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 is back for its 3rd Year. For the first time the event will take place across 2 days in multiple venues around Warrington’s Cultural Quarter. In another first for Rivfest, by teaming up with Manchester’s Scruff of the Neck a new Friday night showcase has been introduced at the Parr Hall to provide a platform for some of the Northwest’s hottest new Indie acts.
The event, organised by the River Reeves Foundation was set up in memory of the Viola Beach guitarist River Reeves and his band mates Kristian Leonard, Jack Daikin and Tomas Lowe along with their manager Craig Tarry who all tragically died whilst on tour in 2016.
Viola Beach were a band with the world at their feet, already receiving a huge amount of attention from a loyal following and the BBC in the form of a Maida Vale BBC Introducing session and Radio 1 playlistings – an astonishing feat for a band so early in their promising career.
Rivfest exists to provide a platform for emerging artists and to provide support for talented young musicians looking to take the first steps in their own musical and artistic careers. Each year the River Reeves Charitable foundation awards scholarships of up to £500 to enable struggling or disadvantaged young artists to “create alternate futures”, a phrase coined by Coldplay’s Chris Martin during their 2016 Glastonbury headline set which paid tribute to Viola Beach.
FAMILY FRIENDLY FESTIVAL
Rivfest is a truly family friendly festival. At the heart of the festival outside the Parr Hall is The “Viola Beach Garden Party – Pop Up Family Zone” in Queens Gardens. A huge variety of stalls, crafts, activities and entertainments especially for families and children including live music and storytelling.
Under 16s are welcome at the Parr Hall if accompanied by an adult. The Acoustic Cafe is an all ages venue. Some age restrictions may be in place at other venues due to individual licensing restrictions. Full guidance on age restrictions at Rivfest Main stages will be available at www.riverreevesfoundation.org