Riverside Festival


Fun for all the family down by the river

FREE family-friendly music festival in an idyllic riverside setting with more than 40 acts playing across four stages, rock, indie, jazz, and folk on the main two stages and all sorts on the Riverside Fringe and Buskers stages!
To hear Oxfordshire's finest music talent for free, head to Charlbury this summer for the ever-popular Riverside Festival. Held on the beautiful banks of the River Evenlode, Riverside has grown year on year since it began life 24 years ago, attracting thousands of music lovers of all ages, and yet remains the friendliest, most relaxed music festival in Oxfordshire and, astonishingly, is still completely FREE to enter.

Bring on the Pixies

Pixies are invading the festival site this year in homage to US rock band Pixies, whose music has inspired Riverside performers past and present. Festival goers can expect a variety of covers of Pixies’ hits; and the children’s area will also adopt a pixie theme. Other varieties of fairy folk including elves, goblins and brownies will, of course, be welcome.

The first headline act to be announced is four-piece Oxford band Kanadia. Their big and bold alt rock sound and impressive stage presence has won them a growing fan base in Europe and a big following across the Atlantic in Mexico, the US and Canada. Also confirmed are Riverside favourites The 2 Tone All Skas and eclectic Turkabilly band, Brickwork Lizards.

Family fun
Riverside is very much a community-run family event. As well as having a dedicated Kids' Zone where youngsters can try their hand at a range of activities, festival goers can find out more about traditional crafts and meet local artists in the Green Field site.
The Festival would not exist, and certainly would not be free, without the huge band of local volunteers who make it happen. Charlbury Primary School and the Charlbury Beer Festival help with equipment, Charlbury's Pre-school provides teas, and the local recycling group ensures that 99 percent of Riverside's waste doesn't go to landfill. West Oxfordshire District Council has given Riverside Festival an Inclusive Award in recognition of its work to ensure the festival is open and welcoming to people of all abilities whether they be volunteers working at the festival, performers or, most importantly, the audience.

How to get there
Location: The Mill Field, Dyers Hill, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3QG
Entrance to the Festival site is down Mill Lane, opposite Charlbury railway station. Only disabled and emergency parking is available onsite. With limited festival parking at the station and in the town, it's recommended you walk to the festival, or take public transport, if possible. Like all festivals, festival goers cannot bring bottles and cans onto the site, but, unlike other festivals, the bars and refreshment stalls will be selling drinks at very reasonable prices. Please leave dogs at home, only assistance dogs will be allowed in.

Where to stay
No camping onsite but local campsites are available. For information on these and local hotels and B&Bs click on Stay at the top of the page

Gates are open from 12pm to 10pm on Saturday 20 July and 11am to 8pm on Sunday 21 July

More information on the Riverside Festival and the Riverside Stage at The Cornbury Music Festival at Great Tew (8-9 July) at
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