Rhythmtree Festival announces first wave of artists

Friday’s main stage will be headlined by the ‘lovechild of soul music’ Myles Sanko taking a break from his busy recording schedule to bring his new big band and songs from his latest album. He will be joined by the electric five piece jazz/funk/soul band The Outlanders spotted by the Rhythmtree scouts at last years Love Supreme Jazz Festival.
Saturday will feature the dynamic stage show of 10 piece Cuban band Warra bubbling from their highly acclaimed album launch at London’s famous Jazz Cafe. Adding to the Rhythmtree’s typical musical contrast will be brass juggernaut The Hackney Colliery Band, the best of British reggae from the Resonators and the infectious rhythms of Senegalese sabar-dance band Batch Gueye. 
Sunday will bring together three top bands who are supreme examples of the cultural fusions heard in so much of the 'below the radar' world music found here in the UK and on which the Rhythmtree has built its reputation and unique character as a festival.
Lokkhi Terra are an Afro Cuban Jazz Funk band led by in demand Bangladeshi jazz keyboard player Kishon Kahn and Funkshy formed by top London producer and session drummer Tansay Omar who will be fronted by the amazing vocal talents of gospel singer Debbralee Wells.
Then there is the newly re-formed Afro/Brazilian infused music of Da Lata whose long awaited album Fabiola went straight into the world music top ten charts after its international release last year. 
“Unlike many festivals the Rhythmtree uses a scouting system which means that very few of the bands on our main-stage have not already been seen live by us at some event or other around the country. That is why we are always confident that we bring to our audience high quality original music for them to discover performed by some of the most talented musicians working in the UK’s underground world music scene.

Rhythmtree Festival POSTPONED till August 2012

See the press release from the organisers below:

"It is with regret that we have to announce the postponement of the Rhythmtree Festival.

With this years unprecedented weather bringing unrelenting rainfall to the festival site we have been spending weeks putting into place contingency plans to allow the festival to go ahead.
However in the last week it has become obvious we cannot now commence the site build planned to start today Thursday 12 July.
With the ground in its present waterlogged condition the site build itself would destroy what is a beautiful setting for this years festival.
The Rhythmtree is very much an all age festival and this has also influenced our decision.
The last thing we would want is that our existing and potential ticket buyers attend a festival on a site already damaged and churned up by the necessary vehicles involved in the delivery of everything from the main-stage to the portaloos.
We have been using the best weather forecasting websites we can find and of course, like all those with planned events in the next few weeks, had hoped for a dramatic change in the present weather pattern. 
There is no evidence that the current high rainfall levels will relent in the next few days and there is very little probability that there will be even a brief period of dry weather to allow the site to recover from its present condition.
We have therefore taken the decision to postpone and set a new date for the festival on the 24/25/26 August. 
All tickets already purchased will be valid for the new dates.
All ticket buyers who have purchased on-line from Red Funnel or WeGotTickets will be notified by email of this postponement and be offered refunds if it is not possible to attend on the new dates.
If you have bought a ticket from one of our island outlets we need a few days to organise a refund procedure. 
We have an agreement with our outlets that they will not be responsible for ticket refunds and the refund process will be by postal application to Rhythmtree Promotions Ltd. 
An application for refund of tickets will be available on this website within a few hours and we will also place application forms in all the outlets by this week-end.
All ticket money is secure and available for refund on request. 
The Rhythmtree has built up an exceptional reputation for fair dealing and good organisation in the last three years and we are not about to destroy that by delaying or prevaricating about refunds for those of you who cannot attend the festival in August. 
The Rhythmtree has not and will not be cancelled or abandoned.
We hope to see as many of you as possible in August"

Rhythmtree Festival dates and ticket details

Three stages; Main-stage, The Didge Cafe (with lots of comfy sofas and unplugged music performances) and the RhumbaRumBar with family dance workshops during the day and world music DJ's late into the evening.

The festival brings together a diverse repertoire of music for those who want to experience something very different in the UK festival scene.
Not afraid to surprise and intrigue this event has developed its own unique atmosphere and style, which is already attracting a loyal following in only its third year.  
Afrobeat to swamp-rock, didgeridoo to beat boxing, throat singing to cajun, drums and dance, three days of music which is truly 'out of this world'.
Main stage acts including:-
Mose 'FanFan' Sengo, Afrik Bawantu , AIRTist, Acadian Driftwood, Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, Congo Dia Ntotila , Elvis Fontenot and the Sugar Bees, Eugen 'Hideaway' Bridges, Harare, Hyperpotamus, Grupo Lokito, Johnny Cope, Kadialy Kouyate, Kagemusha Taiko, Moveable Feast, Pete Lockett, Phil Henry and Hannah Martin, TravelSickRick, The Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, The Endless Journey, Whiskey River, Zalyshar
Also featuring local musicians and DJ's:-
Tickle me Elmo, Headfunk, Ric Harris Band, Martin Newnham, Chris Williams, Medina Ukulele Orchestra, The Ohmz
There is a dedicated CRB checked Children's area, Healing area, Market stalls and lots of high quality, Isle of Wight sourced, food concessions.
Tickets Available online from WeGotTickets and Red Funnel Ferries with local outlets listed on the website.
£75 adult three day camping
£40 13-17yrs three day camping
£30 Day tickets Saturday and Sunday only (no camping).
Under 12yrs free
Early Bird and Special Deals available on the website.
Dates – 20-22 July 2012
Location – 'Three Gates Farm' PO30 4NA, Isle of Wight
Cost – £75 Adult week-end camping
Website – www.rhythmtree.info


Rhythmtree returns to the Isle of Wight

Held over three days (22nd -24th July 2011) the event showcases a diverse array of music genres and world instruments and is expanding its range again this year.
Just walking around the site you can hear didgeridoo, mbira and samba. Taiko, hang, djembe, dhol, cajon and tongue drums. Overtone singing and human beat-boxing. Native American flute, jaw harp, gong, singing bowl, ocarina, and of course a wide selection of more familiar instruments. 
So…. if you’re up for hearing afro-beat, bhangra, latin, reggae, folk, rock, blues, klezmer, world fusion, electronica, dub, hip hop and the completely undefinable all on stage during an evening this festival is for you.
KISSMET-Son of Dave-Kalakuta Millionaires
Kadialy Kouyate-Kagemusha Taiko-Secret Vibes
Zimbaremabwe-Faren Khan-African Cultural Arts
RadioSamsara-The Hut People-Kangaroo Moon
Moveable Feast-Totally Gourdgeous-SiezeTheDay
Elephant Talk-Phil Henry and Hannah Martin-TwoManTing
Oka Vanga-Dinkumbohos-Mal Webb
Martin Newnham-The Hanging Baskets-Lorenzo Aristodemo
Johnny Cope-The Nefarious GIB-Camel Walk-Tall Paul
Unidos Samba-Big Noise Samba-FaT Samba
Local Bands included this year…
Beachcomber-Born ina Barn-The Ohmz
MoonShiners-Rachel’s Reason-The Weatherkings
Revenge of the Lawn-The Chancers-PipingHotDoc
Ticket Prices
Adult (17yrs and over)Week-end camping …£65
Teen (12-16yrs)          Week-end camping…£30
Teen ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21
Children (11yrs and under) FREE
Saturday Day ticket No Camping…£25
Sunday   Day ticket No Camping…£25
Camper van supplement £25 Term and Conditions of Sale.
Island Outlets
Strings Guitar Center Monkton Street Ryde 01983 562262
Music Central Newport   01983 822798
The Ventnorian Ventnor
Rock and Rose Tattoo Studio Freshwater 07515758990
The Dairy Deli Shalfleet Garage Shalfleet