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Full programme announced for Riverside Festival

The full programme of events for this summer's annual Riverside Festival has been revealed.

The two-day festival takes place on the Mile Straight of the River Soar and on neighbouring Bede Park, Western Boulevard and Castle Gardens on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7.

The event is the city’s biggest free festival, combining live entertainment, activities for all ages and a dazzling array of arts and crafts and community stalls, demonstrations and attractions.

The focus for the weekend is on the River Soar, along Western Boulevard, and this year's events see the return of charity Dragon Boat racing on the river next to Castle Gardens on the Saturday.

The racing is organised by the When You Wish Upon A Star children’s charity and features teams from local companies and organisations all rowing for a good cause. The first race takes place at 10.30am.

There will also be boat trips available as well as demonstrations on the water by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue, Paddle Plus and The Sea Cadets.

As part of the musical programme, the very best of local bands and musicians will perform on the main stage, including the winners of the city’s annual Original Bands Showcase event. The winners of the grand final held at The Musician Pub in May were Leicester band Dig Lazarus and runners up Not My Good Arm.

Both band will be playing on Saturday, June 6, at the festival, along with headliners The Brandy Thieves and The Strangler Figs. There will also be a beer tent with an acoustic stage on both days featuring local performers.

On Sunday the main stage will host the annual Sing For Water Choir performance along with a performance by Drum and Brass, which is a unique collaboration between Leicester-based Asian musicians and Leicester brass band players.
The festival finale on Sunday will be pop and soul band Sugabeat.

The festival's main sponsor, Riverside Housing, will be celebrating 10 years of partnership with the Riverside Festival and will be hosting a café area on Bede Park along with children’s activities. There will also be special celebrations at their offices on Western Boulevard.

Local environmental groups will feature in the Greenlight festival area, while Ride Leicester will provide a series of bike-based workshops and demonstrations, plus free bike parking.

Leicester Assistant City Mayor for culture, heritage, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: “The Riverside Festival is a fantastic free event for families across the city, which has grown year after year to become a very popular, relaxing event making the most of one of the city’s greatest natural assets – the River Soar.

“Once again this year we’ve got a fantastic mix of activities, attractions and entertainment for all ages.”

Riverside Festival takes place on Saturday, June 6, from 12noon to 7pm, and on Sunday, June 7, from 12noon to 5pm.

Full printed programmes are now available from outlets including the Visit Leicester Centre in Gallowtree Gate, and on line at:

Last updated September 2015