FAQS for bands and others

FAQS for RIVERFEST Participants 

Thanks for agreeing to be part of Riverfest. Here is some basic information we think you might need, plus contact details for how to get in touch if there are questions we have not answered. 
RIVERFEST DATE
Bank Holiday Saturday 27 May 2017

LOCATION

Riverside Park, Bitterne Park Southampton SO18 1NQ, based mainly in the grassy area near Cobden Bridge, with activity in Priory Avenue, at The Triangle & in Manor Farm Rd 

OPENING TIMES TO THE PUBLIC

10am – 9pm (sunset)

SET UP/GET OUT TIMES

Friday 26 May: it may be possible for you to deliver bigger items on Friday evening – please talk to us if this could be useful to you.

Saturday 27 May: Earliest set up – 7am. Exhibitors are asked to be ready to go when the doors open at 10am. Bands – please rock up 45 mins before your stage time and make yourself known to the stage manager.

GET OUT: We have to be completely out of the park on Saturday night. Exhibitors are free to pack up once the crowds are slowing down from late afternoon. 

DROP OFF/PICK UP/VEHICLE ACCESS

Car park behind Bitterne Park Social Club. 

PARTICIPANT CAR PARKING

NO PARKING ON SITE. Let us know if you really need to leave a vehicle all day and we will do what we can – no promises! Blue Badge Holders can park. Free on street parking in streets around the area and nearby carparks. 

RAINY DAY PLAN

We will move a shorter programme indoors to the Bitterne Park Social Club and present a reduced programme. In this case you may not get to set up/play – sorry.

ACCESS FOR PEOPLE WITH REDUCED MOBILITY

Riverfest venue is a flat park comprising a large lawn with tarmac path to one side alongside the river. Access is via a gravel car park and tarmac path at one end, and a sloped tarmac path from Cobden Bridge at the other end. There is a wheelchair accessible public toilet in Bitterne Triangle. 

Bitterne Park Social Club has steps down into the performance space and a step up onto the low stage. Assistance will always be provided by our friendly stewards.

ACCESS FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING MEMORY LOSS

We are working with Southampton Alzheimer’s Society to make Riverfest “dementia friendly”. This is reflected in things like signage and how we brief our stewards. Please rely on our stewards to help you if you encounter someone needing assistance. 

TOILETS

We are hiring in some portaloos for the day. There is a paid for loo up at BP Triangle which is accessible for wheelchair users and loos inside the BP Social Club. 

GENERAL SECURITY

All vehicles and property are brought on site at your own risk. We don’t have any lock up space to keep valuables. 

BAND EQUIPMENT SECURITY

Band equipment can be kept in our small back stage area at your own risk. This space will be supervised by stewards but we can’t have eyes everywhere. 

FOOD & DRINK

you are encouraged to bring a picnic or you can buy a wide range of food at Bitterne Park Triangle & St Denys: bakers, chip shop, hot meals, co op supermarket etc

DOGS

Dogs are welcome. They are lovely. They are your responsibility. 

PHONE CHARGING

Nope! Why not bring a solar charger – we have been assured it is going to be a beautifully sunny day.

CASH POINT

free ATM in Bitterne Triangle

RUBBISH

Please come prepared to take your own rubbish away with you at the end of the day. Ask a steward if you need a rubbish bag.

QUESTIONS?

email soriverfestival@gmail.com or speak to you main riverfest contact we will do our best to help

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