The charity festival, founded by The River Reeves Foundation, launched after River and his band Viola Beach along with their manager Craig Tarry tragically died in a car accident in Sweden in 2016.
RivFest is one of the many fundraising outlets for The River Reeves Foundation, an arts charity which aims to provide bursaries and support for disadvantaged young people, helping them create successful futures within the performing and visual arts. Many of the local acts at RIVFEST have previously been recipients of the RRF’s bursaries, and the festival aims to inspire even more young people from the area to pick up a musical instrument, paintbrush, or camera.
Previous acts to perform at RivFest have included Graeme Park, Everything Everything, Eliza & The Bear, Pizzagirl, Abi Rose Kelly, Billy Bragg, Fickle Friends, The K’s, Maximo Park, Average Sex and The Lottery Winners. See 2021 line-up here.
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