We had a great time on day 1 of Grooves on the Green
Grooves is a spectacularly chilled festival and we got to sit in the sun, drink lovely beer and hear some of the best live music acts around Dorset.
Time stops me writing about all the acts we saw but there were a few standouts.
If you don't know (and if not then where have you been?), Grooves takes place over two days in Ashley Cross, Parkstone and features a ton of local acts all doing their bit for charity. Grooves supports Diverse Abilities and you can find out more about their brilliant work here.
Day 1 turned out to be a lovely sunny day and the very civilised start time of midday saw us have time to pack a picnic first.
What struck me was that it was much better attended all the way through this year as the locals turned out to enjoy the 15th birthday of the event. We had a wander round the site and took in all the food stalls, bars and traders attending. The organisers have a decent sized site that they don't overfill so it means there's space to move about and it never feels overly commercial.
We decide to park ourselves in front of the main stage under the handy shade of one of the many mature trees in the park and enjoyed the wonderful Krista Green.
Over on the calling stage we really enjoyed the Daisy Ukuladies, a group of ladies playing erm... ukuleles. They have a really warm approach and their playing and gentle humour made for a great set.
Wandering round I meet a shed load of people, musos, mates, photographers all having a great time and all singing the praises of Green. This included a number of geeky photography conversations which made me happy. You can't beat a ten minute chat about the merits of extenders.
The calling stage included bands voted for by readers of the Daily Echo and I particularly enjoyed Ironic Encounter and Power Thief. Two you bands that look like they have a bright future ahead and we'll be looking forward to seeing how they develop in the future.
One of my favourites of recent times, Toby Thorne, he of 'All about Tobe' appeared on the main stage for the first time. his smooth, chilled out sounds were perfect for a lazy summer afternoon and the crowd really did tune into his most excellent set. He also wins the award for coolest dude of the day.
It was good to see Afro Tallawah on stage and again, their world music sound, from the most cosmopolitan band in Dorset, was perfectly matched to the day. They certainly got the crowd dancing.
Headliners The Baker Brothers produced a superb set to finish off the day. The festival finishes at 7pm which is actually perfect for people with young families as they can enjoy the music then take the little ones off to feed and get to bed.
Overall a terrific day with a chilled out, friendly vibe and hopefully a nice big pot of money to help the most worthwhile charity.
If you're not doing anything Sunday then why not pop along. It's dead cheap at only a fiver and that includes your first drink. Kids under 5 are free.
Photos from day 1 - normal rules apply. No commercial use without permission and no snipping of watermarks