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

 


Party In The Park 2008 


Wow, yet another great Party in the Park! A big THANK YOU to everyone who came and made it such a brilliant day. Once more we had a sell out crowd of 1,300 and, yet again, plenty of very positive feedback. After the torrential rain on Friday the site had just about dried out enough and we enjoyed a very pleasant day of dry and sunny weather.

Party In The Park Festival 2008 Photos Now Published! Please Click The Links Below!

 

This year there were more people on the bar and more drink so we didn't run dry this time! We had a broader range of hot food with a hog roast and pasties as well as our usual range of tasty offerings. The tea tent was again popular and the doughnuts and home-made cakes went like well hot cakes! The kid's tent was as productive as ever with t-shirt painting and a variety of activities. Our festival t-shirts were highly popular and sold out rapidly. We even had Morris dancing from a group of workmen in boiler suits using mugs instead of sticks (our resident street theatre group in case you were wondering).

There was the usual friendly, safe and relaxed Party in the Park atmosphere so much so that four year old Owen decided to take himself off to the front and watch Babyhead whilst Mum and Dad, various crew members and the police looked for him! He was fine and wondered what all the fuss was about.

 

It was a shame The Van Daniels had to cancel (due to a close friend being rushed to hospital). We were looking forward to seeing them and they were really keen to play at Party in the Park. The remaining bands filled in admirably so the crowd still had plenty of good music.

Yet again all our bands did us proud. Solo artist Harry North had the difficult first slot but played a great set. He then had to drive to Penzance to play a gig in the evening. Next up were The Throwdowns who showed a musical maturity beyond their tender years with a powerful and gutsy performance. Dirty Red are taking a break for a while and they provided a great send-off with an energy-charged set that must rate as one of their best. Crowd pleasers Stress showed yet again that they are one of the most accomplished covers bands around with another polished and impressive performance.

Fresh from busking in Bath , The Huckleberries were as entertaining as ever with their lively mix of jigs, reels and bluegrass and, once again, we had to prise them off the stage! Babyhead went down a storm and had the crowd singing and swaying along to their highly infectious mixture of hip hop and ska; their popularity was shown by the number of cds they sold afterwards. Back by popular demand, The Rumble Strips gave us another lively set and the crowd wasn't content until the boys came back for a much demanded encore. Pama International closed the day with their unique blend of reggae, soul and ska, finishing with The Specials classic A message to you Rudy' to send the crowd home happy and singing. A big thank you to Alex, Babyhead's drummer, for stepping in to play for Pama International at the last minute we would not have known as he gave such a seamless performance.

We even had a happy ending on the Sunday. After a hard day spent dismantling the site we came back in the early evening to find a young couple looking earnestly at the ground. They had come to Party in the Park but had lost an engagement ring and, after turning the house and car inside out, thought the only place it could be was on the park. A metal detector was called in and we all had a good look round, but no ring was found, just an earring and a hair clip. We then organised ourselves into a police-style line of six and crawled forwards searching the ground. Still no ring - it wasn't looking good. Then we took our line across the ground in a different direction and found the ring! So, one overwhelmed young lady and a very happy couple! A great end to a great weekend.

Photographs courtesy of Tom Martin tommartinphotography@hotmail.com.

Click on the thumbnail or text to enter the relevant gallery:

 Pama International (ska, dub, reggae)

 Babyhead (hip hop, ska, dub)

 Huckleberries (jigs, reels & bluegrass)

 The Van Daniels (indie/pop/rock)

 Rumble Strips (soul/powerpop)

 Dirty Red (alternative/indie)

 Harry North (acoustic, jazz)

 The Throwdowns (rock, soul, big beat)

 Stress (Contemporary Rock covers band)

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