Parkstone, (Lower Parkstone actually what what what…..) unless you’re local you have never heard of it , but up until 10 years ago nobody had heard of Shoreditch either (unless you were a Londoner of course). With Ashley Cross Park slap bang in the middle surrounded by bars that were once greengrocers, shoe shops, butchers and the like the area has grown and grown for the local fraternity, and with Party in The Park being the annual local meet up only the residents and surrounding areas knew how great the area was…….until this year.
Down in a corner tucked away is the areas original pub, formerly known as The Brittania, now just The Brit and recently taken over by local face Marianne Brown it has become the centre for all undercover black ops to take the area to the next level.
With head Honcho Jane Jones Joined by fellow local done good Paul Potter who has called so many favours in we are half expecting him to turn up with concrete boots on at some point Party In The Park, and the area in general has gone from strength to strength with Finlay Quaye and Bez and Rowetta from The Happy Mondays already paying a visit, and House Legend MARSHALL JEFFERSON finding his way on Saturday August the 9th.
But now comes the big one…. Party in the park V.2, August Bank Holiday Saturday and Sunday featuring none other than International Soul Scene setters Norman Jay & Jazzie B headlining both Saturday and Sunday…and The Brit hosting the local after parties on the Saturday and Sunday nights…. these promise to be intimate sweaty and legendary affairs. supported by a local cast of Bob Povey (Bump ‘n’ Hustle), Gary Ellis (our bloke from Hold tight), Mark Johnson (Northern Monkey) Martyn T Hat (The man who helped start Party In The Park in the first place), Bob Baker and Paul Moss (The Manor) and lastly Mark Rush Palmer of The the legendary Country Club parties
The Party itself is looking to turn out like a mini SW4 in the sun (fingers crossed) and tickets are flying out for both….. If you want to head somewhere different this Bank Holiday head west, near Bournemouth….the cabbies will know where it is, just say “get us too Parkstone Mush!”
Random Acts presents Marshall Jefferson
The Norman Jay After party
The Jazzie B afterparty