Stratford's Getting Kinky

STRATFORD’S GETTING ‘KINKY’ WITH HEADLINE ACTS AT RIVER FESTIVAL 2017

World-class music is back on the bill for this year’s Stratford River Festival, with the return of soul band Kinky Farnham to the stage at the multi award-winning event.

The popular funk and soul band is just one of an array of stellar acts on offer for the crowds set to descend on Stratford when the popular festival returns on July 1st and 2nd.

The Stratforward-organised River Festival is one of the highlights of the calendar in the region. Last year’s event on the Recreation Ground attracted more than 60,000 people with more than 100 boats moored up on the Avon and at least 100 stalls providing a weekend of food, drink and fun for all.

Top-notch music is always a draw at the free family festival and this year visitors will be entertained by acts including Kinky Farnham - a huge hit in previous years - as well as TRADarrr, who offer a new take on traditional British Folk music.

Other acts set to take to the stages on the Bandstand and the Acoustic Stage include musical talent from across the region and closer to home such as Stratford-based choir Amicantus and Jack Blackman, one of the UK's leading young blues guitarists.

Event Organiser Ruth Wood said: “Music is always an important part of the River Festival and we’re so excited to be welcoming Kinky Farnham back to our Stratford stages. When it comes to music, there’s something for everyone at this year’s festival, from funk and soul to classical, rock and swing.

“Last year’s festival was another great year, with 60,000-plus people coming to Stratford for what has become one of the most popular events in the region. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back for what is guaranteed to be a great event.”

And for thirsty visitors to the River Festival, three of Stratford’s own local businesses have beaten off stiff competition from other bars and pubs across the area to win the tenders for the alcohol concessions at the event.

The One Elm, The Keys & Kitchen and The Encore won the tenders for the bars at the event after a rigorous and competitive process that saw applications from far and wide.

Mat Faulkner, general manager at The One Elm, which got through 100 barrels of beers, ales and ciders, 2,000 bottles of prosecco and 1,000 pints of Pimms last year, said: “It’s great that three local businesses are leading the way again.

We’re really excited. We have been part of the festival now for who knows how many years. It’s home from home for us now. We love being down there and meeting everyone.”