Townsville’s Groovy Sell-Out

We surveyed a millennial too. They said "what's the point of supporting local events if I don't get to complain about the price of a ticket, have glitter falling out my ears for the next month and then post nothing but negativity about it on social media?"

Halfway through their 10th Townsville event, the very last ticket was purchased and Groovin the Moo was declared sold out with a crowd of 15,000 people.

Despite only being the third stop in a six-town, three-week tour, Townsville was the last location to sell out of tickets for the annual music Festival.

And it sold out for good reason.

From the moment gates opened, revellers were treated to one of the event’s most diverse and talented line-ups since GTM first arrived in our city a decade ago. Fresh produce artist Tia Gostelow kicked off the day in the Moolin Rouge tent, closely followed by Brisbane-based Robbie Miller on the Triple J stage. And the debates over which artists to see only became more difficult from there, with the Stranded stage lighting up from midday to showcase some of North Queensland and Australia’s best DJs.

I’m guilty of only discovering Tia and Robbie when GTM made their fresh produce announcement earlier this year. But they, as well as the full list of impressive Fresh Produce finds added to this year’s Townsville leg, have won a new fan in me.  Greta Stanley, an FNQ native who drops in to Townsville on the reg, completely owned the Triple J stage as she serenaded us with sneak peeks of new music, as well as some oldies that scored her the spot as this year’s Triple J Unearthed artist.  Confidence Man is a group that we will be recommending everyone takes stage presence lessons from: they were loud, vibrant, energetic, and had the crowd jumping for their entire set.

Stage presence was something that we noticed from the start of the Festival: you could see the artists that had been performing for a while, and were fluid and engaging. Newer acts had incredible music that their audiences loved, but didn’t have the same energy between songs. Artists with stage presence to envy: Allday, Confidence Man and The Darkness. Special mention also must go to Amy Shark for her insane cover of Eminem’s Superman. By the time The Darkness took to the Stage on Sunday night, there were crowds in the thousands at every stage: with the Moolin Rouge tent overflowing, the Stranded marquee moshing all night long and the Triple J and Cattleyard stages sharing a paddock full of moo-sic lovers. The Wombats were undoubtedly one of the biggest acts of the weekend, after not partying in Townsville since 2011, and drew a crowd to match.

Groovin the Moo Townsville was a massive event this year with a lot to cover, so we thought we’d break the rest of the Festival down by numbers:

GTM 2017 By Numbers

15,000 people through the gate
43 acts across four stages
12 hours of entertainment
1,900 minutes of music played on all stages combined
40kg of glitter poured over 700 million strands of hair (we did the maths)
10 sniffer dogs (if only we could pat them!)
1km2 of cow-print material used for outfits
200kg of papier mache and paint used in Umbrella Studio’s 30m long, 10m tall caterpillar
500m of fence line decorated with street art by the Youth Network NQ and the RUN Collective.
3,000 pairs of overalls/ construction boots (that have never experienced life on a farm).
250 girls lifted onto people's shoulders in the front row unnecessarily.

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