Take a first look at the Gravesham Riverside Festival line-up

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 July 2018

Vicky Jackson as Pink. Photo: Gravesham Council

Vicky Jackson as Pink. Photo: Gravesham Council


It is said to be Kent’s biggest free festival and this year it has grown once more.

911 will play at Gravesham Riverside Festival. Photo: Gravesham Council911 will play at Gravesham Riverside Festival. Photo: Gravesham Council

Organisers of the Gravesham Riverside Festival say there will be four main areas this Saturday, July 14.

Headlining on the main stage is 1990s boyband superstars 911 who had a massive number one hit with A Little Bit More in 1999.

Their first hit in 1996 was Don’t Make Me Wait, reaching number 10, followed by nine more successive Top 10 hits including the party anthem Bodyshakin’.

Band member Jimmy said: “We are really looking forward to playing at Gravesend on July 14. We will be doing some of our hits and enjoying the day with you all.”

The Acrojou Elves will perform at Gravesham Riverside Festival. Photo: Gravesham CouncilThe Acrojou Elves will perform at Gravesham Riverside Festival. Photo: Gravesham Council

911 hit the stage at 6.45pm, but the music runs all day with tributes to U2, Pink and Madness.

The Vintage Area in Fort Gardens runs from noon to 5pm with music through the ages. This includes sounds from the ’40s from Miss Vintage and ends with Wott the Hopple for some ’70s glam rock.

There are also vintage traders, cars, barbers, retro sweets and Lindy Hoppers.

Follow that with children’s entertainment area including Punch and Judy, Fizzpop Science, Sky birds of prey, Drogo the interactive dragon, donkey rides and vintage fairground rides.

At Riverside’s new attraction, the Fringe, the theme is Run Away to the Circus between noon and 5pm.

Based around LV21 and St Andrew’s Gardens there will be circus performers, acrobatic displays form the Acrojou Elves, street acts and a sing along to the Greatest Showman.

Those with plenty of energy can try a bungee run, rock climbing or the Cyclopark Bike Challenge in the Active zone at the Adizone. This starts at 11am.

It is all topped off with food, ice cream and a funfair packed with rides and attractions.

Council leader David Turner said: “This festival is always very popular but this year it is bigger and better than ever before.

“With different zones the council has planned a fantastic day with something for everyone and it is free.

“It is going to be a great day out for anyone visiting the festival.

“The Riverside Festival is the only place to be on Saturday 14 July.”

A nice idea to keep track of children is to get them a free wristband at the Visit Gravesend information Point on the Prom. It will include a mobile number so parents and guardians can call and be reunited with the lost child.

The Riverside Festival programme highlights:

Main stage line-up

11.30am Artificial Monkeys

12.30pm The Rum

1.30pm Vicky Jackson as Pink

2.45pm U2 2

4.15pm One Step Behind – The Masters of Madness

5.30pm Michael – starring Ben

6.45pm 911

Vintage stage line-up – music through the ages

noon Miss Vintage – 40s

1pm The Riverside Rockers - 50s

2pm Denver and the Deep Blue Sea -60s

3pm Moriarty and the Waves – 60s, 70s

4pm Wott the Hopple – 70s

Fringe highlights

1pm, 2pm & 4pm Elves on the Green

2.30pm The Great Balloon Show

3.30pm The Greatest Showman Singalong

See the website for details of the Airhedz workshops.

Active zone

Open from 11am to 5pm to try out your sporting skills

On the Prom

Noon to 3.30pm Pond dipping at the Dell

1-4pm Circus Sensible Workshops and shows

Noon to 4pm Mike the Magician

Noon Giant Balloon Show

For all the times and dates, visit

Or follow the council’s social media: Facebook: /GraveshamBoroughCouncil

Twitter and Instagram: @graveshambc

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