Five more acts ready to wow Rhythms of the World

Mehboob Nadeem, a Indian classical sitarist and vocalist, is set to play at this year's ROTW

Mehboob Nadeem, a Indian classical sitarist and vocalist, is set to play at this year's ROTW - Credit: Archant

Five more acts have been confirmed for this year’s Rhythms of the World (RotW).


ROTW - Credit: Archant

Organisers of the festival of world music – coming to Hitchin Priory on August 2-3 and backed by the Comet – have continued with their “music from around the world and round the corner” philosophy with an eclectic mix of performers now signed up.

Among the latest acts to be confirmed is Mehboob Nadeem – an Indian classical sitarist and vocalist who has performed for the Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, as well as playing at a tribute concert for Mother Teresa.

Joining him will be Son Yambo, a London-based band playing infectious authentic Cuban son music, which mixes Cuban and African music from the streets.

Hitchin-based five-piece pop/punk band Traitors will be playing their home town, while BURP (Berkhamstead Ukulele Random Players) keep the Hertfordshire connection going and will be offering up folk and country classics.

Rounding off today’s announcement are husband and wife folk duo Megson, who combine the pure lead vocals of Debbie Hanna with her husband Stu’s harmonies, guitar and mandolin work.

“Rhythms has always brought the most wonderful mixture of music to Hitchin and this year is no exception,” said RotW chairman Amy Hopkins.

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“It’s a chance to see the music you love and then expand your horizons and discover something really new and amazing.”

Last week, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire-based folk rock band CC Smugglers were announced as one of the headliners for the main stage and will be joined by Trinidadian-Canadian Calypso band Kobo Town.

Tickets for RotW are £15 for adults and £5 for those aged between six and 17, while children five and under go free.

They are available to buy now via and will later be going on sale in shops across the area.