Festival season is coming to an end but still one huge one left in Warrington at the end of the month as Rivfest returns for another year. Here’s everything that you need to know.
When & where is it?
Pyramid Arts Centre, Palmyra Square S, Warrington WA1 1BL (60 seconds from Parr Hall) on Saturday 28th September, doors open 1pm.
What’s the line up?
There is over 30(!) bands and artists play over the three stages, with acts from across the north west and a few special guests from further afield. Here are your stage times:
EXHIBITION HALL (KINTYRE STAGE)
Somewhere In Between: 13:00
Kula Bay: 14:00
Dakota Avenue: 14:55
Pink Shirts For Pale People: 15:40
Abi Rose Kelly: 16:25
Ferris & Sylvester: 17:10
Francis Lung: 18:00
The A.V Club: 19:00
Saytr Play: 20:00
32 Tens: 21:00
The K’s: 22:00
THEATRE (WHISPERING PINES STAGE)
La Scala: 13:30
The Zangwills: 14:30
Argh Kid: 15:15
Bobby West: 16:00
Black Doldrums: 16:45
Katie Mac: 17:40
Eyesore & The Jinx: 18:30
The Heavy North: 20:30
Déjà Vega: 21:20
Average Sex: 22:10
Dylan Rodrigues: 13:50
Scott Laywood: 14:30
Kerry Sheree: 15:45
Olly Flavell: 17:40
Ennio The Little Brother: 18:20
Camilla Sky: 19:00
Bleek Noir: 19:40
Marvin Powell: 21:40
*line up subject to change.
Exhibition Hall headliners The K’s need no introduction but if you missed the band playing at Neighbourhood Weekender in May or at their sold out Live bar show earlier in the month, be sure not to out again. With latest single ‘Aurora’ due out in October on Alan McGee’s record label, the Earlestown quartet are on the path to stardom. Read about them here in July’s issue of [WAM] Magazine.
We’re particularly excited to have Whispering Pines Collective working with us in 2019 to bring a exciting range of bands from across the north west. With the likes of Déjà Vega, Katie Mac and Argh Kid playing in Warrington for the first time, there’s something for everyone this year.
Amongst the sponsors this weekend are Dawsons Music and Blackstar who will provide a variety of amps for artists to choose from. There will also be a variety of other amps including an Vox AC30 and some Peavey Bandits across the stages.
Check out the amazing artwork here:
How much and where can I get tickets?
Tickets are available now from the Pyramid Box Office, the brand new Vintage Viola store in the Golden Square or online via the Pyramid & Parr Hall website .
Tickets are priced at just £15, with small booking fee for online orders.
Rivfest is a family friendly event and all are welcome to join us.
What else is going on?
We’re really pleased to announce that we’ll be joined at Rivfest19 by Safe Gigs for Women.
There’s still a lot of work to be done to raise awareness and make a difference. Make sure you stop by the SGFW stall to find out how you can be part of such a vital and positive movement. Elsewhere in the festival village, expect a range of stalls from small bric-à-brac to information about the work that the River Reeves Foundation & [WAM] carry out.
Indeed, keep your eyes peeled to WArringtonMusic.co.uk in the coming weeks as we bring to you lots of content featuring some of the artists playing, including interviews carried out on the day, as well as tracks from all stages.
Why is Rivfest important?
Rivfest was founded by the father of Viola Beach guitarist River Reeves and will be the fourth music festival in son’s name in a bid to support young aspiring musicians in Warrington. Proceeds from the event will go to the River Reeves Foundation, which aims to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds as they pursue careers in the arts with grants up to £500.
Michael Grainger, festival coordinator believes the best part about Rivfest is discovering new talent:
“It’s really exciting for me when it comes to booking bands for the event. I get to hear so many bands and artists that I wouldn’t normally come across. I want audiences at Rivfest to enjoy their favourite local artists but I want to provide the opportunity to discover a new favourite as well. Last year I was so pleased to bring The Mysterines to Friars’. They almost blew the roof off and no-one in the audience really saw it coming. For a long time they were Liverpool’s best kept secret. Since last year they’ve gone on to support Miles Kane and have become a regular feature on Steve Lamaq’s 6Music show.
Anything else you need to know, drop us a message in the comments, likewise if you’ve got your ticket already, let us know who you’re looking forward to seeing.