The East Midlands’ biggest free festival returns to the banks of the Trent, celebrating summer as this hugely popular mid-summer festival returns.
With the usual blend of live music, river-based activities, massive funfair and kids’ zone including the Fabland play park. There is also the Riverside highlight – the Saturday night fireworks at 10:30 pm.
Friday 2 – Sunday 4 August 2019
Music is a big part of the festival, as ever. There are two massive live music stages. The Monument main stage fizzles with world music talent with a diverse line-up that shifts from Cuban mash-ups and gypsy funk to traditional jazz and brassy dub ska.
Returning for this year in the kids’ zone on Saturday and Sunday is fabland – inspired by the iconic ice lolly. fab’s free play park is complete with confetti sprinkle geysers, ball pit moats and three huge fab slides under a fab sprinkle dome. #myfabland is open between 10am and 6pm each day and is perfect for the little festival goers in the party (ages 6-12).
On the river, the Dragon Boat competition (Sunday between 10am – 5pm), will be thrilling to watch with crews of 10 people each 30′ boat with a drummer at the front beating time. Over 20 local businesses will be represented as crews battle it out over the 200m race course.
The Royal Marine Visibility Teams will also be attending the festival alongside HMS Sherwood (East Midlands) with an Inshore Raiding Craft display on the water as well as ‘Pull-up’ Challenge and other interactive displays. The teams will take part in the Dragon Boat racing.
The festival’s three live music stages will host a wide range of musical influences. The Monument Stage boasts global beats. Encounter a barrage of bouzoukis, brass, guitars, keys and deranged sounds from Hallouminati on Friday following a funk, soul and hip-hop session with Fat Digester. On Saturday, Niteworks from the Isle of Skye, offers a unique fusion of electronica and Scottish traditional music. They follow Gaslight Troubadours – with a unique blend of electro-swing and steampunk.
Headliner on the Big Top Stage for Friday is guitarist Mollie Ralph, while on Saturday, Scott Bugg and The Vital Few round off the evening with a mix of Indie, Rock and Blues.
On Sunday, the stage will have a folk takeover with Bob Fox headlining. Fox is rated as the best male singer on the British folk scene, The folk line up is considered one of the best free folk festival line ups in the UK.
Families should definitely plan a trip to the Bandstand on Sunday with interactive drumming, sing along sessions and performances from midday. Watch out for slapstick adventure and summertime fun as The Admirable Admirals drop anchor just after one to battle flying fish, each other and any unsuspecting passers-by with their water pistols and salty sea-dog ways. At 2pm, Nottingham legends Johnny and the raindrops perform a set of lively, original songs aimed at the ‘cool kids’ in the audience.
A full list of the acts performing can be found at www.whatsonnottingham.com and there is a download option for festival goers to save the set listings on their smartphones.
As part of the city council’s commitment to managing the environmental impact of the event, the use of polypropylene cups will be trialled at all bars on site. The polypropylene cups are reusable. They are used on a wash rotation for up to five years and are fully recyclable. At the end of their life, they are broken down and turned into items such as coat hangers or ice scrapers.
Customers are required to pay a £1 deposit for the cup which will be refunded once the cup is returned at any point during the event. The polypropylene cups are manufactured in the UK and washed in Nottinghamshire. The washing plant also runs from completely renewable clean energy.
Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said; “We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of people to Victoria Embankment over the weekend and very proud to be putting on fantastic events such as the Riverside Festival for the people of Nottingham to enjoy. With such a varied and packed programme of fun things to do, and new features such as the Bandstand entertainment on Sunday, it’s not surprising that this is the biggest free festival in the East Midlands and that many people from outside the city also choose to make the trip to enjoy it with us.”
Festival opening times
Friday 18:30 – 22:30
Saturday 12:00 – 23:30
Sunday 12:00 – 18:30
#myFabland Visit the fab Facebook page for further details: https://www.facebook.com/fabicelolly/
Parking –Ample event car parking is available for £7 per car (cash or cards accepted) with easy access from both the A60 and A52.
Buses from the city centre – Buses drop off at Trent Bridge
Green 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 from Victoria Centre (Parliament Street) outside Lloyds Bank
Navy 1 or 3 from Beastmarket Hill in the Old Market Square
Buses also pick up on Maid Marian Way, and Carrington Street (for the railway station).
After the event
Frequent buses run between Trent Bridge back to the city centre throughout the Riverside Festival, with extra buses at busy times.
At the end of the Fireworks Display on Saturday night, a special event service will be in place to take people back to the city centre.
Families and couples can travel with a Grouprider ticket at £6 for up to five people (min one adult, max two adults). These tickets allow unlimited use from the time of purchase until 4.29am the following morning and cover all NCT buses in Nottingham.
The festival can also be accessed via tram by taking the tram and Park and Ride – The closest stop is Meadows Embankment
A group travel ticket offers unlimited travel on one day for 1 or 2 adults and up to 3 children.
An Off Peak Group ticket costs £5 and can be purchased from ticket machines. It is valid weekdays after 4pm and all day during weekends and school holidays. Under 5’s travel free)
The Big Top stage uncovers some of Nottingham’s best new musical talent and your next favourite band on Friday night and all-day Saturday, while on Sunday, folk takes over with a line-up that includes some of Britain’s most exciting new folk to established artists.
On the River Trent there’ll be Dragon Boat racing if you fancy having a go at this ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today.
Riverside Festival 2019 Monument Stage
Friday 2 August
19:30 – 20:45 Fat Digester
Fat Digester is an award-winning musical collective, playing a heavy mix of funk, soul and hip-hop.
21:15 – 22:30 Hallouminati
Armed with a barrage of bouzoukis, brass, guitars, keys and deranged beats, they delicately mix the gritty realms of skankin’ ragga punk with traditional Greek rembetiko vibes for a diverse and unforgettable live show that connects with every soul and spirit in the audience.
13:15 – 14:30 The Jive Aces
The UK’s No.1 and worlds’ busiest swing and jive band. The show features the best in 40s and 50s jive, rhythm and blues and rock ’n’ roll.
15:15 – 16:30 Abdoulaye Samb and Minnjiaraby
A refreshing blend of traditional Senegalese music and European influences inspired by Fula and Mandinka cultures.
17:15 – 18:30 Salseology
Salseology is the perfect blend of energy and passion, bringing the very best live salsa music to the Riverside Festival.
19:15 – 20:30 Gaslight Troubadours
The Gaslight Troubadours produce a hybrid cut n’ paste sound of twisted beats with electro-swing and steampunk or even “steamfunk” tendancies.
21:15 – 22:30 Niteworks
Hailing from the Isle of Skye, Niteworks have achieved critical acclaim for their unique fusion of electronica and Scottish traditional music.
Sunday 4 August
12:00 – 14:00 Nottingham Jazz Orchestra
A musical journey through the best big bands in the world.
14:45 – 16:00 Rafiki Jazz
16:45 – 18:00 Max Pashm Band
RAFIKI (friends) JAZZ (freedom), the collective with a seriously collaborative attitude. Onstage Rafiki Jazz lead from the front, with inspirational Sufi singer Sarah Yaseen & star Hebrew & Hindi vocalist Avital Raz featured alongside ace Senegalese griot Kadialy Kouyate and Egyptian oud and ney virtuoso Mina Salama.
You can already see why Rafiki Jazz are tagged #GLOBAL UTOPIANS! Add in a hot and exotic backline of Caribbean steelpans, hi-life guitar & tanpura drone with Indian tabla & Brazilian berimbau plus deep electric bass, and this amazing world music group’s cross-continental trajectory is clear.
Bandstand – Sunday 4 August ONLY
12noon – Beatfeet Present The Great Big Jungle Boogie
(50 minute show)
An exciting musical jungle adventure for little ones aged 1 to 5 years and their families.
Bella Beat and Tam Tam are working hard to make this year’s Great Big Jungle Boogie the best celebration the jungle’s ever seen. But they need your help!
There’s so much to do. They’ve got to send the invitations, bake the perfect cake and get the music just right. Only then will the sparkly jungle star shine down upon the party.
Think you can help? Then come along! With you there to join the fun, play our games and make some extra special music, what could possibly go wrong? Who’d have thought teamwork could be so much fun!
1.20pm – The Admirable Admirals
(walkabout act around the bandstand area for 20 minutes)
Hoist the flag and shout Aye-aye! The Admirable Admirals are Rhubarb Theatre’s hilarious walk- about characters, dropping anchor at festivals and events across the UK. Nelly, Bones and Fred are here to battle flying fish, each other and any unsuspecting passers-by with their water pistols and salty sea-dog ways.
So hold onto your fancy hats, cause there’s gallons of water and a huge splash of hilarity heading into port near you!
2pm – Johnny and the Raindrops
(1 hour show)
Johnny and the Raindrops play jump-up-and-down-rocking-and-rolling-can’t-sit-down-best-time- ever music for children and families. A sensational family-friendly live band, their ‘gigs for cool kids’ feature lively, original, life-affirming songs that encourage children’s participation in music.
Songs from band’s seven albums are brought to life with costumes, props, and a whole heap of help from the audience. Little rock stars can get onstage with guitars. Expect flying teddy bears, kids in vegetable costumes, disco dancing, punk rock pogoing, pirate lessons, a giant chocolate bar and much more.
3.30pm and 5.15pm – Rhubarb Theatre present Big Dippers
(30 minute show)
SUMMERY, SPLASHY, FAMILY STREET THEATRE!
Sun, sand, seagulls and a magical beach hut? This is no ordinary day at the seaside…
Our vivacious Victorian paddlers are all at sea for some slapstick adventure and summertime fun. See Rhubarb’s bathing buddies take the plunge, sort their swimwear, practice some strokes and try to avoid the sharks! Making a big splash, they’ll surf the waves of adventure and dive deep into hi- jinks and hilarity.
Grab your bucket and spade and hold onto your swim-hats as The Big Dippers set off on their splendid seaside adventures!
4.15pm – BeatFeet Workshop
(45 minute workshop)
Join BeatFeet to learn to play the African djembe drum and find out more about uplifting and energising traditional African rhythms. This session is suitable for children aged 8+ and adults, with all levels of experience welcome.
Big Top Stage
Friday 2 August
19:30 – 20:00 Joey Collins
Joey Collins is a singer, songwriter whose music has been described by critics as “rocking a low-key, Kurt Cobain sound with a hint of Jess Buckley soul.” – Leftlion
20:30 – 21:00 Jonny Olley
Jonny creates a unique sound, blending influences from guitar heroes such as John Frusciante and rappers/lyricists such as mike skinner and Jamie T.
21:30 – 22:00 Mollie Ralph
A voice to silence the liveliest of crowds, Mollie Ralph mesmerises and draws in her audience at every gig with her soulful tone, dynamic range & subtle guitar work.
Saturday 3 August
13:30 – 14:00 Homeless Shakespeare and The Pigeon Theatre
Renowned for being nothing but ‘different’ with an idiosyncratic sound, a stage persona that deconstructs what it is to be a live performer, theatrical performances and comedic audience banter.
14:30 – 15:00 Holly Fallon
Singer songwriter Holly Fallon is rapidly developing a reputation on the Notts music scene at the age of 19, inspired by artists such as Taylor Swift and SZA.
15:30 – 16:00 Good Hustles
Four-piece strikingly talented rock, indie and metal band from Nottingham, UK.
16:30 – 17:00 The Ultraviolet
The Ultraviolet perfectly blend anthemic rock tracks with the energy of modern pop- punk to create something wholly unique.
17:30 – 18:00 Karkosa
Karkosa are a 5 piece, alternative rock band who take their inspiration from The Amazons, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Kasabian, Royal Blood and more!
18:30 – 19:00 Hannah Slavin
The Glasgow born songstress is an energetic slice of soulful-pop that oozes charm and sass, whilst her catchy songs play out like a personal diary.
19:30 – 20:00 Siobhan Mazzei
Siobhan provides an atmospheric set that combines a bleak, folky sound with Pearl Jam-styled grunge to provide something that comes across as interestingly unique.
20:30 – 21:00 George Gadd
A talented Nottingham based DIY folk and punk artist.
21:00 – 22:00 Scott Bugg & The Vital Few
An indie, rock and blues band of brothers.