Picnic in the Park returns in July 2017 and promises again to offer a fantastic day of entertainment for all the family.
This year's band lineup is exceptional as usual. Picnic in the Park offers an eclectic mixture of musical genres ranging from a community choir all the way through to rock and pop covers.
We are excited and privileged to have local singer-songwriter Jordan Herbert opening the show again this year. We were blown away with his performance at Picnic in 2016, so much so we begged him to come back again this year (and he's agreed 🙂 )
This year we have added the Acoustic Hall which will feature breakout sets from artists who performed on the main stage but will also provide an area for other up and coming acts to perform in a more laid back acoustic enviornment...check out the running times on the day for this schedule.
We'll also be having an after show party this year, we'll take over the Acoustic Hall and spin a few tunes and have a few drinks just to round off the evening. This will give the staff from Picnic in the Park chance to let their hair down after a long day! Why not join us, all entry tickets qualify for free entry.
Watch out for a few surprises on the day, last year the kids took over the stage with the mighty Terry the DJ in full effect, a sneaking suspicion is that he might be back in 2017!
JORDAN HERBERT is a singer/songwriter in his early 20s from Kingsthorpe in Northampton. Getting ready for a very busy 2016, Jordan spent most of last year in the recording studio and will be out around the country this year playing both old and new material. Talking of new material his new EP entitled "Roots" is available on ITunes from 28 February. You can watch the video for the title song "Roots" on YouTube. Jordan describes his sound as acoustic pop folk meets indie soft rock with a little funk thrown in. As well as original stuff Jordan also performs covers from the likes of Paolo Nutini, Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys and many more. Have seen this guy perform and he is seriously talented.
HOT NEWS! At time of writing Jordan’s EP Roots has reached number six on the iTunes singer/songwriter album chart. For a short period his four-song EP sat one place behind Jake Bugg’s debut album and two behind Brit Award winner Ed Sheran.
Jordan said: “I woke up the morning after it was released (February 29) and someone text me to say the EP had gone into the top 20. Then later on that day I kept checking, and it kept creeping up before it peaked at number 6, it was crazy.” Jordan says he and his songwriting partner, “Harls”, had done a lot of promotion in Northampton before the record’s release and believes its opening day success was because fans had pre-ordered the EP.
The title song he says is about “trying to remember who you are where you come from and where your roots lie. It’s about not forgetting where you come from”. Jordan, whose inspirations include Paolo Nutini, Ed Sheran and John Mayer, started singing when he was eight and used to attend Chaplins Stage School on St Michael’s Road.
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A taste of Jordan Herbert
Pinkers Spinney are a barn dance and ceilidh (pronounced kaylee) band. Irene is the caller and her expert guidance is all you need to be confident getting up to have a go at barn dancing. The band is made up of fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and bass.
Dancing bridges the generation gap, brings everyone together and turns any event into a really fun social party. The 5 piece band are based in Milton Keynes and Ian, Arun, Johnny and Keith are looking forward to providing Picnic in the Park 2017 with foot tapping music that is perfect to get you dancing. No previous dance experience necessary!
A taste of Pinkers Spinney
Daventry Community Choir
Started in September 2016, if you want to join a choir with a difference, join the Daventry Community Choir.
The choir is led by DSLV School’s own music teacher Rachel Hopkins. Every Thursday evening at the school they take a musical journey from the 1960’s to the present day in their practice sessions. Anyone from Daventry and surrounding area can join, no experience necessary. No audition or sign-up required, just turn up with an open mind and prepare to have the best sing along you will ever have.
In December 2016 the Choir gave a great performance at Daventry’s Christmas lantern parade, singing favourite Christmas songs to great applause.
For details of their upcoming performances, or to contact them if you would like to join, check out their facebook page. You will also find videos of some of their song performances there too.
A taste of Daventry Community Choiry
The Goat Roper Rodeo Band
The Goat Roper Rodeo Band are all about country music with a difference. They do it with just an upright bass, two old guitars and great harmony. The Band sing Country Blues like you have never heard. It’s up, down, soft, loud, and full of love and pain like all great country music. There is a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and twist of Waylon’s blues. They look great, sound great and have a bunch of absolutely brilliant songs.
“With refreshing, startling vocal harmonies and quirky song writing skills, these young’uns can roll out a fab sombre number just as well as an upbeat one, the Goat Roper Rodeo Band possess a uniqueness and quality that promises success, and lovers of this old timey sound are simply going to love this.” (Maverick magazine)
A taste of the Goat Roper Rodeo Band
The Night Howlers
The Night Howlers are a 4 piece Rock ‘n’ Roll covers band from in and around Northampton. They formed at a one off Spinal Tap world tour concert in 2015 and have been raised on a diet of Hard Rock and Pop music. The band creates a classic rock sound with a modern edge which lasts in the memory of its crowds long after hearing them.
The band play tracks from such legends as Led Zeppelin, The Who, Blur and even underground groups like The Beatles and The Stones. The Night Howlers will have you on your feet dancing to the hits of the greats come rain or shine. For more info check out their facebook page ... THE NIGHT HOWLERS
The Night Howlers are - Tom Nightingale, Chris Hardwick, Jon Martin and Wes Manning.
Just Nuisance is an established 5-piece rock covers band based in the Milton Keynes area. If you like contemporary and classic rock music then you will enjoy a date with Just Nuisance. With their own take on the originals they play the music you want to hear from great bands such as The Who, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, Kasabian, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Stereophonics, Foo Fighters and many more. Just Nuisance, just rock!
In March 2017 they celebrated 11 years of hard rocking, with 3 of the original members still on board, including front man Guy Mills. The other 4 guys that make up the band are, vocals; Neil Burrows, guitars and vocals; Phil Mayhew, bass and vocals; Rich Welch, guitars. Drummer Pete Beads, a young MK drummer previously with metal rockers Le Carla, joined the band in 2016..
This band’s track record includes headline appearances at various festivals and events including F1 Silverstone, Pheonixbury, Bloxfest, Homeground to mention a few.
Interesting fact you may not know – Just Nuisance was the first and only dog to be officially enlisted into the Royal Navy during Wold War 2. A Great Dane, Nuisance was a stray who was adopted by sailors based at Simonstown, near Cape Town. He became a trusted friend of the sailors and accompanied them on their trips into the town’s bars enjoying a beer and the company of ladies. He was also known to have had a particular dislike of officers and paid little attention to rules and regulations on the base.
Today Just Nuisance has a statue on the promenade in Simonstown SA and this local rock band from Milton Keynes, is, appropriately you might think, named after him.
A taste of Just Nuisance
The What Evers Party Band
The Whatevers party band made their Picnic in the Park debut at incredibly short notice last year when they stepped in at the last minute to headline the event when the band originally booked could not make it due to ill health. They did such a great job and were so popular with the audience we are delighted that they are back to headline and close the show again this year.
They are a modern female fronted 5 piece band playing modern, classic pop and rock. The band members are Sarah - Vocals, Davroz - Guitar, Gaz - Keys, Steve - Bass, Pete – Drums, and they are home grown in Northamptonshire. The Whatevers perform in a variety of venues and events and are guaranteed to get you singing, jumping and rocking the night away.
The band formed in early 2011 over a few beers when two of the county’s top bands went their own way. It was agreed that their mission would be to bring modern and classic songs missing from the local pub covers scene. Their set would have their own twist on the songs, played with a dynamic and super sharp edge with the style and authority of the original masters themselves. The individual members behind The Whatevers have been active in the UK live music scene for several years and have played with many top acts around the world.
The Whatevers play a totally live show with fantastic and talented musicianship, a powerful, world class female singer, using experience, a friendly approach and professional equipment you are guaranteed a fantastic night. The biggest testimony to this awesome five piece band is that they are constantly in demand. A busy schedule, continual and repeat bookings from impressed venues and landlords proves just this.
A taste of The What Evers Party Band
Band running order*
|Time||Main Stage||Acoustic Hall|
|13:00 - 13:45||DJ||Art & Craft Stalls|
|13:45 - 14:30||Jordan Herbert||"|
|15:00 - 16:00||Pinkers Spinney||"|
|16:00 - 16:30||DJ||"|
|16:30 - 16:45||Daventry Community Choir||"|
|16:45 - 17:00||DJ||"|
|17:00 - 18:00||Goat Roper Rodeo Band||"|
|18:00 - 18:30||DJ||Jordan Herbert|
|18:30 - 19:30||Night Howlers|
|19:30 - 20:00||DJ||Goat Roper Rodeo Band|
|20:00 - 21:00||Just Nuisance|
|21:00 - 21:30||DJ||Presley Johnson|
|21:30 - 22:45||The Whatevers|
|22:45 - 24:00||After show party|
* Timings approximate and subject to change