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By Alan Davies
Saturday, May 18, 2013
A SERIES of gigs have been arranged for the weekend Rhythms of the World would have been held in Hertfordshire this summer.
Although the full Hitchin festival has been cancelled for 2013, some of the best acts associated with the world music event will be performing over the weekend of July 12-14 as part of the Rhythms of the World Outreach and Rhythms Presents programmes.
Three venues – Club 85, The Victoria pub and St Mary’s Church – will host shows over the July weekend, replicating stages normally seen at the main event.
A concert is planned for St Mary’s Church, while there will be a fun day in the town on the Sunday, with a small stage featuring young musical talent, as well as a carousel, bouncy castle, face painting and other family-friendly activities.
See below for the full line-up of concerts.
Plans are under way to run a full festival on a new, as yet unnamed, site in the summer of 2014.
Chair of the Rhythms of the World trustees, Amy Hopkins, said: “We’re working with some of our favourite musicians and local Hitchin venues to put on a superb summer weekend of music.
“It won’t be anything like a full festival, of course, but we’re keeping the spirit of Rhythms going in 2013 and it should be a great weekend.”
Organisers decided in February to cancel the planned 2013 Rhythms of the World festival.
The world music extravaganza has been held at Hitchin Priory for the past five years, but the 2012 event suffered very wet weather and the venue’s owners asked Rhythms organisers to find another site.
RotW officials said negotiations for a 2014 festival arena are still in progress.
The full weekend programme of events is:
Friday, July 12
Don Letts and Blunt Beats at Club 85, from 7.45pm.
Saturday, July 13
* Two concerts at Club 85 bringing a flavour of the Rhythms’ ‘BBC Introducing’ stage.
The afternoon gig is a free, all ages show, showcasing the best young, up-and-coming local bands from 2pm to 5pm and is supported by Herts Music Service.
The evening gig, at 7.45pm, will include the Hitchin debut of Fort Hope, who have risen from the ashes of My Passion, with support from the best of the local music scene.
* Folk and world music concert at St Mary’s Church at 7.45pm.
* Sir Walter J Wallis (aka Wally) in the Barn at The Victoria from 7.30pm.
Sunday, July 14
* Free, all ages gig at Club 85 in the afternoon – from 1pm to 5pm – featuring adult acoustic acts to give a flavour of the Rhythms of the World ‘Icehouse Stage’.
This is followed by a flavour of the ‘Arcadeclectic Stage’ featuring Scum of Toytown, Blyth Power and The Astronauts from 7pm.
* St Mary’s presents an afternoon concert featuring music from Faiths of the World,
performers include the Covenant Praise Choir and Sukhi Rayat’s Tabla pupils. From 2pm to 6pm.
* Family Fun Day, from 11am to 4pm, in Hitchin Market Square featuring local artistic talent, free carousel, bouncy castle, face painting and a range of other family-friendly activities. This event is supported by North Herts District Council, North Herts Homes and a bequest from the late Faith Russell (nee Hubert), a former Rhythms of the World trustee.
* Lazy Summer Sunday, with chill-out DJs playing outside at The Victoria pub on Ickleford Road, from 2pm to 7pm.
* To find out more about the line-up of events, including ticket details, visit www.rotw.org.uk