Joe Hill to headline Viola Beach Stage at RivFest

Rivfest 2018 has got even better! We’re really pleased to announce that the Headliner for the Viola Beach Stage at Friars court is Joe Hill.


The video shows Joe Performing on the Viola Beach stage at RivFest 2017 with special guest Jodie Wadsworth on Piano and Sax. Joe also appeared on the main stage as a guest with Mo Jamil.

Mike Grainger, one of the Festival Organisers and Music Tutor at Priestley College says they are proud to be a part of Joe’s
on-going success as a previous recipient of a River Reeves Foundation scholarship award.

For the past 12 months Joe has been studying at BIMM in Manchester and his song writing and performance skills have gone from strength to strength. Next year Joe plans to continue further studies at SSR (the school of sound recording) in Manchester.
He completed a BTEC in Music and a A level in Music Technology at Priestley College in 2017.

Last year Joe was performing in London as part of the Camden Rocks festival when his guitar effects pedals were stolen. The River Reeves Foundation funded replacement pedals and enabled Joe to get back on the road again as soon as possible.

Joe is the perfect example of what the foundation is all about. – Mike Grainger

The foundation was set up in the wake of the tragic loss of River and his Viola Beach band mates to provide arts scholarships to young artists to “create alternate futures”. It would have been all too easy for Joe to give up after the loss of his equipment but he was determined to carry on writing and performing and we were happy to support his dream. We’re delighted to announce that Joe is back again to help us raise money for the Future in Mind Bus Project supporting mental health in local schools.

Serratone Joe Hill Warrington Music Festival
Joe performed with Serratone at May’s Warrington Music Festival

Not only can you catch Joe Headlining the Viola Beach stage at Friars court you can also see him playing earlier in the day with Hard Rock/ Grunge band Serratone on the Psymmetry stage at The Lounge. Tickets are available now. via SEE Tickets.

To top it all off Joe will be curating a full programme of electronic music at Hernando’s Hideaway under the guise of “Below the Belt” later in the evening. Joe is a hugely talented musician with real depth of understanding across a wide range of genres including electronic dance music such as drum n’ bass and acid house all the way through to heavy rock and new wave.



Friday – Breaking Through Showcase – General Admission – £15 + Booking Fee
Saturday – Rivfest Multi-Venue Pass – General Admission – £20 Booking Fee

2 Day Pass – Early Bird (limited offer – NEARLY GONE) – £25 + Booking Fee
2 Day Pass – Tier 2 – £30 + Booking Fee

Rivfest tickets are still available from SEE Tickets. Discounts are available for students and half price junior tickets are available (under 16s must be accompanied by an Adult at all times). The event is family friendly and we positively encourage young people and their families to come and enjoy live emerging indie talent in Warrington.

Tickets can be exchanged for wristbands on the day that will provide entry to all of the Rivfest Main Stages including The Parr Hall, The Lounge, Friars Court, The Auction Rooms, The Volstead and the Old Town House.

Wristbands will also gain free entry to events at the Acoustic Cafe, 9Gallon and Hernando’s Hideaway and Hop Co where there will be a suggested donation on entry for non wristband holders.

Entry to all venues is subject to venue capacity. Wristbands will provide access up to the legal capacity of each venue. Beyond this capacity audience members can queue to gain access on a “one out, one in” policy. We recommend arriving early at each venue to guarantee seeing your favourite act. A web app will be available on Saturday 14th via providing up to date information on capacity at each venue and current queue numbers. There will always be space at more than one venue and we encourage the audience to circulate and experience the atmosphere at all venues throughout the day. Although a new concept for Warrington, the idea of a multi-venue urban festival has proved to be highly successful with other events such as Camden Rocks in London, Neighbourhood and Dot to Dot in Manchester and 2Q in Derby and Lincoln providing unique live music experiences.

The Rainbow fields will be at the heart of the festival in the Queen’s Gardens. This is an outdoor family friendly chill-out zone with activities for all ages including face-painting, story-telling, cosmic yoga, a helter skelter, arts and crafts and a variety of stalls all helping to raise money for charity. No ticket or wristband is required to enter The Rainbow Fields, entry is free to everyone for this part of the festival.

A Rivfest volunteer recruitment event will take place at The Village Hotel on Thursday 5th July. Arrival and sign in will take place from 6.00pm ready for a 6.15pm start.


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