Groovin The Moo 2020: all you need to know about dates, cities, lineup, tickets, sideshows and more

Australia's beloved regional festival is back

Groovin The Moo, the beloved regional festival – and Best Australian Festival nominee at the NME Awards 2020 – was planned to return this year for another rambling, genre-hopping party. Get all the details you’ll need on Groovin The Moo 2020 below, and watch this space for updates as they come in.

What’s the latest news?

  • Groovin The Moo pulls the plug on its 2020 edition.
  • Supergrass add a new sideshow, while Bhad Bhabie announces a headline Aussie tour.
  • Groovin The Moo sideshows are announced for Dope Lemon and Maxo Kream. Supergrass, Clairo, AJ Tracey and YBN Cordae also announced Aussie tours around the festival.

Gang of Youths Groovin The Moo 2020 headliner
Groovin The Moo 2020 performer Gang Of Youths. Credit: Sergey Osipov

Will Groovin The Moo go ahead this year?

Groovin The Moo 2020 has been called off in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, as well as because of the government’s ban on public gatherings of over 500 people.

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On March 17, the festival’s organisers announced that the beloved event would “not be going ahead as planned”. They also added that rescheduling Groovin The Moo 2020 for later in the year would not be possible because of the “uncertainty surrounding how long the ban will be in place for”.

Ticketholders for Groovin The Moo 2020 can hold onto their ticket for Groovin The Moo 2021 or opt for a complete refund, according to organisers. The festival will return with dates and times for punters to take up these options.

In which cities will Groovin The Moo 2020 be staged?

In 2020, Groovin The Moo was set to return to six locations: Wayville, Canberra, Bunbury, Bendigo, Townsville and Maitland.

The 2020 edition was planned to be held in the same spaces as its 2019 run. Particularly of note is Canberra’s Exhibition Park, which would have host GTM for the second time. The festival shifted its Canberra party to Exhibition Park after eight years at the University of Canberra.

Find the full list of venues for Groovin The Moo 2020 below.

Wayville – Adelaide Showground
Canberra – Exhibition Park
Bunbury – Hay Park
Bendigo – Prince of Wales Showground
Townsville – Murray Sports Complex
Maitland – Maitland Showground

When does Groovin The Moo 2020 take place?

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Groovin The Moo is a three-weekend festival that takes place between late April and early May. In 2020, it would have kicked off Friday, April 24 in Wayville and wraped up Saturday, May 9 in Maitland. Find the full list of Groovin The Moo 2020 dates below.

April 24 – Wayville
April 25 – Canberra
April 26 – Bunbury
May 2 – Bendigo
May 3 – Townsville
May 9 – Maitland

Tones And I Groovin The Moo 2020
Groovin The Moo 2020 performer Tones And I. Courtesy Groovin The Moo

Who’s on the lineup for Groovin The Moo 2020?

The lineup for Groovin The Moo 2020 was unveiled February 10. The lineup, in alphabetical order, was:

AJ Tracey
Bhad Bhabie
Blanco Brown
The Cat Empire
Channel Tres
Clairo
Darude
Dope Lemon
E^ST
Gang of Youths
Hayden James
Kelis
Kira Puru
Mallrat
Manu Crooks
Maxo Kream
Ruby Fields
San Cisco
Slowly Slowly
Sugarhill Gang
Supergrass
Tones and I
The Veronicas
WAAX
YBN Cordae

See the official Groovin The Moo 2020 poster below:

Groovin The Moo 2020 lineup
Credit: Groovin The Moo

What are the set times for Groovin The Moo 2020?

Groovin The Moo usually reveals set times in early April, just weeks out from the festival. However, the festival was called off before any official set times were revealed.

Who’s playing Groovin The Moo sideshows?

Bhad Bhabie was the latest Groovin The Moo performer to announce an Australian headline tour around the festival, confirming dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on February 20.

The newly reunited Supergrass would have staged their first Australian headline shows in 12 years, playing concerts in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Towradgi and Brisbane around GTM. On February 20, they added a second Melbourne show on April 30, after the first one on April 29 sold out.

On February 13, a slew of Groovin The Moo 2020 artists announced sideshows and Aussie tours around the festival.

Dope Lemon – the side project of Angus Stone of Angus & Julia Stone – were set to play three Groovin The Moo sideshows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Rapper YBN Cordae had planned play Groovin The Moo and four headline shows in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

Groovin The Moo 2020 YBN Cordae
Groovin The Moo 2020 performer YBN Cordae. Credit: Jimmy Fontaine

Rapper Maxo Kream was scheduled play three Groovin The Moo sideshows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, supported by Perth-based rapper Shadow.

British MC AJ Tracey – whose song ‘Ladbroke Grove’ just won Best British Song at the NME Awards 2020 – was planned to stage headline shows in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

Clairo had also announced an Aussie tour around Groovin The Moo, which would have hit Fremantle, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

Is there an age limit for Groovin The Moo?

Groovin The Moo is an all-ages affair, though if you’re under 16 years of age, the festival encourages to check with your parents before you buy a ticket.

E^ST Groovin The Moo 2020
Groovin The Moo 2020 performer E^ST. Credit: Press

How do I get tickets for Groovin The Moo? How much do tickets cost?

Tickets for Groovin The Moo 2020 in Bendigo, Bunbury and Canberra went on sale February 11, while tickets for the Wayville, Townsville and Maitland stops went on sale February 12.

General Admission tickets for Groovin The Moo were priced at $129.95. 18+ ‘Udder Mayhem’ tickets – the equivalent of VIP – were going for $179.95 and had sold out in Maitland and Bendigo.

Some lucky punters had already snagged their tickets, though, via GTM’s limited Christmas pre-sale, which ran from December 5 to 12. Those were priced at $119.95.

Mallrat Groovin The Moo 2020
Groovin The Moo 2020 performer Mallrat. Courtesy Groovin The Moo

Will there be pill-testing at Groovin The Moo 2020?

It’s unclear if there would have been another pill-testing trial carried out at Groovin The Moo 2020, following the one at the 2019 Canberra stop, which was the second trial to take place at the festival.

More than 230 festivalgoers had 170 substances tested at last year’s GTM pill-testing trial. Seven punters possessed pills, thought to be MDMA, that tested positive for the toxic chemical N-Ethylpentylone. All seven disposed of the pills in the amnesty bins provided, which led the Australian National University to pronounce the trial a success in an independent evaluation.

In December 2019, Australian Capital Territory health and youth minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said she would bring the results of the trial to the next health ministers’ meeting, which will take place this year, the Guardian reported in December.

“I hope all states and territories consider these findings seriously,” Stephen-Smith said. “Across the country we have seen too many avoidable deaths at music festivals. It is obvious current processes and policies are not working and more needs to be done.”

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