Rhythms of the World 2012 finally starts late after delay

PUBLISHED: 15:21 14 July 2012 | UPDATED: 17:11 14 July 2012

The muddy scene at the 2012 Rhythms of the World music festival at Hitchin Priory

The muddy scene at the 2012 Rhythms of the World music festival at Hitchin Priory

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THE gates to the 2012 Rhythms of the World music festival at Hitchin Priory in Hertfordshire have finally opened after a delay caused by the rain.

The main stage at the Rhythms of the World music festival at Hitchin PrioryThe main stage at the Rhythms of the World music festival at Hitchin Priory

Music at the annual global extravaganza was due to kick off at noon today (Saturday).

However, organisers had to postponed the start of the two-day Hitchin festival by a couple of hours due to delays setting up the site caused by the wet weather.

As a result, some bands have had their scheduled appearances today cancelled.

One such act is acoustic pop trio The Folk. The Hertfordshire girls were due to appear on the Icehouse Stage at 5pm but have had their set pulled from the day’s running order.

Mud everywhere at Hitchin music festival Rhythms of the World 2012Mud everywhere at Hitchin music festival Rhythms of the World 2012

As it stands, the teenage trio will be back at ROTW tomorrow (Sunday) with an appearance on The Nettlebed Stage around 12.40pm.

Breaking the news on Twitter, The Folk tweeted: “Gutted – we have had our set @rotwfestival sacrificed as they are running behind cos of the rain, at least we are still on tomoz #rotw2012”

Because of the persistent rain, the grounds of the Priory are also very muddy and festival-goers are advised to wear wellies or sensible shoes/boots – with conditions underfoot likely to deteriorate as the day progresses.

However, not everyone has followed the ROTW Twitter advice. After the gates opened, the festival tweeted: “Lots of people coming down in plimpsoles! That’s going to be fun!”

Welwyn Hatfield Times news editor Chris Lennon also tweeted a picture of the main stage, adding: “I’m not expecting the green stuff to stand much of a chance later!”

Juju are due to headline the Main Stage later tonight, with punk pioneers The Damned topping the bill on The Nettlebed, while former Mercury Music Prize nominees Young Knives are on the BBC Introducing Stage.

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