For many, including myself, college presented the opportunity to the student to discover what their passions are, and start on the road to fulfil those dreams. That’s why it is nice to see the RivFest at Priestley College again for its second year, bigger and better.
For River Reeves, the Viola Beach guitarist, it was here that he completed his A levels and caught the acting bug. Now, in his memory, a huge number of bands will be coming down to the campus to put on a fine show on behalf of the Foundation set up in his name. This however, should be a day for everyone. Such was the families grief, it was shared with friends and well-wishers from near, and far outside the towns boundaries.
It’s a fitting way to celebrate one of River’s many passions, whilst giving his peers an opportunity to perform in front of hundreds of people. For some of the acts it will give a lot of inspiration to them, to share a stage with the likes of Billy Bragg, and Maximo Park, who all know how hard you need to work to succeed in music. It is important to create something positive from something devastating.
It is unfortunate that the Festival, the 2nd major music festival this year, happens after missing out on the shortlisting for Capital of Culture, but it is important that the town continues to do what is best for the music scene, which has limited opportunities for young people to be involved. This makes both the Warrington Music Festival and RivFest so important, and why they must be supported.
Viola Beach and the journey they undertook will always be remembered (first band from town to bag a number one album!) But their legacy may end up being something much more, as they encourage more young people to pick up an instrument or start a band, many of these making debuts through the relaunched Friars Live events, which was directly linked to the band and the fundraising that occurred after the terrible loss.
Wouldn’t it be great if the 2nd band from the town to bag a number one album spot was in part inspired by the excitement Kris, Jack, Tom, River and Craig was creating, or the energy in the sold out Parr Hall when a celebration in their name was sold out, a matter of weeks after their terrible loss.
There is plenty to be excited about when it comes to music in Warrington, and that is down to the hard work of all the bands and artists who put much of their own blood, sweat and money into what they enjoy, From Slydigs playing across the world to Psyblings having their track played to ten thousand people at Wolves home games. We even a winner on The Voice! There has never been so many reasons to get involved. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing or standing at the bar watching. For what we do is love, and we would love you to be part of it.
Adult (16+) tickets are £20 for the full day (12 til 12) and children (under 16) are £5. Maximum 3 children per adult.
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Find out more about Rivfest17 and the River Reeves Foundation here.