The Riverside Festival was the finale of the
Annual Stamford Festival for over 30 years
Originally part of the Stamford Festival Association (SFA) the Riverside Festival can trace its history back 30+ years, operating under the title Music on the Meadows with one year spent as Rock on the Rec. Interestingly despite a lot of people referring to us as Rock on the Meds we have never officially been called that!
In 2000 as Riverside continued to grow we broke away from the SFA and formed RAMA and for more than 10 years we staged the Riverside Festival, which still acted as the grand finale to the Stamford Festival.
In 2007 the organisation running the Riverside Festival was registered as a not-for-profit Limited Company and Registered Charity, and became The Riverside Association of Music and Arts Limited.
Unfortunately the Festival was not held in 2011 due to problems receiving permission from Stamford Town Council to use the meadows, and in 2012 the Festival had to be cancelled at the last minute due to flooding on the meadows. Regrettablly there will be no festival again in 2013, as we have been dealing wih the cancellation insurance claim for the 2012 festival, and unfortunately this has taken far longer than we could ever have envisaged to resolve – we are still dealing with the final stages of the claim today!
However, we have been busy during 2013 helping 35 other local organisations right across the East Midlands to stage their own live music events as part of the Our Big Gig weekend which took place between the 11 – 14 July 2013. Do have a look at the Our Big Gig website to find out more about this nationwide programme of events which has been Inspired by 2012 and the Cultural Olympiad. It is hoped that this will now become an annual event.
The Riverside Festival has traditionally been an open-air music festival which has been held annually on the first Saturday of July, on the Meadows in Stamford, showcasing at least 30 bands and artists, usually more, mostly from the surrounding area, on at least 3 main stages – the Riverside Stage, the Marquee Stage and the Acoustic Stage. 2010 saw our 10th anniversary as the Riverside Festival which was celebrated by a special two-day Festival. But the Riverside Festival has not always just been about music. There have been fairground rides; a variety of children’s entertainment; food, craft and trade stalls; possibly Stamford’s favourite beer festival; and a speactacular fireworks finale. Please see the A-Z Festival Guide for more information.
As a charity, we rely on sponsorship, advertising income and donations from the public to fund our work. Our events are run entirely by volunteers and we make no profit whatsoever, on the rare occasion we have had any small surplus funds these have always been ploughed back into staging events for the ebenfit of the local community.
Unfortunately the Riverside Festival as everyone has come to know it has now become too costly and is unsustainable for us to continue to stage. But for 2014 and beyond we are determined to continue to celebrate live music and art and have lots of ideas for new and exciting events we can stage in future – we just need your help to make it happen.
Please support us in any way you can – through donations or volunteering – to keep our dynamic organisation alive for the benefit of our community.
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Our governing document is:
Our Memorandum and Articles of Association – this sets out what we can and can’t do as an organisation.
Please click on these links to view copies of our Annual Accounts:
From 2010 onwards we published a combined Annual Report and Accounts
our accounts for year end 2012 will be published here once they have been approved by our Independent Examiner and our members at the next Annual General Meeting.