Live Route to Rhythms final on the horizon

TOMORROW (Thursday) the talents of four of Hertfordshire’s top musical acts will be put to the test in the live final of The Comet’s exciting Route to Rhythms competition.

The winner will perform to thousands of music lovers at Rhytms of the World festival, held over the weekend of July 9 and 10. which is celebrating its 20th birthday this year.

Judges have sifted through dozens of entrants to find the best in local talent, but the winner will have to impress an elite panel to perform at Hitchin’s world music extravaganza,

Mzukka World Music and Monaco Bears will face off against Brian Storme and Whiley’s Floating Castle at Club 85, with the act who wows our judges perorming at the prestigous festival.

The panel that will decide the diverse acts fates is comprised of influential figures from the local music scene, featuring Rouge Music svengali Charlie Frame, Kelly Betts of BBC Introducing, a Comet representative and festival booker Steve Smither.

Speaking to The Comet last week Mr Smither said: “I think the competition gives artists who haven’t gone through the other route to play Rhythms of the World an opportunity to get involved with an increasingly well-respected event.

“For various bands in the area the festival is a real high point of the year and I have met bands who have played the festival in previous years who said it was the best thing they have ever done.”

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Get to the live final for a 7.30pm start and entry is just �3.

Rhythms of The World, once again hosted by Hitchin Priory, already has an amazing line-up featuring the best in international talent, more information is available from

The Comet would like to thank North Hertfordshire College for sponsoring the Route to Rhythms competition.