The wonderful Jagger family of Shepperton again organized a super fun-packed day of music, peace and love in the Laughing Waters this weekend.
Remarkably, the sun managed to shine for the afternoon…
The first LAUGHING STOCK FESTIVAL was held in 2005, when the Jagger family invited a few friends for a summer picnic by the river.
The event has grown over the years and raises funds for charities such as the Diabetes Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Eagle Radio Trust and Woking and Sam Beare Hospice.
The Woking and Sam Beare Hospice provides inpatient and community care to approximately 1,400 patients each year. They looked after Linda Jagger’s dad when he got very sick.
The hospice hopes to raise an additional £1.9m to deliver a new hospice service in the heart of Surrey that will be support generations to come.
The party started with some chilled sounds from Heids with acoustic support from the Jagger family’s own function & party outfit — the JJ BAND.
They also played a gladdening and cheerful full-electric set later in the day.
The full band comprises of Linda and Heidi on vocals, JJ and Al on guitars and with Byron and Tim providing the powerhouse bass and drums.
The outfit plays squelchy blues and authentic rhythm and blues, plus breathtaking soul and crackling pop. You can check them out at The Red Lion, Shepperton on Sunday 27th August.
Next up were THE RIFFTAKERS who play their own rhythm and blues brand in the tradition of The Rolling Stones and Yardbirds.
With fuzzy guitars, dynamic beats and party vibes, their street-rock boogaloos, accelerated rhythms and energetic performances provided the motivating force of the afternoon and soon the revelers rose from ground-sheets and picnic chairs to dance in unison.
Next was the super-smooth and super-efficient 8-piece GROOVELINE offering jazz, acid jazz, soul and disco and who played a swish and dishy collection of funky hits culminating in the wonderful “Blame It on the Boogie” — got to be everyone’s favourite uptempo party-time number.
It was Grooveline singer Amy Nicholls’ last appearance with the band (for a while, any-ways) and bass-player Adam was taken sick [we wish him an early recovery] so he was replaced “last minute.”
After a very successful auction and raffle the three-piece roots band MANTIC MUDDLERS, from Petersfield, Hampshire, played some home-style, unfussy blue-grass and rhythm & soul numbers with exuberance and joy.
The lads will be playing the Victorious Festival in Portsmouth on 25th August. You should check them out…
The festival welcomed back the immensely talented local 5-piece rock-reggae band TREE HOUSE FIRE.
This band are always a big hit, with bouncy, boom-boom songs and a bass line that walks impulsively down-the-line.
At Shepperton they delivered their lumpy, low-noted ditties, intrepid vocals and giddy-paced rhythms with verve and panache.
As we said before, this band causes, “sonic damage deep down in your Mondongos —”
We’ve often thought that experiencing the !DAFT! cover band is as pleasurable as playing on a kids bouncy-castle wearing nothing but clotted cream…
Their hi-energy rock-covers are salacious & stimulating and at Shepperton the band played an unrestrained, rip-roaringly successful set that magnificently complemented all the high-jinks and romping frolics at Laughing Water.
Their delivery and execution was superb. No wonder they are justifiably known as the best party band on the circuit.
Their celebratory mix of modern garage rock, post-punk and guitar pop rock is influenced by mid-1980s indie bands — but they easily and successfully turn their hands to garage rock, rock ‘n’ roll and even country when the time is right. And the band’s instinctive ability to “read the crowd” and recognize what is best to keep an audience on their feet is the hallmark of their success.
This was another gleeful and jubilant affair at Laughing Stock…
A day of beads and feathers, flower power and gentle people — and, of course, lots ‘n’ lots of love.
Words & Images by @neilmach 2017 ©