Royal Wedding ~ Picnic in the Park at Royal Victoria Park, Bath

Wills & Kate on big screen in Bath

Wills & Kate on big screen in Bath

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Royal Victoria Park in Bath for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Well-wishers  arrived as early as 8am to claim prime spots in the famous park, and by the time the giant screens were turned on to show the live coverage of the ceremony at 10am, many thousands of Royal wedding fans had congregated on the lawns in front of the stage.

The expectant crowd in Royal Victoria Park, Bath

The expectant crowd in Royal Victoria Park, Bath

Party-goers were expected to descend on the park in their thousands with the event organisers, Bath Music Plus and
Bath & North East Somerset Council, estimating in excess of 20,000 revellers attending through-out the day.

BBC Radio Bristol presenter Andy Howard interviewed one group in attendance who had brought along three generations of family – grandmother, son and daughter-in-law and grand daughters.

I caught up with Andy to talk about the local bands performing on stage in the afternoon.

My short piece is at 2 minutes into the news segment.

BBC Radio Bristol's Andy Howard with Tony Moore and event organiser Phil Castang

BBC Radio Bristol's Andy Howard with Tony Moore and event organiser Phil Castang

Leading on from the wedding ceremony were the renowned orchestra, Bath Philharmonia, or Bath Phil for short. Compering the entire event was songwriter Tony Moore, who played a rousing rendition of Cutting Crew’s ‘(I Just) Died In Your Arm Tonight‘.

The local talent began with City of Bath College’s Sam and Lily X who performed two heartfelt songs. Following the girls onstage was Tallis Morris, who won Bath busker of the year 2010 and her set included a cover of the Mumford and Sons song, “Little Lion Man’.

Last up from the college were Bite the Buffalo, all the way from Zambia, who finished on an adrenaline high with their fusion of White Stripes and Rage Against The Machine inspired heavy blues rock!

Bath's Bite The Buffalo

Bath's Bite The Buffalo

Bite the Buffalo’s set included the bands self-penned tracks:

  1. Scarlet Woman
  2. Under (My Spell)
  3. All You Want

You can watch the college bands performances recorded live from the stage by CofBC lectures Clive Stocker and Max Weedon. Link –>

Next up were London based party outfit The Heartbreakers, all students (past and present) were from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) in London.

After the Womad children’s procession around the park came the final three acts of the day; Rainy and the Dust, Will and the People and the nights show stopping headliners, and big draw for the now 10,000+ strong crowd, the Bootleg Beatles.

Check out the Bootlegs rendition of ‘Penny Lane’, so perfect!

Bath Music Plus

Bath Music Plus

The Picnic in the park event was a huge success and a big thank you goes out to all the performers, backstage team, sound/stage crew and management for such a great day!

The event was organised by Bath Music PlusB&NES Council, Richmond Events Management. Stage and sound was supplied by the South West Group.

About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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