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9 Emerging Acts to Check Out at Groovin The Moo

Groovin The Moo is just around the corner and boasts an impressive list of headliners, but what other acts should you check out? To ensure you milk the line-up for all it’s worth AAA Backstage have put together a list of nine local and emerging acts who’ll be appearing at this year’s Groovin The Moo that you should definitely push to the front of the mosh to see!

Eat Your Heart Out

Eat Your Heart Out

After killing it last year with their debut EP ‘Distance Between Us’, triple j Unearthed winners Eat Your Heart Out will be kicking off GTM’s first leg in Maitland. The Newcastle natives’ combination of alt-rock and pop-punk cut with Caitlin’s striking female vocals is surprisingly heavy and will no doubt make for an energetic live show.

L-Fresh The Lion

L Fresh The Lion

L-Fresh The Lion has been making waves with his impressive lyricism since he dropped his debut album ‘One’ in 2014. Inspired by US hip-hop from the late 90s and early 00s as well as his own cultural roots of the Sikhs from Punjab, the Western Sydney MC offers a unique perspective and dynamic live experience that’s not to be missed.

Hockey Dad

Hockey Dad

Since their 2014 breakout track I Need A Woman, Hockey Dad have been turning heads with their melodic 60s surf-inspired pop tunes. Currently on tour in the US and making appearances at SXSW, this duo from Wollongong are really taking the world by storm, but you can catch them at GTM in Canberra.



Sydney-based, Canowindra-raised Gordi combines luminous vocals and wistful lyrics to create a uniquely nostalgic indie-pop sound. Taking cues from modern folk icons The Tallest Man on Earth and Bon Iver, Gordi will be bringing her unique brand folktronica and relaxed vibes to the regional festival.

Polish Club

Polish Club

If you haven’t seen Polish Club’s impressive live performance yet, then you better grab yourself a ticket for GTM Canberra! The Sydney duo have a sound you won’t find anywhere else, successfully combining garage rock with full-bodied Motown vocals in short, 3 minute tracks that really pack a punch!



Rockhampton’s self-proclaimed “scumbags” Pandamic have been kicking around since 2010 but with the release of the debut EP ‘Scumbag’ last year they began to get some well-deserved attention.  Naming Dune Rats, Violent Soho, and FIDLAR as their main influences, you can rely on Pandamic for some great hard indie-rock tunes and a whole lotta fun!



Brisbane-based songwriter and vocalist WAFIA blew us away with her debut EP ‘XXIX’ which dropped in November last year. She expertly blends RnB and electronic beats with her haunting vocals creating beautifully atmospheric tracks. She’s even managed to capture the attention of none other than Pharrell Williams who has had Heartburn, the lead single from ‘XXIX’, on repeat apparently…

Mosquito Coast

MOsquito Coast

Perth duo Mosquito Coast had a massive 2015 as winners of triple j’s Unearthed High and they’re not showing any signs of slowing down. Combining sun-bleached, guitar-driven indie rock with youthful and dreamy vocals, the duo has a new take on a more classic sound which is sure to get Groovin The Moo pumping!

Verge Collection

Verge Collection

Hailing from Perth, Verge Collection first hit the scene in 2014 but it looks as though 2016 is set to be their year! Their unique blend of classic pop sensibilities and intelligent and relatable lyrics makes from charming indie-rock anthems that are a guaranteed good time – they’re video for Our Place is a AAA fav!

To check out the full Groovin The Moo line-up click HERE

Groovin The Moo 2016 Dates

Maitland Showground, Maitland

University of Canberra, Canberra

Oakbank Racecourse, Oakbank

Bendigo’s Prince Of Wales Showground, Bendigo

Townsville Cricket Grounds, Townsville

Hay Park, Bunbury

Get Tickets HERE