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Rhythms of the World goes back to its roots

On Saturday 29 June, Hitchin Town Hall will be the venue for an all-day event of festival and world music. Starting at 12 noon, this free event will include drum workshops and music from around the world and the UK. It will finish at 11 pm. The first Rhythms of the World took place in Hitchin Town Hall in 1992 and was held here for the first four years, before moving out into Market Place . 

Rhythms of the World’s last major festival was in The Priory in 2015. Whilst this was a wonderful weekend, the income from the festival did not cover its costs and the debt left afterwards has taken some time to be sorted out. This is why there has not been a major festival in recent years. 

By popular demand, Rhythms of the World tried to bring back a smaller scale festival to the Market Square and Churchyard last year but were not granted the required licence to do this. So it is time for a complete reboot. RotW is going back to the roots of the festival to where it first started, in Hitchin Town Hall.

Music from around the world and around the corner has always been our motto and this is what is planned. Our stage at the Town Hall will host a range of artists who will also be gracing the stages of other major festivals this summer. 

The festival is free to enter but capacity is limited, so venues around Hitchin are supporting the festival and our charity by putting on live music around the town throughout the weekend. Starting on Friday 28 June, there will be live music in Molly Malone’s, The Vic, The George, Uva Bar, Osinskys, Hitchin Town Football Club, Hitchin Creatives, Club 85, The Angels on Bedford Road and more to come.

Hitchin band The Cubanauts will bringing bringing a taste of Cuba to Hitchin Football Club and will be closing this fabulous weekend of music on Sunday evening.

First on (at 12.00) are Somananda who will also be performing at their own Hum Drum Festival in August.

1.00 – 1.20 Half Moon Drum Circle

1.20 – 2.00 If you fancy having a go at playing yourself, there will be 30 spaces for a Djembe drum circle early in the afternoon.

2.15 – 2.45 Sukhi Rayat is coming back to play with his Tabla fusion much like he did at the first ever Rhythms.

Glymjack is a well know folk band playing at many folk festivals throughout the country, including The Cambridge Folk Festival. They are coming to Rhythms of the World and will be on 3.15 – 4.15

4.15 – 5.00 Glee Choir

5.00 – 6.00 DagaDana from Poland and Ukraine are also coming to Hitchin, the day after playing a midnight slot at Glastonbury and their beautiful voices will resonate around the barrel vaulted ceiling of the Grade II listed Town Hall.


6.15 – 6.45 Bruce McCrae

7.00 – 8.15 Agbeko with their African jazz style reminiscent of Fela Kuti are playing at Cotton Fields Festival and have just supported the legendary Don Letts at Band on the Wall in Manchester so we are delighted to welcome them to Hitchin.

8.15 – 9.00 Masta T

The headliner, from 9.00 to 10.30, is the Max Pashm Trio playing Balkan Electro Swing music. Max is fitting ROTW in between sets in Glastonbury on Friday and Sunday.

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