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Groovin the Moo Is Returning in 2023 with a Full National Tour — and It Just Locked in Dates

GTM will hit six regional locations around Australia, including a new stop on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
By Sarah Ward
January 18, 2023
By Sarah Ward
January 18, 2023

Gumboots at the ready: after a pandemic-enforced break, then a smaller tour in 2022, Groovin the Moo is returning in 2023 with a full nationwide run. The large-scale touring music festival will head to six different states and territories across April and May, finally marking a comeback in Western Australia, South Australia or Queensland — and returning to New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria as well.

In the Sunshine State, it's also stopping at a new location — one closer to Brisbane, which is ace news for southeast Queenslanders. That destination: the Sunshine Coast. When it hits the state, and WA and SA as well, GTM will host fests in each of those parts of the country for the first time since 2019.


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For folks in Queensland's north, GTM is sad not to be coming to Townsville in 2023, but had to adjust to pandemic-era logistical challenges and increased financial pressures.

"We are so happy to be able to do a full tour across the country in 2023. We have missed you terribly and can't wait to bring back the good times around the country, said GTM's Steve Halpin.

"Whilst we are very sad not be returning to Townsville, we look forward to bringing GTM to the Sunshine Coast."

Ash Caygill

It's a tad too early for a lineup announcement as yet, but cross your fingers for another impressive roster of talent when the festival bill does drop.

For reference, 2022's included everyone from Peking Duk, Montaigne, Masked Wolf and Middle Kids through to Hilltop Hoods and Spiderbait, plus New Zealanders Broods and Chai, Germany's Milky Chance, and Wolf Alice, Thomas Headon, Riton and Snakehips from the UK.

Jordan Munns


Friday, April 21 — Adelaide Showground, Kaurna Country, Wayville, SA
Saturday, April 22 — Maitland Showground, Wonnarua Country, Maitland, NSW
Sunday, April 23 — Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Ngambri and Ngunnawal Country, Mitchell, ACT
Saturday, April 29 — Bendigo's Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Dja Dja Wurrung Country, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday, April 30 — Kawana Sports Western Precinct, Kabi Kabi and Jinibara Country, Warana, QLD
Saturday, May 6 — Hay Park, Wardandi Noongar Country, Bunbury, WA

Groovin the Moo will tour Australia in April and May 2023. We'll update you with lineup details when they're announced. For more information in the interim, head to the festival's website.

Top images: Ruby Boyland, Ash Caygill and Chloe Hall.

Published on January 18, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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