After a successful introduction in 2011, the Icehouse Stage at Hitchin’s Rhythms of the World festival continues where it raucously finished last year with performers spanning music, dance and variety and for the first time, comedy. An old-fashioned barn dance will be the finale to a eclectic line up which is sure to melt the hearts of any one mistakenly under the impression that Icehouse will be the epitome of all that is cool.
This year sees the start of a collaboration with lastminute.comedy famed locally for its comedy events showcasing talent from across the UK and beyond. Saturday’s line up will also see acoustic performances from renowned singer songwriter Katie Malco, last years Main Stage troubadour Andrea Wilde and friends, Robbing King Richard, hugely talented The Folk and the extraordinary Jordan Bradley picking up the headlining honours.
Sunday takes on a celebratory theme as we focus on youth with a variety of dancing styles being performed by local groups. We’re proud to present Irish Dance from Grants, Street Dance from Aspire and Bex Crew and Bollywood Dance. The winners of Herts Music Services’ song writing competition will perform alongside the winners of the Voice of Hitchin Talent show, all rounded off by what promises to be remembered as the infamous Rhythms of the World Barn Dance led by Jump the Vortex.
Rhythms of the World Performance Director, Steve Smither, says:
“After the great success of Icehouse in 2011 we’ve built on that and expanded the programme to bring something new to the festival for 2012. This stage really gives us the opportunity to present performers from the local community enabling them to develop their talents and entertain a lively and enthusiastic audience.”