Close to 20,000 fans packed the Prince of Wales Showgrounds in Bendigo, enduring the drizzly rain and cold weather to rock out to Groovin’ the Moo on Saturday. And while the weather was far from ideal for a Territorian, I was fortunate enough to be one of those festival goers after I made a last-minute decision to scrounge a ticket.
Groovin’ the Moo featured a couple of bands that will play at this year’s bass in the grass in under a month’s time and I can safely say that Top End music fans will not be disappointed. The crowd loved the acoustic sound of Vance Joy and his Triple J Hottest 100 winning track Riptide prompted a huge sing-along.
Emerging young electronic duo from Canberra, Peking Duk, were another one that stole the show and are certainly a welcome addition to the bassinthegrass line up. They were essentially glorified DJ for hire and the majority of their songs were covers but this is not a criticism. Their stage presence and energy levels they evoked from the crowd made their set fun and exciting. Their hit single “High” was one of the best performed songs of the night.
Although it is unfortunate he won’t be at bass in the grass, the highlight of the night was definitely the performance of international act Dizzee Rascal. He performed a combination of new and classic hits from Jus’ a Rascal to Bassline Junkie. His more familiar songs in “Dance wiv Me” and “Holiday” got the crowd going while his mash up track with Florence and the Machine “You Got the Dirtee Love” was another hit with the crowd. But he saved the best for last with an energetic performance of “Bonkers”.
Electronic veterans The Presets ended the festival on a good note playing a number of their famous tracks including “Ghosts”, “My People” and “This Boy’s in Love”. I was a little disappointed they didn’t play “If I Know You” but after a great day out there was little I could complain about.