With an array of stunning musical performances, a festival record attendance and nearly £3,000 raised for The Brain Tumour Charity in memory of Beth Kelly, JollyStock 2016 was a rip-roaring success.
In what was undoubtably the most successful JollyStock to date, thousands of people flocked through the Jolly Farmer gate, to witness a fantastic weekend of live music. From Reggae to Punk, and Ska to Hip Hop, JS2016 catered a genre for everyone, showcasing some of the best local and nationwide musical talent.
Three bands performed on Friday night, with young covers band, Aidos, kicking off the show before local rockers, Mighty Sasquatch got the crowd jumping to some classic rock anthems. Mighty Sasquatch’s lively performance paved the way for Friday Night headliners, Diamondogz. The Glamrock 4-piece had the JollyStock crowd in full voice, belting out a repertoire of 70s favourites.
With music from midday through to the early hours of the morning, ‘The Grand Spectacle’ took place on the JollyStock Saturday, with a variety of Funk, Soul, Dance and Hip Hop sounds blasting out on the alfresco dance floor. Dj – Mad – Mike – Bourne set the tone with his day time set of Reggae mashups followed by a debut performance from DJ Crack Jrackula, who’s selection disco tunes paved the way for former resident DJ Party Marty, and young Funk and Soul enthusiast, Shady Slim, to keep the Saturday Night crowd grooving!
The night had many memorable moments with London Mc, Just Muz, featuring in Shady Slim’s set, free styling over iconic hip hop tracks. However, at the stroke of midnight, The Beatles song, ‘All You Need is Love’, was played in honour of the late Beth Kelly, who died last year, the JollyStock crowd were in full voice, to pay tribute to Beth and her family.
Sunday remains the most exciting day of the festival every year, and JS2016 was certainly no exception, with a wide variety of bands from all over the country showcasing many different genres. The afternoon consisted of a number of acoustic performers, alongside two bands from JJ’s Music School, Newton Abbot. Daniel Sivertson, Cydney Brown, Owen Penrice, Jaks Caravan, Alpha Tide, Simple Sins and Red Lights all put on great performances throughout the day, as the attendance grew into the late evening. A debut JollyStock performance from Punk rockers The Fluids electrified the crowd. Local reggae blues fusion trio, Datura, gave a scintillating display of musicianship, frontman Lee Hall with arguably his most impressive Jolly Farmer display to date, making it one of the stand out performances of the weekend.
The genre of the evening was once again flipped, with London Mc Just Muz taking to the stage to perform his critically acclaimed album, Jumpers for Goalposts. Just Muz, real name Christian Foley, got the JollyStock crowd bouncing, with a mix of slick spoken word poetry and exciting Hip Hop, the Mc’s debut performance was certainly one to remember.
Muz was followed by The Reggaskas, who were graced the JollyStock stage on the back of their recent album launch for their new project, ‘Long Way Home’. The female fronted Reggae Ska band delivered a sharp show of powerful brass alongside the ever-imperious vocals of Lizy Eames.
The stage was then set for Sunday Night and festival headliners, The Simmertones. The seasoned nine-piece band closed the show with a medley of ska sounds, keeping the dance floor dancing to the dynamic sounds from the weekend’s headliners.
Festival organiser, Glenn Powell, was brimming with excitement at the success of the weekend:
“JollyStock 2016 was without a doubt the best yet, we’re delighted that everyone gave so generously to such a wonderful charity, we managed to raise £2,870 for a magnificent cause!”
Fellow organisers hope that the success of JS2016 will lead to bigger and better things in the future:
“We all had a feeling that this year was going to be special, but it exceeded all of our expectations. Planning is underway for 2017, and we’re hoping to bring some big names to the JollyStock stage in the future, so keep posted!”
If you wish to find out anything about what the Brain Tumour Charity do, visit their website: www.thebraintumourcharity.org