Comment: Groovin The Moo delivers beefy bill

SHOW-STOPPER: Mike Kerr from English rock two-piece Royal Blood will certainly have people playing air guitar at Groovin The Moo.ONE of the biggest tragedies to befall then music industry in recent years was the death of the Big Day Out in 2014.
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It meant the days of the massive travelling roadshowfestival, boasting an international-quality line-up, appeared over,avictim of shifting tastes and sky-rocketing costs.

While the regionally-focused GroovinThe Moo isn’t onthe same levelasthe Big Day Out, organisers dropped an impressive line-up on Tuesday that will certainly have Maitland Showground heaving on April 28.

Anyone bemoaning the death of hard-rocking bands and the saturation of electronic dance music will need to check outEnglish powerhouse Royal Blood. The two-piece boast arguably the world’s most electrifying bassist in Mike Kerr, who plays his four-string like Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme.

Royal Blood released their self-titled debut in 2014 which earned them a Brit Award for best band and a Mercury Prize nomination. They followed with theirsecond album How Did We Get So Dark? last year.

The biggest singalong of the festival is likely to be Feel It Still by surprise Alaskan pop stars Portugal. The Man. After a decade of plugging away in the alt-rock fringes Portugal. The Man blew up internationally last year with their eighth album Woodstock.

Feel It Still became a US Billboard No.1, reached No.5 on the ARIA charts and on Sunday won a Grammy Award forBest Pop Duo/Group Performance.

There should be plenty of older fans at Maitland Showground among the sea glitter and skimpy outfits with n live favouritesGrinspoon and Paul Kelly in action. On second thought, Kelly’s How To Make Gravy will probably outshine Feel It Still for singalong of the day.

FAMILY FRIENDLY: Paul Kelly’s inclusion on the Groovin The Moo line-up suggests the festival is attempting to expand its appeal.

At its core Groovin The Moo is a youth festival and the Triple Jbrigade have been well catered for. Electro-pop artistVera Blue,Indigenous rapper Baker Boy, indie bandBall Park Music andelectro-soul six-pieceWinston Surfshirt all featured in Triple J’s Hottest 100 last Saturday.

One of the more bizarre inclusions are Brisbane metalcore band The Amity Affliction, who will add volume and rage to the festival.

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