Rhythms of the World 14th-15th July 2007

Hitchin is easily reached from the M1 (off junt 10 then A1081 and A505), or A1(M) (off Junt 8 then A602). You can also get there by train on the East Coast Mainline (WAGN) from Kings Cross, Cambridge and Peterborough. This year's lin-up includes 2 Feet Wide, A Thousand Suns, A

Refresh A THOUSAND SUNSIndie/punk from Stevenage- mixing vocals like the sex pistols and guitars like the Libertines - filled with lyrics of youthful optimism. Sponsored by Hertfordshire Music Service. - www.myspace.com/athousandsuns
A.B.C. ANTI BULLYING CAMPAIGNA Hertfordshire Constabulary Anti-Bullying Drama Project involving 5 secondary schools in North Herts working in partnership with Mark O'Sullivan who is a film and theatre practitioner- and North Herts College drama students. This produced original pieces of drama tackling the issues around the seriousness of bullying in life today. Sponsored by Hertfordshire Constabulary.
ACCIDENT ON PURPOSEChris and Jay Aldridge will play in memory of their best friend Josh Kelly who together were the 3 piece rock band Accident on Purpose. Sponsored by Hertfordshire Music Service. - www.myspace.com/accidentonpurpose1
ADAM WILLIAMSAmbient and lo-fi chill out beats from guest DJ Adam Williams. - http://www.bluntbeats.com/
AGENT MClassic funk- soul and hip hop barbecue sounds as chosen by Blunt Beats resident Agent M. Sun. Electronica and lo-fi beats from Blunt Beats resident Agent M. - http://www.bluntbeats.com/
AL AMAR EGYPTIAN DANCESee the feature on The Town Hall.
ALAN COWLEYMember of Restricted Hours plays guitar- writes songs and performs with wit and venom.
ALEX HOLMESAlex Holmes wrote her first song at 9. Now 16- with a varied repertoire of up-tempo and soulful tunes- her dream is to become a well-known singer-songwriter. - www.myspace.com/a13xholmes
ANDANTEA local 16 strong community choir singing hits from current musiacals including Miss Siagon- Les Miserables etc accompanied by sax and keyboards.
ANDI NEATEA singer/songwriter of exceptional talent and a powerful voice- and a compelling live performer. - www.myspace.com/andineate
AORTIC DISSECTIONAll from herts Aortic Dissection are a technical death metal band. Influences range from lamb of god etc. - www.myspace.com/aorticdissectionband
AUSTIN KALUBAPoetry about living together with people who are different from us. Deciphering babel of tongues speaking languages unknown I crave harmony from this babel Remember from chaos came order.
AXE GIRLFrom Channel 4's Musicool Series- Axe Girl. Always delivering shows with high energy and girl attitude- Catch them now before they get their own TV show!! - www.myspace.com/axegirlmusic
BASS RELIEFBass Relief enters a funkier fourth phase of poetry wrapped around the improvisation of Adam's saxophones and Ollie's bass guitar...wordjazz!
BAX SHINA - VIRTUAL DESIClassically trained first on Tabla in India from master Bhagat Singh Ji over 20 years ago. Then over the years- self taught- learnt to play umbi- Dholak- Kit Drums- Baja- Keyboards- Bass- and a host of other instruments- including vocals. Next learnt all aspects of recording and production. Set up a studio- locked himself away for two years and the first offering Virtual Desi- will be available very shortly! Exclusive first public performance at ROTW 2007! - www.myspace.com/maxsinghproductions
BAZZ JAlternative/acoustic artist owing to the likes of Matt Skiba and Damion Rice. Playing a varied selection of passionate original songs. Sponsored by North Hertfordshire College - www.myspace.com/bazzj
BBC 3CR COMP. WINNER ASlot for the winner of a BBC 3 Counties Radio Box Office competition to find two local bands to perform at Rhythms of the World.
BBC 3CR COMP. WINNER BPhill Friendly - Slot for the winner of a BBC 3 Counties Radio Box Office competition to find two local bands to perform at Rhythms of the World.
BELINDA GILLETTI write songs and sing them. I am passionate about it. I like to write songs about nice things I would like to happen....and then things too dark to think about and the stuff we dont like to talk about. - www.myspace.com/belindagillett
BLUNT BEATS FAMILYBancroft Gardens - Sat. Blunt Beats are back for their 5th year at ROTW. Playing classic and unique beats- down and dirty round the edges- for people who should know better. Sun. Freestyle back to back warm up by the Blunt Beats family. - http://www.bluntbeats.com/
BOWFINGERSupercharged Guitars. Dirty Organ. Maximum Energy! This Bedfordshire five piece manically infuse Mod-Ska & New Wave Punk to awaken the 'party' within you! - www.myspace.com/bowfinger
BRPBRP are an exciting band from the London Jazz scene. With a wide range of influences from rock to klezmer, this original act bring something for everyone. - www.myspace.com/brptrio
BUCKSHOT SOUPBuckshot Soup- the best three-piece country band round these here parts. - www.myspace.com/buckshotsoup
BUDDHIST MONKSSt Marys Church - Buddhist Chanting is a harmonious Blessing which has enormous potential to enrich all the Rhythms (energies) in the Universe with Universal Compassion- when it chants with deep concentration and understanding. The Monks come to us from Letchworth Dhamma Nikethanaya and the Letchworth Buddhist Community Centre. - http://www.letchworthbuddhism.com/
CAEREarthy- intense- ambient soundscapes with world music influences and experimental passages. Expect massive- melodic songs that are oppressive and crushing one moment- then uplifting and thought-provoking the next. - www.myspace.com/caerband
CHRIS PHILLIPS BANDChris is 23 & lives in Hitchin- his music has an immediate appeal- will get you dancing & put a smile on your face. - www.myspace.com/phillipsak
CHRIS RIPPLEArcadeclectic - Poet- founder member of Bass Relief- gig promoter- secretary of Parnassus Performance and compere of the Arcadeclectic Stage. Add some (humourous) confrontation to your day... - www.myspace.com/chrisrippleparnassus
DABY BALDE (Senegal)With a seven-piece band and widely hailed as the next successor to Baba Maal and Youssou N'Dour, Daby Balde is a West African Star on the rise! More...
DANNY CLUSOYour host for the weekend on the Portmill Stage.
DANNY SPICEAfter a break to set up his new label K.O.G- Danny Spice- one of the top Hip Hop artists in the UK returns for his first performance of 2007. He will be backed by a full live band and also be re-introducing DJ Pelt producer of his mini album Home Truths. Lovers of funk soul Hip Hop or just good music will be blown away by the raw sounds of this diverse Homegrown artist. - www.myspace.com/dannyspice
DHAdHā is a dynamic collaboration between two classical Indian musicians from Bombay and three Jazz musicians from London and New Zealand, exploring the natural synergy of improvisation of both Indian classical music and Western Jazz through original compositions. More...
DJ HUGHESHe will be playing either funk classics or dub reggae depending on the weather! - http://www.bluntbeats.com/
DOUGWorldwide sounds from Blunt Beats resident Doug. - http://www.bluntbeats.com/
DUBIOUS PHILDubious Phil plays a mix of acoustic hits- from popular covers to catchy original tunes. Known for his lively stage persona and his ability to engage the audience in his performance. Sponsored by North Hertfordshire College - www.myspace.com/dubiousphil2
EAST OF EALINGBrewing up a global storm of Celtic, Cajun, East European, Tex-Mex, Cuban, South African, Reggae, Blues and Boogie. More...
EASY STAR ALL STARSThe Easy Star All-Stars are a collective family of some of the finest reggae musicians in the New York area, featuring a rotating cast drawn from a pool of players meaning that every show has its own nuances and its own life. More...
ED BARNESEd Barnes- Rock/Techno/Comedy- It's Not What I Want- It's What You Want. - http://www.edbarnes.co.uk/
EDUN ARA - BLOCO DE CARNAVALAlways one of the highlights of the festival, this vibrant, colourful and costumed parade winds its way through the heart of the festival – the culmination of the dance and percussion workshops held over the festival weekend. More...
ERBALISTSweeping cinematic electronica & jazz from Blunt Beats Resident the Erbalist. Sun. Classic tunes from the Beatles to the Clash & some 2Tone. - http://www.bluntbeats.com/
EVA MEIJERStoryteller? Siren? Singer-songwriter Eva sure is something special. With her voice and piano she touches something in everyone who hears her play. - www.myspace.com/evamusic
EVE KILLIPI actually have a theme this year which is colour. Generally my work reflects what I see daily- with a touch of humour- I hope.
EXIT AVENUE'Made for the Arcade. Pop-Punk meets Electronica for a dance-off. This will be your last chance to catch Exit Avenue before their US Tour. - www.myspace.com/exitavenue
FALLING CHARLIEHighly promising 3 piece from Welwyn influenced by Enter Shikari- Shellshock- Funeral for a Friend and Trivium. Sponsored by Hertfordshire Music Service - www.myspace.com/fallingcharlie
FLAMBOYANT BELLAThe perfect companion the the sunshine. Infectious indie- pop music that is guaranteed to get you moving. Prepare to dance!! - www.myspace.com/flamboyantbella
FRAN McGILLVRAY AND MIKE BURKEA unique acoustic mix of folk- blues and hauntingly original self-penned songs featuring Fran’s soulful vocals and bass guitar- and Mike’s intuitive and inventive guitar. - www.myspace.com/franandmike
FROG STUPID5 piece horn driven punk rock with emotive breakdowns and a passionate live show. - www.myspace.com/frogstupid
FROM THE CARNIVAL OF HORRORSAll the way from swindon- FTCOH headliners of the Sinister Promo part of Rhythms are one of the finest new death metal bands in the UK. - www.myspace.com/fromthecarnivalofhorrors
FUGAZIRUMMelding together a disparate slew of influences into a dark and moody- hard edged hip-hop template with a blues bias that's uniquely their own..." - hiphop connection #191 - www.myspace.com/fugazirum
GALZ IN HOODZEnjoy - Gals in Hoodz - creative urban streetdance representing the Bancroft Youth Centre. With special thanks to the dedicated team of staff and dance tutor Laura Hunton- Streetdance Productions. www.hertsdirect.org.uk - http://www.hertsdirect.org.co.uk/
GENE DRAYTON UNITThe GDU does the Hammond & horn thing in a way that references the sixties, but is at the same time thoroughly modern. More...
GRAEME LLOYDAn experienced actor- writer- film maker- poet and member of Parnassus Performance for 12 years this will be his 3rd year at Rhythms.
GRAHAM ROBINSCountry Blues Guitarist Graham Robins is a walking- talking- singing- living legend.
GRANT MEABYGrant Meaby- one of Parnassus's finest Poets - West Country meets New Town- the original Mr. Nice Guy but beware- Mr Angry is sure to surface!
GREYMATTERSongs are thought provoking lyrics- layered instrumentals and expressive harmonies that come together to create a unique acoustic sound. - http://www.greymatter-music.co.uk/
HERTFORDSHIRE MUSIC SERVICES ROCK PROJECTHertfordshire Music Service set up the Rock Project in 2003 to offer music making opportunities to young people who wouldn’t have engaged with the service previously. We help young people develop the skills and confidence to write- play and promote their own music- We run weekly rockschools- song-writing- rap and recording workshops and in partnership with local venues -are working to establish a network of gigs for young bands. email us at the-rock-project@hertsmusicservice.org.uk - http://www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk/
HOT WET DOGSYoung indie four piece from Letchworth. We enjoy making music and with no specific sound for each song we make- we aim to please all. - www.myspace.com/hotwetdogs
HUW WILCOXA mix of original soul and funky pop taken from the Huw Wilcox Band based in Manchester. Sponsored by North Hertfordshire College - www.myspace.com/huwwilcox
INVOCALLeftfield acoustic music from Northampton's Wayward Ladies - a unique act perfoming with cello- guitar- clarinet and 4 harmonious voices. - www.myspace.com/invocal
JAMES PAGEJames Page is a singer songwriter aiming for the top with his driving acoustic- quirky charm- and rough but structured melodies. He will have you hooked in minutes with songs such as small town which featured Air time on Radio 1. - www.myspace.com/jamespagemusic
JANE TAYLORJane Taylor- an exceptional singer songwriter championed by Johnnie Walker on BBC Radio 2 and currently touring the UK. She's supported Jools Holland- Paolo Nutini and Seth Lakeman. Her debut album ‘Montpelier’ is out now…exactly that kind of album that has you tingling with a chuffed sort of excitement that you get from knowing that you're listening to something way before anyone else and knowing that you're seriously on to something special. - www.myspace.com/janetaylormusic
JOAN OV ARCJoanovarc- founded by sisters Sam and Shelley Walker. Their great live show has got them slots at The Harley Davidson festival in Slovakia- The Barfly circuit and many more. - www.joanovarc.com/
JOE FOXOur Troubador Joe Fox has spent the best part of his adolescence Hitch-hiking through Europe and singing songs of what he's encountered- his music blends Reggae- Folk- Soul- Pop and more and he's a thouroughly nice chap - www.myspace.com/joefoxmusic
JOHN DEVINEUilleann Piper and multi instrumentalist in a rare solo appearance, performing pieces from the more contemplative side of Irish traditional music. - http://www.johndevinemusic.com/
JOSH KERSHAWAcoustic stuff influenced by many including Ryan Adams- Damien Rice and Snow Patrol. Some upbeat- some mellow. - www.myspace.com/joshkershawmusic
JOY T CHANCEFemale poet extraordinaire- current political agendas and serious life issues taken to heart.
JUDE SIMPSONHilarious" - Guardian. "Her lines sparkle with wit and panache" - Scotsman. Jude's unique blend of comedy- poetry and music has wide appeal and strong feel-good factors. - http://www.judesimpson.co.uk/
JUKEBOX VANDALSA great little indie band from Stevenage with a loyal local following. Guaranteed to put on a good show and make you tap your feet. - www.myspace.com/jukeboxvandals
JUS NACH PRODUCTIONSSat: Amazing line up of the very best up and coming young Asian music artists. Performing Bhangra - Hindi Dancing - Live singing. Don't miss out The Jus Nach crew as they present Herts finest Asian Talent! Sun: Naujawani Radio and Jus Nach collaboration - strictly the very best in Bhangra broadcast live on Naujawani Radio! Don't miss out! - www.myspace.com/dholconnection
KASAI MASAIBased in London and led by Nickens Nkoso, Kasaï Masaï brings the traditional sound of the most remote equatorial villages with an Urban Twist. More...
LAURA HEWISONWith her highly original combination of voice and cello- Laura Hewison's songwriting and 'brilliantly strange take on traditonal music' always entertain. - www.myspace.com/laurahewison
LAURA JANE DAVIESSmooth and soulful- mellifluous melodies from an up and coming songwriter. A clever mix of heartfelt pop & country songs. - www.myspace.com/laurajanedavies
LAUREN FIELD AND HER BANDLauren is an exceptionally gifted song writer with an exquisite voice. Having been trained extensively in acting, voice production, singing and dance, Lauren not only is a hugely successful artist in her own right but she also has worked with artists such as Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones), Elkie Brooks, Marrillion and many others. More...
LEFT ENGINEFocusing on groove- dynamics as well as their soon to be launched kitchen-ware merchandise range. The pie's the limit for this 4 piece combo. - www.myspace.com/leftengine
LIO SIMELANE & AUSTIN KALUBAA famous song originally called Mbube or its anglisised version The Lion Sleeps Tonight. It will start with an acapella intro of a South African shunting song Shosholoza.
LOMANIntelligent songwriting of the highest order. This accoustic three piece bring an intimacy to their music that you feel privileged to share. - www.myspace.com/lomanlive
LONDON BREAKBEAT ORCHESTRAIf you thought full orchestras only played in classical music in grand concert halls than its time you saw what these guys can do. More...
LUTON YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRAFormed 2002. Big Band plus vocals. Lively- upbeat jazz- swing- soul and latin. Influences include Gordon Goodwin and Maynard Ferguson. National Finalists 2007 Music For Youth. - http://www.lutonyouthmusic.co.uk/
MARCUS G HURLEYSat. Funk 45's- hooks- breaks and beats from the old school courtesy of Blunt Beats resident Marcus G Hurley. Sun. Funk- Blues- and Jazz breaks as selected by Blunt Beats resident Marcus G Hurley. - http://www.bluntbeats.com/
MARK HITCHINSHaving decided that folk-metal will never work- Mark has returned to his trusty acoustic guitar and songs about cats- dogs- housework- Suffolk- strawberries and etceteras. - www.myspace.com/originalnamechoice
MAWKINMawkin: ‘A scruffy, un-kempt person’ – a term that sums up this excellent young band. More...
MAZAIKAWith Igor Outkine from Russia and Sarah Harrison from England, Mazaika’s Musical Cabaret has it all! More...
MICHAEL BERKBlending elements of blues- rock- flamenco and jazz-Michael Berk has developed his own unique take on the “fast and furious” side of guitar playing. - http://www.michaelberk.com/
MISGUIDED MISSILESAfter only forming in Nov 2006- Misguided Missiles are a loud alt-rock three piece who are stomping their way through North Herts. - www.myspace.com/misguidedmissiles
MISSING THEORYAlternative rock band based in North Herts. Exciting music falling into many categories within the rock banner. Don't miss their energetic & dynamic stage show! - www.myspace.com/missingtheory
MODEL HORRORElectro / New Wave Modified by torn wires and bright colours- the five guys take their art synth disorder to the main stage. - www.myspace.com/themodelhorror
MONOBLOCOMonobloco have built up a tremendous reputation and are now an integral part of Rio de Janeiro’s classical Brazilian street carnival culture, blending other Brazilian musical genres with samba. More...
MSP FAMILYBax Shina (MSP) playing with close friends with whom paths have pleasantly crossed in a great musical journey. A UK Bhangra /World Music fusion set showcasing some of the finest musical talent from both locally and abroad! Also performing on Portmill Lane stage today @ 5pm where details of album launch will be given - Bax Shina - Virtual Desi - www.myspace.com/maxsinghproductions
MY ECHOMy Echo are the London four-piece with a unique rock/soul sound. Their global infused sound and direction gives them a very bright and distinctive future. - www.myspace.com/myecho
MY PET JUNKIEControlling the elements once more- MPJ's brand of melodic & thoughtful post-progressive rock will deter the rain for yet another year. Promise :-) - www.myspace.com/mypetjunkie
NEW GROOVE FORMATIONN.G.F are a local 8 piece band playing music they all love from dirty breaks and beats to funk- reggae- ska and rap. Are you ready to dance? - www.myspace.com/newgrooveformation
OLD SKOOL REASONS"Instantly infectious and emotionally played rock, with heaps of melody and character, combind with subtle breakdowns" LATE BUS RECORDS - www.myspace.com/oldskoolreasons
OPERADAGIOOperadagio is a highly flexible opera company. All the artists are professional and have one thing in common – a love of singing. Sponsored by John Lewis. - http://www.operadagio.com/
PALE MARBLE MOVIEAlice and Chris have recorded 3 CDs. Described as 'smoother than the bottom of the iron in monopoly' they never fail to deliver a moving powerful set of stunning quality. - http://www.palemarblemovie.com/
PAUL GREENEWith one arm sunburnt from driving all day in the harsh Australian sun- Paul Greene rolls into town- brandishing a stomp box- a belt of harmonica's- an old valve amplifier and an assortment of acoustic guitars - each travel worn and hard worked with a story and personality of it's own...Greene sings: I was thinking of leaving but since you're here I'll stay coincidence of fate you could put a bet on each way and if life is a gamble then I guess I can't complain when we're trying to figure out the sum of your days The melodies of his Fijian/Samoan heritage weave their way around the words like a lyrical loom - and the tapestry he weaves is unique and rich indeed. - www.myspace.com/paulgreene
PETER AMOAHHaving been asked to make a come back- he will be playing a new set comprising trademark soulful lyrics with an intoxicating blend of funk rhythm and blues.
PROLIFIKHip-hop & turntablism from our special guest Prolifik- back on home shores from Barcelona. - http://www.bluntbeats.com/
RICHARD STARKRichard Stark is an opera singer who has sung all over the UK as well as in Europe and America- including such diverse venues as Opera Holland Park and Glastonbury Festival. - http://www.richardstark.co.uk/
RICHARD STARK AND ANDREW HUBBARDRichard Stark is an opera singer who has sung all over the UK as well as in Europe and America- including such diverse venues as Opera Holland Park and Glastonbury Festival. He will be accompanied in St. Mary's Church by Andrew Hubbard- a pianist/violinist who currently deps in the West End productions of Phantom of the Opera. - http://www.operacabaret.com/
ROB JACKSONMesmorising instrumental guitarist who uses layers of loops to create a massive sound.
SAAZ ENSEMBLESAAZ Ensemble will perform compositions based on ancient Indian classical ragas and rhythms. The music is spiritual and peaceful exploring the different moods of ragas and intricate rhythmic patterns. - http://www.saazmusic.org/
SALSA WITH AND123See the feature on The Town Hall. - http://www.and123.co.uk/
SCREAM! SHOUT! SAY NOTHINGRecently signed local 5 piece- mid way through their second UK tour. Emotive- ambient- post-hardcore played like they won't get another chance. - ww.myspace.com/screamshoutsaynothing. - www.myspace.com/screamshoutsaynothing
SIMPLE CERTAINTYAn indie-pop band with a reputation of 'tearing up' live acts. With positive feedback and a growing fanbase- these guys are definately one to see. - www.myspace.com/simplecertainty
SIMRAN AND SUKMANIBorn in Hitchin but now living in Leeds this brother and sister duo have been playing their instruments for atleast 6 years. They started working together a year ago experimenting with Indian classical music and have been perfecting their own brand of improvisation around Indian Rags on Saxophone and Tabla.
SIR WALTER J. WALLISYour host for the weekend on the Market Place Stage. - www.myspace.com/sirwalterjwallis
SPANDEX BALLETBob Dylan played by the goons. Neil Young played by the young ones. James Blunt played by no-one EVER. - www.myspace.com/spandexballet
SPIKED4 piece all-girl Indie/Rock band from Hitchin. Pulsating tunes mixing heavy riffs and teenage angst ridden words- they'll have you dancing! Sponsored by Hertfordshire Music Service - www.myspace.com/spikedmusic
STANZAStanza is a 16 year old female rapper who has been rapping for 4 years now and has been working on a album. - www.myspace.com/stanza222
STEVIE JONESStevie knows how to write powerful well crafted songs and delivers them with a sensational passion. - www.myspace.com/steviejonesmusic
STUART O'CONNORStuart has built up a reputation for combining traditional acoustic guitar style with modern effects and melodic vocals. Last year he toured the UK extensively- playing 250 shows throughout 2006. So far this year he has toured New Zealand and Australia (with Paul Greene) as well as supporting Ocean Colour Scene. - www.myspace.com/stuartoconnor
SUMMERHOUSESummerhouse played the very first festival as a 4 piece indie band- now returning as a 7 piece with a more mature country alt sound.
SWAINY ROOTS SOULJAHSweet roots reggae for the sunshine from guest DJ Swainy Root Souljah. - http://www.bluntbeats.com/
TABEEYA RAQS SHARQI EGYPTIAN DANCEAlong side fellow dancers AL AMAR- Tabeeya will be providing a workshop for all to join in with - in the Town Hall - please see the feature on The Town Hall. Also- on the Market Place Stage Tabeeya present a preview of their new show Dawn till Dusk which they will be touring later in the year their show features accompaniment from internationally reknown percussionist Ibrahim El Minyewi. - http://www.tabeeya.co.uk/
TANGO ERRANTESee the feature on The Town Hall. Supported by First Capital Connect.
TEA DANCE 50/50 SEQUENCE & BALLROOMSee the feature on The Town Hall.
TERRY AND GAVIN McCANNGavin adds his guitar work to brother Terry's vocals- tunes- and words. Loud songs played on quiet" guitars delivered through folk influenced acoustic indie rock. - www.myspace.com/mccannt
TEZIntelligent songwriting- mixed with exceptional guitar playing always produces a beautiful performance. - http://www.tezsolo.com/
THE AMERSHAM ENSEMBLEMusicians from the Amersham Festival Orchestra perform Elgar’s Piano Quintet and Serenade for Strings- which together encompass the full breadth of the composer’s emotional landscape. Sponsored by John Lewis.
THE ART OF OPPOSITIONA 5 piece indie/rock band with bags of experience- playing in dirty venues with some dirty bands such as underground heroes. SAVAGE! - www.myspace.com/theartofopposition
THE DEALERS"A breath of fresh air - catch them before they are whisked away by a canny music mogul. Fabulous."- Kim Headly- Artistic Director- Broadstairs Folk Week." - http://www.thedealersonline.com/
THE DEFEKTERSThe Defekters are a lively four piece band from Stevenage- brought together through a mutual Love and Respect for music. They are fast building a reputation as a good band with a unique sound. Definately worth checking out!!! - www.myspace.com/thedefekters
THE EYES OF A TRAITORHailing from Harpenden- the young 5 piece brutal metal band have made a huge impact in the UK- any fan of metal should definately catch this band. - www.myspace.com/theeyesofatraitor
THE MONTGOMERY MUSIC MAKERS3 to 5 Piece band consistiing of stand up bass- steel guitar- lead guitar and rhythem- playing a mixture of raw- fused rockabilly and dirty- untaime country rock dateing back to the early 50s. - www.myspace.com/themontgomerymusicmakers
THE NEW TOWN CENTRESSpiky- danceable popmusic recalling Henry Mancini- Talking Heads and the Kinks- vigorously played on dirty guitars and battered old synths by 6 shopwindow dummies with identical hair. - http://www.newtowncentres.com/
THE OCTOBER GAMEThe October Game is the collision of different minds becoming one for the sole purpose of creating wonderfully eclectic and heartfelt music- carrying intricate and poetic lyrics - www.myspace.com/theoctobergame
THE OTTERSIntense and dramatic no wave punk rock for weirdos- juxtaposing dark tales of modern day suburbia with real- honest music that refuses to be pigeonholed. - www.myspace.com/theottersband
THE PINE LEAF BOYSOne of THE highlights of the festival, The Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of traditional Cajun and Creole music with youthful exuberance. More...
THE RHYTHMS CONVERSATIONWhat can one person do?
Do you blank off the suffering of other people or does it make you despair? Sitting on the sofa on a night in, watching the news can be a depressing experience. Every night, there are pictures of individual suffering, of war and of damage to the planet that can cause a feeling of quiet desperation or sinister indifference. More...
THE ROCKETEERSEnergetic- trashy garage rock with strong blues roots. Based in Hitchin- this 3-piece's live show will literally blow your mind! - www.myspace.com/rocketeers
THE SWAMISThe Swamis always leave you wanting more – tight- aggressive yet melodic – a unique three-piece band performing original acoustic rock songs that have to be heard! - www.myspace.com/theswamis
THE TRAILER TRASH ORCHESTRALike Johnny Cash meets The Ramones or Gram Parsons jamming with The Pogues- The Trailer Trash Orchestra create their own unique brand of country-trash! - http://www.trashville.co.uk/
THE TWILIGHT PLAYERSSlick- sharp and dynamic! These dancing brothers perform in their classic body popping style with a heavy dose of showmanship- to a soundtrack of Jazz- Ska- Asian and Electro funk. - http://www.twilightplayers.com/
THIS IS COLOURHailing from surrey This Is Colour are an old - school hardcore band mixing long guitar solos- fast paced shouting and heavy beatdowns. - www.myspace.com/thisiscolour
TINLIN''Give in to the audible delights of Tinlin - original uplifting melodies you can chill out or get down to in an acoustic melting pot of sound.'' - www.myspace.com/tinlinmusic
TOQUE TAMBORPrepare to rock and (to some extent) roll. Toque Tambor are Hitchin’s premier school of percussion and leading exponents of Brazilian music in the east of England. More...
TRADITIONAL SRI LANKAN DANCETeachers and students from the Buddhist Community Centre in Letchworth performing traditional Sri Lankan dance pieces with accompaniment from live musicians
UKABILLY BIG BANDThe Ukabilly Big Band features Paul on ukulele and Dave on double bass playing obscure and interesting blues- rockabilly- western swing- pop and rock covers
UNICORN CEILIDH feat LAUGHING GRAVYSee the feature on The Town Hall. - http://www.unicornceilidhs.org.uk/
WEIGHTLOSSOriginal ska/punk sounds from locals weightloss fresh off their summer album launch tour- sporting bad haircuts and tunes to dance to. - www.myspace.com/weightloss
ZULEIKASome have referred to Zuleika as New Age folk- others folk with a fall back to the sixties. However you want to interpret it- it is a tantalising mix of different colours and timbres. - www.myspace.com/zuleika0

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