It doesn’t feel all that long ago. It was 2003 and two friendly Newcastle neighbours (a high school teacher and a statistician) came up with an idea over a drink; a music event, but different. The music would be great of course, but it would also be something that the local community could be a part of; Newcastle TAFE music school, local clubs and businesses. It would be an event for everyone, serviced by local community groups with the main focus being on fun and affordability. As the idea grew and it gained momentum with the support from their neighbourhood, Groovin the Moo was born.
We’ve compiled your ultimate list of Groovin’ the Moo FAQ so that you can fly through the summers hottest festival. We’ve done the hard work for you so you can save time and get LIT.
Check out your event times below as these vary a little state to state.
In Wayville – Gates open at 11:30am with the first bands taking to the stage around 12:00am and the last band finishing around 11:00pm.
In Maitland – Gates open at 10:30am with the first bands taking to the stage around 11:00am and the last band finishing around 10:30pm.
In Townsville – Gates open at 10:30am with the first bands taking to the stage around 11:00am and the last band finishing around 10:30pm.
In Bendigo – Gates open at 10:30am with the first bands taking to the stage around 11:00am and the last band finishing around 10:30pm.
In Canberra – Gates open at 10:30am with the first bands taking to the stage around 11:00am and the last band finishing around 10:30pm.
In Bunbury – Gates open at 10:30am with the first bands taking to the stage around 11:00am and the last band finishing around 11:00pm.
There are no pass outs for any GTM event, so make sure you bring in everything you’ll need for the day (including a jumper for when the sun goes down!). Don’t forget – we do offer cloakroom services for those who don’t want to carry everything with them all day.
BYO alcohol is permitted. Security will be checking all bags and containers at the entrance and any alcohol found will be confiscated.
Groovin the Moo has a no tolerance policy regarding the use of illicit substances.
Police sniffer dogs are a regular at Groovin the Moo, so to ensure you won’t miss out on any of the fun don’t bring anything illegal.
Feel free to pack a lunch, as long as it fits into your backpack. Please do not bring eskies, picnic blankets or baskets, folding chairs, glass containers, knives and any other bulky or sharp items. Security guards will be checking bags at the gate, and will confiscate prohibited items.
If you need to bring in prescription or over-the-counter medication, you will need to make sure it is clearly labeled and preferably in it’s original packaging.
Please be aware security may ask GTM’s medical team to check your medication upon arrival.
Groovin the Moo accommodates for people with special needs, is wheelchair accessible and supports the companion program.
Please note: We are expecting a big excitable crowd so GTM is not the best environment for small children, toddlers and infants.
First and foremost, please respect the privacy of all other patrons, artists and service providers at GTM when using your camera or mobile phone.
Professional still cameras (such as an SLR), professional video cameras (including go-pros), sound recording equipment and professional lighting and tripod set ups are not permitted at GTM without written authority from the Promoters.
There will be a cloakroom at GTM, check out your relevant region’s Festival Facilities section in the INFO page to find out what you can cloak and how much it costs.
The headspace helpdesk is the place to go to hand in a lost item you’ve found at the event, or to see if someone has handed in an item lost by you or a friend.
Items not collected at the end of the night will be retained at the event site by GTM for two (2) days post event then all valuables will be handed over to either the local Police or venue management depending on the show. Please check your show’s INFO page for further details.
Any non-valuable items (such as clothing) not collected by this time will be will be donated to a local charity organisation.
Check out GTM’s Facebook page after the event for details on how to collect any personal items found after the event has finished.
If you bought your ticket via moshtix make sure you save or file your email that has the PDF ticket attached so you can re-print your ticket!
If you delete or lose your email that has the PDF ticket attached, all you have to do is log into your moshtix account and head to ‘My Account’ where you can reissue your ticket, easy!