The biggest Party in the Park ever (so far), congratulations Rising Tide for winning Oke Battle of the Bands 2016
Bright sunshine bathed the start of the biggest ever Okehampton Party in the Park. The 2016 event, with it’s 2 stages and earlier 2pm start time featured 11 music acts and 3 community groups along with trade stalls, bouncy castle and amusements.
Introduced by West country comedian Cerys Nelmes, we kicked off with some local community groups: The Get Changed Theatre with their James Bond inspired show, The Footsteps School of Dance with their high energy dance set and The Turning Tides Project warming up the audience.
Over to the “Lemmy” stage, introduced by Bude Bay radio DJ Steve Lay, the multi genre BB Blackdog. Although sans rest of band and just an acoustic guitar we were treated to some of their Rock, Psychedelic, Steampunk, Funk, Blues!
Okehampton’s own neo-Victorian Dancehall Steampunk band, The Copperfield Ensemble took to the main stage featuring our very own Rev on the drums and shovel!
Fresh from their set at Chagstock 2016, last year’s runner up, Black Static blasted the crowd with their high energy live Drum & Bass.
On to the first of our 2016 BotB finalists. Singer-songwriter and Heat 1 winner, EJK belted out her emotional tunes on the main stage.
First of the “Wild Card” acts, Raining Globe, took to the second stage. An entrancing set from these guys with their electro spiked, indie sound.
Back to the main stage for Heat 2 winner Rising Tide. Big, anthemic, foot stomping classic rock songs impressed the judges and they claimed the top spot of this year’s Battle of the Bands.
Quorum, second of our “Wild Cards”. Hailing from Okehampton these 4 young chaps treated us to their punk ‘n’ rock with attitude.
Heat 3 winner, Six Sins till Sunday turned things up way past 11! Heavy, yet melodic. And turns out singer Chris was in a band that played the first ever Party in the Park back in 2005.
With the Battle of the Bands finalists done, we needed some time for the judges to judge! Back in December the world of music lost a much loved icon in Motorhead front man Lemmy. So for our tribute to the great man we named the second stage in his honor and also headlining this stage we had MotorKill a tribute to Motorhead.
On to the prize giving. Congratulations to Rising Tide who take the top spot and win themselves a spot at Chagstock 2017, £100 in cash courtesy of Teresa Edwards and a HD Band session promo recording courtesy of Danny Blackaller.
Six Sins till Sunday were awarded second place and with that comes a tour package courtesy of First Step Management UK.
Runner up prizes go to Raining Globe with a slot on Ilfracombe Rocks and a photo shoot package courtesy of Virtual Image Photography. EJK was presented with a £100 voucher for Project Music. Quorum receive a video recording session with Wet Ink Video Production.
Last year Pseudomorph took the spoils so it seemed fitting to have them back to show us why they were picked as winner of the 2015 Okehampton Battle of the Bands.
And finally to finish off an epic night of music in the park our headliner Hi-on Maiden took the stage. Blasting out hit after hit from Iron Maiden’s back catalogue performed to perfection.
Anyone think Eddie looked familiar!
A big, big thank you has to go out to all the BotB crew on the night: Jay, Ben, Teresa, Lee, Jamie, Phil, Lauren who all ran around doing multiple jobs all far beyond the call of duty. The two sound crews, Rock PA Hire and Stage Sound, who worked tirelessly all day to give us the awesome sound. Lenny for amazing lights, he literally rigged and operated the lights on both stages single handedly and went far beyond the call of duty the following day helping clean up and set up.
More thanks to everyone who helped steward and collect money.
Thanks also to the two stage suppliers Stage Rent Mobile Staging (The Maiden stage) and Southwest Mobile Stage Hire (The Lemmy Stage) both of which were a pleasure to work with.
The Virtual Image Photography team, Ellsie Hutt Photography and the Wet Ink Video Productions team for getting some great photos and footage.
TJ Bertram Electrical for the emergency electrical work.
We’d also like to thank all the sponsors and supporters: The Plymouth Inn, Okehampton Glass, Howdens Joinery, Steven’s Estate Agents, Okehampton Town Council, United Charities, Okehampton Hamlets, The Musicians Union, Okehampton Lions, Councillor Ball, Councillor McInnis and Mike Harding Lighting.
And to all the business who donated prizes: Chagstock, Virtual Image Photography, Ilfracombe Rocks, First Step Management UK, Wet Ink Video Productions, Project Music, Danny Blackaller and Teresa Edwards.
Plus, all of you that came and partied with us and supported the event and put money in the bucket. Thank You.