Rob Jones

Ocean Colour Scene, The Bluetones, Goldie Lookin’ Chain, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, The Pitchforks, Al Moses and Young Garbo made for an impressive bill of established and upcoming talent.

The above crew united for the first Ponty in the Park extravaganza in five years – and the combined forces led to a day of sonic celebration at the feted Ynysyngharad setting.

Mixed weather veered in favour of the wet and woeful. However, spirits were not dampened among the positive punters who came out in their droves to have a good time.

The masses revelled in a range of rock revelry with indie ambassadors – The Bluetones and Ocean Colour Scene leading the charge with their nocturnal nuances.

Valley folk like a good knees up and the evening entertainment had the headliners delivering sing along songs that are the staple diet of their fan base.

The Bluetones were the first headliners at the once great Pop Factory just up the road in Porth so their return to the area was well received especially with the appearance of tunes such as Slight Return, Marblehead Johnson and Bluetonic.

Ocean Colour Scene’s second album Moseley Shoals put them on a ’90s pop pedestal so to have the highlights of this recording coated with other career aces was just what their paying public craved.

Their anthemic artillery threw off the shackles of the climate and brought joy to their army of disciples.

Pontypridd has welcomed many great acts to the park through the previous hits of festivals such as The Full Ponty. Let’s hope that such musical manna from aural heaven comes to town every year from here onwards.