This is my first time at this small music festival focused on creativity and faith, located for the first time at the grounds of Moggerhanger Park stately home on the Cambridgeshire / Bedfordshire border, although it has been based at several Cambridgeshire venues since 2012. I have been featuring past artists from the festival on my radio show such as Paul Bell and Explode The TV, so I was looking forward to some great music!
I managed to visit the festival over two of the three days of the event, Friday and Saturday. These were some of the highlights for me…..
As the festival opened, we were treated to a blistering DJ set from DJ Gracious Dish! The choice of music coupled with his enthusiasm was a winner despite the small audience that was trickling through the gate at the start! What was also great to see was the crowd support, someone walked up to the stage and provided sunglasses (so he could see his computer screen in the sun), another water!
Cenacle (from “up north” apparently) are a four piece rock (bordering on metal) band who know how to set the stage alight! Apart from the great interaction with the audience and their enthusiasm, the thing that struck me was their versatility. In Their allotted 50 minutes or so, they managed to cover songs by Bastille, Swedish House Mafia and Bob Marley without sacrificing their rock credibility. This, with their mostly strong own songs, resulted in a very enjoyable set!
London based duo Bella Loka presented to the audience of the Garden Stage (a beautiful area with park benches and inflatable toys!) an intriguing set of “Kate Bush/Lorde” vocals laid over a bed of amazing instrumentation. The performance was even started with poetry! They shared that they were currently recording a new album at Abbey Road Studios to be released around the end of the year. If the material is as good as we heard on Friday Night, this looks like it will be a “must listen” album!
Cambridgeshire based Pete McAllen preformed on the Saturday alongside his wife Lizzy, showcasing tracks from his debut album “I Hear Your Voice”. Pete’s self penned songs show creativity and excellent song writing. Examples included the title track and a song based around Mother Teresa “I Die To Myself”. The mainly acoustic set was a delight and I look forward to hearing more in due course!
The Darn Funk Orchestra was an act I was looking forward to seeing over the weekend, and they did not disappoint! They manage to combine the sounds of bands like Tower Of Power and Jamiroquai while adding that special something that guarantees the feet will be moving. That “special something” (and humour) included throwing fruit to the audience during their typically electrifying “Soul Food”! Their first album is released in September…
Daughters of Davis, have a particular gift of combining amazing vocals, enthusiasm and encouraging life lyrics in an engaging musical style! Their dynamic vocals caught the attention of Radio 2 and they certainly delivered all the above on Saturday afternoon. The songs were drawn from their first two albums with tantalizing glimpses into their new album released at the end of the year – a major event indeed!
Verra Cruz, reformed especially for Kingstock, showing why they have created so much prior interest. They knew how to bring Saturday to a rocking finish with a set drawn from their classic songs. A treat for all!
My two days were a very enjoyable mix of great music presented in a relaxed, intimate atmosphere (not to mention great weather!). The wrist bands quoted “Heaven Sent Creativity”….couldn’t agree more!