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  Party In The Park Festival Galhampton, Somerset, UK - Party In The Park 2010 - Saturday 10th July 2010

Party In The Park Festival Galhampton, Somerset, UK - Party In The Park 2010 - Saturday 10th July 2010

Party in the Park was on Saturday July 10th 2010 and featured:

* Adrian Edmondson and The Bad Shepherds * Sham 69 * Ella Edmondson * Los Salvadores * Stress * Los * StopGoSixty * King Tuts Revenge *

Another great year! Another sell out, the fifth year in a row – we must be doing something right! This time the weather was perfect: warm, dry and not too sunny. The site had filled by early afternoon and remained full to the end, a capacity crowd enjoying eight excellent and varied bands headlined by the superb Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds. As always, there was the relaxed and friendly Galhampton atmosphere where all ages are welcome. And, as always, the great value and good quality food and drink we have become known for. The bar ran dry minutes before closing time, the hot food stall almost sold out and in the tea tent all the cakes went like, well, hot cakes. Not bad (if lucky!) timing.

We had sold out a week before the actual day and had a lot of people chasing tickets in the last week, so those who came on the day were the wise ones who had bought in time! Once again our audience was a mixture of local stalwarts and those from further afield, from London to Wales and from Plymouth to Nottingham. And judging by the feedback we have had both on the day and afterwards everyone really enjoyed themselves.

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StopGoSixty started the day with a well received set that impressed many in the audience, not bad going for a band that is not yet nine months old. They were well suited to their pop soul style, fusing white soul sounds with popular melodies and guitar and piano riffs. The four piece from Dorset had become a five piece with the addition of a drummer from Los Angeles of all places! Yeovil based King Tuts Revenge followed with their mix of ska and punk and kept the crowd entertained with their upbeat set, the five piece playing at full throttle. The blues/grunge trio, Los , then brought their unique style of music to the stage and gave the audience a lively and entertaining set that was a little bit different. As Tom Robinson said, their bass free rock "moves from the riotous to the soulful and back again", with singer Helen Sargent being almost Bjork-like at times. Hats off to them for driving down from London only to go straight back for a gig in the evening.

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Unfortunately, Ella Edmondson's drummer Si recently suffered a stroke and is currently unable to play; we wish him well. Ella consequently played a slightly shorter set as a duet with bass player Buddy (who turns out to hail from nearby West Camel). Despite being without her drummer, Ella played an excellent set featuring her own style of contemporay folk tinged with pop and her bubbly personality filled the space between numbers. The fact that she sold out of cds afterwards proved her popularity. As always, Stress, our local covers band, yet again played a flawless and highly polished set and had the crowd up dancing and shouting for more. Galhampton's own Theya Fowler joined them on stage again to sing three numbers, her powerful performance belying her mere 15 years. We then welcomed back Los Salvadores who this time had two new band members, Vicky on French horn and Darren on drums (definitely the first time we have had a French horn on stage at Party in the Park!). Their style was mellower and well suited to the summer afternoon as they entertained the crowd, playing their new material based on Kentish legends and stories.

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Sham 69 brought their unique brand of street punk to the stage, still featuring original guitarist, Dave Parsons. They soon had a good part of the crowd down at the front singing “we're all going down the pub” during ‘Hurry up Harry'. They were certainly popular with a large section of the audience and played a lively and challenging set. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly Ade Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds, our headline act. They gave us 75 minutes of wonderful musicianship with Troy Donockley on the haunting Uilleann pipes and cittern, Andy Dinan on fiddle and Ade himself on mandolin. It was truly magical as dusk fell on a balmy Somerset evening with the music rolling out across the park. The crowd loved their arrangements of such classics as ‘Once in a Lifetime', ‘God Save the Queen' and ‘Down in the Tube Station at Midnight' and the 10.30pm curfew came all too soon. A lot of happy people left Galhampton that evening!

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 really pleased that so many people enjoy their day here. Thank you for your support.


Party in the Park 2010 Photos (Click on The Band To Open The Gallery):

King Tuts Revenge King Tuts Revenge Stop Go Sixty Stop Go Sixty Los Los

Bad Shepherds Bad Shepherds Ella Edmondson Ella Edmondson Stress Stress

Sham 69 Sham 69  Los Salvadores Los Salvadores

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Photographs courtesy of Tom Martin

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