With less than a week to go, Lee Harman tells us all we need to know about Rivfest 2019 including who's playing, stage times, and where to get your tickets!

Rivfest 2019: Everything you need to know with less than a week to go

It’s been a great festival season but there is still a huge one left in Warrington this month as Rivfest returns for another year.

Here’s everything that you need to know.

When & where is it?

Pyramid Arts Centre, Palmyra Square S, Warrington WA1 1BL (60 seconds from Parr Hall) on Saturday 28th September, doors open 1pm.

What’s the line up?

There’s over 30(!) bands and artists play over the three stages, with acts from across the north west and a few special guests from further afield. The line-up features*:

The K’s, Average Sex, 32tens, Saytr Play, Francis Lung, Deja Vega, The A.V Club, Ferris & Sylvester, Marvin Powell, Pink Shirts For Pale People, Monks, Dunebug, Eyesore & The Jinx, Argh Kid, The Zangwills, La Scala, Camilla Sky, Ennio The Little Brother, Kula Bay, Black Doldrums, Somewhere In Between, Bleek Noir, Katie Mac, Astles, Dakota Avenue, Elk, Olly Flavell, Waywell, Scott & The Flying Kicks, Kerry Sheree, Sea Goth, Dylan Rodrigues & Abi Kelly.

*Line up subject to change

Exhibition Hall headliners The K’s need no introduction but if you missed the band playing at Neighbourhood Weekender in May or at their sold-out Live Bar show earlier in the month, be sure not to miss out again. With latest single ‘Aurora’ due out October 25th on Alan McGee’s Creation23 record label, the Earlestown quartet are on the path to stardom.

We’re particularly excited to have Whispering Pines Collective working with us in 2019 to bring an exciting range of bands from across the north west. With the likes of Déjà Vega, Katie Mac and Argh Kid playing in Warrington for the first time, there’s something for everyone this year.

Amongst the sponsors this weekend are Dawsons Music and Blackstar Amplification who will provide a variety of amps for artists to choose from. There will also be a variety of other amps including a Vox AC30 and some Peavey Bandits across the stages.

Check out the amazing artwork here:

Rivfest band line-up poster

How much and where can I get tickets?

Tickets are available now from the Pyramid Box Office, the brand-new Vintage Viola store in the Golden Square or online via the Pyramid & Parr Hall website.

Tickets are priced at just £15, with small booking fee for online orders.
With the festival just a few days from now, don’t worry if you don’t have time to pick up a ticket, limited tickets will remain at the door on the day.

Rivfest is a family friendly event and all are welcome to join us.

What else is going on?

We’re really pleased to announce that we’ll be joined at Rivfest19 by Safe Gigs for Women.

There’s still a lot of work to be done to raise awareness and make a difference. Make sure you stop by the SGFW stall on the 28th September to find out how you can be part of such a vital and positive movement. Elsewhere in the festival village, expect a range of stalls from small bric-à-brac to information that the River Reeves Foundation and [WAM] carries out.

Indeed, keep your eyes peeled to WArringtonMusic.co.uk in the coming weeks as we bring to you lots of content featuring some of the artists playing, including interviews carried out on the day.

Why is Rivfest important?

Rivfest was founded by the father of Viola Beach guitarist River Reeves and will be the fourth music festival in son’s name in a bid to support young aspiring musicians in Warrington. Proceeds from the event will go to the River Reeves Foundation, which aims to help disadvantaged musicians as they pursue careers in the arts with grants up to £500.

The first two years took place at Priestley College where the band members had all studied previously. A highlight in 2017 was more than 2000 people watching Maxïmo Park and Billy Bragg headline, but it was unexpected moments featuring friends of the band including The Voice UK winner Mo Jamil and 32 Tens on stage for an impromptu jam that really stole the show.

2018 saw the even move into the town centre on a multi-venue format and 2019 will see things centralised under one roof which means music fans have less time to travel and with stage times staggered to avoid clashes, you’ll be able to see whoever you’d like.

Michael Grainger, festival coordinator believes the best part about Rivfest is discovering new talent:

“It’s really exciting for me when it comes to booking bands for the event. I get to hear so many bands and artists that I wouldn’t normally come across. I want audiences at Rivfest to enjoy their favourite local artists, but I want to provide the opportunity to discover a new favourite as well. Last year I was so pleased to bring The Mysterines to Friars’. They almost blew the roof off and no-one in the audience really saw it coming. For a long time, they were Liverpool’s best kept secret. Since last year they’ve gone on to support Miles Kane and have become a regular feature on Steve Lamaq’s 6Music show.

Read more about why Rivfest is so important here on WArringtonMusic.co.uk

Stage Times

Exhibition Hall (Main Stage)

Somewhere In Between: 13:00
Kula Bay: 14:00
Dakota Avenue: 14:55
Pink Shirts For Pale People: 15:40
Abi Rose Kelly: 16:25
Ferris & Sylvester: 17:10
Francis Lung: 18:00
The A.V Club: 19:00
Saytr Play: 20:00
32 Tens: 21:00
The K’s: 22:00

Theatre (Whispering Pines Stage)

La Scala: 13:30
The Zangwills: 14:30
Argh Kid: 15:15
Bobby West: 16:00
Katie Mac: 16:45
Black Doldrums: 17:40
Eyesore & The Jinx: 18:30
Monks: 19:30
The Heavy North: 20:30
Déjà Vega: 21:20
Average Sex: 22:10

Basement Stage

Dylan Rodrigues: 13:50
Scott Laywood: 14:30
Seagoth: 15:05
Kerry Sheree: 15:45
Dunebug: 16:20
Elk: 17:00
Olly Flavell: 17:40
Ennio The Little Brother: 18:20
Camilla Sky: 19:00
Bleek Noir: 19:40
Waywell: 20:20
Astles: 21:00
Marvin Powell: 21:40