Friday at Rhytmtree 2017

  • By Koo Janzen
  • 01 Jul, 2017

Funk it... it's Friday!

No matter which way you like to shake your butt, Friday at Rhythmtree is guaranteed to get you twirling your best steps and throwing your favourite shapes. We’ll be getting our grooves into gear early in the evening with the not-to-be-missed steaming afro-funk of Togo’s Vaudou Game followed by the club-world mash up of the transformational Transglobal Underground and then the legendary Stereo MC’s really get things connected as they grace the mainstage and take us on a trip through their ecstatic club, hip-hop and chart classics.

The party’s not over when the mainstage lights dim though because over in the Didg Cafe, making their first appearance at Rhythmtree, we’ll have the top ranking skanking of Ska’d For Life primed and ready to put a renewed spring in your dance steps, whilst a dip down the path into Jill’s Woods will bring you into a special world of funkiness hosted by the vinyl only funkmaster, The Soul Professor, and featuring the cool hammond organ sounds of Juno. Come by after the light goes down and you’re pretty much bound to bump into other late-night revellers you know whilst getting a chance to dance under the moonlight to a top selection of grooves from all points of the musical compass and, more than likely, make some new mates on the way.

The Soul Professor’s collection of 7” funk 45's date back to the early 60’s and stretch forward and outwards through the decades encompassing soul, reggae and the many musical worlds beyond.   He started DJing way back when at various notorious West Country nightspots (including, truth be told, a couple of strip clubs) were the only places with a late drinks licence, before he joined two other DJs running the legendary Soul & Funk club in the Rummer Cellar Bar in Bristol.
A centrifugal musical figure in the city that gave us Massive Attack, Portishead and the WOMAD festival, The Soul Professor has now decamped to Hamburg and is in huge demand spinning his collection of rare Funk 7-inch vinyl in clubs throughout Germany. Visits back to the UK are few and far between these days and we’re thrilled we’ve managed to entice him to Rhythmtree as only Glastonbury, Tramline and WOMAD festivals have previously pried him away from Germany’s club scene. If you love to dance deep into the night, Jill's Woods are the place to be and The Soul Professor is the man you need!

Rhythmtree Festival

By Koo Janzen 01 Jul, 2017

No matter which way you like to shake your butt, Friday at Rhythmtree is guaranteed to get you twirling your best steps and throwing your favourite shapes. We’ll be getting our grooves into gear early in the evening with the not-to-be-missed steaming afro-funk of Togo’s Vaudou Game followed by the club-world mash up of the transformational Transglobal Underground and then the legendary Stereo MC’s really get things connected as they grace the mainstage and take us on a trip through their ecstatic club, hip-hop and chart classics.

By Koo Janzen 30 Jun, 2017

Rhythmtree Festival is held at Three Gates Farm . The farm was owned by Jill. 

Jill loved her farm more than words can say, mostly she loved seeing her friends and family enjoy it as much as she did. Always one for a party (especially one with live music), Jill was over the moon when the boys from Widget Productions first visited her in 2011 and suggested bringing this beautiful, family festival to her fields. Rhythmtree gave Jill the chance to see families relax and soak up the Rhythmtree vibe within the environment she most cherished. 

Yesterday, 29th June, marked one year since Jill lost her brave battle with cancer. So if you're coming this year, please sit in her woods and raise a glass (plastic please!) to a lady who worked tirelessly her whole life to achieve a place where people loved to be.

By Koo Janzen 29 Jun, 2017
Now widely regarded as a not to be missed Rhythmtree institution, Paul Armfield’s Sunday Shhh returns to our beautiful glade in the shade stage in Jill’s Woods with a selection box of Sunday afternoon musical treats including not one, but two very exciting UK festival exclusives.
By Koo Janzen 27 Apr, 2017
We’re beyond excited to be able to wrap up Saturday mainstage’s perfect day with a perfect night as we welcome one of the UK’s greatest ever songwriters, Ian Broudie and his quintessential band, The Lightning Seeds. Things can indeed be marvellous.

Despite not playing the fame game like most of his Brit-pop contemporaries Ian Broudie’s skill in writing and producing wonderfully catchy and uplifting songs that have more than stood the test of time has secured his reputation as a truly great songwriter. ”Marvellous”, “Lucky You”, “Pure” “Perfect”, “Ready or Not” and the greatest football song ever “Three Lions” are all melodic mini-masterpieces and one of his earliest hits “The Life of Riley”, which was written for his son when he was just a toddler, now takes on an extra charm as Riley will be up on stage at Rhythmtree playing guitar alongside his Dad.  
By Koo Janzen 09 Mar, 2017
"To the left, to the right. Step it up step it up it's alright"

Closing our main stage on Friday we’re very excited to be welcoming hip-hop pioneers and “Best Live Act” Brit Awards winners Stereo MC’s. Renown for their stunning live shows Stereo MC’s took dance into the mainstream with their worldwide hits including “Step it Up”, “Ground Level”, “Creation” and, of course, their monster smash “Connected”. Stereo MC's are still as vibrant , energetic and funky live as ever they were so make sure you're connected and join us at the Rhythmtree main stage on Friday evening. It's going to be a big party!
By Koo Janzen 01 Feb, 2017
The Rhythmtree elves have been hard at work to make this year's Rhythmtree the best ever and they haven't finished yet. There is frantic activity behind the scenes to secure a great variety of acts and some stunning headliners for you this year. Check back soon as our preliminary acts are announced! 
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