Picnic in the Park 2018. Wow! What a day that was!

2018 turned out to be our biggest and best day yet. Our 5th event this year really was a bumper one, more sunshine, more people, more music and more kids’ activities than ever before.

And you certainly all enjoyed it. So many wonderful highlights of the day it is hard to pick just a few but I will. My eyes popped when I first saw the Mad Hatter stilt-walker meeting and greeting children – it can’t be easy on grass. The Bhangra dancers, 4 All 2 Envy, were a wonderful sight to behold with their amazingly colourful, exotic and sparkly costumes and the sound of the beat of their modern Indian music. They certainly got the party started. After their performance they joined a huge crowd on the grass and showed us all how to dance Bhangra style. I gave it my best shot, crying and laughing at the same time with the sheer joy of moving to their great music.

The music started with Syncopated Jazz getting us all in the mood. Daventry Choir got us singing along to a variety of songs that we all know and before we knew it it was time to look to the sky for the Spitfire flypast. Before you could see it you heard the distinctive sound of the engine and then, really quite low, this classic RAF plane flew over to cheers and waves from the crowds below. People jumped to their feet with excitement as it flew over us again, looped around and this time flew over dipping its wings from side to side in an emotional farewell. Well the crowd was certainly emotional and exhilarated at the honour the RAF bestowed on Picnic in their 100th year. A “proud to be British” moment!

As the day continued to unfold it was great to see so many children enjoying all the crafts and activities that we put on for them to enjoy this year. Go-carts, stone painting, slime making, cone painting, princess story time, football, circus skills, play equipment, sand pit, bouncy castles, Brooke Layla and Terry in da House disco. Children were really busy all day and having the time of their lives.
The warm balmy evening crept upon us with more great music, The Highamettes, Joe Miles, Mark Wright and friends, The Two Tones and Cousin Avi, all doing a great job on the main stage. While they were giving us great sounds on the main stage some more great sounds were happening inside the hall.

The afternoon craft fair packed away and the hall was transformed into an acoustic lounge, a great chill out space with comfy furniture and sounds from singers and bands in a more intimate setting. I caught two of the acts, Woolford Scott, what a great powerful voice, loved his humorous song Julie Andrews and his outstanding and emotional version of Hallelujah brought tears to my eyes – and the final act Kings Gambit. They finished the event in great party style with everyone up dancing and jigging to their upbeat happy tunes that had a hint of Irish about them to me.

What I enjoyed most about the day was seeing people of all ages from tots to over 80s relaxing and enjoying the music, and everything else that the event offered in this wonderful setting. Thank you all for your support and thank you too to all the volunteers that helped on the day. Special thanks go to the CREW who masterminded it all. Well done everyone.

The great news is we are doing it all again so put SATURDAY 13 JULY 2019 in your diary now. We will see you then!

These are the bands who played at Picnic in the Park 2018

The Blackstar Stage Schedule PITP 2018

Time Description
13:00 - 13:30 DJ
13:30 - 14:15 Syncopated Jazz
14:15 -14:30 DJ
14:30 - 15:15 4 All 2 Envy - Bhangra Dance Extravaganza
15:15 - 15:20 DJ
15:20 - 15:40 Brooke Layla
15:40 - 15:55 DJ
15:55 - 16:15 Daventry Community Choir
16:15 - 16:25 DJ
16:25 - 16:40 The Highamettes
16:40 - 17:00 DJ
17:00 - 17:45 Joe Miles
17:45 - 18:15 DJ
18:15 - 19:15 'Mark Wright & Friends
19:15 - 19:25 DJ
19:25 - 19:40 DJ Terry 'in da house
19:40 - 20:00 DJ
20:00 - 21:00 The Two Tones
21:00 - 21:30 DJ
21:30 - 22:45 Cousin Avi

Acoustic Lounge Schedule PITP 2018

Time Description
13:00 - 17:00 Craft Stalls
18:00 - 18:15 Luke Crossley
18:30 - 19:15 Syncopated Jazz
19:15 - 20:00 Mojo Mules
20:00 - 20:40 Tom Clayton
20:45 - 21:25 Hippolyta's Moon
21:30 - 22:10 Woolford Scott
22:15 - 22:45 Acoustic Outro
22:45 - 23:45 After show party - Kings Gambit
* Timings approximate and subject to change

Cousin Avi

Cousin Avi are as far from ‘vanilla’ as you can get. With multiple self-released records under their belts plus eight years of independent touring across the UK, Europe and South America behind them, (including Brixton, Cafe De Paris, Jazz Cafe & Brownstock, sharing the bill with acts such as, Amy Winehouse, Basement Jaxx, Example & Katy B), the Avi train doesn’t look as though it’ll be resting anytime soon.

2017 saw the release of Cousin Avi's first record in 2 years, 'Take It Away', in which the band raised all of the production funds purely by crowd funding, using Pledge Music - eventually hitting 148% of their target before a sell out home town release show. A week of BBC airplay across the UK on BBC Georgey Tonight as ‘introducing artist of the week' followed, along with festival performances, including sharing the bill with Jools Holland.

They are currently in the studio, writing and recording their debut album.

The Two Tones

The2Tones are a busy 7 to 8 piece band and have been stomping around Northamptonshire and neighbouring counties since 2007. We cover many favourites by The Specials, Madness, The Beat, Toots & The Maytals, Bad Manners, Desmond Dekker, Laurel Aitken, Gregory Isaacs, The Slickers, The Toasters, and others.

Our styles blend UK and Jamaican Ska, 2Tone, Reggae, Stax soul and Mod Revival - all performed fully live and in our own "zany" way!

Get along to a gig and get your feet ready to stomp because we guarantee you won't be able to stop yourself - START STOMPING!

Joe Miles

Joe Miles is a 20 year old, 3rd generation singer/songwriter from Northampton, UK. Being the youngest grandson of British Jazz legend, Terry Lightfoot, he has spent his childhood ‘growing up’ in the wings of theatres & music festivals.

Having combined his unusual musical upbringing with his main influences, including Jamie Cullum & John Mayer, Joe has self released 5 EPs, all containing co-writes with Grammy Winning & Brit Award nominated singer/songwriter, Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud).

In early 2015, Joe hooked up with his brother, Ollie (Producer & Drummer), to produce his ‘Home Sound’ EP, resulting in 4 consecutive weeks of BBC Introducing airplay and a chart position of #16 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts. They have since continued to work very closely and are currently writing and recording new material including collaborations with Tim Kellett (ex. Simply Red).

Joe regularly gigs across the UK & Europe with his acoustic & full band line ups, and has recently completed a 19-night UK & Ireland tour, supporting Shane Filan (Westlife) with venues including The London Palladium, Olympia Theatre Dublin, Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Liverpool Philharmonic.

Never done one of these before... here I am, playing everything on my cover of Charlie Puth's 'Attention'! Please give it a share if you like it! 😊

Gepostet von Joe Miles am Freitag, 8. Dezember 2017

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.

Brooke Layla

Brooke Layla has always been musically gifted. From a young age, she was singing and performing. Throughout the course of her musical career, Brooke Layla has won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a variety of venues, making lots of public appearances, all the while recording new music.

Brooke is now working with Legacy Records and Piper Music and continues to grow in the industry. She writes her own material and likes to see herself as an R&B/Soul artist.

Brooke Layla

Brooke Layla - The Voice Kids UK Semi finalist -Here’s my new cover by Dua Lipa - IDGAF I’d love to know what you think! I’ll be performing at Sundown this September on the VIP stage 🎶Please like comment and share. Thank you for your support 😊 #sundown #festival #newartist

Gepostet von Brooke Layla am Freitag, 9. März 2018

4 all 2 Envy

4all2Envy Entertainment Ltd is an international entertainment, dance and services company. Boasting a huge array of entertainment dancers, various styles, workshops and inventive concepts to create the best possible Bollywood entertainment.

Good entertainment can bring your event to life and create a memorable function for all of your guests. Enhancing live entertainment and dance, raising excitement, emotion and fun at your event.

4all2Envy was founded in 2015 by the creative director Selina Mughal who has a dedicated team, supplying professional entertainment solutions internationally.

Would your band like to play at Picnic in the Park?

Musicians or band interested in performing at the Picnic, please contact bands@picnicinthepark.org.uk