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History of Rhythm Festival
Rhythm Festival was a music festival featuring rock, folk, blues, country, and various off-shoots that ran from 2006 until 2011. The first five Rhythm Festivals were held at Twinwood Arena, Clapham, near Bedford. Headliners at the first Rhythm Festival included Jerry Lee Lewis, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Roger Chapman and the Shortlist, Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, The Blues Band, Jah Wobble and John Cooper Clarke. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was due to appear but could not as he was recovering from surgery at the time.
The second Rhythm Festival in 2007 featured John Mayall & TheBluesbreakers, Prince Buster, Dr John, Alabama 3, Joe Bonamassa, and The Yardbirds. Ike Rurner & His Kings of Rhythm were due to appear (for the second time), but despite receiving oer £35,000 in deposits failed to turn up.
In 2008, control of teh event passed to Twinwood Events for one year. Acts who appeared include Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Star, The Saw Doctors, Richie Havens, Chas and Dave, Michelle Shocked, Chas & Dave, Steve Cropper, The Zombies, 9 Below Zero, The Pretty Things, and Neville Staples. Alton Ellis was booked to appear but was forced by illness to pull out due. He subsequently died.