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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.

Proceeds from Rivfest 18 will go to the Future in Mind bus project in partnership with Arriva North-West, providing mental health support in local schools.


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

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This year’s design is a limited edition, so don’t waste your time buy one today! Pay via PayPal at rrfshop@yahoo.com.  In the notes remember to include size required.  Please note these items will be click and collect at RivFest18.

T-shirst £12

Hoodies £25

Sizes available unisex Small – XXL (If you need a different size please message us on RivFest facebook page.)


Proceeds from Rivfest18 will go towards the FiM bus.

The River Reeves Foundation (RRF) is working closely with ELEVENHigh Schools and two colleges across Warrington to provide bespoke social and emotional wellbeing training for secondary education and post-16 staff in Warrington as part of Warrington’s Future in Mind (FiM) project. The RRFhas developed a fantastic partnership with Arriva North West and we are looking to deploy our first specially customised FiMBus into schools from September 2018.

Lisa Pearson, Head of Marketing for Arriva North West and Wales said: “We are honoured to have provided and customised the Future in Mind bus for The River Reeves Foundation. It’s a cause that we have been involved with for a while now and we hope that the bus really makes a difference to the young people of Warrington”

To do this we need to raise £30,000 to cover transport and staffing costs for the first year of the project. A specialist 11-19 Early Help Support Counsellor will provide both the training that staff will require as well as providing much needed support for the most vulnerable young people in our schools and colleges.

The support will complement existing school and college based mental health and wellbeing initiatives as well as developing a system wide school based sustainable approach to improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people across Warrington.

The FiMBus will enable staff from across Warrington’s secondary and post-16 provisions to be trained as fully qualified Mental Health First Aiders. There will also be additional support for staff to receive additional training in educational counselling. The FiMBus will also help existing charities such as Child Bereavement UK further enhance the vital work they do in schools with young people and their families.

The RRF intend to bring thousands of people into the town centre across the weekend of 13th/14thJuly and help us raise £30,000 to deploy our Future in Mind Bus, already customised for us by ArrivaUK, into schools and colleges across Warrington. The bus we hope will be the first of a growing national fleet that will be offering young people the mental health support they so desperately need. Our staff will use the bus to support the more vulnerable youngsters in our communities who might be struggling with bereavement, self-harm issues or those more vulnerable to suicide because of a lack of support.

The FiM Bus has full support and backing from Coldplay who have been fantastic supporters of the River Reeves Foundation from the very beginning of our journey: