Rhythms of the World 2013 cancelled

Rhythms of the World 2012 festival

Rhythms of the World 2012 festival - Credit: Archant

RHYTHMS of the World will not run this year, organisers have said this morning.

The festival was held at Hitchin Priory, but its owners said the festival could no longer be held there after a muddy 2012 event.

Organisers had been looking for a new venue, but have not found one in time.

In a statement sent out this morning, they said they were hopeful of finding somewhere in 2014.

“It is with much regret that we have to inform you that there with be no Rhythms of the World festival in 2013.

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“We were told by Chartridge Conference Company in September 2012 that we could no longer hold the festival there. Since then, we have spoken to a number of landowners interested in hosting future festivals.

“However, considering it is now February and, despite our very best efforts we have no venue confirmed, the trustees and group leaders have taken the very difficult decision not to hold a festival this year. As well as not having a great deal of time between now and July, a number of key volunteers have stepped down in recent months (after years of long and loyal service) and we have not been able to fill these positions. Without these key people, we simply would not be able to raise and manage the income required to put on a festival this summer.

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“We know this is hugely disappointing news and it was not an easy decision. However, we are hopeful that we will secure a site for the 2014 festival very soon and will let you know when we do.”

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Comet.

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