Born out of the mid 80's inspirational Hip Hop scene and the DIY UK acid house/club scene, Stereo Mc's reputation grew slowly throughout the late 80's. They started an underground dance label, releasing diverse artists from Richie Rich to the Jungle Brothers as well as their own records before being picked up by Island Records.
They performed live extensively and supported groups such as De La Soul, A Certain Ratio, EMF and U2 and did US and UK tours with The Happy Mondays. After early chart success in America for their second LP Supernatural, they recorded the Album 'Connected' which became an international hit.
They embarked on a huge touring schedule including memorable appearances at Glastonbury and many other festivals worldwide. This period culminated with a Mercury prize nomination and 2 Brit awards for Best Album and Best Live Act.
Aside from following on their remix activity with mixes for Tricky, Madonna and Quannum Mc's amongst others, a period of relative silence followed.
They emerged 7 years later with their K7 DJ Kicks LP, followed quickly by the top 20 LP and single 'Deep Down and Dirty'. A return to independent labels in 2005 rejuvenated the band and has seen them making new LP's and performing live regularly.
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.
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.