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13th June 2012

New dates for Riverside Festival announced

The event is to go ahead on the 28-29 July

There will be no singing in the rain in Charlbury Oxfordshire  this weekend (16/17 June)  as the risk of flooding has forced the organisers of this year’s Riverside Festival to postpone the event.

This popular free music festival will now take place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July. The organisers are aiming to keep to the same line-up.
This family-friendly music festival is set in an idyllic riverside setting, with more than 30 bands playing across two stages, rock, indie, jazz, and folk.  

Now in its 17th year, Riverside has become a major fixture in Oxfordshire’s music calendar, with more than 30 acts playing across two stages. Despite the work involved and the cost of putting on an event of this size, the festival is still run entirely by volunteers and still free for all to enter. It’s a truly family-friendly festival, with a dedicated kids’ area kitted out with a bouncy castle and activities. Last year over 5000 people attended Riverside and the organisers are expecting similar numbers this year.
New this year is the Riverside Fringe - this year Riverside invites anyone with a talent, be it stand-up comedy, juggling, streetdance, snake charming, storytelling or even just standing still as a statue, to compete in a battle of the buskers. The way it works is that each festival goer is given a token which they give to their favourite busker. At the end of the weekend whoever has the most tokens wins.

This is a free festival, so none of the acts nor the festival crew are paid, but it's a great opportunity to showcase your talent and there will be a meaningful prize for the most popular act, tailored to suit the performer(s). Anyone can take part, but to be assured a time slot register before the event by sending your name, a one line description of your act and when you’d like to perform to
This year Riverside fans can watch interviews with their favourite performers, hear acoustic versions of some of their songs and get the behind the scenes gossip from this year’s Festival on, filmed in Riverside’s Live Lounge sponsored by the Dubarry boots and clothing company.
Local brewer, Wychwood is brewing a special beer called Evenloder, which will only be onsale at the Riverside Festival. To mark the occasion, Wychwood is giving away a year’s supply of beer to one lucky winner.
Riverside relies on a dedicated team of stewards from Oxfordshire Mind to keep the Festival running smoothly. This year, as well as ensuring that Riverside is a safe family-friendly event, Oxfordshire Mind is running an information service at the festival offering free advice, and information on the support available locally for people dealing with mental health issues.

This year there will be even more to keep youngsters occupied. For pintsized Riversiders there will be hands-on music sessions, butterfly painting, clay modeling and other craft activities. And, in addition to our popular hiphop workshops, older Riversiders can learn survival skills from Bushcraft experts and have a go at whacky ‘Physics in the Field ‘ experiments run by volunteers from the Institute of Physics.

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