It may strictly speaking be out of our area but the 2011 Rhythm Festival in Bedfordshire will be of interest to anyone who likes the idea of a civilized occasion with decent music and without feeling ripped off by everyone from promoters to burger flippers.
Taking place from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August, 2011 at the Mansion House, Old Warden Park, near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9DX (just off the A1), Rhythm is described by promoter Jim Driver as “a family festival for people who like festivals but who don’t like rip-off burgers, terrible food and indifferent booze.”
The Friday line-up has been finalised and is headed by punk legends the Buzzcocks in addition to Brit-Rock three-piece Dodgy, and one of the last surviving Chicago Blues legends, Eddie C Campbell, making his only UK appearance of the summer.
Other acts recently added to the line-up include mad-cap festival favourites, Macavities Cat (Sunday), the twisted Turkish-folk-rock of Dogan Mehmet & the Deerhunters (Sunday), highly-touted Derry singer/songwriter Rainy Boy Sleep (Sunday), and blues diva Debbi Giles with her full Midnight Train band (Saturday).
They join the previously announced acts, including Toots & The Maytals, Imelda May, Nick Lowe, Jack Bruce, Steve Cropper & The Animals, Terry Reid, The Blockheads, Oysterband, Burns Unit, Mud Morganfield, Sandi Thom, 9 Below Zero and Curved Air.
More acts are set to be announced for the four music stages, including the complete comedy line-up.
Weekend tickets: £99 (£110 after July 1st) for an adult (17 years and older), with the option of a free child/youth ticket (aged 5-16) when bought at the same time. Under 5s are free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult – no ticket required. Camping is extra and is charged per tent, not per person.
Camping tickets start at £30 per tent and £45 per campervan/ caravan.
Day tickets are now on sale priced at £45 (Friday) and £49 (Saturday and Sunday, each day) for an adult (17 years and older), with the option of a free child/youth ticket (aged 5-16) when bought at the same time. Under 5s are free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult – no ticket required.
Tickets and information from: www.rhythmfestival.com
(No booking fee: £1 per order handling charge.