Canberra festival update: Groovin The Moo announces new home & inaugural Anthems sells out

This article is available in full on The Music Network.

The Music Network Anthems.jpg

National regional festival Groovin The Moo has announced its new home in Canberra after a parting of ways with the University of Canberra.

It will be landing at Exhibition Park in Mitchell on April 28.

The new site is free from Commonwealth interference, and talks have already begun with festival promoter Cattleyard Promotions.

It is believed that the University of Canberra backed out of its long term deal following criticism from some quarters that allowing pill-testing at its hosted events was inconsistent with its zero tolerance for drugs.

ACT Health Minister Meeghan Fitzharris confirmed talks have begun with Cattleyard to hold a second test there.

“I’m hopeful we will be able to work with Cattleyard again to conduct pill testing at next year’s Groovin the Moo,” she said.

The minister has reconvened the cross-government working group on pill testing.

In the meantime, the inaugural Anthems festival — to be held at the National Arboretum in Canberra on Saturday (November 17) – has sold out, its promoters Complete Events Group announced this morning.

Company director Matt Clifton said, “Ticket sales have exceeded our expectations and we are officially ‘sold out’!

“This is a strong indication that events like this are welcomed and needed in the community.

“We think this is the ultimate music experience for the old and new generation of fans in the ACT to enjoy”.

Performing are John Farnham AO, Kate CeberanoDaryl Braithwaite and The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda.