Mondomix Is Coming!

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It is a little under six weeks to go until the gates open on a brand-new weekend here on our little island and it’s an event that we think is going to be the finest weekend of music, relaxing and partying this year.

The Mondomix Project is what I’m talking about, coming from our good friends at Rhythmtree Promotions (AKA The Priddle Family) who have given us six years of great memories and good vibrations with first the Didge Fest back in 2009 and then the last few years of them helming the artistic side of Rhythmtree Festival. This year sees them starting The Mondomix Project, an Arts Council-backed three days of music, back at their origins of Calbourne Water Mill.

The festival promises a up-close experience with a huge array of phenomenally talented musicians with intimate venues designed to reflect the stages where the handpicked bands have been seen. The Mondomix stage will feature performances from acts such as CubAfrobeat (a joint project between Dele Sosimi and Kishon Kahn of Lokkhi Terra), Eli & La Evolution’s hot latin fire, deep Ethyopian grooves from Krar Collective, the blistering afrobeat of London Afrobeat Collective, Zee Guveya and the Heritage Survival Band (whose party-starting is second to none as witnessed at Bestival) and Wrongtom Meets The Ragga Twins who will be bringing their full live band set up for the occasion. And that’s just a small taste of what is coming!

Bambaataa will reflect the DJ-led night that has supported Rhythmtree Promotions previous events and guests to the stage will include Prince Fatty, Kaptin is Dead (Boomtown Fair’s sheriff (and chief artist booker!)), Clapper Priest and Koichi Sakai who had to return after a triumphant set last year in the Rumba Rum Bar along with Island world beat flag flyer Global Psychedelic Soundsystem. Sunday evening’s line up has been set aside for an incredible journey into sonic bliss with four diverse artists who share a common experimental bond booked to close the show – from Japan comes Anchorsong, from Hungary comes iamyank and from Bristol come ASA and then there’s Sepia (our very own Theo Bennett). All there will be bringing their A-game to blow our minds.

Reflecting the origins of the event will be the introduction of the Didge Village where there will be workshops, jams, fire-side gatherings and performances from the likes of Jonny Cope. The Bus Stop will be another space and place for those who want to contribute to the festivities to join in with jam spots and open mike running throughout the weekend.

It’s not just about music though…there will be a diverse program of spoken word headed up by Bournemouth’s Verbal Remedies and the Island’s own Reading Between The Lines. Also there will be late-night films and other visual treats from MIST & TJC Martin in the MondoMix stage marquee. Plus ticket holders have access to Calbourne Water Mill all weekend for free. All the venues are undercover so the weekend is weather-proof as well!

All in all it looks like the Priddles have put together another weekend of the best vibes, music treats and general cultural quality that promises to be talked about for years. Don’t miss out as tickets are limited due to the intimate nature of Mondomix so either click straight through here now or if you are on the Island you can purchase in person from Calbourne Water Mill (cash only) or Waterstones. Do it!!!

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