Slough Festival was back this weekend – after a few years hiatus. The weather surprised as all – blue skies and sun – and there was plenty to see and do.
The Festival is billed as an all day event for all the family. The large area of Upton Park was split into four zones:
· Kids Zone: with fun for the little ones
· Urban Action Zone: with activities for teenagers/young adults such as high ropes and street dance competitions
· Carnival Zone: with daredevil acts, fun fair, circus fun, bungee & trampoline
· Market Zone: where there was an opportunity to shop for arts and crafts
On the main stage, the visitors were treated to a wide range of music and dance – from Glam Rock to Bhangra Music.
Local high energy rock-covers band !Daft! ran the live music and dance stages. They also performed an entertaining set.
The day went something like this:
After a demonstration of skill and effervescent artistic precision by the Dhol Drummers, the event was superheated by the superb brit-pop/ska covers band Dacoda. They completed an excellent and highly entertaining set with their singalong interpretation of the famous “Jungle Book” song ‘I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)’.
The graceful ‘Apna Virsa Bhangra Dance’ group added alluring radiance to the dance stage. Their demonstration was as serene as it was beautiful.
Over in the big field, the dangerous circus stunt act – The Vander Wheel of Death – prepared their thrilling show. (They balance and perform on a 2 Quad Wheel of Death.) Their antics thrilled the crowd. Each oscillation and slippage lead to huge gasps and anxious cries.
The crowd at the live music stage was then treated to some classic rock and vintage Americana from the talented band ‘One For The Road’. The band played some thrilling covers, taking the audience on a journey across the United States through the famous “Route 66” [Bobby Troup] from “Sweet Home Chicago” [Robert Johnson] to “Sweet Home Alabama.” [Lynyrd Skynyrd.] ‘One For The Road’ concluded their entertaining show with “Copperhead Road” [Steve Earle] – and the band had the crowd up and dancing along all the way through their show.
The Mlody Las & Gaiczek Polish Dance Groups provided us all with a splash of fiery vitality and creativity with their superbly choreographed dances and demonstrations. Then ‘Desperate Measures’ came to the music stage. This highly talented Uxbridge based band brought us some fun packed tunes like the Darkness cover “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” Their stage show was dynamic and inspiring.
The Bollywood Dance Groups brought a huge crowd over to the main stage to enjoy their much-anticipated show. The troop wowed the audience – with their creative and incredibly enjoyable dances.
The rock, pop and party covers band ‘!Daft!’ always bring a party atmosphere to any event that they play. And the Slough Festival was no exception. The band performed a series of atmospheric anthems and indie rock blockbusters. They finished their exciting set on a formidable high point with their wonderful cover of “We Are Young” [Fun.]
After the beauty and precision of Irish Dancers, the musical extravaganza was completed by the amazing band ‘The Glamsters’.
The Glamsters played a complete collection of 1970’s covers . Everything from Sweet’s ‘Blockbuster’ all the way through the Slade and T.Rex era – and right up to Norman Greenbaum’s ‘Spirit in The Sky’ (made famous by Doctor and the Medics.) With songs like Mud’s ‘Tiger Feet’, Rod Stewart’s ‘Maggie May’ and Showaddywaddy’s ‘Under the Moon of Love’ (originally a hit for Curtis Lee in 1961) the audience was up-and-rocking to all those crazy beats. And loving every minute of it.
Thanks to all the organizers of the Slough Festival for putting so much effort into providing a fun and exciting summer afternoon – with some sensational musical entertainment.