Festival: Rhythm Festivals 2012 Cancelled/Postponed

One of my favourite festivals not only because of the music but because of the ethics behind the festival, The Rhythm Festival(s), has been cancelled for this year. Here is a not from Jim Driver the organiser.

“I am hugely saddened to have to announce that Rhythm Festivals 2012 can not take place as over the weekend of August 24-26 at the Mansion House, Old Warden Park in Bedfordshire, as planned.

A whole series of glitches and problems made it impossible to carry on. The weather, the Olympics, the Jubilee, the economic downturn and a dozen other factors, including the “domino effect” of other events not happening, all played their part. I fought long and hard to make it work for 2012, but today I have to admit defeat and hope that three week’s notice will give you time to make alternative arrangements for the Bank Holiday.

Ticket-holders will be offered a full refund or will be able to use their tickets in 2013. Please give me a few days to sort out a returns procedure and do not send your tickets back yet as we need time to co-ordinate everything and notify the various agencies and outlets. (Anyone who has booked online over the last few days and whose order has not been processed, will receive an automatic refund over the next 5-10 days).

The aim is to postpone the festival until 2013 and we are inviting back the acts who were booked for 2012 and hope that they can make it next year.

I really am very sorry that we can’t meet up with you at Old Warden Park in three week’s time. My team and I really did work incredibly hard to try and make the festival happen, but over the last couple of days it became clear that was impossible. I can only apologize if you took time off work or booked hotels and travel.

I will send another email in a week or so to give more details and to outline the refund process.

I know you’ll be disappointed, but believe me, nowhere near as “gutted” as I am.

Cheers, Jim”

  • https://www.facebook.com/709048271 Keith Mayhew

    Shame about Rhythm Festival as it is only 10 mins away from me. Although I’ve never been and have never covered it. In fact NEVER even had a reply from Jim Driver as apparently he only lets Press in if you buy a ticket. Last year I tried 3 avenues of enquiry and at each one either no reply/response. I’m sure his attitude does keep away potential freeloaders, but when the local press cant even get a snapper in and have to rely on someone sending snaps in. I did see some pics from some bloke who is apparently a photographer near me that I’d never even heard of or seen before until at an even 6 months ago – he seemed to be shooting from the pit although the pics were flashed and godawfully awful. Oh well

  • https://www.facebook.com/1351028474 Simon Jay Price

    I think Jim is always up against it. In my view he always tries to do the right thing and honest thing. It is such a shame for him, although I think his new format of three festivals in one did not help sales.

  • https://www.facebook.com/709048271 Keith Mayhew

    I can see the point in trying to add to your core audience, but I guess that only works if you are a group of pals, some of whom are rock fans and others folk fans. Usually Festivals aim for a specific demographic, sure you might be a big fan of rock/blues but can still appreciate other genres, but you are not going to pay extra as your time will be spent at the rock stage. And vice versa. Difficult I know and recently the Lovefest at Luton made a strange choice in having Olly Murs headlining supported by Skepta, Sway and other urban/Grime acts – trying to spread the demographic, but forgetting that the bulk will be Olly fans and would have ZERO interest in the urban beats