Full Riverside line-up revealed

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EXCITEMENT is building for the Riverside Festival after the full line-up was revealed.

A total of 34 bands will play across three stages on the Meadows in Stamford on Saturday, July 7.

Rock/funk act Killamonjambo will headline the Riverside Stage, while parody metal band Evil Scarewcrow will finish the day on the heavier Marquee Stage.

The Boomerang Stage, formerly the Acoustic Stage, will be headlined by bluegrass group Toy Hearts.

More than 700 bands applied to play this year, but those who were disappointed to be left off still have the chance to apply for the Buskers Stage.

Stage manager Paul Caffrey said: “This year the Buskers Stage will be offering 50 per cent of the 20 minute performance slots that are available on this stage on a pre-booked basis and 50 per cent to acts on a first come, first served basis when they turn up on the day.”

“This stage has grown enormously in popularity over the years. Starting off with performers operating from a simple pop up shelter, the Buskers Stage is now located in a dedicated marquee with full staging, PA system and a sound engineer and has an audience capacity of up to 400 people.”

Slots are filling up fast so call Paul on 07704 628711 or e-mail pgcaffrey@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested in performing.

Festival director Jenny Collins added: “We are really sorry that so many bands have had to be disappointed. We would have loved to have featured even more but we just can’t cram any more on to these stages”.

Organisers are also keen to hear from anyone who is interested in providing mix and mingle-style entertainment, particularly for the children and families area.

Anyone interested in finding out more about how to apply should contact Jenny on 07788 534290.

Members of the Riverside team will set up a stall in High Street, Stamford, on Saturday from 9am to 3.30pm.

Details on this year’s festival will be available and people can discuss any concerns they may have.

The festival will be ticketed this year for the first time in its history.

The Stamford Arts Centre has agreed to act as official box office and tickets are now available.

To get yours visit www.riversidefestival.co.uk or call into the Arts Centre in person.