More Acts Announced For Rhythm Festival 2011: Pretty Things, Saint Jude, Tracie Hunter Band plus new Secret Showcase Stage plus Festival Coaches and Yippee Yurts set to make “Britain’s Happiest Music Festival” even happier! With ticket sales breaking all previous records, Rhythm Festival 2011 has announced more acts to join headliners Toots & The Maytals, Imelda May, singer/songwriter Nick Lowe, Stax songwriter and guitarist Steve Cropper (Otis Redding, Booker T & the MG’s, Blues Brothers), Cream bassist, songwriter and vocalist Jack Bruce, punk legends Buzzcocks, Dodgy, The Blockheads and comedy legend Mark Steel at this family-friendly Bedfordshire weekend music festival. Back in the early 1960s three bands were at the forefront of the British R&B Scene, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Pretty Things (Sunday). The Pretties were always one step ahead of the opposition in their creativity and were considered by the media as the true “bad boys” of rock. This, coupled with a refusal to compromise for mainstream success, meant that the Pretty Things never hit the level of stadium heroes, which is our gain. Still featuring original members Phil May and founding Rolling Stone Dick May, the Pretty Things today are a revelation and cannot be missed. Led by soul-rock diva Lynne Jackaman, Saint Jude (Sunday) are fast becoming the patron saints of live music, restoring a lost faith in rock wherever they play. They go into 2011 with a clutch of outstanding reviews behind them; Q magazine, Classic Rock and many others could not praise their recently released debut album ‘Diary of a Soul Fiend’, highly enough. Classic Rock included them in the ‘Ones to Watch In 2011? supplement issue and treated readers to the single ‘Soul on Fire’. They are already confirmed for Glastonbury, Guilfest, the Isle of Wight and Rhythm Festival. Comparisons don’t come easy when describing Tracie Hunter (Saturday) as she and her band – now featuring Blues guitar hero Todd Sharpville – produce gutsy rock overlaid with great style and groove. Tracie’s vocals are unmistakable, with character and passion dripping from every note. We are pleased and proud to have her at Rhythm Festival. Secret Showcase Stage Announced Rhythm Festival is very pleased to announce that a new stage, programmed by Samantha Jean Scuffham of London’s Secret Showcase, will be presenting young up-and-coming acts from around the world. The full line-up of the Secret Showcase Stage will be announced shortly. Many more acts will be announced over all stages in coming weeks. Festival Coaches & Rhythm Festival Shuttle Announced Rhythm is getting even GREENER: this year we have teamed up with Festival Coaches to offer a low carbon alternative to the car – coaches and shuttles! Couldn’t be easier to reduce our festivals emissions and get you there in a convenient low cost way, (it’s a whopping reduction of around 67% on emissions!) So whether you are a secret eco warrior or just wanting to meet others jump on board the service that suits you and help save the planet. Pre-book for shuttles to ensure you have a seat, we do offer pay on the day for remaining unsold seats on a first come first served basis. Shuttle services are running from Biggleswade Railway Station on Friday 26th and Monday 29th August. There is also a direct to site coach service running from London Paddington – adult (17+) fare £33.00 return, kids fare (5-16) £15.00, kids under 5 travel free. Yippee Yurts & Beautiful Belltents for Rhythm Festival 2011 Rhythm Festival has teamed up with their friends Yippee Yurts to offer a cosy camping option for this year’s festival. Imagine arriving on site to find one of their cosy Yippee Yurts or Beautiful Belltents ready and waiting… no lugging around of camping gear, no having to erect a tent, (maybe in the dark) and no nylon nightmare for three days! Imagine instead, driving to a reserved parking to find a portering service for your luggage, a natural canvas yurt or belltent with full standing headroom waiting for you in the exclusive and strategically sited Yippee Village, with the Yippee Crew on hand to attend to your every need plus use of the Yurt guest’s covered VIP chillout space and exclusive barbeques! 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) Weekend tickets: £99 (rising to £110 on 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 Sundfay, 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 from: http://www.rhythmfestival.com (No booking fee: £1 per order handling charge for website orders). Rhythm Festival Credit Card Hotline (operated by the Mansion House at Old Warden Park) 01767 626262 (Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; please note 5% service charge aded to all telephone orders). NEW: Tickets now available to personal callers at face value at Bedford Tourist Information Office, Town Hall, St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SJ Tel: 01234 221712 (Open Mon-Sat 9am-4.30pm; Sundays 10am-2pm). 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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