Leicester Riverside Festival 2015 – everything you need to know
If you didn’t already know, Leicester’s annual Riverside Festival is on this weekend.
The festival will be on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June, and as usual will take place around Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard and Castle Gardens.
If you’ve never been to the Riverside Festival, then you should definitely check it out – especially as the weather is promising to be very good this year.
Here’s everything that you can expect to see and do throughout the weekend at the Riverside Festival:
On the river
Dragon boat challenge (Saturday from 10.30am)
A fun-filled day of competitive and exciting Dragon Boat racing with crews raising money for the charity When You Wish Upon a Star, helping to grant wishes for children living with a life threatening illness. Racing begins on the river next to Castle Gardens on Saturday at 10.30am.
Our sponsors (Saturday only)
Our sponsor, local housing provider Riverside is celebrating its 10th anniversary of sponsoring the festival. Come and celebrate with Riverside with activities including face painting, mehndi, magician, Bollywood dancing, penalty shoot outs and lots more. Also visit their Your Place café on Bede Park and Summers Café in the Riverside
Saturday and Sunday
Canoe handling from Paddleplus, floating tea shop, boat trips, Sea Cadets and scuba diving demos plus demonstrations from Leicester Fire and Rescue Service Water Rescue Team and live jazz band.
On the park
A giant tipi in the middle of the park; featuring activities and performances including ‘tipi tales’ and African drum workshops.
Art in the Yurt
A relaxing area for 0 – 4 years and their grown-ups to make, create and play. Create colourful kites and your own dragon boats. The British Centre for Music and Enterprise Acoustic demonstrations plus information about music education courses for those interested in a career in music.
Beer tent and acoustic music area
Featuring live acoustic sets from top local musicians. Presented by obsUnplugged and Yellow Bean Studios.
BBC Radio Leicester
On site over the weekend, with live broadcasts of gardening programme Down to Earth and Living History on
Hippochondriac moving puppet show
Hieronymus the hippo is feeling under the weather. Fortunately, his doctor is only too eager to show you what’s under the bonnet to diagnose the problem.
On the boulevard
Arts street market
An opportunity to see and buy quality products from local artists and crafts people, along the river walk promenade.
Greenlight @ the Riverside Festival
Activities, displays and workshops from a range of local environmental groups. Plus arts & crafts, swap shop, food and lots of hands-on skill sharing, advice, talks and debates. Kindly supported by De Montfort University and organized by members of Sustainable Leicester.
Cyclone Works pedal-punk bike art, Wheels for All adapted bike try-out and all things pedal-powered from bike smoothies to disco-bikes. Also find out about British Cycling, Sustrans and bike projects across the city. If you are
riding to the festival try our free secure bike park and bike-fix.
Sunday 12noon – 5pm
Take a relaxing stroll along the river bank or the boulevard to Castle Gardens and enjoy an array of arts and
crafts activities, musical entertainment from local singers and performers, street arts characters and children’s entertainment.
Main stage music
12.15pm – 1.15pm
Gateway College music showcase
A musical showcase of rock and pop, performed by the college’s BTEC students.
1.45pm – 2.15pm
Original Bands Showcase
The Original Bands Showcase (OBS) is a well-established event for unsigned bands. It provides an opportunity to increase exposure and fan base under the umbrella of a series of well supported nights of live music.
2.45pm – 3.45pm
The Strangler Figs
Loosely described as alternative rock, this band has taken the Leicester music scene by storm. Strong on melody and mayhem they play songs of exceptional quality and inventiveness.
4.15pm – 5.15pm
Over 40 bands entered but there can be only one winner and they are live on stage at Riverside.
5.45pm – 6.45pm
The Brandy Thieves
Combining gypsy rhythms with punk energy and ska grooves with dark folk storytelling, this band create a sound
that is uniquely their own. From humble beginnings at open mics and acoustic sessions around Leicester to headlining major shows and festivals around the country.
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Drum and Brass
Exciting collaboration project between classical South Asian musicians and Leicester based brass players.
2pm – 3pm
Sing For Water
The annual charity performance for Water Aid, featuring choirs and singers from around Leicester.
3.30pm – 4.30pm
Fronted by super soul singer Sarah Bird, Leicester based funky pop band SugaBeat are back together and will
be providing the big finale to this year’s festival.