Party in the Park 2012 - Saturday 7th July 2012
* Wilko Johnson * John Otway * Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs * Jim Penfold & The Hollywood Killers * Novatones * Full Tilt *
WHAT A GREAT DAY!
Despite the biblical amount of rain we had through Friday and into Saturday morning we still ran and … it all went really well! We had light rain at the start and were then blessed with some blue sky and sunshine late afternoon before a final shower towards the end. Despite the rain and the slightly muddy field over 800 people turned up and, judging by the feedback we had on the day, thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was a really lovely atmosphere on the park, people had made the effort to come and realised they had made the right call. It was so rewarding to watch the crowd smiling broadly and enjoying the music and soaking up the wonderful atmosphere. True British spirit! Since the day we have had a lot more wonderful feedback and a lot of 'thank yous' for making the effort to go ahead.
We cut the first two bands to give us time to set the stage up properly and started the music at 3pm. The six bands that did play gave tremendous performances and enjoyed playing to such an enthusiastic crowd. And what a great six bands there were. Openers Full Tilt got the day off to a lively start with their excellent set of covers that showed their versatility and skill, a cracking first act. Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs followed and showed just what consummate entertainers they are, wowing the crowd with their hugely entertaining style and mix of bizarre instruments. The Novatones then brought their impressive blend of punk and indie to the stage, ending with a fast and furious cover of The Who's ‘My Generation'. Up next was the inimitable and wonderfully bonkers John Otway, billing himself as “rock and roll's greatest failure” he proved that he was anything but, mixing clowning with great musical skill as he played a range of odd instruments and even included a version of Sweet's ‘Blockbuster' of all things. Jim Penfold & The Hollywood Killers brought us back to sanity with his wonderful melodic and uplifting rock with its psychedelic influences from the 60s and 70s and a very professional penultimate set. The day finished with the legendary Wilko Johnson and his wonderful rhythm and blues and what a treat he gave us. Accompanied by former fellow Blockheads Norman Watt-Roy on bass and Dylan Howe on drums Wilko mesmerised us for the next 75 minutes with his unique guitar style, mixing lead and rhythm in driving blues riffs, and moving round the stage in that staccato strutting walk of his and gazing out with that trademark don't-mess-with-me stare. The trio were amazingly tight, a joy to watch and a joy to listen to, playing such gems as ‘She Does It Right' and ‘Back In The Night' with great energy and enthusiasm. He didn't say a lot but then he didn't need to, the music said it all. It was a very happy crowd that left for home after Wilko finished his encore. Brilliant stuff.
We had to make quite a few last minute changes to cope with the rain and have a lot of people to thank for their help and generosity; we are blessed with living in in a wonderful community and having tremendous support. Our heartfelt thanks to all those who helped us make it work.
And finally and most importantly, a big THANK YOU to all of those who came and supported us and took part in what was a rather special day, you did yourselves proud and you did us proud.
Watch part of Wilko Johnson's headline set:
Watch part of Hobo Jones' set:
Photographs from the day:
2012 Party In The Park Photos:
All photographs courtesy of Steve Mann
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