ORGANISERS of the Riverside Festival have reminded people they will need to buy tickets this year.
The festival returns to the Meadows in Stamford on July 7 after a year off.
But this year Stamford Town Council has restricted the number of people who can go to 15,000.
The Riverside Association of Music and Arts, which organises the event, has therefore been forced to sell tickets. But the association is concerned the word is not getting out and that some people could be disappointed on the day.
Organiser Jenny Collins said: “We are really sorry that we have had to introduce ticketing this year, and hope the public will understand and support us.
“After all, if we hadn’t done so we would not have got permission to run the event at all.
“We hope that people will realise that even at £5 for adults that works out at less than 50p for each hour of live entertainment we provide.
“We must also stress that the festival is still being run by our charity on a not-for-profit basis.”
Discounted £5 early bird tickets were being sold through the Stamford Arts Centre but due to slow takeup the association has decided to keep the price the same for tickets bought on the day.
Organisers are also keen to make it clear that the Riverside Festival is the same thing as Rock on the Meadows, a nickname which has stuck over the years.
Mrs Collins added: “It’s really strange but our festival has never ever been called Rock on the Meadows.
“Even though this is what most people call us, our committee is reluctant to change the name because the festival is about so much more than rock music.
“But unless we also use the Rock on the Meadows strap line many local people simply don’t realise that we’re one and the same organisation and we really didn’t understand the extent of this problem until now.”
Tickets for this year’s festival cost £5 for adults and £3 for children aged five to 12. Under fives are free but will still need a ticket. Tickets available on the day will be limited.
Visit www.riversidefestival.co.uk to buy tickets.