Croyde saw the return of the Oceanfest Festival on 16th, 17th and 18th June. The sold out festival was set against the beautiful Croyde beach, a perfect backdrop, with the sun well and truly out the three day festival packed with surf, beach sports and great music was a triumphant success.
The Kaiser Chiefs, Sigma and Scouting for Girls took centre stage, headlining the three days. WMV sadly missed the first day, but certainly got into the swing of things on the Saturday and Sunday for a wonderful local family friendly festival now in it’s 19th year.
Abbe and Hannah, the female duo better known as Sounds of the Siren (http://www.soundofthesirens.net ) made a great start to a warm Saturday afternoon. Their emotional, evocative music covers a range of serious issues in a positive enlightening manor, a real joy to sit back and listen to.
Followed by Rews (www.rewsmusic.com), a high energy, rocky female duo, who certainly rocked the stage at Oceanfest before heading off to play at Glastonbury and celebrate the launch of their latest single.
Next to take the stage and calm things down a little with his acoutstic inspired music, a mixture of emotive lyrics and eclectic style was Syndey based, singer songwriter, Hein Cooper (www.heincooper.com) .
The Devon grown band Wille and the Bandits (www.willeandthebandits.com) took over the stage, with the trio entertaining us with their powerful rock style. Matt Brooks showing of his amazing bass talents with a solo performance that left the crowd cheering.
It cannot be argued, that the next musicians on stage, bought a very different style to the eagerly awaiting audience with the return of the Cuban Brothers, who in their own words “will make you laugh, sing along, cry with joy, wet your pants and shake your body. They certainly did ‘most’ of these at Oceanfest! The crowd loved every minute, and really got everyone up and dancing as the sun begain to finally cool down, and the evening started to make an appearance.
Saturday evening was bought to a close by the Kaiser Chiefs, who performed an electrifying 90 minute set as the sun went down. The Kaiser Chief’s started with “Everyday I love you, less and less”, getting the crowd singing and clapping along. Ricky Wilson soon took a leap onto the side staging rig to engage the audience in a rendition of “Modern Way”. The set ended with a final encore with the band playing “Oh my God”.
The Leylines were the first band that I sat down and watched on Sunday in the blistering heat! (www.theleylinesmusic.com) They sum it perfectly with their own bio “British folk-punk for a summer’s afternoon, a sound forged in festivals and bonfires, with fiddle driven rabble rouses and songs that stir the soul”
Up next, Mad Dog Mcrea (www.maddogmcrea.co.uk) certainly got the audience up and dancing, the festival going band have enjoyed the Glastonbury stage previously, bought their folk, pop, rock and jazz influences to the stage, getting everyone up and dancing, especially for their fantastic rendition of ‘Bear Neccessities’
(www.gentlemansdubclub.co.uk) The 9 piece band, Gentleman’s Dub Club, bought the audience to its feet with its Ska, reggae rooted music, the energietic band put on an amazing live show.
The festival ended on Sunday with the final band Scouting for Girls (www.scoutingforgirls.com) . The British pop band, celebrating its 10th Anniversary did not disappoint. Festival goers cheered and sang along to every song, as the sun set and the festival came to a close.
Oceanfest is a fantastic, family friendly festival in beautiful surroundings, everyone who works hard putting this together should be very proud of their efforts on producing a great event and already looking forward to the 20th anniversary in 2018! I will see you there.