The East Midlands’ biggest free festival returns to the banks of the Trent, celebrating summer as the hugely popular Riverside Festival returns. With the usual blend of live music, river-based activities, massive funfair and kids’ zone including the Fabland play park. There is also the Riverside highlight – the Saturday night fireworks.
Music is a big part of the festival, as ever. The festival’s three live music stages will host a wide range of musical influences. The Monument Stage boasts global beats. Encounter a barrage of bouzoukis, brass, guitars, keys and deranged sounds from Hallouminati on Friday following a funk, soul and hip-hop session with Fat Digester. On Saturday, Niteworks from the Isle of Skye, offers a unique fusion of electronica and Scottish traditional music. They follow Gaslight Troubadours – with a unique blend of electro-swing and steampunk. Download the stage sets for each day
Headliner on the Big Top Stage for Friday is guitarist Mollie Ralph, while on Saturday, Scott Bugg and The Vital Few round off the evening with a mix of Indie, Rock and Blues.
On Sunday, the stage will have a folk takeover with Bob Fox headlining. Fox is rated as the best male singer on the British folk scene, The folk line up is considered one of the best free folk festival line ups in the UK.
Families should definitely plan a trip to the Bandstand on Sunday with interactive drumming, sing along sessions and performances from midday. Watch out for slapstick adventure and summertime fun as The Admirable Admirals drop anchor just after one to battle flying fish, each other and any unsuspecting passers-by with their water pistols and salty sea-dog ways. At 2pm, Nottingham legends Johnny and the raindrops perform a set of lively, original songs aimed at the ‘cool kids’ in the audience.
On the River Trent there’ll be Dragon Boat racing if you fancy having a go at this ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today. The Royal Marine Visibility Teams will also be attending the festival alongside HMS Sherwood (East Midlands) with an Inshore Raiding Craft display on the water as well as ‘Pull-up’ Challenge and other interactive displays. The teams will take part in the Dragon Boat racing.
Recycling – As part of the city council’s commitment to managing the environmental impact of the event, the use of polypropylene cups will be trialled at all bars on site. The polypropylene cups are reusable. They are used on a wash rotation for up to five years and are fully recyclable. At the end of their life, they are broken down and turned into items such as coat hangers or ice scrapers.
Customers are required to pay a £1 deposit for the cup which will be refunded once the cup is returned at any point during the event. The polypropylene cups are manufactured in the UK and washed in Nottinghamshire. The washing plant also runs from completely renewable clean energy.
Parking – Ample event car parking is available for £7 per car (cash or cards accepted) with easy access from both the A60 and A52.
Buses from the city centre
Green 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 from Victoria Centre (Parliament Street) outside Lloyds Bank
Navy 1 or 3 from Beastmarket Hill in the Old Market Square
Buses also pick up on Maid Marian Way, and Carrington Street (for the railway station).
Buses drop off at Trent Bridge.
After the event
Frequent buses run between Trent Bridge back to the city centre throughout the Riverside Festival, with extra buses at busy times.
At the end of the Fireworks Display on Saturday night, a special event service will be in place to take people back to the city centre.
Families and couples can travel with a Grouprider ticket at £6 for up to five people (min one adult, max two adults). These tickets allow unlimited use from the time of purchase until 4.29am the following morning and cover all NCT buses in Nottingham.
The festival can also be accessed via tram by taking the tram and Park and Ride – The closest stop is Meadows Embankment
A group travel ticket offers unlimited travel on one day for 1 or 2 adults and up to 3 children.
An Off Peak Group ticket costs £5 and can be purchased from ticket machines. It is valid weekdays after 4pm and all day during weekends and school holidays. Under 5’s travel free)
Riverside Festival 2019
Dates: 2 Aug 2019 – 4 Aug 2019
Friday 18:30 – 22:30
Saturday 12:00 – 23:30
Sunday 12:00 – 18:30
Informtion and photo courtesy of Visit Nottinghamshire