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Groovin The Moo Festival 2011

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You may think the 2011 Summer Festivals are now done and dusted, and you can now slowly return to hibernating indoors as the cooler Autumn months approach, but this May, Groovin The Moo is back, with a stellar line-up in tow to get you back on your dancing feet.

Touring around Australia this April/May, the Groovin The Moo music festival will be celebrating it's 6th year, and the 2011 international line-up features acclaimed acts such as UNKLE, The Wombats, Datarock, Darwin Deez, The Drums and House of Pain.

Joining these acclaimed performers are celebrated local acts such as Birds of Tokyo, Bliss n Eso, Cut Copy, Gotye, Washington, Gyroscope, Architecture in Helsinki and many more. The line-up changes from state to state, so check the respective Groovin The Moo website for the full 2011 line-up:

Saturday, April 30 - Bendigo Showgrounds, Victoria
Sunday, May 1 - Murray Sports Complex, Townsville, Queensland
Saturday, May 7 - Maitland Showground, Maitland, NSW
Sunday, May 8 - The Meadows within the University of Canberra Grounds, ACT
Saturday, May 14 - Hay Park Fields, Parade Road Bunbury, WA

This popular day-long festival is a fantastic opportunity to not only embrace the thriving local music scene (Triple J is a major partner), but also to experience a number of eclectic music genres in the same arena.

For example UK act Unkle have collaborated with a range of artists including DJ Shadow, Thom Yorke, Badly Drawn Boy and Richard Ashcroft.

Unkle released their fifth studio album Where Did the Night Fall in May 2010, featuring the lead single 'Natural Selection,' one of two collaborations with The Black Angels.

To see the dates and venues for the Unkle sideshows, see the official Unkle Tour Dates on their official website.

On the other side of the spectrum is House of Pain, the Irish-American Hip Hop group, who in the 90s had a massive success with the single 'Jump Around.'

The group, which broke up in 1994, reformed in 2010 and they too are performing a couple of sideshows in selected cities, see the details here.

American Indie Pop band The Drums and UK Indie rock band The Wombats are part of the new wave of bands and they have had success in Australia, with their respective singles 'Let's Go Surfing' and 'Let's Dance to Joy Division'.

Both bands will be performing side shows in selected cities, check their official websites for details.

On the local front are also a range of acts from diverse music genres, including Washington, who is a major up and coming talent, particularly after her 2010 ARIA success. Forthcoming side shows are listed on the official website. While Australian talent Gotye, returns with an anticipated show after the success of the 2010 album /ə'bzɪtʃ/, with The Basics and the single released under the pseudonym of Goyte, 'Eyes Wide Open,' which came #25 in the Triple J Hottest 100.

Hip Hop band Bliss n Eso also return to the festival scene after performing their own headline tour in 2010. Their 2010 album Running on Air was named 'Album of the Year' by Triple J, alongside Washington's I Believe You, Liar and the self titled 2010 Birds of Tokyo album.

Tickets are priced at $99.90 and while the Bendigo, Victoria event is sold out, tickets are still available for the other venues. However if there is an act Victorians still wish to see, they may have better luck with a side show event. These festival events are designed for patrons 16 and over and the gates open at 10:30 am.

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Why? A Great Annual Music Event
When: From April 31, 2011
Where: Touring Festival, See Website for Venue Details.
Cost: $99.90
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