Newcastle secures major music festival Groovin the Moo


Newcastle has added another coup to its burgeoning stable of major events, with music festival Groovin the Moo shifting its NSW leg from Maitland.

More than 25,000 music fans are expected to converge on at Foreshore Park for the music festival on May 4 as part of its national tour, which also includes stops in Adelaide, Canberra, Bendigo, Sunshine Coast and Bunbury.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said Newcastle had cemented its status as a preferred destination for live music and major events.

“City of Newcastle is a strong supporter of live music and is committed to attracting and hosting major events as a primary driver of the local tourism visitor economy,” Cr Nelmes said.

“On the back of unforgettable performances last year by Elton John and Paul McCartney, and ahead of next month’s sold-out Pink concert, Newcastle has become a must stop destination for promoters looking for a world-class city to include on their national concert tour schedule.

“Groovin the Moo will be a valuable addition to this year’s events calendar, allowing locals to experience some of the best Australian and international acts in their own backyard.

“As the only NSW stop on the tour, the festival will play an important role in boosting tourism and the local economy by attracting thousands of music fans to travel to Newcastle for the event.”

A Groovin the Moo spokesperson said they were looking forward to growing the event on Newcastle’s foreshore.

“The decision to move the festival was a very difficult one for us but ultimately we felt necessary to grow the event and take advantage of Newcastle’s impressive transport and accommodation options,” the spokesperson said.

“Foreshore Park is a stunning location and we look forward to calling it home.”