Once again I had the pleasure of co-hosting the Arcadeclectic Stage at Rhythms of the World Festival in Hitchin on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2015.
Set in the beautiful grounds of The Priory in Hitchin, Hertfordshire Rhythms of the World brings us together for a celebration of music and culture from around the world and around the corner and plays host to over 30,000 visitors over the weekend to enjoy the music, dance, poetry, culture, food and a host of family friendly activities.
The Arcadeclectic started life as the old Arcade Stage back in the days when the festival was centred in Hitchin Town, strangely enough, in the arcade! Organised and run by Chris Ripple Arcadeclectic has achieved somewhat of a cult following in its own right irrespective of who may be appearing and has, and continues to be, somewhat anarchic, edgy, non-commercial, sometimes controversial but always different and all the better for it.
Almost anything goes, punk, folk, rock, jazz, blues, poetry, classical, opera, soul, bluegrass, country and Chris has the uncanny ability of booking artists who really could or should be gracing stages much bigger than ours, but that my friends is what it’s all about and what makes it so good to be part of.
I cannot speak for the other stages but on the Arcadeclectic team, apart from Chris’s amazing management, we have one of the best sound and lighting crews around, a great stage and front of house manager, an excellent recording and photographic crew and of course hosts who are 100% behind the ethos of this stage and ROTW in general, in short, we had a blast!
Located in our shady picturesque riverside setting beneath the trees, on Saturday morning after the final tweaks and checks that are always needed and of course the full safety checks we were up and ready to go spot on time.
Saturday 20th June.
Standing in for the injured Alan Cowley (Get well soon Alan) we kicked off with last minute replacement act, St. Clair who did us and himself proud I must say, an excellent performance that attracted our first crowd of the day and had us well and truly ‘open’ for business.
I was happy with my set and my delivery and judging by the feedback I had on the day and afterwards + several requests for copies of some of the poems I read, they were happy too.
|Grant Meaby - Photo Colin Ridgway|
|Enemies of Promise|
|Los Astronautas Meurtos|
|Steve White and the Protest Family|
|Scum of Toytown|
|Mud mud inglorious mud|
Sunday 21st June
Thankfully it didn’t rain much more overnight and not at all on Sunday which brought us a bright sunny but breezy day so on Sunday morning we called for a formal inspection and were passed off as OK so were ready to rock & roll at 12 noon on time again but today without Joy who had trapped a nerve in her back and was laid up for the day, big love Joy and wish you well soon.
Kicking us off on Sunday was the amazingly wonderful talented Stuart O’Connor who, despite some technical gremlins at the start of his set got them all sorted with the help of our brilliant sound crew and proceeded to treat us to a truly beautiful and somewhat ethereal set, Sunday was off to a great start.
|Sarah and the Powerpuff Boy|
|G La Roche|
|The Fierce and the Dead|
Cheers m’ dears.