Sunshine, beats and ghetto funk
Last weekend Shindig Festival returned for it’s second year with a cracking line-up of bands and DJ’s. The festival is run by the team behind the hugely successful Ghetto Funk label and this year they really have come of age with a great selection of music delivered over a sunny weekend in the hills just up from Glastonbury. Although it could certainly be said that a festival which takes place by the Isle Of Avalon is a long way from the ghetto, the funk was certainly in residence, and with a perfectly sized attendance (nicely boosted by the unfortunate cancellation of Sunrise festival which had been due to take place over the same weekend) the event went extremely well with great weather, a happy crowd and a diverse range of entertainment.
Ghetto Funk nightclub
The spiritual sound and heart of the festival is of course the ghetto funk sound, and this year they featured an accomplished line-up of the brightest stars from the scene. Slynk had flown in specially for the occasion on the Saturday night and played alongside Featurecast, DJP and the Captain. Sunday night got even dirtier with Father Funk, Too Many T’s, WBBL, A.Skillz and JFB all providing peak-time heavyweight funk.
The Dig Inn saw a wide selection of beats from the Cuban Brothers spectacular show (below) to the Reflex, Stardust Collective and the deep soulful grooves of house and disco legend Joey Negro.
The Sunday kicked off early on with the quality mixed up Good Times selection of the one and only Norman Jay, alongside Lindy Layton (of Dub Be Good To Me fame), Terry Farley and then the heavyweight dancefloor pounding of Slamboree Soundsystem and Dub Pistols to finish it all off.
There was a much wider range of other styles this year with the Moonshine Circus stage bringing a variety of entertainment to spice up the weekend. This included swing dancing, some incredible circus performers, cabaret and an eclectic mix of bands and DJ’s. The Dutty Moonshine Big Band (below) packed out the tent to complete the Saturday night line-up and as always, they were an absolute joy to behold. These guys were the highlight of many people’s weekend and are certainly one to try and catch over the summer at one of the many festivals they are playing at. On the Sunday night the Rhythmites brought some classy reggae before finishing with the quality live world music flavours of Baka Beyond.
Like any good festival there was plenty more to discover and do around the site. The Rum Den provided a great daytime venue for a wide variety of acts which included everyone’s favourite town crier – DJ Dapper Dan who provided a great selection of reggae to kick off the Sunday. The kids area had all sorts of fun going on, and there was Open Mic down on the Tipi stage.
Overall a fabulous weekend was had by all. Clearly the guys had put in a serious amount of work and it really paid off, well done, well done. See you next year for an even bigger celebration of all things Ghetto Funk.