Review: Status Quo rock Holkham

PUBLISHED: 11:53 25 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:25 28 August 2014

Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi of Status Quo performing at Holkham.

Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi of Status Quo performing at Holkham.


After an hour - long slow moving traffic jam - which we learned later stretched right back to Fakenham - it was a relief to get settled on a balmy summers evening at Holkham Hall along with an estimated 8 thousand expectant fans.

Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi of Status Quo performing at Holkham. Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi of Status Quo performing at Holkham.

Norwich based rock band Walkway did a sterling job as support and warmed up the very happy and relaxed crowd.

The moment the initial fanfare blasted from the huge wall of Marshall amps the entire crowd rose up almost as one and Status Quo launched into Caroline followed by Paper Plane and seamlessly hit after hit. It was a pleasure to witness the sheer fun and enjoyment that Messr’s Rossi and Parfit were having as the night progressed -lots of silly dance steps ,daft quips and patter too. Francis Rossi did a great job with the chat to the enthusiastic crowd and had us in the palm of his hand almost from the first moment of his intro with references to the cold temperature.

At one point when he was struggling with his capo he made comments in a delightfully off-hand way about keeping the cameras ready in case he was ‘going down’ too, as he (Rick Parfitt) ‘had just come back from being repaired’.

That simple reference to Ricks recent heart scare - which lead to several gig cancellations over, the show rolled on and on with hit after awesome hit with the crowd clapping, singing and, at Francis’s invitation becoming his backing singers.

Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi of Status Quo performing at Holkham. Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi of Status Quo performing at Holkham.

At various points jelly babies and inflatable guitars were thrown onto the stage much to the bands delight.

What You’re Proposin’, Down the Dustpipe, Wild Side of Life came and went sounding fantastic from a great sound system.

A particular hit with the rapturous capacity crowd were In the Army Now and after an amazing drum solo, Roll Over Lay Down. If it could get any better we then had Whatever You Want and the finale Rockin’ All Over The World.

The encore was a version of The Beatles If you Wanna Dance With Me with Rick in great form on lead vocals.

My lasting memory of a wonderful night was the image of a grey- haired bespectacled flat -capped fellow in a body warmer rocking and bouncing to almost every number the whole night long.

A totally awesome night with one of the most popular and experienced live bands around -and it showed.

David Horton-Fawkes, Estates Director at Holkham said: “We were delighted to welcome the national treasures of rock to the jewel in the crown of Norfolk’s visitor attractions. It was wonderful to see Status Quo rocking around Holkham Park. A fantastic night was enjoyed by everyone.”


  • Only the Police can direct external traffic on the public highway, where the gridlock occured.Next year there will be two entrances opened for get in, and out, and gates will open an hour earlier. Quo were very popular, and unlike Jools Holland last year, everyone seemed to arrive at the same time on Saturday.

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    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • As all point out, the gig was great, the organisation terrible. We were early and endured an hour's queue to get in. Leaving not quite as bad, but lighting inadequate and why no stewards to get the cars exiting in an orderly fashion? First and last time at Holkham I'm afraid, they need to learn from other events in the local area.

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    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Trev, you have answered your own question by saying you walked in, watched the band and drove home. Quo were great ... Nobody is complaining about them. It's the traffic and complete congestion leaving the estate which was the problem.

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    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • What a load of wingers quo are a great band and if you have to put up with a bit of inconvenience live with it ,I saw them at Caen in Normandy ,drove up parked car walked in watched the band and drove home .

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    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Been a huge fan since my Grammar School days and Status Quo are just simply the best!

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    Annie Claussen-Reynolds

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • I agree with Jeffrey ... Great night but such a shame about the shambles trying to leave. I think people should complain to Holkham because they need to get this right in future. There were absolutely no staff directing traffic up at the top and it was just gridlocked.

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    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Awesome gig, your report was spot on! So glad we decided to book a room at Wells on Saturday night,& we arrived at sat lunch time, missing the traffic was worth the nights rent i think

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    paul ebbage

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Gig - great. Traffic and organisation - terrible.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Is queing from Holkham to Fakenham acceptable for those who attended? I dont think so, its about time the Holkham estate got such events better organised.

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    Sunday, August 24, 2014

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