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Riverside expected to sell out

From the Oxford Mail:

Nearly all the tickets have been snapped up for the revival of Charlbury's Riverside Festival at its idyllic site by the banks of the Evenlode.

The level of demand is great news for the festival organisers and for fans who had to miss out last year when the event was cancelled due to licensing problems.

It is being held in Mill Field this weekend, June 16-17, with two stages and tickets for 2,500 fans on each day.

The festival was the brainchild of musicians Andy Pickard and Chris Wray.

They have seen a small musical event, originally started in 1995 as part of a community festival, grow to attract thousands of visitors and dozens of bands.

Mr Pickard said: "It's great to be back after missing out last year when the police objected.

"We now have a security firm, the same as are at the Cornbury Festival, and no-one will be allowed in without a ticket, even though they are issued free.

"We were also fortunate to get Sambala Developments to back us by sponsoring the main stage.

"There is a lot going on both days on both stages, plus a cinema showing films throughout the weekend. This is the largest line-up we've ever had and among the local bands playing on the main stage are two from our own place, Charlbury, The Life of Riley and Tristan and the Troubadours.

"The second stage, for younger bands, is being put further along Mill Field than in the past. We have been conscious to keep noise down for the sake of residents."

Although the festival is free, organisers are charging £10 a head for overnight camping, with a maximum limit of 200 campers, on a site between the cricket club and the river.

Full details are at website Music starts on the Saturday at 2pm, finishing around 9pm, while on Sunday it is from mid-day to 8pm.

The festival takes a breather once the riverside event is over before it reappears with its own stage at the Cornbury Music Festival just a mile away on July 7 and 8.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 12 Jun 2007, 12:52 · Link

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