Bands put on show in Stamford despite cancellation of Riverside Festival

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A BAR and restaurant owner has thanked those who helped put on an impromptu gig after a festival was cancelled because of the weather.

The Riverside Festival was due to take place on the Meadows in Stamford on Saturday but had to be called off after heavy rain flooded the site.

There was huge disappointment among music-lovers at the news, but staff and promoters at Mama Liz’s in North Street decided to take matters into their own hands.

Ash Rawlinson, who books bands for the Marquee Stage at Riverside, managed to get a number the bands who were due to play there to perform at the Voodoo Lounge at Mama Liz’s on Saturday.

And Pat Juggins, who was due to play the festival with his band Sir Scallywag, brought over a number of other artists to play in the bar at Mama Liz’s as well.

Doors opened at 3pm and the venue was packed with people until closing time.

Co-owner Michael Hoolihan said: “People seemed to really enjoy it. It was a silver lining for many. It really did hit the spot and a lot of people are buzzing about it.

“With the amount of work that had gone into the Riverside Festival it was a crushing blow to see it cancelled and I hope it doesn’t stop them going ahead with it next year, because the town needs it.”

Michael paid tribute to Ash, Pat, and the bands who played, including Smokescreen, BlackHawkDown, Don’t Look Down and Burn City Burn, along with all the people who helped out on the day.

He added: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to support it.”