Riverside Festival 2012

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This year Riverside fans can watch interviews with their favourite performers, hear acoustic versions of some of their songs and get the behind the scenes gossip from this year’s Festival on Oxbox.tv, filmed in Riverside’s Live Lounge...

Riverside rocks OxfordStation

Commuters willget a taste of Charlbury's Riverside Festival as they head home for theweekend, when the organisers of this ever-popular free festival bring livemusic to Oxford Station. Blin’ Johnny busked outside Oxford Station on Fridaythe 1st and will be back on 8th during the evening rush hour to remind travellersof the forthcoming weekend of FREE music on Charlbury’s Mill Field on the 16& 17 June.

The Riverside DubarryLive Lounge

Thisyear Riverside fans can watch interviews with their favourite performers, hearacoustic versions of some of their songs and get the behind the scenes gossipfrom this year’s Festival on Oxbox.tv, filmed in Riverside’s Live Lounge,sponsored by the Dubarry boots and clothing company.

Win Beer for a year

Oxfordshirebased craft brewer Wychwood is producing an exclusive summer beer calledEvenloder for this year’s Riverside Festival in Charlbury, Oxfordshire. Tocelebrate this glorious pint, the brewery is giving a year’s supply of beer(365 cans of Hobgoblin) to one lucky Riversider. To be in with a chance ofwinning visit the Riverside Facebook page http://on.fb.me/RiversideFestival and share the linkabout this competition with your friends. The competition closes at 12pm onSunday 17 June and the winner will be picked at random at the RiversideFestival.

Toenter you must be over 18 and must be able to collect the beer from TheWychwood brewery in Witney.

Evenloder,brewed by local craft brewer Wychwood, will only be available at RiversideFestival on Saturday 16 (12pm-10pm) and Sunday 17 June (11am – 8pm). 

Evenloderis named in honour of The Evenlode, the River that put the River inRiverside.   Two entrants, Colin Varney from Kidlington  and John Lanyon  from Charlbury came up with the name and wona set of exclusive Riverside Evenloder T-shirts and a round of drinks for themand their friends at Riverside.

Formore information on Wychwood Brewery visit www.wychwood.co.uk

Riverside 2012 lowdown


FREEfamily-friendly music festival in idyllic riverside setting, with morethan 30 bands playing across two stages, rock, indie, jazz, and folk. Saturday16 June (12pm – 10pm) Sunday 17 June (11am-8pm)

Entranceopposite Charlbury Railway Station 

Web:www. riversidefestival.charlbury.com


Facebook:Charlbury Riverside Festival  or http://on.fb.me/RiversideFestival 


Oxfordshire’s favouritefamily-friendly festival is back by popular demand!

RiversideFestival may not have the starry Iine-up of a Reading or Glastonbury, but whenit comes to the feel-good factor, Riverside beats them hands down.  It’s not just the idyllic setting beside theEvenlode river in the Cotswold town of Charlbury that makes Riverside sospecial, nor the easy-going atmosphere, great music and good food. In thesestraitened times what makes Riverside exceptional is that it’s totally FREE!

Comemidday on the third Saturday in June, families and groups of friends willdescend on Charlbury’s Mill Field, with their collapsible chairs and picnicblankets and, hopefully, suncream, for the start of a weekend of snacking,chatting and music. Now in its 17th year, Riverside has become a major fixturein Oxfordshire’s music calendar, with more than 30 acts playing across twostages. Despite the work involved and the cost of putting on an event of thissize, the festival is still run entirely by volunteers and still free for allto enter. It’s a truly family-friendly festival, with a dedicated kids’ areakitted out with a bouncy castle and activities. Last year over 5000 peopleattended Riverside and the organisers are expecting similar numbers this year.

NEW FOR 2012


Thisyear Riverside invites anyone with a talent, be it stand-up comedy, juggling,streetdance, snake charming, storytelling or even just standing still as astatue, to compete in a battle of the buskers. The way it works is that eachfestival goer is given a token which they give to their favourite busker. Atthe end of the weekend whoever has the most tokens wins. This is a freefestival, so none of the acts nor the festival crew are paid, but it's a greatopportunity to showcase your talent and there will be a meaningful prize forthe most popular act, tailored to suit the performer(s). Anyone can take part,but to be assured a time slot register before the event by sending your name, aone line description of your act and when you’d like to perform to buskers@riversidefestival.charlbury.com



Thisyear Riverside fans can watch interviews with their favourite performers, hearacoustic versions of some of their songs and get the behind the scenes gossipfrom this year’s Festival on Oxbox.tv, filmed in Riverside’s Live Loungesponsored by the Dubarry boots and clothing company.



Localbrewer, Wychwood is brewing a special beer called Evenloder, which will only beonsale at the Riverside Festival. To mark the occasion, Wychwood is giving awaya year’s supply of beer to one lucky winner. For details and to enter visit the Riverside Facebook page http://on.fb.me/RiversideFestival .



Riversiderelies on a dedicated team of stewards from Oxfordshire Mind to keep theFestival running smoothly. This year, as well as ensuring that Riverside is asafe family-friendly event, Oxfordshire Mind is running an information serviceat the festival offering free advice, and information on the support availablelocally for people dealing with mental health issues.




Riversidehas become a ‘must-play’ festival for the cream of Oxford bands and this yearis no exception.

Riverside2012 line up


Saturday 16 June: Mainstage
9.00pm: Smilex
8.00 pm: Black Hats
7.00 pm: dB Band
6.00 pm: Deer Chicago
5.00 pm: Secret Rivals
4.00 pm: Dirty Royals
3.00 pm: Graceful Slicks
2.00 pm: Dance a la Plage


Saturday 16 June: Secondstage
8.00pm: Undersmile
7.15 pm: Hot Hooves
6.30 pm: Von Braun
5.45 pm: The Hawkhurst
5.00 pm: Beard Of Destiny
4.15 pm: Listing Ships
3.30 pm: Matt Midgley
2.45 pm: Colour Change For Camouflage
2.00 pm: Twisted State Of Mind (presented by Witchwood School Of Rock)


Sunday 17 June: Mainstage
7.00pm: Alphabet Backwards
6.00 pm: The Epstein
5.00 pm: Brickwork Lizards
4.00 pm: The Inflatables
3.00 pm: The Mighty Redox
2.00 pm: Tamara and the Martyrs
1.00 pm: The Byronics
12.00 pm: Blin’ Johnny


Sunday 17 June: Secondstage
5.30pm: Superloose
4.45 pm: Mogmatic
4.00 pm: Count Drachma

3.15pm: Richard Walters
2.30 pm: Flights Of Helios
1.45 pm: Lost Dogs
1.00 pm: James Foley Band
12.00 pm: King Terrible

Biogs of all the bandsare available


Location:The Mill Field, Dyers Hill, Charlbury, Oxfordshire  OX7 3QG

Entranceto the Festival site is down Mill Lane, virtually opposite Charlbury railwaystation. The station is on the First Great Western London Paddington toHereford and Worcester line, 15 minutes from Oxford. On the Saturday there arebuses to and from Oxford, Woodstock, Witney, Chipping Norton and Banbury to thecentre of Charlbury, five minutes walk from the Festival.


Nocamping onsite but local campsites are available. For information on theseand  local hotels and B&Bs visit www.charlbury.info


Dueto licensing laws and health and safety regulations, festival goers cannotbring glass bottles and cans into the arena, but the two bars and otherrefreshment stalls will be selling drinks at very reasonable prices. No dogs otherthan assistance dogs.

Published on 07 June 2012 by Ben Robinson

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