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Rhythms of the World music festival 'will go ahead'

Organisers of a two-day Hertfordshire music festival say it will go ahead despite recent wet weather.

An estimated 30,000 people are expected at the Rhythms of the World Festival at Hitchin Priory which will see 140 acts on seven stages.

Organiser Cath Cole said the grounds had been "draining really well".

"We're confident the festival is definitely going ahead and it's going to be bigger and better than ever," she said.

Headline artists this year include reggae star Little Roy, The Damned and JuJu, the winners of the Mojo magazine album of the year in 2011.

Ms Cole said: "We have checked the off site car parking facilities and Butts Close will be open for parking.

"We thought it might be a bit of a problem but it's fine.

"It's a smaller parking area than last year but it's ready to go.

"Obviously we are telling people to come prepared so bring your wellies and waterproofs, but even when we have had some rain it is disappearing really quickly."

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