MUSIC in the Park at Penarth’s Belle Vue Park takes place this year on Sunday, July 7.

This is the twelfth year for the event which is one of the most popular family festivals of the Penarth calendar.

This year, there will be a charge of £5 for anyone over the age of 16. Children will be free but do require a ticket.

Tickets are limited so purchase your tickets now at or via Ticketsource.

This is the first time the event has charged the public to attend which has attracted a packed crowd for many years now.

Karen Martin is Chair of Friends of Belle Vue, the local community volunteer group that organises the park.

She said: “As the event has grown, so the cost of hosting the event - which is extremely popular with Penarth residents and friends – has expanded beyond what our fundraising and local sponsorships can cover.

"Even with everyone donating their time for free, costs include the rental of toilets, stage, sound, security, insurance, health and safety requirements, and more. It’s a wonderful afternoon of live music in a lovely setting and we think that’s well worth the £5 ticket price.

"We hope everyone will support this move to ensure the festival can continue into the future.”

The bands and singers this year are an excellent, varied line-up of music styles and all are local talent. They include:

• Little Rock – a musical duo playing folk, rock, country and pop

• The Cheatin’ Hearts – a country band playing songs from the likes of Lindisfarne, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle and more

• Karmen Field – a psychedelic rock band playing funk, blues, 70’s rock and metal influences

• Maddy Carver – Penarth-based singer songwriter performing original and cover songs from a range of styles and genres

• Knitwear Junkees – a groove-driven originals band playing jazz, funk soul and groove

• The Snorklers – a popular Music in the Park band playing hits from the Cure, Billy Idol and more

• The Woods – another old favourite, playing classics from The Beatles and Rolling Stones, to the latest rock and pop favourites

• Grooveline – who will end the festival with classic songs from Heatwave, Earth Wind and Fire, Kool & The Gang, O’Jays, and Sam & Dave.

Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own food and drink. There will be no hot food stalls in the park this year although soft drinks, tea, coffee and snacks will be served in the park pavilion and ice-creams and slushies will be on sale.

More information about the event is available on the Friends of Belle Vue Park Facebook Page -