No Rhythm Festival in 2013
We are very sad to announce that there will not be a Rhythm Festival in 2013. We have tried our hardest to get a festival organised, but the financial problems have proved unsurmountable. Thanks to everyone who helped make Rhythm Festival what it was from 2006-2011.
Anyone who still has a ticket for RF 2012 and who bought it directly from Rhythm Company Limited is recommended to get a refund from their card provider. People who bought tickets by telephone from the Mansion House or in person at Bedford Tourist Information Office can return their tickets to source for a full refund.
Rhythm Recommends Wickham Festival for 2013
Wickham Festival is being held over the weekend of 1-4 August, 2013 and is very much in the same "family" as Rhythm, sharing such delights as the Groovy Movie Solar-Powered Cinema and Digital Funfair. Acts already booked to appear include The Waterboys, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Rolf Harris, Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands, The Blockheads, Shooglenifty, Moulettes, Slim Chance and many more.
We urge you to enjoy the delights of Wickham Festival 2013 and secure your tickets just as soon as you can. We very much hope that the Rhythm Festival community can and will transfer to Wickham.
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History of Rhythm Festival
Rhythm Festival was a music festival featuring rock, folk, blues, country, and various off-shoots that ran from 2006 until 2011. The first five Rhythm Festivals were held at Twinwood Arena, Clapham, near Bedford. Headliners at the first Rhythm Festival included Jerry Lee Lewis, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Roger Chapman and the Shortlist, Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, The Blues Band, Jah Wobble and John Cooper Clarke. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was due to appear but could not as he was recovering from surgery at the time.
The second Rhythm Festival in 2007 featured John Mayall & TheBluesbreakers, Prince Buster, Dr John, Alabama 3, Joe Bonamassa, and The Yardbirds. Ike Rurner & His Kings of Rhythm were due to appear (for the second time), but despite receiving oer £35,000 in deposits failed to turn up.
In 2008, control of teh event passed to Twinwood Events for one year. Acts who appeared include Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Star, The Saw Doctors, Richie Havens, Chas and Dave, Michelle Shocked, Chas & Dave, Steve Cropper, The Zombies, 9 Below Zero, The Pretty Things, and Neville Staples. Alton Ellis was booked to appear but was forced by illness to pull out due. He subsequently died.