Charlbury's Free Music Festival

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Please help to support Riverside.

Can we please ask for a few moments of your time to read this, and ask for your support.

We are a FREE family-friendly music festival in an idyllic riverside setting with more than 40 acts playing across four stages, with all kinds of music from rock, indie and folk on the main two stages and all sorts on the Riverside Fringe and Buskers stages!

Established for 24 years, we are one of the biggest free events in Oxfordshire, and a big fixture on the local music calendar too!

All the bands who perform are mainly Oxfordshire based bands who willingly give up their time to perform for free. Just like the dedicated team of volunteers, who are all from the local community, who each year give up so much of their time to plan, build, run, and break down the festival, again, we all do it for free. We have never charged our visitors to get in to Riverside, and that’s how we want it to stay… FREE!!

During 2018 the UK experienced 6 weeks of beautiful weather, officially a heatwave! However, there was just one real blip in the glorious weather when the clouds rolled in and the wind and rain came…. that was the last weekend of July… Riverside weekend.

As we are a non ticketed event, the weather makes a big difference to our visitor numbers, and as you might imagine, cold blustery wind and rain kept the crowds away.

We raise the majority of our funding from sales at the bar, and as a consequence of the weather, for the first time ever, we didn’t cover our costs.

For Riverside 2019 we have a big shortfall in our funds that we are looking to plug, and that’s where we’re asking for your help. Can you help us to keep Riverside FREE and ensure we can continue to put on this fantastic event for the local community, and for music lovers far and wide, some who come from many miles away to spend an afternoon or evening watching great music.

And of course, we would love to see you all down on the Mill Field in Charlbury on the 20/21 July.

Please Click the link to Donate: GoFundMe

Thank you,
The Riverside Crew x

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Tom Sharp ran around the festival site on July 21st for two hours to raise money to help out. He’s nearly reached his target, so please support him!

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The evening is upon us but we haven't even got started yet! Next up on that very cool main stage is....The Deadbeat Apostles5-piece soul, blues, rock and roll outfit “infused with a punk spirit that doesn’t trample too hard on the soulful rock’n’roll that is their stock-in-trade”. Angry, political, dressed up to the nines and having a ball. Their songs are a rallying cry for the oppressed and soulful calls for action whilst reminding you why music is your first love. Charlbury Riverside Festival 20/21 JULY 2024#charlbury #charlburyriversidefestival #oxfordshire #oxford #oxfordsmusicscene #oxfordshiremusicscene ... See MoreSee Less
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Final look back at your questions!🚗 Parking can be accessed at the bottom of Pound Hill, on the road to Chipping Norton (Not the cricket ground) - Post code: OX7 3QN.w3w is ///tequila.courier.brimmed - £5 for the day.🐕‍🦺 No dogs allowed except assistance dogs⛺️ No camping available 💵 Make sure to bring spare cash! The EE mast will be out so that may cause network issues.🥤 Reuse your cups!! Make sure to bring them back for some fresh beer and cider!!🍺 Last but not least, please do not bring your own booze. The festival is only free because you use the bar, lets keep it that way!We are SUPER SUPER excited to see you all tomorrow!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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Last and most important question!!! HOW DO I GET THERE?By carCharlbury is approximately 15 minutes' drive from either Witney, Chipping Norton, Woodstock or Burford. From Oxford the journey is approximately 30 minutes.Parking can be accessed at the bottom of Pound Hill, on the road to Chipping Norton. (Not the cricket ground!!) Post code: OX7 3QN w3w is ///tequila.courier.brimmed £5 for the dayBy trainCharlbury is on the main London Paddington-Oxford-Worcester-Hereford line with regular hourly trains running in both directions. The journey time from Paddington is less than 1hr 20mins, from Oxford it takes as little as 15mins and from Worcester Shrub Hill the journey time is around an hour. For train times and ticket prices go to Great Western Railway. The festival site is only a few minutes walk from the railway station.By busBus services to Charlbury from Oxford and Woodstock (S3), and Witney and Chipping Norton (X9) are operated by Stagecoach. There are regular hourly services on Saturdays, but no bus service on Sundays.Information for disabled visitorsThe Mill Lane is an unmade track about 130m long. The festival entrance is another 160m along Mill Field. The Mill Field itself is a meadow, and whilst the grass isn't cut 'lawn short', it can be a little bit uneven in places. The festival site is approximately 370m end to end. The terrain is flat, with only some small undulations towards the second stage area, but there are no solid walkways on site. Disabled toilet facilities are provided next to the First Aid tent. Parking is available on site for Blue Badge holders only - you will be guided by a steward from the top of Mill Lane. ... See MoreSee Less
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Charlbury Riverside Festival 20/21 JULY 2024A couple more questions and answers for you all!!💵Please bring cash as well as your card, being prepared is better than being without a beer! 🧋 Have you bought a reusable cup over the years? Keep leaving it at home? Well this is a reminder to get it packed in your bag, ready for the weekend!!!!Charlbury RiversideFestival www.riversidefestival.org#cups #Cash #Charlbury #charlburyriversidefestival #oxfordshire #oxford #oxfordsmusicscene #oxfordshiremusicscene ... See MoreSee Less
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Charlbury Riverside Festival 2024Here is your final line up!!! Remember all weekend there will be...4 stages, free kids area, crafts: Willow weaving, ironwork, stone carving, bushcraft skills, pole lathing. awesome food, brilliant drinks, also: gin! and soooooo much more!!Continue with your sun dances please.For more info visit: www.riversidefestival.org#Charlbury #charlburyriversidefestival #oxfordshire #oxford #oxfordsmusicscene #oxfordshiremusicscene ... See MoreSee Less
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Keep Riverside free

Riverside is a FREE festival organised by a small team of enthusiastic volunteers. The festival is funded entirely by sponsorship, donation and pitch fees.

If you would like to help with a contribution to Riverside, you can now send a donation safely & securely by PayPal.

100% of your donation goes towards keeping Riverside FREE!

Thank you for your continued support.

The Riverside Crew x