Groovin' and Moovin' 2015
Festival goers arrived en masse over the course of the morning and early afternoon and the small town of Bunbury did not disappoint. With the sun shining bright and a gorgeous backdrop of blue skies and green fields the scene was well and truly set for a great day out.
With so many outstanding acts lined up and unfortunate but inevitable clashes it was always going to be a tough ask to catch every act, but if that’s the worst problem you have you’re doing alright! Groovin’ the Moo 2015 kicked off late morning with the likes of local acts Tired Lion, FOAM, Koi Child, Timothy Nelson & the Infidels and Melbournian Psych-Rockers The Delta Riggs getting the moovin' started.
West Australian Metal fans were treated to their first live look at the new lead vocalist for Northlane, Marcus Bridge, revealing a fresh sound fusing metalcore with slightly more pop punk inclined vocals. Whilst at the same time rapper Tkay Maidza got the crowd stomping their feet with her sick beats. Mooving over to the V stage, winner of the 2014 J award for unearthed artist of the year, Melbourne singer MEG MAC captivated the audience with her exceptionally gorgeous and powerful voice. She was followed by indie rock band with a hint of reggae Sticky Fingers, performing their unique blend of genres to their rapidly increasing collection of adoring West Aussie fans.
Fremantle’s San Cisco were up next at the Moolin Rouge tent with their upbeat rhythm and fun indie pop dance music warming the crowd up for the energetic beats to come. In typical West Australian style, Bunbury treated it’s festival goers to a beautiful peach sunset to bring to an end a day of fun, terrific music talent and welcome the likes of Canadian electronic musician and all round polarising figure Peaches. But for many the impending night was what they’d been waiting for, the real excitement was yet to come. My personal favourite, Brisbane indie pop rockers Ball Park Music were the perfect transition act from day to night with their fun-loving, anthemic performance-a highlight of the festival. Although it came at the cost of missing out on A$AP Ferg’s, however I hear the hip hop star did not disappoint!
Electronic duo Hermitude followed with a fantastic, engaging set but as the stars arose and the stimulants started taking full effect for many of groovin’ teens and young adults, the time of night for doof doof and partying dawned. Enter DJ Tom Loud’s Hot Dub Time Machine and his immensely enjoyable journey through music history. Starting from the 1950’s and rocking his way through the decades with remixed versions of the most recognisable songs from each year.
New Zealand sibling duo Broods, Aussie hard rockers Wolfmother and English singer Charli XCX provided a range of genres to satisfy any musical taste to lead into the final acts of the night. Arguably the most unfortunate clash of the night was upon us, with legendary Aussie hip hop duo Hilltop Hoods and American electronic producer RL Grime sharing the festival spotlight. Sacrificing the chance to enjoy the entire set I left the pumping beats and insane light show of RL in the Moolin Rouge tent (you can check out a glimpse of it from the shoulders of my best mate on our Isolated Nation’s Instagram account) midway through to make it for the latter half of perennial mainstays in the Australian music industry Hilltop Hoods playing all their most unforgettable tracks.
Electronic producer duo Flight Facilities capped of a day of excitement and action with some of the best music talent from around the world amalgamating in Bunbury for what was an incredible experience. Ball Park Music and Hot Dub Time Machine were my personal highlights of the night but you’re welcome to comment below who you thought the best acts were! Here’s hoping I’ll be back again next year to review GTM2k16 because that one was one hell of a time and I can’t wait to do it all again!