Back in 2003, two friendly Newcastle neighbours (a high school teacher and a statistician) came up with an idea over a few drinks; a music event, but different. The music would be great of course, but it would also be something that the local community could be part of. It would be an event for everyone, serviced by local groups, with the main focus being on fun, connection and affordability.
Fast forward to Saturday 24 April 2005, Groovin the Moo’s first show and inaugural year. After setting up at the Gloucester Showgrounds (NSW), 1,400 people streamed through the gates to see the Screaming Jets, Killing Heidi, Evermore, Grinspoon and a bunch of local Newcastle bands. What a special moment, seeing your idea come to life.
Groovin the Moo returned in 2006, taking to Maitland (NSW), Albury (NSW) and Darwin (NT) and featured its very first International act, Gomez (UK) alongside Aussie legends Hilltop Hoods, The Herd, Faker and more.
After only just two years, in 2007, Maitland GTM saw its first sell-out show, with Silverchair and The Black Keys (USA) headlining. This same year, GTM visited Albury one more time with the likes of Grinspoon, Sneaky Sound System and Xavier Rudd.
In 2008, Maitland sold out again. GTM also got to see how much Northern Queenslanders loved to party when the show went to Townsville (QLD) bringing along The Presets, The Potbelleez and Spiderbait.
The GTM family grew in 2009 and expanded to Bendigo (VIC) in addition to returning to Maitland and Townsville, but it didn’t stop there. In 2010, two new shows were added – Bunbury (WA) and Canberra (ACT). With an epic selection of bands always present on the bill, the team worked hard to deliver three weekends of magic and mayhem.
GTM didn’t slow down over the course of 2011, 2012 and 2013, focusing on ensuring that every show continued to grow and be bigger and better than the previous year. The hard work paid off, with the line up continuing to grow and the events selling out nationally each year.
In 2014, long-laid plans of expanding into the Adelaide Hills region (SA) came to life as GTM took to Oakbank. The following years, 2015 and 2016 saw the tour continue at this pace, touring across five states and a territory over three weekends, each year!
In 2017, South Australians descended on Wayville, making the state’s agricultural Showground the new home for their local GTM. 2018 provided the opportunity to consolidate and reflect on how the music, culture and community of each region is knitted together to form the rich tapestry that is a GTM show.
In 2019, we welcomed a “commoonity” far and wide from across the world. With both local and international acts, patrons and team members, GTM is always a time to remember. We found a new home in the ACT and gave ourselves a fresh start in an established venue!
After two years of being away, patiently waiting out the pandemic in a paddock, it’s time for Groovin the Moo to start on the path of regenerating the festival, reconnecting with our regions and rejoicing with our GTM community – and by community, we mean our patrons, artists, team members, suppliers and stakeholders.
It’s been quite the journey so far and we love the fresh energy that our GTM community brings to this festival, all eager to grow something of their own.
We can’t wait to see you at Groovin the Moo, 2022.
Photo: Mikki Gomez – GTM Canberra, 2017
GTM has Accessibility provisions in place at all events and supports the companion card program. You can find more info about Accessibility in the section below.
Please get in touch with the GTM Ticketing team directly for any specific event information in regards to accessibility.
ATMs and EFTPOS
We do provide ATM facilities on site but they tend to be quite popular. All bars will have PayWave just in case you run out of or forget to grab some cash.
EFTPOS facilities are at the discretion of the individual food, beverage and market stall suppliers.
Patrons 18 years of age and over are permitted to buy alcohol at GTM, provided you bring valid photo ID with you. We’ll have a range of beverages for you to choose from including all your favourite beers, ciders and spirits. There will also be a range of non-alcoholic beverages including soft drinks, juice and flavoured milk available for purchase from outlets around the event.
GTM loves to keep Australia beautiful and will be running a recycling program at our bars.
In 2022, our GTM shows will welcome Red Frogs to assist us with providing care to you, our beloved patrons. If you need to recharge or chill out, there will be volunteers roaming our festival sites to be a friendly face or to offer a helping hand.
First Aid tents will be in operation from GTM’s start to finish and is the place to go if you or one of your friends aren’t feeling well. Not sure what’s wrong? Or think maybe you just need a rest? Better to be on the safe side and talk to our First Aid operators – they’ll be able to help or send you along to someone else who can.
GTM will have a diverse selection of mouth-watering catering options to give you the sustenance you need to make it through until the end of the night! You will find something to cater to all tastes from sweet to savoury, from local providers to festival favourites (yes, that includes gozleme), a delicious selection of international flavours and a number of vegetarian and vegan options too!
If you have specific dietary requirements, we do recommend you play it safe and bring along some snacks to get you through in case our caterers can’t meet your needs.
Information – The Help Desk
The Help Desk is back again this year to help answer any questions you have throughout the day. Look for the Help Desk sign and head over to talk to the friendly team who can help you with free water, sunscreen, maps, lost and found, playing times or if you just want to have a chat.
Lost and Found
The Help Desk is the place to be a good egg and hand in any lost items you may have found at the event, or to see if a fellow good egg has handed in an item that you may have lost!
Items not collected at the end of the night: Will be retained at the event site by GTM for one (1) day post event. Check back in on your relevant GTM Facebook Event Page after your event for collection details.
Every GTM event has a range of market stalls providing opportunities for local artists and business owners to get involved and showcase their wares.
Bands will be selling their merch and there will be an exclusive range of GTM goodies available on the day. Why not take your t-shirt along to GTM Signing Tent to get it signed by a selection of artists from the line up?!
Our Mootiques have been set up with those little bits and pieces you may need to freshen up throughout the day, and the best bit is it’s all free.
Check out the Artist Signing Tent on show day to get a memento from some of the GTM 2022 Artists. Spots are limited so keep an eye out on the day for the Artist Signing Tent schedule.
On a day full of sunshine and dancing it’s very important to keep hydrated. We are more than happy for you to bring a sealed or empty plastic water bottle to GTM.
We offer free water stations across the festival site for you to fill up your bottles throughout the day. Please note; soft drink, juice, milk, energy drinks, flavoured water and sports water are not permitted to be brought into the festival.
Groovin the Moo welcomes everyone and we are constantly working on ways to improve the festival experience for all. Here are some things that might be useful for you to know before you arrive.
We have a designated accessible parking area for our patrons – please check the map for the exact location. This parking area is automatically available for any vehicle bearing a standard Disability Parking Permit – just follow the Accessible Parking signs once you enter the car park.
We are aware that some disabilities are of a more temporary nature and if you don’t have an official sticker and need to use the Accessible Parking area, we invite you to let us know when you arrive. Drop the GTM Ticketing team a line to arrange this.
We understand that equal access can sometimes mean being accompanied by a carer, and we offer complimentary carer/companion tickets on an individual needs basis. If you’d like to chat to us about this, just send an email to the GTM Ticketing team so we can begin the conversation.
We understand that equal access can sometimes mean being accompanied by an Assistance Animal. To help us support you and your Assistance Animal on site, please email the GTM Ticketing team.
INSIDE THE FESTIVAL
Accessible toilets can be found within the festival grounds at each toilet area and will be marked clearly on the patron map. There are 3 toilet areas; one near Moolin Rouge, one near the Outdoor Stages and one near the main catering area. There is also an accessible toilet in the Udder Mayhem bar. These toilets will be managed by our friendly team who will be able to open them for you on request.
There will be viewing platforms at the Outdoor stages. The viewing platforms are solely for the use of our accessibility patrons plus one other. Chairs are not provided on the platforms. Please note customers using large scooters will be asked to park these at the bottom of the Viewing Platform ramps when possible to ensure we can accommodate as many access customers on the platforms as we can.
We are happy to assist people with accessibility requirements in making plans for a pleasant and safe festival experience. Please get in touch with the GTM Ticketing team to ensure that your day is as enjoyable as possible.
The Media Accreditation application process for all GTM 2022 shows is now open and will close 5PM AEDT on Friday 25 March 2022.
Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.
Please ensure you read all of the below MEDIA FAQ’S thoroughly BEFORE applying online for accreditation.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR GTM?
Media accreditation will only be granted to members of the media who represent recognised and legitimate media organisations.
Freelance journalists and photographers will only be granted accreditation if they are working on behalf of a recognised and legitimate media outlet. All applications will be checked with editors.
Please note, there is limited availability for media accreditation requests.
If you are a high school, TAFE, University Student or amateur photographer who would like to shoot GTM, please get in touch by sending a general email to Moo HQ expressing your interest, a bit of info about yourself, your experience and some links to your work. Please DO NOT send large file attachments with your request.
I WANT TO WRITE A STORY ABOUT GTM AND/OR INTERVIEW AN ARTIST PRIOR TO THE EVENT, WHO DO I CONTACT?
HOW DO I APPLY FOR MEDIA ACCREDITATION?
Media Accreditation for GTM2022 will open at 8AM on Tuesday 22 February 2022 and will close on Friday 25 March 2022 at 5PM AEDT.
If you are a REVIEWER and / or a PHOTOGRAPHER wishing to attend one of the three GTM 2022 events, please complete the Media Accreditation Application Form once applications open.
Please ensure the form is completed in full, incomplete applications will not be accepted or considered. Due to GTM being a licensed all ages event, all applicants must ensure a Date Of Birth (DOB) is included in their submission and that valid photo ID can be presented when collecting accreditation at the event.
Outside of our official media partners, we will not be accepting applications for on ground video crews for GTM 2022. Please email Morse Code PR if you have queries on this.
WHEN WILL I KNOW IF MY APPLICATION IS SUCCESSFUL?
Your application will be acknowledged with a reply email and you will be advised of the status of your application no later than Wednesday 30 March 2022.
Final media information will be sent to successful applicants no later than Friday 8 April 2022.
I’M A REVIEWER, DO I GET A PASS?
All reviewers will be issued with a wristband which grants general admission access to the festival site. Any access above and beyond general admission is at the discretion of GTM.
I’M A PHOTOGRAPHER, WHAT ACCESS DO I HAVE?
There is a strictly limited number of pit access photo passes for each event. ALL photographers accredited with a media pass must complete and sign a release form when collecting their pass at the event(s).
Accredited photographers have access to the general admission areas of the site and the photo pit in front of each stage for the first three (3) songs of each artist unless otherwise advised by GTM event staff. Please note the use of flash photography is not permitted at any time.
Closed shoes are to be worn at all times and directions and or requests of the publicity team, security and/ or any event staff at any given event must be followed. Not wearing closed in shoes will result in denied access to all Photo Pits.
There’s no media area on site at GTM, however there are various charging stations around the festival site. We do recommend that photographers wishing to file photos throughout the day bring their own USB wireless equipment.
GTM is not responsible for any media equipment.
There is strictly no backstage or side of stage access for any photographers or reviewers under any circumstances.
WHERE DO I COLLECT MY PASS FROM?
All passes and reviewer tickets are to be collected by showing Photo ID from the GUEST SERVICES box office (unless the GTM Publicity Team has advised you of other arrangements) which is located just outside the main public entrance of the event.
ALL working members of the media who are collecting any accredited passes (i.e if you are operating ANY audio and/or photography equipment) will be required to sign a release form in order to collect their pass at any event(s).
Note: Valid photo ID is also required to receive an ’18+’ wristband to access the licensed areas of the event. The only forms of valid photo ID that will be accepted are current Australian driver’s licence, current passport (supported by another form of ID), current state issued proof of age card. Please note that an international driver’s license is not accepted as a valid form of identification at any GTM Event.
I CAN’T GO TO GTM ANYMORE, CAN I JUST GIVE MY MEDIA ACCREDITATION TO SOMEONE ELSE AT WORK?
Media accreditation is not transferable. All passes must contain the correct name of the media representative. Pass swapping is not permitted and anyone found to do so will be immediately escorted from site.
Should a change of name be required prior to the event please email Morse Code PR at least two weeks before the relevant event explaining the reason for the change. As these events are so busy changes to media accreditation on the day of any given event cannot be guaranteed.
If you still have queries, please email Morse Code PR and you will receive a response within 48 hours.
Many thanks for your interest in Groovin the Moo 2022.
Make sure you check out our FAQs because we might have already answered your questions there. If we haven’t however, please get in touch with us at Moo HQ!
Phone: (02) 9318 6300
For all ticketing enquiries, please visit Moshtix Ticket Support
Be sure to have a good old read of the Media FAQs as you may find the info you seek there. If not, please contact Morse Code PR.
For all partnership enquires please contact Blake at Motti & Smith.
Creative Direction: Warren Taylor
Graphic Design: Zach Beltsos-Russo
Animation: Rochelle Oh
FOOD AND BEVERAGE VENDORS
Food vendor applications are now open, CLICK HERE to fill out the vendor application form.
If you have any more questions, please email Fernando at Motti & Smith.
If you’re interested in having a commercial or community fundraising stall at GTM2022 please e-mail Moo HQ with your details, information about your business / fundraising and which is your local show. Please note GTM gives preference to stalls that sell products that are made locally and sustainably.
GTM loves hearing about new artists especially in the regions we tour.
All our emerging artists are selected through triple j Unearthed so make sure you have your tracks online and who knows what could happen!
Thank you for your interest in being part of the Groovin the Moo 2022 event team, please fill out the application form to apply. You will be contacted by our event team with further information should you be successful.
Thank you for your interest in being part of the Groovin the Moo 2022 bar team, please fill out the relevant application form below to apply. You will be contacted by a member of the Hamiltons Hospitality team with further information.
Thanks for your interest in becoming a volunteer! We already work with some amazing community groups in each location who fill out our volunteer roster. If you’re part of a local, organised community group who might like to get involved with GTM, please get in touch with Moo HQ!
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