Rhythm Festival

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Rhythm Festival
Joe Bonamassa at Rhythm Festival 2007 UK.jpg
US guitarist Joe Bonamassa at the 2007 Rhythm Festival
Genre music festival
Location(s) Clapham, Bedfordshire,
England, United Kingdom
Founded 2006

The Rhythm Festival is an outdoor music festival held at The Mansion House[disambiguation needed], Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire from 2011. From 2006 until 2010 it was held at Twinwood Arena, near the village of Clapham, Bedfordshire, England.[1] Rhythm Festival was founded by music promoter Jim Driver. Music performances take place in three main venues (whose names change regularly), with other smaller venues hosting DJs, cinema and "fringe" events. In 2007 Rhythm Festival was put forward for five categories in the UK Festival Awards.[2] The festival is limited to an attendance of 5,000, and (according to director Jim Driver) is deliberately kept smaller and personal, aiming to be 'higher quality' than events like the Glastonbury Festival and the Isle of Wight Festival, and "aimed more towards the customer". In an interview with the BBC in 2006, Driver claimed to that "The musical policy of Rhythm Festival is simply to feature good music".[3]

The 2012 Festival was due to take place over the August bank Holiday Weekend. On 3 August 2012 a notice advising of the cancellation of the festival was placed on the Official Rhythm Festival Website, posted on Facebook and sent out by email to all those on the email list. Contrary to urban myth, the official Forum has never been closed.