Bunbury GTM 2017: Brilliant bands light up the stage | photos

More than 20,000 glitter-clad, fur-wearing, overall-loving festival goers descended on Hay Park on Saturday for a marathon day of music at 2017’s Groovin The Moo.

The sell-out crowd converged on Bunbury for the last leg of the national regional tour, the ground filling up early for a stellar lineup of music throughout the day.

Indie Perth group Methyl Ethel kicked off the day of tunes with their singalong hits Ubu and Twilight Driving. 

Crowds then divided themselves among the Triple J stage and Moolin Rouge in the early afternoon to hear South Australian rapper Allday and Gold Coast singing sensation Amy Shark.

Showcasing her talented vocals and proving her place as the runner-up of this year’s Triple J Hottest 100 chart, Shark had the whole crowd singing along in the tent when she finished with hit song Adore. 

American acts K.Flay and Against Me! then took over the main stage one after the other, showing Aussie audiences a good time.

Praised as some of modern metal’s most progressive-thinking band’s, the Architects satisfied the screamo cravings of all the metalheads at the event, turning the Moolin Rouge tent into a display of dance moves from hard-rockers and head-bangers.

Crowds flocked to the Cattleyard stage for a bit of lighter listening in Montaigne’s performance, fans patiently waiting to jump and dance to one of the singer/songwriter’s biggest hits Because I Love You. The name behind the stage face Jessica Cerro showed off her incredible vocals and contemporary stage presence with an awesome set of all her best songs.

After the classic Aussie sounds of the Smith Street Band (and an epic singalong to Death to the Lads), festival favourite Tash Sultana delighted fans when she appeared on the Cattleyard stage for her set.

The multi-instrumentalist was forced to pull out of both the Maitland and Bendigo events, and perform a shorter set in Adelaide, due to laryngitis that could’ve risked permanent damage to the rising star’s voice.

Fans were unsure but hoping the Jungle singer would perform in Bunbury and were delighted to sway to the soulful, spontaneous sounds of Sultana’s guitar-playing, beat-boxing and raw vocals.

Sultana finished with hits Notion and Jungle to which crowds sang so loud, you almost couldn’t hear the singer.

The Jungle Giants brought a whole new level of energy to the stage with their dance hits Feel the Way I Do and She’s a Riot. 

A highly anticipated performance from Snakehips sent the crowd into a frenzy, the mosh pit rocking from side to side as the duo played banger after banger.

Fans packed out the Moolin Rouge tent to sing to their hits including Don’t Leave and All My Friends as well as remixes of popular songs by Drake, Hermitude and Snoop Dogg. They also played a snippet of new music yet to be released that left fans screaming for more.

A stand-out performance from The Wombats following PNAU’s DJ set and their hit Chameleon, got crowds singing and dancing. The band’s impressive showmanship and stage presence perfected by thousands of shows all over the world was on full display as they belted out some of their best tunes, including Tokyo and 1996.

The UK band jokingly promised to finish their set with My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion but, perhaps more appropriately, finished with their hit Let’s Dance to Joy Division which got the already-buzzing crowd grooving.

As the night went on, temperatures held out for a comfortable evening among the foggy moon. 

Violent Soho finished the night on the Cattleyard stage with an explosive, and destructive, performance to end all performances. Fans lost their minds to the head-banging tunes of the Brisbane rockers who signed off with a trashing of their instruments and equipment, which some lucky fans caught in the crowd and kept a tight grip of to take home.

After the main stage called it a night, fans packed out the Moolin Rouge tent once again for the show-stopping set that was DJ Dillon Francis.

The loud, trippy show of lights, lasers and smoke had the crowd fist-pumping and jumping to what was an epic theatrical performance of club remixes and his own hits including crowd-favourite Get Low.

Fans could barely move in the packed tent but it didn’t stop anyone dancing and dropping to the beat of each and every EDM banger Francis dished out.

Every act and artist gave their all for the last leg of this year’s GTM national tour for a marathon day of epic music, insane theatrics and creative festival fashion that pleased every last witness of the spectacle.

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