RHYTHM FESTIVAL 2011: LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENTS

RHYTHM FESTIVAL 2011:

Jack Bruce, Terry Reid and Mud Morganfield Confirmed

plus Curved Air, Oli Brown Band, Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs and Miranda Versus The Crok

Rhythm Festival 2011 has added seminal Cream bassist, vocalist and songwriter JACK BRUCE to its Saturday line-up. Cult singer TERRY REID joins acts already announced (including Toots & The Maytals and Steve Cropper & The Animals) on Sunday; whilst US Blues legend MUD MORGANFIELD (son and musical heir of the legendary Muddy Waters) will appear with his Dirty Aces on Friday.

Other acts confirmed today include psychedelic rockers Curved Air (Saturday) and firm festival favourites Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs (Sunday). Fast-rising young blues star Oli Brown and hotly-tipped Leeds acoustic-indie act Miranda Versus The Crok are also booked to appear over the weekend (days tbc).

Dozens more acts are set to be announced for the four music stages, including several further headliners and the entire comedy line-up.

STAGE TRIBUTES

To celebrate the change of site and dates, the Rhythm Festival stages will be named after prominent local figures, including Biggleswade’s own Charles Penrose (of “Laughing Policeman” fame) and Dan Albone (inventor of the modern tractor); as well as Bedford-bornJohn Le Mesurier, star of countless  films but best known for the part of Sergeant Wilson in “Dad’s Army”. The local community will be asked to nominate other local worthies to have the remaining stages named in their honour. Further details to follow.

Friday 18th February, 2011

RHYTHM FESTIVAL 2011:

Toots & The Maytals Confirmed For Rhythm Festival 2011

plus The Burns Unit, 9 Below Zero, Slim Chance, Missing Andy, Parker & The Flowing Wow, and Three Bonzos And A Piano

On the day the long awaited documentary Reggae Got Soul premiers on BBC Four Television, its subject Toots and the Maytals are announced as the first confirmed headliner for Rhythm Festival 2011.

Toots and The Maytals will headline Rhythm Festival on Sunday 28th August, appearing with previously announced acts, including Steve Cropper & The Animals, The Blockheads and From The Jam.

Other acts announced today for the 6th annual Rhythm Festival include Canadian-Scottish New Folk “supergroup” The Burns Unit, classic Rhythm & Blues act 9 Below Zero, the recently reformed Slim Chance, fast-rising new bands Missing Andy and Parker & The Flowing Wow plus veteran musical comedy troupe, Three Bonzos And A Piano – who will actually feature four former members of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band at Rhythm Festival with the addition of very special guest “Legs” Larry Smith.

Rhythm Festival 2011, which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Fri-Sun 26-28 August) at its expansive new home of The Mansion House, Old Warden Park, near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9DX promises to be the biggest and best yet.

Said Festival Director, Jim Driver: “2011 sees a subtle change in direction in that we’re going for bigger and better headline acts as well as even more emphasis on new talent. We will still feature the best classic acts like 9 Below Zero and The Blockheads – who are both superb live –  but there are some brilliant new acts out there and I’m adding as many as I can to the Rhythm Festival bill this year.”

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS

Toots and the MaytalsLed by the legendary Toots Hibbard, Toots and the Maytals are the world’s most important and best-loved ska and reggae vocal group, with a string of worldwide hits to their credit, including 54-46 That’s My NumberMonkey ManPressure Drop andSweet & Dandy. Their 1968 hit Do The Reggae is credited with inventing the term and during the reggae punk and ska revival period of the late 1970s, The Specials covered “Monkey Man” as their debut and The Clash chose Pressure Dropas their tribute to Jamaican culture.

According to Sandra Brennan at Allmusic: “The Maytals were key figures in reggae music. Hibbert’s soulful style led him to be compared to Otis Redding. No one has done it better.” Toots & the Maytals hold the current record of number one hits in Jamaica, with a total of thirty one. We welcome Toots & The Maytals to Rhythm Festival 2011.

Rhythm Got Soul on BBC4

The never-before-told story from one of Jamaica’s most influential and legendary artists, Toots Hibbard, features rare archival footage from throughout his career. The film includes intimate acoustic performances and interviews with Toots, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Rait, Jimmy Cliff, Marcia Griffiths and many band members and family.

THE BURNS UNIT

The Burns Unit are an amazing 8-piece Scottish-Canadian “supergroup” whose multi-faceted sound can be described as “indie pop meets carnival rock.” The Burns Unit features award-winning folk singer Karine Polwart; alt-folk royalty King Creosote and indie queen Emma Pollock plus Indo-Caledonian pop artist Future Pilot AKA; elegant multi-instrumentalist Kim Edgar; drummer/producer Mattie Foulds;  energetic piano-man Michael Johnston (both from Canada) and virtuosic rapper MC Soom T.

9 BELOW ZERO

With the searing vocals and sublime blues guitar playing of Denis Greaves, unmisssable harmonica of Mark Feltham, and backed up by the rhythm section to beat all rhythm sections, Gerry McAvoy and Brendan O’Neill (ex- Rory Gallagher Band), this is one of the most unmissable bands playing today. The definitive line-up of this tightest of live bands has been in place for 18 years, and they play with a discipline that only experience and confidence brings.

SLIM CHANCE

Slim Chance, the band Ronnie Lane formed when he left the Faces, is treading the boards once again. Original members Steve Simpson, Charlie Hart, Steve Bingham, Alun Davies and Colin Davey, joined by Geraint Watkins, are playing Ronnie’s songs in the spirit of the band’s previous incarnations. Films have been made, celebration concerts staged, articles written, covers recorded… now for the rebirth of the band!

MISSING ANDY

Missing Andy are a highly touted five-piece indie rock act. Having performed at the highly respcted SXSW festival alongside the likes of The Wombats, Pigeon Detectives and Lightspeed Champion, Missing Andy were asked to contribute to the soundtrack album to the Hollywood movie Chain Letter, satrring Nikki Read of Twilight fame. Saturday.

PARKER & THE FLOWING WOW

Parker & The Flowing Wow radiate from Brighton and are led by singer/ sonwriter Ben Parker. Think: The Kinks round at David Bowie’s house with the Beach Boys, being greeted by Beatles, while Syd Barrett grins from beyond the grave… Saturday

3 BONZOS & A PIANO

Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band fans will be delighted with Three Bonzos And A Piano. Roger Ruskin Spear, Rodney Slater and Sam Spoons have teamed up with super-pianist Dave Glasson and guitar hero-about-town Andy Roberts (ex-GRIMMS, ex-Scaffold, ex-cellent) to create more fun, music and subversive diversion in the spirit of the ageless band. Diabolical mayhem from the largest number of Bonzos still playing together anywhere on the surface of the earth – especially when you add in exclusive Rhythm Festival guest “Legs” Larry Smith…

…Plus many other top-line acts culled from the fields of Rock, Blues, Folk, Ska, and World Music – including big name headliners for the three days – will join the line-up over the next few weeks.

Rhythm Festival: The Details

Rhythm Festival 2011
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August, 2011
The Mansion House, Old Warden Park, near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9DX (just off the A1)

Tickets: £99 (rising to £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 5?s 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 will go on sale on March 1st.

Tickets and information from: http://www.rhythmfestival.com

(No booking fee: £1 per order handling charge).

Rhythm Festival: The Background

Rhythm Festival was founded in 2006 by veteran music promoter and writer, Jim Driver, and was held until 2010 at Twinwood Arena, Clapham, Bedfordshire. Rhythm Festival aims to be different from other outdoor music festivals, by being smaller, friendlier and geared towards the customer. Says Jim Driver: “Rhythm is a family festival for people who like festivals but who don’t like rip-off burgers, terrible food and indifferent booze.”

Over the first five years Rhythm Festival headliners have included Jerry Lee Lewis, Alabama 3, Donovan, Roy Harper, Seth Lakeman, The Levellers, The Proclaimers, John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, Jefferson Starship, Joe Bonamassa, Big Star and (not!) Ike Turner (who was booked twice but who never actually showed up!)

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8th February, 2011

Rhythm Festival 2011:

New Venue and New Dates: First Acts Confirmed

The sixth annual Rhythm Festival will be held in the breathtakingly beautiful parkland ofMansion House, Old Warden Park, near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, over the Bank Holiday Weekend of August 26th to 28thNote to editors: this is a date change to information already submitted.

RF director Jim Driver said: “The Mansion House at Old Warden Park is a really beautiful and well-equipped site and I’m really pleased we’ve found such a great new home. After consultation with the Mansion House staff, we’ve decided that Rhythm Festival will be held there over the Bank Holiday Weekend from 2011 onwards.”

“Unfortunately some acts could not make the move with us,” added Driver. “We’ve lost Bellowhead and Hank Wangford, but we’ve added some fantastic new names, the first of which I can announce today.”

The first acts confirmed for the three day Bank Holiday Rhythm Festival 2011 are:

STEVE CROPPER & THE ANIMALS
Legendary guitarist and songwriter Steve “The Colonel” Cropper, was guitarist of the Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG’s and produced and co-wrote for the likes of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Rufus Thomas. He later gained fame as leader of the Blues Brothers band. Rolling Stonelists him 36th on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and Mojo topped that by naming him the Greatest Living Guitar Player. When asked what he thought of Cropper, Keith Richards said, “Perfect, man”. “The Colonel” appears at Rhythm Festival with British Blues Legends, The Animals.

OYSTERBAND
British folk-rock superstars The Oysterband were once the bad boys of folk and rock. Now they have grown into the role of “Godfathers of Folk”. Expect to dance. Expect to dance a lot. Expect to be impressed.

 

SANDI THOM
In 2006, Sandi Thom’s debut single “I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker” topped the charts, with the ensuing album “Smile…It Confuses People” shifting 2 million copies to date. Her latest album, “Merchants & Thieves”, showcases a new sound from Sandi, highlighting her passion for the Blues.  “If you like great music played by great musicians, then go see Sandi Thom and the band, as they’re one of the best live acts around at the moment.” BlastRadio

FROM THE JAM
All the Jam hits and more from the supergroup featuring original Jam bassist/ songwriter  Bruce Foxton, joined by drummer Mark Brzezicki (Big Country / The Cult / Procol Harum, etc) and exceptional guitarist and singer Russell Hastings.

THE BLOCKHEADS
The Blockheads are the most lovable, eccentric, cocky, funny, schoolboy-rude and artful characters from the New Wave generation. Together with the late Ian Dury they created classics of the order of “Clever Trevor”, “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick”, “Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3″, “What A Waste” and, the anthem for their generation, “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll”. All of which was recently portrayed in the award-winning movie starring Andy Serkis, which has fuelled renewed energy in The Blockheads.

…Plus many other top-line acts culled from the fields of Rock, Blues, Folk, Ska, and World Music – including big name headliners for the three days – will join the line-up over the next few weeks. Rhythm Festival 2011 expects to feature three live music stages, plus comedy and “fringe events”.

Jim Driver says: “I aim to make Rhythm Festival 2011 the best yet. I look forward to welcoming friends old and new to The Mansion House, Old Warden Park over the Bank Holiday Weekend of Friday August 26 to Sunday August 28th, 2011.”

Rhythm Festival: The Details

Rhythm Festival 2011
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August, 2011
The Mansion House, Old Warden Park, near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9DX (just off the A1)

Tickets: £99 (rising to £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 5′s 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 will go on sale on March 1st.

Tickets and information from: http://www.rhythmfestival.com
(No booking fee: £1 per order handling charge).

Rhythm Festival: The Background
Rhythm Festival was founded in 2006 by veteran music promoter and writer, Jim Driver, and was held until 2010 at Twinwood Arena, Clapham, Bedfordshire. Rhythm Festival aims to be different from other outdoor music festivals, by being smaller, friendlier and geared towards the customer. Says Jim Driver: “Rhythm is a family festival for people who like festivals but who don’t like rip-off burgers, terrible food and indifferent booze.”

Over the first five years Rhythm Festival headliners have included Jerry Lee Lewis, Alabama 3, Donovan, Roy Harper, Seth Lakeman, The Levellers, The Proclaimers, John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, Jefferson Starship, Joe Bonamassa, Big Star and (not!) Ike Turner (who was booked twice but who never actually showed up!)

 

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One Response to RHYTHM FESTIVAL 2011: LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Teresa MacKay says:

    Can you let me know what facilities you will have for children this year, please?

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