Riverside Festival is this weekend

Riverside Festival NNL-160720-124348001
Riverside Festival NNL-160720-124348001
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The banks of the river Evenlode in Charlbury will be the setting once again for the free, two day Riverside Festival featuring live music, crafts and workshops.

The fun begins on Saturday July 23 from 12 pm and again on Sunday July 24 from 11am at The Mill Field, Dyers Hill, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3QG.

Riverside Festival NNL-160720-125233001

Riverside Festival NNL-160720-125233001

The festival has grown year on year since it began life 21 years ago, with more than 40 acts playing everything from folk music to blues, rock, ska and hip hop, attracting thousands of music lovers of all ages.

Three live music stages will be the setting for the bands with this year’s Main Stage headline acts being five-piece Oxford band Neverlnd (formerly Balloon Ascents), who head the Saturday bill, and Sunday headliners Säedly Dorus and the Hoolie Band.

Other acts that to look out for on the Main Stage are Riverside favourites, The Epstein and Leader, and newcomers American country rock band Speedbuggy USA.

The Second Stage, sponsored by the independent record store Rapture, will host a special reunion gig for popular Oxford indie band The Black Hats on Saturday. Two-piece punk act Cherokee top the bill on Saturday, with Liverpool folk band The Hummingbirds headlining Sunday. Each evening after the headline acts, the Second Stage transforms into the Riverside Disco tent. Over on the Fringe Stage, will be a variety of acts including Oxford sketch comedy troupe Albion Basement and the intriguing Mark Allan Barnes who not only plays a mean guitar, but makes his own.

There will be the regular Riverside Bar serving craft beers from Witney’s Wychwood Brewery, the popular Pimm’s and Tins tent returns along with the Riverside Gin and Tonic lounge. Junior festival goers or designated drivers can get tasty thirst-quenchers from the Punch and Juicy Bar or enjoy a really good cuppa at the Pre-School Tea and Cakes tent.

Children can try their hand at a range of activities, including free music workshops run by the Salt Box Music Company, or can fashion their own headgear in the Mad Mini Milliners.

Little Wild Things are back with their nature adventures with new activities this year including whacky experiments making slime and bath bombs with Einstein’s Entertainers and bushcraft skills with the Wilderness Pioneers.

For the complete line up of acts and more information visit www.riversidefestival.charlbury.com.