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Groovin' Guide 2015

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It's time again to be Groovin' The Moo! The tour kicked off last weekend in Oakbank and Bunbury and will continue this weekend in Bendigo and Canberra before heading to Maitland and Townsville to wrap up the weekend after that.

For those with tickets that means long lines, cold weather and great live bands. For those without, it means staying inside, warm and dry, while all of the friends are out having fun.

Last year I gave you the Groovin' Guide For Those Left Out, this year the trend continues as we talk about some of the cooler acts on this great regional tour.

For those attending Groovin' The Moo Bendigo, keep an eye out for the Rotary Barbeque outside the Showgrounds near Lightning Reef School in the morning. A hotdog snack to keep you going for the long day in exchange for helping out a great cause is a good deal.

Ball Park Music

I expect this band will hit it out of the park when the perform at Groovin' The Moo this year. Audiences will certainly have a ball when when these Queenslanders take the stage. Puns aside, Ball Park Music have some legitimately cool tunes and are deserving of the attention. I hope I'm somewhere in the ball park when I say that they're worth checking out.

Tracks to check out: "She Only Loves Me When I'm There", "All I Want Is You".


These siblings from New Zealand have been performing together since childhood and make very pretty tunes. They released their debut album last year and it entered the New Zealand charts at number 1. Their producer, Joel Little, has also worked with the likes of Daniel Johns and Lorde.

Tracks to check out: "Never Gonna Change", "Mother & Father".


Merrill Beth Nisker (aka Peaches) has such an interesting career and catalogue of music that she is a must see act of the festival. Over the years she has worked with artists as diverse as Iggy Pop, R.E.M., Pink, Chicks on Speed, Christina Aguilera, Soulwax, Chilly Gonzales, and Major Lazer. M.I.A. once video documented one of Peaches tours. She has a book scheduled for release in June called "What Else Is In The Teaches Of Peaches" featuring contributions from Michael Stipe, Yoko Ono, and Ellen Page.

Tracks to check out: "Kick It" (featuring Iggy Pop), "BURST!".

The Preatures

These Sydneysiders have some pretty funky basslines and a guitarist called Gideon. How can you go wrong? They got their start when their debut EP, Shaking Hands, was picked up by Triple J Unearthed in 2012. Since then The Preatures have been on the up, even hitting a top 10 in the Triple J Hottest 100 with "Is This How You Feel?"

Tracks to check out: "Somebody's Talking", "Better Than It Ever Could Be".

San Cisco

This Fremantle band may have a leg up in the music industry due to family connections. Drummer Scarlett Stevens is the daughter of Phil Stevens, manager of John Butler Trio and The Waifs. But San Cisco will remain due to raw talent. Their addictive pop sound is complemented by clever aesthetic and cool videos. Seriously, the clip for "Too Much Time Together" is awesome. Watch it. I embedded it below.

Tracks to check out: "Too Much Time Together", "Awkward".


When Wolfmother came to Bendigo two years ago, they blew the roof off this town (Keegs Scilini was there, here is what he had to say). Since Andrew Stockdale and his revolving door first got together in 2004, these guys have been compared to everyone from Led Zeppelin to Kyuss. Not much else needs to be said about them that you haven't already heard so just watch the below video featuring the band hanging out with Johnny Knoxville.

Tracks to check out: "Joker And The Thief", "Love Train".

You Me At Six

These British rockers take influence from the likes of Blink-182 and Incubus and have been a popular live act for years. But the most interesting thing about You Me At Six is the fact that most of the band now has clothing lines. Bass player Matt Barnes has a line called "Cheer Up! Clothing", frontman Josh Franceschi has one called "Down But Not Out", and rythm guitarist Max Helyer started one called "Become Antique". Be sure to check out these fashionable and savvy businessmen.

Tracks to check out: "Bite My Tongue", "Loverboy".

As of the writing of this article, tickets are still available to Canberra on May 3 and Townsville on May 10, so if you run you might make it. Otherwise remember, even if you're missing out, there's nothing stopping you from kicking up the stereo and jamming to your favourite bands in your pyjamas. Well, maybe noise complaints. But that's not my area. Happy Groovin'.

More information about Groovin' The Moo can be found at gtm.net.au.

More information about these bands can be found at Google.

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