Now in its 15th year, Hitchin's Rhythms of the World Festival is getting bigger, stronger and more entertaining every year.
This year BBC Three Counties Radio had one of the eleven stages and I was delighted that some of the artists featured on the Business of Sound did a set for us.
One of the things that we all loved was that with over 700 performers, the music was so diverse and so were the personnel! Sometimes you'd get 27 people belting music out and sometimes just one person would turn up with one block of wood and just absolutely blow you away.
It was also great to see so many people dancing and grooving at what is the UK's biggest free festival of world music!
Here are some of my highlights!
Joe's from New York - he's a bit shabby but he's such a cool guy! He has this amazing stage show which is basically him on his own but playing maybe 17 or 18 different parts to song. How does he do that? He calls it looping. I call it absolute magic.
|Six Point Five|
He's got his microphone and his guitar plugged into a little recorder that can loop up an amount of time. He plays a bit, loops it up then plays a bit more and layers the whole thing on top. It's a very, very difficult skill to acquire and he is one of the world's best!
This band walked all around the festival through the entire town with instruments ranging from massive drums to little tambourines and accompanied by a number
of exotic dancers.
Six Point Five
This was one of the featured bands I have had on the Business of Sound. They won the First Up competition on sky TV which gave them a week in Abbey Road Studios recording their EP. They were absolutely electric live!
Kasai Masai walked onto our bus with a lump of wood and magic came out of it. It was absolutely beautiful.
Luton Youth Jazz Orchestra
Conducted by Simon Router, they were absolutely banging, 27 young people between the ages of 14 and 19 and man could they play!
These Three Counties favourites drew a massive crowd who were moshing - that's where it looks like you're having a terrible time but in reality, you're banging around with all these other people and it's fun!
|The Acoustic Front|
They are a very strong, hard hitting punky, grungy rock band and then half way through their set their singer Kat suddenly took off the bass guitar, put on an electric guitar, made it sound like an acoustic guitar and sang a very haunting ballad.
The Acoustic Front
Modern jazz - a lot of people don't get it but you might after you hear them!
She was the first artist to feature on the Business of Sound. She's just one of those people who sits at a piano and just sings classic song after classic song. It was wonderful to see her at the festival - it was a magnificent performance.
Rosie from Devon is just 17 and it was her first time playing at a festival. I felt really sorry for her when in the only technical hitch of day, there was a problem with a wire. It must have been horrifying for her, on her own in front of hundreds of people, but it was fixed and she went on to deliver an absolutely enchanting set.
This virtuoso uses one acoustic guitar to create the sound of a whole band!
Listen to all these artists using the links on the right hand side!