As Rhythmtree wound down last night and as the final campers pack up and leave this morning, Rhythmtree Festival has cemented itself as one of the Island’s leading homegrown festivals, perhaps filling the void that Bestival has left behind.
It was everything you could want in a local festival, from an eclectic mix of local and international music peppered with some big names acts such as Stereo MCs, The Lightening Seeds and The Blockheads and Tankus the Henge closing the show (see our video here); to some lesser known but no less well received, including The Voodoo Love Orc and Caravan Raj. The food and drink on offer showcased local brands with a Mermaids Gin Bar, tasty snacks from Brownriggs, Wightwood Pizza, Godshill Cherries and many more.
Kids were extremely well-catered for with a dedicated area featuring dress up, carnival workshops, bouncy castles, skateboarding with John Cattle and forest skills. There were different strokes for different folks with a healing area for those that wanted to get their zen on, and for those that wanted to dance until their feet hurt, Didg Cafe provided the perfect outlet.
The weather had definitely been booked in advance, with not a single drop of rain (or at least not that we saw) and a good amount of sunshine for the whole weekend. The setting of Three Gates Farm made for a beautiful backdrop and ease in and out either to West Wight or back into Newport.
The overall atmosphere was happy and friendly, with the festival putting a comforting arm around everyone, young or old there was something for everyone and everyone was totally included. Here’s to 2018!