Fans dance the day away as Groovin' the Moo rocks Bendigo

Part of the crowd at Groovin' the Moo yesterday. Picture: MATT KIMPTON
Part of the crowd at Groovin' the Moo yesterday. Picture: MATT KIMPTON

CLOUD cover and cold temperatures failed to deter 15,000 people from enjoying Groovin' the Moo yesterday.

With an improved layout that gave punters more space to dance, Bendigo bands Darts and Grand Perceptor kicked the day off at 11am.

Around lunch time Big Scary and Matt Corby got the biggest cheers of the day when they took to the stage.

Corby said it was his first Australian festival and didn't disappoint.

Hands shot into the air as Corby belted out crowd favourite Brother, which was voted number three in the Triple J Hottest 100 this year.

GALLERY: Faces at Groovin' the Moo Bendigo 2012

Highlights from the afternoon include Ball Park Music, who played old favourites and introduced fans to new material, while The Getaway Plan also raised spirits with the audience chanting for the four-piece to take the stage.

In the Moolin Rouge tent, Mutemath and 360 provided two of the day's best moments.

Mutemath sailed into the crowd on an inflatable mattress while 360 got up close and personal with those lucky enough to snag a front-row spot.

Party rocker Andrew WK reportedly caused controversy during his 3pm set, being booed off stage after a lacklustre performance and allegedly having bottles thrown at him as he performed.

The American fought back, stuck his fingers up at the crowd and left the stage.

Andrew WK. Trainwreck of a set but still a legend— Nick Yates (@yateordie) May 5, 2012

Andrew WK reacts to being booed off stage. Picture: EMILY WEAVING

As darkness fell City and Colour serenaded the masses before Public Enemy, who much of the crowd grew up with, partied on.

The Kaiser Chiefs and Digitalism closed the festival to a deliriously happy crowd already keen to see Groovin' the Moo return next year.

Full review of the Groovin' the Moo festival in tomorrow's Bendigo Advertiser.