Rhythms Has Your Two Hips Moving!
Clearly, the good people of Hitchin have got it going on. Not only is it a great place for lots of lovely indie shopping, eating and drinking – but it is also home to the Rhythms of the World Festival every year. I grabbed my youngest and headed over last weekend to try it out – honestly, not quite sure whether it would live up to all the enthusiastic Hitchin-hype. And it rocked.
Now, my youngest had never been to a festival before – but the fact that she, rather sweetly, announced halfway through our day there that I was ‘the best mummy in the world (really? I doubt that) for bringing her to such a brilliant place’ seems like a fairly ringing endorsement, even without anything to compare it too. She’s 5 (going on 27), but I reckon my 11 year old (going on 17) would have loved it too – despite already believing himself too cool for his own socks.
It wasn’t just all about the small folk, though. I had a blast – and I could well imagine having been there, just Mr C and me, and having a properly grown-up time. I was quite disappointed, actually, at having to leave because it was well past bedtime (hers, and probably mine too). Things just seemed to be hotting up nicely, and an evening spent listening to all kinds of bands from, quite literally, all over the world with a glass of wine or two and some tasty treats from the various food stalls (well, not all of them, obvs) was a very tempting prospect.
With six stages – including the BBC Introducing stage – there was loads to choose from. And the Family Area kept my little one happy, although she was equally happy to wander round and see what music we could find.
The only stage we didn’t check out – on advice from someone in the know – was the gloriously-named Arcadeclectic, based on that fact that it was probably a bit sweary for her tender ears. My eldest would almost certainly have spent his whole day in front of the Priory Park stage, with its back-to-back DJ sets.
And it was a good line-up, too. Yes, there were lots of bands and singers I’d never heard of (not a bad thing) – but there were some names, too: The Shires, The Brand New Heavies, Neville Staples (him from The Specials and Fun Boy Three), and more. Natasha North, on the BBC stage, was a good find, too.
It was just about right, festival-wise. Easy to get to, lots going on, plenty of variety, and a great atmosphere. Oh, and lots of loos. We didn’t have to queue all day. (I know, I know – probably too much info, but it does make a difference to a day out.)
And on Sunday, Muddy Herts subscriber Katy Newton joined in the fun – partying it up on the drier of the two days (we did get rained on pretty hard for a bit there on Saturday) and having an absolute blast with the tickets she one in the Muddy Herts fab festival giveaway.
Next year, I’ll definitely be taking the whole family to Rhythms of the World. It was a great day out, and a brilliant intro to the whole festival thing for my little girl. Good stuff, Hitchin. You appear to have got it sussed.