Rhythms of the World 2012 Sunday running to schedule

PUBLISHED: 11:34 15 July 2012 | UPDATED: 13:02 16 July 2012

Mud everywhere at Hitchin music festival Rhythms of the World 2012

Mud everywhere at Hitchin music festival Rhythms of the World 2012


DAY two of the annual Rhythms of the World music festival in Hitchin is running to schedule, organisers have confirmed.

The opening day of the 2012 world music event in Hertfordshire was delayed yesterday (Saturday) due to bad weather.

Gates were due to open at 11am, with the music starting at noon.

But those times were put back a couple of hours as organisers completed setting up the site, bad weather being the cause for the delays.

As a result, a number of bands had their stage appearances cancelled.

However, the festival has opened on time today (Sunday), with the music kicking off at 12pm as planned.

The top gate entrance near the Priory Park Stage, however, is closed until further notice as it is just too muddy to get in there and the Priory stage is closed for safety reasons.

The main entrance is now the only way into the site, and long queues are expected.

A posting on the Rhythms of the World Facebook page warns: “You will likely have to queue so please be patient.”

A further Facebook update said: “The Priory Park Stage is closed until further notice.

“As the viewing area is on a steep hill it’s like a mud slide and not safe.

“We will review this on an ongoing basis. Please accept our apologies but we have to put the safety of everyone first.”

Festival-goers have also been warned to wear sensible shoes/boots as the grounds of Hitchin Priory are messy after Saturday’s heavy rain.

An update on the ROTW Facebook page says: “Make sure you wear wellies as it’s very muddy!”

Young Hertfordshire girl group The Folk are looking forward to playing Rhythms today after their Icehouse Stage show was axed on Saturday.

They tweeted: “Let’s do this again! @rotwfestival today, Nettlebed stage 12.40 see you there! The sun has got it’s hat on!! Wellies needed though xx”

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