RivFest returns 6th – 8th August with its biggest event to date, with a mixture of big names and local artists on the bill with tickets on sale this Friday (30th April).
Now firmly established as one of the key fixtures in the region, the charity festival returns to the 3,000 capacity Old Market Square, Warrington with a three-day weekender of major names and tipped new talent having had the likes of Maximo Park, The Lottery Winners and The K’s headline in previous years.
RivFest is presented by The River Reeves Foundation, an arts charity launched in 2016 following the tragic deaths of River, his band Viola Beach and their manager, Craig Tarry. The 2021 event is also a celebration marking five years since Viola Beach posthumously reached #1 in the UK Albums chart.
Many of the local acts on this year’s line-up have been awarded bursaries from the River Reeves Foundation. Over the next 12 months, the charity will award another 50 grants of up to £500 to support young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their artistic ambitions.
Kicking off the festival on the Friday night is Hacienda legend Graeme Park. Following his genre-bending Hacienda Classical series with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra, Park live-streamed his Hacienda House Party to an audience of millions during lockdown. This ultimate launch party will feature an exclusive set of tunes handpicked from his 30 year DJ career. He’ll also be bringing along a couple of guest DJs for the evening for what will be a welcome return of the nightlife that we’ve all missed so dearly.
Saturday 7th sees a line up of some of the most hotly tipped new acts from across the country performing alongside the mighty Everything Everything. The Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello nominees will be treating audiences to tracks from their critically-acclaimed fifth studio album RE-ANIMATOR, alongside their now-legendary back-catalogue. An unmissable live act, Warrington should be delighted to have the quartet rounding off RivFest’s Saturday night.
Also joining Everything Everything are RivFest favourites Eliza & The Bear – and Liverpool based upside-down dreampop act Pizzagirl, who just announced his second album ‘softcore mourn’, set for release on 16th July on Heist Or Hit Records. Brighton based indie math-pop act Orchards will get you dancing in the summer heat with tracks from their debut album ‘Lovecore’, as will Hebden Bridge quartet The Lounge Society, whose recent releases on Speedy Wunderground have secured them as one of the most highly anticipated new acts in the country at the moment.
Indie festival powerhouses Eliza & The Bear will be returning to Rivfest as main support to Everything Everything after playing at the Festival in 2017.
Also playing on free afternoon matinee are Lincoln trio The Rills, for whom RivFest will be one of their first festival appearances. Their punchy indie rock tunes grew them a colossal fanbase almost overnight and are promising an unmissable set. Also bringing the summer beach day vibes is Modern Sky’s Abbie Ozard, alongside Brighton fuzz pop act Beach Riot, and the shoegazing indie pop crossover sounds of Hadda Be, whose debut album ‘Another Life’ is set for release on 30th April. And if that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be welcoming some of our favourite unsigned talent including Liverpool’s More In Luv, the ethereal sounds of Foxglove, and Manchester indie boys All Night Dining.
[WAM] is very excited to see RivFest on Sunday 8th August showcase some of our favourite local talent from across the North West, headlined by the Glastonbury Emerging longlisted grunge pop singer Abi Rose Kelly.
Also appearing on the Sunday are indie rock acts The Zangwills, Saytr Play, Aligners and 32Tens, who are all sure to become firm festival favourites in years to come.
Electro pop band The A.V. Club and breezy indie pop singer Jessica Luise will be keeping the crowd warmed up through the early evening, alongside the chilled sounds of Solis and psych pop bops by Seagoth. Don’t miss Sienne or local legend Liam Hillyer who will be performing alongside new favourites Two Skies, Rivver, The Kendos. Warrington singer Kerry Feeney, who will be treating us to a stripped down set of her r’n’b pop hits.
Tickets go on sale 12pm midday Friday 30th April 2021 via Culture Warrington.
Tickets are priced for both the Friday & Saturday nights at £10 Friday / £20 Saturday / £25 weekend.
Sunday is free all day with no ticket required.
Friday Evening(£10) https://culturewarrington.org/whats-on/rivfest-2021-friday/
Saturday Evening (£20) https://culturewarrington.org/whats-on/rivfest-2021-saturday/
Weekend ticket (£25) https://culturewarrington.org/whats-on/rivfest-2021-2-day-ticket/
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Thank you to Charlotte for sending us the press release!