Galhampton Village, the home of Party In The Park Festival Galhampton, Somerset, UK.

 


Party In The Park 2007 

Another great Party in the Park! Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a good day. Once again we had a sell-out crowd of 1,300 people and, judging by all the feedback we have had, virtually everyone had a great time. Plenty of locals came but we also had people from Cornwall , London , Wales , the Midlands and even the Lake District . After all that rain it was a treat to have a dry day with plenty of sunshine, the only rain coming right at the end.

The bar was busy all day and the local cider proved very popular but, despite ordering more this year, we still ran out of beer our apologies for this. We had a broader range of food this time and the hot pork rolls went down really well as did the homemade cakes. The kid's tent was very popular and kept the young ones occupied with t-shirt painting and other activities. There was a robbery, a wedding, a birth and a pair of streakers (even the real police joined in the chase) courtesy of the street theatre crew. And there were more toilets.

All nine bands were excellent and did us proud. Caroline Martin made the most of the opening slot and showed why John Peel was such a fan of hers with an intimate, dark set featuring solo guitar and stark lyrics. It was their third time at Party in the Park but it is still a privilege to watch the talented youngsters of Joe Public and to see how, far from remaining static, they are developing their sound. Fresh and lively, The Francos instantly engaged with the crowd and treated us to an upbeat set before going off to wow Ashton Court . Stress did a great job and got the crowd up dancing with an inspired mix of covers played with great skill, and there were only three of them!

With their intriguing sound Doubtful Guest provided a refreshing twist to the afternoon with an expert mix of country and acoustic. Back for a second time, Strange Folk once again gave great value with their unique brand of folk-tinged rock topped off with powerful vocals. A real favourite with the crowd (we couldn't them off the stage!), The Huckleberries played an infectious mix of reels, jigs and bluegrass that had people up on their feet. The Rumble Strips showed just why they are one of the BBC's bands to watch in 2007 with a highly energetic and exciting performance. A true bunch of professionals, Nine Below Zero showed all their vast experience in bringing the day to a close with a powerful rhythm and blues set that had the crowd singing along and shouting for more.

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Nine Below Zero 

Caroline Martin 

Doubtful Guest 

The Franco's 

Huckleberries 

Joe Public 

Rumble Strips 

Stress 

Strangfolk 

General 

Crowd 

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