S Club Party bring it all back at Riverside Festival despite downpour
PUBLISHED: 14:17 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:17 24 July 2017
The festival was held on Saturday
Thousands of people braved the elements to enjoy the annual Riverside Festival in Gravesend on Saturday.
Despite a downpour watering down the mid-afternoon crowds, The Promenade soon packed out again to watch pop icons S Club Party perform some of their top hits from the late 90s and early 2000s, such as Don’t Stop Movin’, Reach and S Club Party.
The three remaining members of S Club 7, Jo O’Meara, Bradley McIntosh and Tina Barrett closed the annual festival, keeping the trend of 90s pop going after B*Witched headlined last year.
But before the trio could bring it all back, the festival was opened by Dire Straits tribute act, Money for Nothing.
The cover-band were quickly followed by local acoustic cover group The Chaps.
Tribute acts to The Killers and Bruno Mars played to crowds before Mobo award winning R&B and hip hop group Big Brovaz graced the stage.
The London four-piece gained fame in the early 2000s with their album Nu Flow, which offered popular singles Baby Boy and Favourite Things, which peaked at number two in the charts in 2003.
While crowds gathered to watch live music next to the river Thames, animals descended on nearby Fort Gardens, with donkey rides, bird of prey displays and a mobile petting zoo all bringing families into the festival.
There was even more live music when the garden’s bandstand hosted local talent including rock and blues bands The Unknown and Big River.
The mayor of Gravesham, Harold Craske, was at Saturday’s event.
He said: “What a success, it was lovely to see thousands of families enjoying the entertainment throughout the day.
“Our local performers did us so proud and having headliners such as S Club Party and Big Brovaz really topped the day off on a musical high.
“A huge amount of effort goes in to the organising of an event such as the Riverside Festival and I think the council staff did an amazing job.
“I particularly enjoyed all of the extra bits of entertainment too, including the activities in the Fort Gardens and the vegetable characters competition.”