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We Need To Talk About '00s Pop Music Festival Rumba

Who wouldn't want to see Shaggy and Bardot at the same show?

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If you grew up in Australia in the ‘00s, then SURELY you remember the iconic music festival, Rumba!

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The year was 2001 and Austereo joined forces with Frontier Touring to bring us "the world's biggest stars" for "the world's biggest festival."

It was the WORLD'S BIGGEST alright. Namely the lineup was filled with the people who released the bangers of our youth such as Craig David, Human Nature, Nelly Furtado and Bardot.
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It was the WORLD'S BIGGEST alright. Namely the lineup was filled with the people who released the bangers of our youth such as Craig David, Human Nature, Nelly Furtado and Bardot.

LOOK. AT. THAT. LINEUP.

BLUE! MANDY MOORE! SHAGGY! JOANNE... hold on, did someone called Joanne accidentally walk into this lineup?
RUMBA / Via last.fm

BLUE! MANDY MOORE! SHAGGY! JOANNE... hold on, did someone called Joanne accidentally walk into this lineup?

While there were HUGE international artists, Rumba also made sure your local pop faves got in on the action.

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Leah Haywood and her total mix CD must-have, anyone?

And just when we thought it couldn't get any better... along came 2002.

Shaggy clearly couldn't get enough of the festival (same, tbh) but this time we were also treated to Pink! Shakaya! Sugababes! Bon Jovi! And someone called Jeremy stood in for Joanne. The list just goes on.
RUMBA / Via last.fm

Shaggy clearly couldn't get enough of the festival (same, tbh) but this time we were also treated to Pink! Shakaya! Sugababes! Bon Jovi! And someone called Jeremy stood in for Joanne. The list just goes on.

But let's be real, Taxiride and their goddamn hook-y AF tunes owned it.

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Can we also take a moment to acknowledge that one of their albums was called Garage Mahal? Iconic.

And then, just like that, Rumba was cancelled. Taken away. Gone before its time.

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What happened? Why? Maybe we weren't ready for stadiums filled with '00s party anthems. We'll never know.

So it's over to the tour gods to give the Australian people the '00s pop festival they deserve.

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