Entry was free and the proceeds went in aid of Breast Cancer.
Thanks to all the bands who took part in the North Walsham 'Gig in the Park'. The day was dogged by showers and finally the event had to be shut down an hour or so earlier than planned when the rain became heavy and persistent.
Seven bands managed to perform their sets on the ample stage made from a trailer kindly loaned from Starlings of North Walsham. Saturn Entertainments provided their professional services and sound system which all contributed to North Walsham's most ambitious contemporary musical event ever! The result was 7 hours of entertainment featuring 7 of the areas best known bands and 2 DJs.
Proceedings were kicked off by the eccentric 7 piece band The Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo with their fast-paced roots music. There is nothing else like this on the local scene featuring unusual and home made instruments with 5 singers performing everything from folk to Motorhead at 100mph!
The Booze Brother's followed with their locally famous and highly entertaining tribute to The Blues Brothers despite heavy rain through most of their set. This band never stop smiling and demanded the audiences attention keeping the vast majority glued to the stage despite the severe weather.
Air Star came next, and so did the sun, with a whole bunch of superb covers of songs from the darker side of pop and rock music from the last 2 decades. This band sport a much more image based rock and have a very U2 ambience and a keyboard adding to the floaty gothic'esq sound.
Saint and Cynical proved they were 100% showmen and that nothing was outside their musical repertoire including a stomping Chas 'n' Dave number complete with beards and flat caps! Although this act is only a duo they captivated the audience and lapped up the attention making full use of the stage with professional confidence.
The next band was billed as Adam's creation who had unfortunately split only days before the gig, they were replaced by a brand new band, The Kung Foo Hamsters who featured musicians from other bands in the area for their debut performance, although playing a stomping set of classic rock numbers they really shone when singer, Jeff Gallant, took on a couple of more country flavoured numbers which he sang immaculately.
The Scapegoats recently underwent a name change, to The Restless Spirits, and line-up change but still appeared even though their drummer dropped out at the last minute. The local answer to Motorhead blasted through a set list of rock 'n' roll and punk influenced material, much of it original songs, that left the audience stunned, despite the bassist, Mark, blowing up his bass amp and playing with only 3 strings after breaking one on the first number.
Guitar virtuoso, Ron Sayer, appeared with his band which includes Insomnia frontman Will Overton on bass, for a great fun blast through well know blues and rock classics culminating with an immaculate cover of The Darkness through heavy rain to the hardcore fans before the stage front was covered over after only 5 songs for the safety of the band and the expensive equipment.
Mentions have to go to the three remaining bands, The Casemakers, Bottom Draw and Monkey Spanner, all who gave up their afternoons in support of the event and unfortunately never got to play. All three bands well loved on the local scene. Sorry chaps.
All 10 bands and the DJs performed totally free of charge so the event could open and free for everyone.
Also thanks go to all the bands (and there was quite a few) who offered to play the event, also free of charge, but who we unfortunately couldn't accommodate because of the time restraints.
The event was very well supported throughout the day with fans of all types of music enjoying the variety of styles on offer. The whole day was provided for in every aspect with a bar and various food outlets and many volunteers making sure the park was kept tidy and safe.
Finally, thanks to all who turned up. The atmosphere was friendly and trouble free with a real community spirit. Hope to do it again next year!
Author: Wayne. My rating: