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.