Live Review: Groovin The Moo Bunbury

14 May 2018 | 5:03 pm | Sasha Louise

"Commanding the stage, [Sampa The Great] smoothly delivered sharp lyrics with plenty of soul."

The sun showed up for a brilliant day on the Hay Park green as thousands jumped and clapped to the sounds of a lusciously curated, 12-hour line-up of international, national and local acts.

Locals who fronted the triple j, Moolin Rouge and Mootown stages looked completely at home. All credit to the exceptional local talent. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets electrified the crowd and Good Doogs had the place jumping, ending their set with Nothing To Do. Carla Geneve held her own inside the towering Moolin Rouge tent, the honesty and light and shade of her performance true to her persona as demonstrated through favourites such as Greg's Discount Chemist. "Thanks for coming to see us," Geneve said as she waved goodbye to the crowd.

Local rapper Hyclass owned the stage, her powerful soul-driven vibe booming through the sound system. Baker Boy and his crew energised the Cattleyard stage with Indigenous rhymes, sharp dance moves, didgeridoo rhythms and plenty of crowd favourites such as Mr La Di Da Di. "I stay rich with friends and family, that's the only policy I understand," he said, the crowd roaring.

Vera Blue mesmerised; her energetic performance had the crowd on edge throughout the entirety of her set. Plenty of fans sang along during song after song. Alex Lahey's tribute to her love of Western Australia, Perth Traumatic Stress Disorder, had the crowd's hands in the air along with Every Day's The Weekend. Slowing down the pace with Backpack, she later farewelled the crowd with guitar raised triumphantly in the air.

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Dean Lewis made the crowd sway along with hands in the air during Waves. In the hot afternoon sun, the crowd continued to give it up during Tkay Maidza's solid performance. Rapping her way through EDM tracks such as MOB ("Money Over Bitches") and Mistakes before performing a new song with a reggae flavour and inspirational lyrics that remind us big things come to those who wait. Her set was enhanced throughout with her African-inspired dance moves. She kept the crowd on its feet, closing with the popular Simulation.

The divinely rich presence of Sampa The Great (aka Sampa Tembo) - her microphone stand adorned with a tropical floral arrangement befitting the theme of her latest album Birds And The BEE9 - opened with her fusion of sounds, Flowers. Commanding the stage, she smoothly delivered sharp lyrics with plenty of soul. "You should know that you are beautiful," she said after explaining that Rhymes To The East was a song written for her sister about believing in yourself. FEMALE had the crowd clapping along. We all then swayed during Bye River, which Tembo followed up with a tribute to "the woman who inspired [her] to be on this stage": Lauryn Hill's Doo Wop (That Thing).

Grinspoon brought all the favourites and more, making for an awesome, memorable set. Stand out tracks Chemical Heart, Hard Act To Follow, Just Ace and Lost Control left the crowd jumping and wishing for more.