Updated: Feb 16
So, let’s talk Groovin…what a cracking line-up! The biggest Australian regional touring festival has nailed it yet again with an udder-ly brilliant group of artists from across the globe. After reading the list of names what really stands out is its diversity. From teenage popstars to throwback legends of the industry, homegrown Aussie talent to international superstars and lastly, gender diversity. Festival organisers should be praised with curating one of the more balanced rosters of artists we’ve seen at a festival in some time.
This is a direct reflection on where music is at today. Major streaming services have exploded in the last decade, allowing the world to be more musically connected than it ever has before. Artists from all walks of life are given greater opportunity to be more equally and easily accessible for listeners. Of course, there are still divides that need to be worked on when it comes to arranging a varied listing. But let’s take a moment to recognise a true stepping stone to a fully diversified line-up.
With the recent release of set times, the T-Rex team have attempted to tackle the major issue facing this great crop of artists, clashes. Festival goers are going to have the wonderful headache of developing a plan to make sure they see as many artists as possible. We thought we would chuck our two cents in, curating a playlist as well as endorsing our favourite artists at the nationwide regional festival, relieving/adding more complications to your dilemmas.
It’s scary to think how the big this 17-year-old is. Fans went into meltdown after Billie Eilish cancelled her Australian tour supporting Florence + the Machine. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait long for the teenage angst queen to reschedule with Groovin being the first festivals she’s hitting up after Coachella!
Major drawcard – bellyache
We’ve handpicked one of the first few tracks that brought the 15-year-old at the time to stardom as it’s just so hard to gauge which is the standout from Eilish’s monstrous debut album. From her first project don’t smile at me, bellyache has the teenage star put herself into the persona of a psychopath. Little did we know this would be the start of many dark fantasies that Billie brings to the front of pop music. If it’s anything like her Laneway set last year, her brother Finneas joins her at the front of the stage for this hit. No doubt everyone will be losing their minds to this one.
If you’re looking for a wild and energetic performance that’ll get you stirring, look no further. South Central LA based singer, rapper and visual artist Duckwrth is already a GTM favourite, wriggling his way into the Bunbury show last year. After smashing that set with his choreographed dance moves and crowd involvement, Duckwrth was quickly invited back to do the full tour this year. His infectious personality creates a strong connection with the crowd, similar to another reputable live performer in Anderson. Paak. He’ll feed off the tangible crowd excitement and send it right back in this fun and upbeat show.
Major drawcard: MICHUUL
MICHUUL is a track that hits the ground running. Duckwrth’s irresistible charm will shine in this feel-good funk jam. One of the California man’s most popular songs, it is a dedication to Michael Jackson’s music career, so hopefully he still pumps out this up-tempo track despite what has been going on.
He’s back. It’s been a long wait for Nick Murphy to return to Australian stages with his soulful groove, but it has finally come. The Melbourne-born favourite will be showcasing fresh, unseen material from his sophomore album Run Fast Sleep Naked, set to be released on April 26th, the first day of GTM! If his previous work under his own identity and previous stage name Chet Faker are anything to go by then we’re in for an absolute treat.
Major drawcard: 1998
The production of Murphy’s new elevating single Sanity draws listeners back to some of the earlier adventurous works from the singer-songwriter. Through its catchy beat and Murphy’s deep and warm vocals, 1998 is one of those tracks that seamlessly transfers from the bedroom to packed out concert halls and festivals.
It feels like just yesterday DMA’s were an up-and-coming band. The trio has well and truly past that stage now, without a doubt being in the top echelon of Australian artists. With their distinct sound showing traces of iconic bands like Oasis, these Sydney rockers lure a powerful, cult-like feeling of togetherness. With the crowd that these guys pull, it won’t be long until they’re at the top of the bill as a headliner.
Major drawcard – In the Air
Unassuming lead vocalist Tommy O’Dell will hardly have to raise his voice in this deafening sing-along. Fans will belt out this anthem as if it were their own. If we do manage to hear Tommy, his voice will be in full flight like it was here at Splendour in the Grass last year.
Rejjie Snow brings an Irish twist to hip-hop. Raised in Dublin, Snow traded a soccer career to tour with Madonna, not bad. Snow has lived a varied life, basing himself in London, Paris and New York. We’ll get to hear of this through his relaxed jazz infused beats. The Irish rapper effortlessly commands attention through his presence alone in what will sure be an electric set.
Major drawcard: Egyptian Luvr
For those trying to work out where that irresistible beat comes from, the one and only Kaytranada produced this fine tune featuring previous Groovin the Moo act Aminé and Dana Williams. Inspired by a trip to Egypt Snow took when he was younger, the Irish rapper describes with his signature flow and deep impactful lyrics the mortality of life and the insecurities that lie within.
We’ve hardly scratched the surface with these five acts! Scandinavian pop stars MØ and Aurora are hitting up the festival with more big international names A$AP Twelvyy and Sofi Tukker. We’ll wind back the clock to the ‘90s with Coolio, Salt-N-Pepa’s DJ Spinderella and our very own Regurgitator.
These all join the plethora of homegrown artists Australia possesses. From commanding female acts like Angie McMahon, Jack River, Wafia, G Flip, Nicole Millar and Thelma Plum, through to festival mainstays Hilltop Hoods, Crooked Colours, Fisher, Hermitude and Trophy Eyes.
The more you examine the festival roster, the more insane artists you unravel. In regard to clashes, the beauty with clashes is that you are always going to see someone worth seeing. Our tip is to settle in and see an act through. You’ll find you won’t enjoy the festival attempting to catch glimpses of every single artist.
Enjoy the festival! The T-Rex team have made a little playlist below for the festival that kicks off in less than two weeks in Wayville on Friday 26th April.