Groovin' the Moo 2012

INTERNATIONAL music acts revelled with the Maitland crowd at the 2012 Groovin’ The Moo festival.

Event promoter Stephen Halpin said international groups, such as America’s Public Enemy and Mutemath, have been raving about the energetic Maitland crowd.

Mutemath, who are on their first tour of Australia, were so impressed they literally got among the 15,000-strong crowd.

The singer jumped on a sparkling blow-up mattress and performed the second-last song among revellers.

‘‘They didn’t know they had so many fans in these areas,’’ Halpin said.

Other highlights included performances by English indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs and Australia’s own hip-hop pioneering trio the Hilltop Hoods.

The Hilltop Hoods headlined the first Groovin’ the Moo festival at Maitland showground in 2006 and this year marked their third performance at the event. They were also on the bill in 2009.

Police acting Inspector Jo Schultz said the crowd, which enjoyed the warm weather, was well-behaved and police encountered little trouble.

‘‘There were approximately 60 drug detections and 150 person searches as a result of our operations,’’ she said.

‘‘But we were very happy with how it went, the event concluded at 10.30pm and the site was cleared by 11pm.’’

One male, of Newcastle, was transported from the site by ambulance after suffering a suspected spinal injury sustained in a moshpit.

There was some congestion at Newcastle and Maitland railway stations as people waited for trains and buses.

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