Picnic in the Park returns in July 2018 and promises again to offer a fantastic day of entertainment for all the family. This year's entertainment line up is exceptional as usual. Picnic in the Park offers an eclectic mixture of musical genres ranging from Bollywood bhangra all the way through to Ska and Rock.
We are excited and privileged to have the fabulous Cousin Avi headlining this year, rounding off the day in style. The Two Tones Ska band will be creating mayhem on the main stage and we have the great Mark Wright and Friends rocking up early evening.
Local singer-songwriter Joe Miles is bringing his full band to Picnic this year, we were blown away by his performance in 2015, so much so we begged him to come back again this year. Returning again will be the Daventry Community Choir who raised the stage roof last year with 50 strong on stage, plus we are delighted to have Syncopated Jazz back opening the show.
Brooke Layla has been busy appearing everywhere since last year's Picnic. This coincided with her getting to the semi-finals of the Voice Kids and we are so pleased she is returning. The kids can't wait to see her again. This year we have something different from 4 all 2 Envy Bollywood dance troop bringing a colourful Indian extravaganza to the heart of Northamptonshire and the Highamettes will truly harmonize the afternoon.
Watch out for a few surprises on the day. Last year the kids took over the stage with the mighty DJ Terry (in da house) and we have a sneaking suspicion that he might be back in 2018 leading the kids again like a modern day Pied Piper ...
We have added the Acoustic Lounge 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 environment. At the end of the day we have an after show party where we can all have a drink and wind down after a frenetic fun filled day 🙂
The Blackstar Stage Schedule
|13:00 - 13:30||DJ|
|13:30 - 14:15||Syncopated Jazz|
|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
|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|
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 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.
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 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 - The Voice Kids UK Semi finalist -Here’s my new cover by Dua Lipa - IDGAF I’d love to know what you think! I can’t wait to perform at Harry Styles world tour😊💕🎶Please like comment and share. Thank you for your support 😊 #harrystylesworldtour #dualipa #thevoicekidsuk #legacyrecordsGepostet von Brooke Layla am Freitag, 9. März 2018
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