Party in the Park 2013 - Saturday 13th July 2013
What a brilliant day!!!
* Lightning Seeds (Acoustic) * Buster Shuffle * Hobo Jones & the Junkyard Dogs * AlBenAza * Twin Falls * Full Tilt * All Us Authors * Nick Parker *
A glorious sunny Somerset day set the tone for a truly great Party in the Park 2013. It was another sell out, tickets having sold out before the day, such is the popularity of Party in the Park. The park had filled up by early afternoon and stayed full until the end as 1,300 happy people enjoyed eight excellent and varied bands and plenty of great food and drink. And, once again, the atmosphere was really relaxed and friendly making the park a lovely place to be.
Street's Nick Parker, who appeared at the 2009 Party as part of The Gadabout Crowd, opened with an excellent solo acoustic set. His very personal songs merited close listening and were ideal for a relaxed summer afternoon. All Us Authors followed, the young Glastonbury four-piece showing just why they are so well rated with their energetic indie rock. Keep an eye out for these boys. Fresh from the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury, Luke Stidson's Twin Falls , another local group, delighted the crowd with their highly original songs; it was easy to see why the BBC likes them so much. And they also featured two familiar faces in Emma who also played with the Gadabout Crowd back in 2009 and birthday boy Ryan who played with The Hundred Days, again at the 2009 Party.
Next up was Full Tilt, four local guys who play good, honest covers. And can they play! The crowd were soon up and dancing and were shouting for more once the band's 60 minutes was, all too soon, up. AlBenAza followed and gave us a real treat. Three musician friends from Plymouth, Al, Ben and Aza, showed just how talented they are, swapping instruments and playing with great skill, even throwing in a bit of beat boxing. Great stuff! And the excellent music kept on coming! Buster Shuffle brought plenty of cockney cheer to the stage and plenty of energy as they treated us to a tremendous set of catchy tunes, including one about a cat driving a number 38 bus. Led by Jet Baker on piano they showed just why they have been called a “young Madness”. A band to watch out for.
We then welcomed back Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs who went down so well last year. As we expected, they did it again this year, Hobo Jones, Miser Bill and Wino Tyrone giving us 75 minutes of jokes, general mayhem and an eclectic range of songs. The crowd loved it and sang along heartily to the encore of “Drunken Sailor”. The evening then finished with a suitably mellow set from the Lightning Seeds, just right for a balmy summer's evening. Ian Broudie, songwriter and producer extraordinaire, mixed solo numbers with songs played with three fellow band members, including son Riley (yes, the name behind “Life of Riley”). The crowd were treated to a range of Lightning Seeds hits and were rewarded with an encore of “Three Lions” – it was a joy to see so many people singing along.
So, all too soon, the day was over and 1,300 happy people went on their way home in the warmth of the evening.
Finally, a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped put the day on, it takes a lot of planning and organising. We got to the end with just enough food and drink! Special thanks to the 125 volunteers who helped on the day and also to all those who bought tickets and made it such a lovely crowd. We have had plenty of very positive feedback, both on the day and afterwards, and we will have raised valuable funds for the village charity, which makes all that effort really worthwhile.
Thanks to Steve Mann for the photos of the day (see the links below) and to Jack Warman for the videos, see our Facebook page for all pictures and postings.
Some Videos From Party In The Park 2013. Keep an eye on our Facebook for more @ www.facebook.com/GalhamptonPITP
Photographs from the day:
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