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24th February 2012

Booker T, King Mob and Boomtown Rats for Rhythm Festivals

The Groundhogs, Captain Sensible Band, Hank Wangford & The Lost Cowboys and more confirmed today

More acts are today announced for the Big Rhythms & Happy Rhythms stages including Booker T Jones and his full American band – famous for such iconic hits as "Green Onions" and "Time Is Tight"  There's also a rare outing for an occasional supergroup featuring cult guitar hero Chris Spedding, original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers, Sharks vocalist Stephen W Parsons (AKA Snips) and new guitar talent Sixteen - they call themselves King Mob.

Appearing on the Sunday are Boomtown Rats, led by original guitarist Garry Roberts and drummer Simon Crowe, the driving force behind the original band. Other acts announced for these stages include the Captain Sensible Band, The Groundhogs, featuring Tony (TS) McPhee, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Hank Wangford & The Lost Cowboys, Delroy Williams & The Junction Band, The Magic Tombolinos, Swans In Flight, Attila The Stockbroker, Macavity's Cat and Virgil & The Accelerators.

There will be 4 main music stages: Big Rhythms and Happy Rhythms with the two new events, Rhythm Folk and Rhythm & Blues each having their own areas, dominated by huge big-top stages. Camping and other attractions will be shared between the festivals.

The emphasis in 2012 is on bringing gifted young performers into Rhythm Festivals, joining the veteran acts who have always been its main-stay.

There will be Fringe Theatre performances in the The Old Dick Theatre and a huge programme of Literary & Poetry Events. Comedy will return in 2012 as will other old Rhythm avourites, including the Groovy Movie Picture House (free sola-powered cinema), DJ Wheelie Bag in the Tavern Bar and even more children's entertainment, including Panic Circus and the Junior (London) Olympics.

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