan kids lurching down the road towards UC, with one of them flinging his almost empty can of Woodstock over his shoulder onto the footpath as I went past.

Fifty yards further on, there was another blob of pissed kids, and the same thing happened with another empty can of grog. Then a little further on, there were some more of them, and one of them just dropped his empty 2L bottle of coke (presumably mixed with bourbon) onto the footpath. There were more groups of them scattered along the road, all of them furiously slurping up the grog.

I’d say more than half of the hundred or so young people I saw had their wobbly boots firmly on well before they got anywhere near the gig.

I don’t really care if they want to scramble their brains with grog at rock concerts, but I reckon many of them deserved a smack on the bottom for the way they were treating my neighbourhood as a garbage dump.

Keijidosha 3:21 pm 10 May 11

arescarti42 said :

So that’s why there were so many cars parked along Ginninderra drive, I initially thought it was the 2nd coming of Christ.

Unfortunately David Guetta wasn’t able to make it.

arescarti42 3:12 pm 10 May 11

So that’s why there were so many cars parked along Ginninderra drive, I initially thought it was the 2nd coming of Christ.

Mess 12:17 pm 10 May 11

We had a great time at the event. I don’t know what you mean by The Australian bands not engaging the audience, Bliss n Eso, Horrorshow, Gyroscope and Art v Science all had some sort of audience interaction, and really got the crowds going.

chewy14 10:32 am 10 May 11

Fiona said :

I wasn’t there but was merely on campus that day and passed two vomiting kids in the carpark who never even made it, plus the vast amounts of predrinking going on around the campus was a little scary, but I guess that’s why those kids stayed warm!

Yeah It was pretty funny seeing all the 16 year olds getting on the grog before going into the event, dressed in their fluoro tank tops and short shorts. Bet they froze their arses off.

I’m surprised the Crimes didn’t see fit to write another article like this one after the Warehouse festival:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/drug-culture-all-the-rave-in-sporting-cradle/2146761.aspx

People intoxicated at a music festival? Outrageous…..

Gantz 10:22 am 10 May 11

Just a quick FYI the festival is named Groovin The Moo, Not Groove In The Moo.

Cant have been that good of a Fest if you got the name so wrong.

Fiona 10:05 am 10 May 11

I wasn’t there but was merely on campus that day and passed two vomiting kids in the carpark who never even made it, plus the vast amounts of predrinking going on around the campus was a little scary, but I guess that’s why those kids stayed warm!

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