Thousands dance in the cold at GTM

ACTION: Peking Duk performing at the festival. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

ACTION: Peking Duk performing at the festival. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

SKIES cleared and rain stayed away for Groovin' the Moo on Saturday.

But even the cold weather couldn't deter more than 17,000 people from scanning their tickets and turning up at Prince of Wales Showgrounds in Bendigo.

Outlines and My Echo played impressive sets to kick off the day with their hard rock and rockabilly sounds warming the crowd up

Bendigo-based Outlines and My Echo – who have three Bendigo musicians –  showcased some great central Victorian talents on the big stage.

Melbourne band Lurch and Chief's sound suited the regional festival before Robert DeLong increased the crowd's energy.

In the Moolin Rouge tent, Castlemaine product DD Dumbo opened with his unique sounds before Andy Bull and Loon Lake picked up the pace.

The two energetic acts along with Parkway Drive were a fantastic support for one of the most popular acts of the day.

Everyone in the festival, from the front right to the back, danced along with Vance Joy's Hottest 100 winner Riptide while a huge singalong and mosh pit marked Violent Soho playing Covered in Chrome. It made for an impressive sight.

As the night session kicked off Architecture in Helsinki injected a dose of colour into the festival while The Kite String Tangle kept the Moolin Rouge tent dancing.

As darkness fell Karnivool, The Naked and Famous, Peking Duk and The Jezabels played some strong sets before Dizzee Rascal and The Presets entertained the cold, damp and loyal crowds who stayed the whole day.

Rascal was a major highlight with the whole festival bouncing as one for Bonkers.

The last act of the night in the Moolin Rouge was UK electronic band Disclosure who provided a great end to another impressive, sold out show.

The bands jetted off to Townsville Sunday morning and will finish the festival in Bunbury this week.

Organisers look forward to making next year's Groovin' the Moo just as fun, great sounding and as popular as it ever has been.

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