Those who bought tickets to Groove de Lecq were blessed with not only sunshine but a truly outstanding experience. Every effort was made to transform Le Moulin de Lecq in to a playground for both lil’uns and big’uns, smiling kids made for very happy parents. From the moment you arrived you were transported to “Groove Island’ and very much encouraged to take part and join in – get your face painted, dress up, be part of an art project, hire a deck chair and most certainly have a good time.

Expanding this year to include a theatre and open mic stage, the four music stages were brimming with local talent. The saloon bar served flagons of local ale to the sounds of crooners and guitars, sometimes pushing the limits of acoustic by rocking out! The relocated Reggae Beach enjoyed the last of the afternoon sunshine with the coolest looking Reggae Bus pumping out skanking sounds as groovers danced with sand between their toes. The crowning glory to the festival was the Temple Stage where revelers, most having rummaged in the fancy dress yurt, enjoyed a day of fine music. Frankie Davies & her lovely ladies headlined, smoke billowed and confetti rained down as Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’ filled the valley. If that wasn’t enough, after dark activities continued with the After Party at the Watersplash, Rocksteady DJ’s and yet more live music kept everyone grooving until 2am.

So what is really rather wonderful about this sold out local festival? It’s not for profit ethos means that as well as putting on a phenomenal event, providing a platform for so many local musicians and artists, it brings a community together and this year raised over £20,000 for Autism Jersey! So Groove really is in the hearts of those who gave their time, the kind sponsors and every person who made a donation to charity when they bought their ticket!

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