GTM 2017 Preview
Everyone’s favourite one-day rural music festival Groovin’ The Moo is back again in 2017, this time with a noticeably more chilled (yet no less exciting!) feel to it.
The line-up features a host of triple J favourites including the adored Amy Shark, abrasive alt-rockers Violent Soho, indie pop rockers Jungle Giants, topical Hip Hop artist L Fresh the Lion and fellow Sydney Hip Hop compatriots Thundamentals, as well as singer-songwriter Hayden James and electronica artist George Maple.
As far as international acts are concerned, there’s a strong UK presence with the likes of electronic duo Snakehips, rockers The Wombats and “Britain’s most recent new hope in hip hop,” 21 year old Loyle Carner.
But the United States are never to be outdone, particularly by Britain, with big-name American artists including LA-based producer Dillon Francis, fellow talented LA-based genre blending singer-songwriter K.Flay and punk rock legends Against Me! making the journey down under. Oh, and Germany are also chipping in with folk group Milky Chance. Whilst Perth-based producers Slumberjack and dream-pop band Methyl Ethel ensure the festival has a local flavour to it.
But there are three acts in particular that I’m personally super excited to see (again)! The dynamic and edgy self-taught multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana, whose growing popularity was highlighted in the Hottest 100 countdown. Folk grunge outfit The Smith Street Band with their ‘instrumental, not hip hop, rap’ and the lyrical genius of frontman Wil Wagner (who we interviewed back in May!). The Melbourne band are expected to be treating fans to their first taste of their much anticipated new album!
And finally, the one and only, the voice of my summer, the beautiful, pure and incredibly talented; Montaigne! If you read my Southbound review, you’d be no stranger to my obsession over her mesmerising vocals, powerful connection to the audience and her entrancing tribal energy. And at only 21 years of age, her future is truly boundless. Seriously, don’t miss her!
However, there was one somewhat bemusing exclusion from the line-up… D.R.A.M! The soulful Hampton hip hop artist was unveiled as the first artist back in December, yet has not been included in the line-up in an intriguing and decidedly disappointing revelation.