Picnic in the Park August 2016

Picnic Playlists

Taking place each Sunday throughout August, this free programme supported using public funding by Arts Council England invites local people and visitors to get together, relax and enjoy a range of quality live music performances from local talent to internationally acclaimed jazz artists.

In 2016, the programme featured a diverse range of acts, from local acoustic acts to an internationally renowned jazz / blues act, as well as through links with Jazz North – a contemporary jazz quartet and calypso fusion band, all being extremely well-received by audiences.


Talent Spot

First up was a line-up of outstanding young vocalists that had performed in the heats of Grimsby and Scunthorpe Telegraph’s Lincolnshire’s Got Talent.

Culture House Director Charlotte Bowen had enjoyed time as a judge for the competition and was so impressed with some of the entrants, they were then invited to perform at the opening Picnic event.

Charlotte said:

“As a champion of creative talent, including local talent, we decided to give a platform to some of the Lincolnshire’s Got Talent entrants to support them and shine a spotlight on them, also knowing that audiences would really enjoy what they had to offer.”

Thirteen-year-old Billy Beech sang in the bandstand along with nine-year-old McKenzie Lewis and sixteen year-old India Button. They were joined by singer-songwriter Keaton Fussey, all from the competition.

Following their sets, local singer-songwriter Louise Connor performed a mellow acoustic set, with popular Grimsby band Just Mammals headlining with their original up-beat tunes.

Louise Connor

Just Mammals


Firebird Quartet

Northern-based contemporary jazz band, Firebird Quartet spotted by The Culture House at Manchester Jazz Festival, performed energetic and driving grooves as well as music from contemporary jazz greats.

Firebird Quartet


Tomorrow’s Warriors

Internationally acclaimed bassist and one of the UK’s most important band-leaders Gary Crosby brought his phenomenal young band of Tomorrow’s Warriors to Grimsby for the third event.

The band consists of rising stars Mobo award-winner Binker Golding (tenor sax), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), and rhythm master Eddie Hick on drums, with Crosby on double-bass.

In this specially-devised set, this outstanding band revisited the path to freedom of the US Civil Rights Movement with soulful jazz arrangements of songs from 18th Century slavery through to some of the popular songs of 20th Century Black America.

Presented in collaboration with Communities Together.

Tomorrow’s Warriors


Pan Jumby

Seeing out the summer in style, Pan Jumby, a band consisting of leading northern musicians offered an upbeat and unique blend of modern calypso, Caribbean rhythms, rhumba and cha cha, all channelled through high energy jazz.

Pan Jumby