Here’s a band which is clearly outstanding in its field – and they’re the latest names to be confirmed for the bill at next month’s Rhythms of the World festival in Hitchin.

The two day feast of music from around the world and around the corner scheduled for Hitchin Priory on the midsummer weekend of Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, has already secured star names of the rank of Neville Staple, formerly of cult Coventry ska sensations The Specials, and 1980s hearthrob turned Tex Mex troubadour Paul Young.

But adding Amber Run adds an up to the minute dimension to the crowded bill, with the Nottingham-based band a coming force on the music scene.

Joe Keogh, Will Jones, Tom Sperring, Felix Archer, and Henry Wyeth are in their third year together but after making an impact on the BBC Introducing stage at 2013’s Reading Festival they’ve been touring ferociously and released debut album 5am last month.

They serve up big-chorus, anthemic pop-rock which Rhythms organisers reckon is sure to go down well with a festival crowd.

A second batch of free tickets for disadvantaged children and young people – a new venture at this year’s festival thanks to a link-up with Luton-based children’s charity Happy Days – has now been released.

You can find out full details, and whether you are eligible to apply, by checking out the festival website at

The website also features details of the confirmed acts and all the other activities which will be on offer during the two-day festival, together with information about how you can get involved as a volunteer, a trader or a sponsor.

There’s a volunteer information evening in Luton next week, with sessions also planned for Letchworth and Stevenage.