Saving the best for first, Groovin’ the Moo kicked off its tour in Adelaide and, in its second year at new home Wayville, the venue relocation has proved popular with punters, selling out for yet another year.
Adelaide’s girl-dun-good Tkay Maidza was joined by a plethora of Australian talent, from Aussie Rock Royalty Grinspoon, to stupidly talented duos Flight Facilities and Cosmo’s Midnight, who all contributed to what was a sunshine-y day of good vibes, good music, and surprisingly stunning April weather.
Sydney production duo Cosmo’s Midnight, have gained a steady following since their beginnings in 2013. Twins Cosmo and Patrick, clad in oversized t-shirts and track pants, engulfed the Moolin Rouge tent with their dreamy electro-pop, which was complemented by the backdrop of stars, clouds, and beautiful blue skies, befitting the outfit’s name.
As expected, special guest Winston Surfshirt emerged from his own stage to help open this one with the boys, performing joint hit Get to Know, before dashing off to prep for his own band’s performance. Cosmo’s treated the crowd to a stage debut of brand new single Polarised – its release being that very day, mere hours before they’d hit the stage for its first ever performance.
Confessing to being “so nervous” about the show, the duo’s backlog of hits, and skillful mastery of the synth, keyboard and guitar proved they needn’t have been. The audience’s strong showing, and their take-over of final track History highlights the place that these boys have in our hearts.
Fast becoming a festival staple, Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza drew a large gathering to the main stage, as she proudly reminded the festival goers that this too is her hometown. Blistering through her well-known singles Do it Right, Basenji-collaboration Mistakes, and breakthrough-hit Brontosaurus, the petite performer, dressed in bright pink overalls and sunglasses casually perched atop her head, jumped all over the stage, lapping up the adoration and taking the festival scene all in her very experienced stride.
Without a doubt, one of the highlights of the day was English pocket-rocket Lady Leshurr. The extremely fit Birmingham native was joined onstage by her DJ and cameraman, who was collecting some pretty killer footage for her documentary. From Brush Yo Teeth (that’s had a cool 50 million hits online) – the breakthrough responsible for launching her onto the world stage, and the success of which has allowed her to buy her mum a new house – to Crispy Bacon, all from her Queen’s Speech freestyles that went viral, she breezed through her rap with impressive pace and clarity; all the while bouncing around the stage, pumping up the fans. Her command of the crowd was on point – from somehow managing to get every single person to crouch down (“I can see all of you”), to getting them to jump four steps to the right and four steps to the left in almost-perfect sync, she still found time to reveal her DJing abilities, dropping hits from Bruno Mars’ Finesse to Rihanna’s Wild Thoughts. She of course rounded her set off with the perfect cherry on top: her smash single Where Are You Now.
Acclaimed Sydney duo Flight Facilities donned their respective captain’s hats and soared with their set, to close off what had been an incredible day of live music. Borrowing live vocals to perfectly execute all your favourites – from Need You, to Clair de Lune, and finishing strong with a crowd singalong to Crave You and Foreign Language, it was the perfect end to the perfect day.
Until next year!
Words by Anh Ngo
Images by Jack Toohey, Danny Howe and Wade Whitington