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Having been to a fair few editions of Groovin The Moo over the years, I knew that despite any small setbacks I’d enjoy the festival.

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All photos: Brooke Tunbridge

My favourite aspect of Groovin The Moo 2018 was the amount of local talent. The clashes in set times for me were all at the beginning of the day.

There were forces trying to bring down the day; the scattered rain and dark skies, a youngster passed out on the grass as Unearthed artists opened the festival, and a teenage couple behind me, again early in the day, both pale faced and throwing up in sync. Couples that spew together…

Despite these attempts from the world to make a negative impact, the day went on. The rain cleared and I didn’t have to witness any more PDS (public display of sickness – definitely made that up).

Groovin The Moo maitland 2018 brooke tunbridge happy mag

My favourite aspect of the festival was the amount of local talent. The clashes in set times for me were all at the beginning of the day – which was as frustrating as it was exciting.

Rackett, Rachel Maria Cox, Dear Seattle, Split Feed and RAAVE TAPES, all hailing from between Sydney and Newcastle. I probably say this every year, but honestly, you missed out big time if you didn’t get there early enough to catch these acts. For me, these were the best early acts I’ve seen at Groovin The Moo and I’ve been there for seven years in a row.

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It’s easy to reflect on Mallrat’s performances as I was at her very first live gig, supporting Allday at Bar On The Hill in Newcastle. She’s come a long way since then, even though that wasn’t too long ago.

When I first saw her, I wasn’t convinced. Now, I am in love. I realised it was probably nerves and figuring out how to do the whole performing on stage in front of people thing, so decided to be less judgemental. Every show or festival performance since then has been better than the last. She’s not slowing down and it’s amazing to see.

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Goddess Vera Blue was on rather early in the day, pumping up the crowd with her insanely high voice and elegant stage presence.

Portugal. The Man walked onto the stage to the intro of Feel It Still, grabbing the attention from everyone in the crowd. They held back, and played that track last after an oddball mix of covers and their own tracks, including a bit of Pink Floyd.

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Tkay Maidza danced her way onto the stage with yet again another amazing outfit (seriously, I want her wardrobe). She played a couple of new songs, which I’m sure we will hear more about soon. Brontosaurus will always be a favourite for the crowd.

Spread across the stage, Winston Surfshirt even brought a bartender, which was hilarious and clever. He made cocktails and delivered them to each band member throughout the set. He brought his funky sounds and “ye ye ye yeahs” to Maitland, with people jumping up on shoulders to sing along.

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The Amity Affliction brought the heat. Literally, they had fire on stage. Usually, I’m not one for the heavier acts like this but I’m learning to appreciate their talent. I had to after seeing the die-hard fans screaming every lyric leaning over the front barrier.

The older crowd showed for Grinspoon and Paul Kelly aka the gravy man who is “the grandfather to every Australian” according to my friend. His set was for me, the best part of the day.

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UK act Royal Blood was the set that a lot of people there were waiting for. It was worth the wait. Catching a little Flight Facilities, I ran over to Ball Park Music who closed the festival.

One of the band members brought out their daughter, holding her up like in The Lion King, and the packed tent sang Happy Birthday.

I hope she’s old enough to be able to remember that, because it would be a pretty special memory. Of course, Ball Park were amazing, as always. Although, they always leave you wanting more!

Have fun if you’re heading to a Groovin The Moo close to you and check out the photos to get you hyped! Or to find yourself in the crowd shots.

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May 2, 2018

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