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


Party In The Park 2009 

Well, another great Party in the Park! Ok it rained, but the first few hours were dry and the forecast really heavy rain never appeared, plus the Galhampton crowd are a hardy lot who like their music too much to let a bit of damp weather spoil their fun. And the music was excellent, right from openers The Hundred Days to the final headliners, The Beat. People came not just from the local area but from London, the Midlands, Wales and the wider West Country and we even had visitors from Spain, France, Denmark and Macedonia!

All 1,300 tickets had already been sold out before the day so there were quite a few disappointed souls who had left it too late to buy a ticket. It was their misfortune – they missed a great day! Those who had bought tickets in time enjoyed plenty of choice and very reasonable prices at the bar, hot food stall and tea tent. And the kids had the children's tent to keep them amused with a range of exciting activities. Add in seven great bands plus that relaxed and friendly Galhampton atmosphere and you had the recipe for a great day. And people obviously enjoyed themselves despite the rain as there was a good crowd right to the very end and the feedback we have received since has been really positive. We even had stripping workmen, the Ministry of Useless Measurements and a plane diverted from Yeovilton! Ok, that was all courtesy of our street theatre crew.

Galhampton PITP 2009  Galhampton PITP 2009  Galhampton PITP 2009

Talking of feedback, we will leave it to Los Salvadores who summed up so well what we are about on their blog: “Party in the Park is a brilliant day, an awesome mix of a village fete and a festival, so you have a proper big stage and PA as well as a tea tent selling home baked cakes. It was an amazing day and one we will remember for a long time. It really was a proper example of the whole community coming together to put on something awesome everyone could enjoy. We asked one woman whether any of the locals ever complained, she looked surprised and said ‘We are the locals!' Wish this kind of thing happened in the village I live in!” Thanks for the kind words, guys.

The Van Daniels unfortunately failed to show for the second year running, but the remaining seven bands were very flexible and played for longer so we did not miss out musically. All seven bands were a joy to work with and we loved having them here in Galhampton.

Galhampton PITP 2009  Galhampton PITP 2009  Galhampton PITP 2009

The Hundred Days got us off to a cracking start with their powerful rock numbers and high energy performance. Their new cd, ‘How a War is Won', was actually recorded here in Galhampton, in a bungalow of all places. Dorset based Boy le Monti proved highly popular with their warmth and melody, their blend of rock steady and ska impressing the crowd and even some of the neighbours who were listening in! Stress once again showed why they are such a hit with the Party in the Park crowd, playing their cover versions with great professionalism. They were joined on vocals for three numbers by Galhampton's very own Theya Fowler who belied her mere 14 years with a powerful and impressive performance. You saw her here first!

A mellow set from The Gadabout Crowd followed with their impressive range of instruments and mix of styles plus their tribute to the late Michael Jackson – they all had a white hand! Los Salvadores then raised the tempo. They had come all the way from Kent and gave a really spirited and lively performance, their unique style of folk punk proving a hit with the now rather damp crowd.

folk punk proving a hit with the now rather damp crowd  folk punk proving a hit with the now rather damp crowd

The first of the two headliners, Hugh Cornwell , lived up to his well deserved reputation with a superb set mixing Stranglers classics (it was great to see the crowd singing along to ‘No More Heroes') with newer material. Ably supported by Caroline Campbell on bass on Chris Bell on drums he certainly kept the crowd entertained. The Beat then followed with a rousing close to the day. Ranking Roger and Murphy Ranking Junior brought drive and energy to the band's blend of 2-Tone and ska, classics such as ‘Mirror in the Bathroom' and ‘Stand Down Margaret' going down a treat. They sent a rather soggy crowd home warm and happy.

Our thanks to everyone who came on the day, to the bands, to the volunteers who helped run the event and to our sponsors. Galhampton is proud to be able to bring you Party in the Park and pleased that so many people enjoy their day here. Thank you for your support.

Photographs courtesy of Tom Martin

Please contact Tom if you would like to order any copies.

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 Los Salvadores


 The Hundred Days

 Boy Le Monti

The Gadabout Crowd

The Beat - Love, Peace & Unity...  The Beat

 Hugh Cornwell

Crowd Shots


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