Grooves day 2 – the one where we are all British about it

When it rains at Grooves…

We dig in and damn well enjoy ourselves.

A miserable looking day started with the kind of drizzle that looks like it should make you wet but never seems to get to level 2.

Sadly this, allied to the Wimbledon finals meant that many lightweight music fans didn't bother to attend day 2 at this first rate local festival and for the record they missed a treat.

On the plus side this meant that parking was much easier than on Saturday and you could get near the bar.

We also got to see some of Dorset's finest strut their stuff.

On the main stage Fearne were playing one of their rare gigs as a full band. It's been a serious amount of time since the band released any material and their new album is being worked on as we speak. We're looking forward to hearing it.

Nipping over to The Calling stage meant a trip back to the glamorous seventies with Funkathon. I'm not sure how appropriate a sparkly dress and high heels were for the conditions but their mix of Funk covers kept a growing crowd entertained.

Not Made in China are part of the eclectic Burrow stable and they brought along a selection of their slightly off the wall themed indie originals. 

Sadly news came through that The Worry Dolls wouldn't be appearing due to Harry being in hospital and we send our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Meanwhile Ian Brown was giving it some over on The Calling. We particularly liked his song lamenting ordinary people having the same name as famous people and we can assure readers that he is not the Ian Brown out of that Stone Roses.

Duveux are a group that get better every time we see them and they were certainly a draw before the festival.

If you haven't heard them then think pulp/blur/suede but with an Isle of Wight twang. They were on form and the now growing crowd were duly appreciative.

All in all once again we have to congratulate the organisers of the weekend. Grooves is a superlative event and props to Solid Air curator Conrad for an excellent line up once again.

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The Gallery

A few of our shots from day 2 - no snipping and no stealing

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