Dorset community festival Grooves on the Green is proud to keep it local with £1 from every ticket sold being donated to Diverse Abilities Plus, which helps children and adults in Dorset who live with profound disability.
The charity has received more than £9,000 over the last two years from its association with Grooves and organisers hope to smash the £10,000 total this year.
Early bird tickets for the two-day music gathering on Ashley Cross Green are available now from Le Bateau and Leader & Co as the finishing touches are being put to the music bill on the festival’s two stages.
There’s also a regional beer and food festival with a wide range of local crafts beers and ciders from Dorset breweries including Sunny Republic, Bournemouth Beer Company and Purbeck Cider.
“Grooves on the Green is all about the local community,” says festival director Michael Callaghan. “We must be one of the few music festivals that most people walk to.
“Ashley Cross has always been incredibly supportive of Grooves and we want to make this year’s 15th birthday bash the best yet. There is some incredible music and amazing food and drink, as well as a dedicated children’s activity area. Also, because the last bands finish at seven families with young children don’t have to miss anything to get home in time for bed and those that want to can enjoy the nearby bars and restaurants.”
Saturday’s Main Stage is topped by Bournemouth-based funk groove machine The Baker Brothers with slinky jazz/d&b fusionists G13, Afro-Cubano-reggae mixers Afro Tallawah, south coast funk folk Sunstone Collective, jazz-soul-blues chanteuse Kaia and local busking favourites Krista Green & the Bees also appearing.
Sunday’s headliner Mutant Vinyl is playing his only local show of the year at Grooves as he readies his Paul McCartney/Tricky-endorsed sound for the summer festivals. He’ll be appearing with indie pop classicists Duveaux, Southampton math-pop quartet Signals, Afrobeat indie pop merchants Not Made In China, long standing Bournemouth outfit Fearne and performance folkorists Wikkaman.