Latest News


Friday night at Rhythmtree traditionally has a celebratory party feel and this year the excitement will be racked up a few extra notches.

Organisers of this July’s festival have announced that Alabama 3, the group named as ‘the best live band in the UK’ by The Guardian, will be bringing their irrepressible mix of rock, dance, blues, country and gospel to the mainstage on Friday 12th.

With their huge crowd pleasing hits like The Soprano’s theme tune ‘Woke Up this Morning’ and the dance classic ‘Ain’t going to Goa’, Alabama 3 will be jump starting a very special evening. They will be followed by ambient dance masters The Orb, who’ll be bringing a full visual show, and the Island’s own favourites 77:78, who’ll close the live programme on the ever popular Didg Cafe stage.

Article continues below this advertisement

Also added to the bill for Friday are the incendiary Z-Star Trinity, the infectious reggae rhythms of Undercover Hippy, Kate Tempest & The Sleaford Mods and Club Dada, as well as a whole night of music and DJ’s in the Rhythmtree Woods programmed by the Continental Drifts team.

Sunday evening at Rhythmtree is set to be one big sing along as in addition to The Zombies, who have just been inaugurated into the Rock’n’ Roll Hall of Fame, the main stage will finish with a crackling set from Liverpudlian Brit pop favourites, Cast.  Noel Gallagher described watching the band live as being like a ‘religious experience’.

Elsewhere around the beautiful Rhythmtree site on Sunday, Island favourites Tankus the Henge will be hosting the ever-popular Woods stage throughout the evening. Rounding off the festival will be a very special 90 minute performance from Natty and the Rebelship who’ve clocked up multi-million world wide views on Youtube.

The world’s No 1 all male acapella group The Spooky Men’s Chorale from Australia will be leading a huge communal sing along and, direct from the USA,  pedal and lap steel maestro Roosevelt Collier will be appearing in The Didg cafe. You can also expect to see Namvula from Zambia and the amazing African blues rock sound of 3 piece Kel Assouf.

Additions to Saturday’s programme, including a very special guest performance, will be announced at the end of April. Organisers have also teased that 2 new entertainment areas are coming to the festival this year featuring cabaret, comedy, DJ’s and Spoken Word.

Article continues below this advertisement

Tickets available online at or at Caffe Isola, St James Street, Newport.

The views/opinions expressed in these comments are solely those of the author and do not represent those of Island Echo. House rules on commenting must be followed at all times.

Comment on this story


News, Traffic & Travel Tweets