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Organisers of Leicester’s biggest free family festival are calling on local artists to get involved in displaying and selling their work.

The annual Riverside Festival transforms the Mile Straight of the River Soar, Bede Park, Castle Gardens and Western Boulevard on the weekend of 1-2 June 1, with a programme of events including live music and dancing, street performances, fun on the river, street markets and a range of other attractions.

Art on the River – one of the festival’s newest events which made its debut last year – will give budding local artists and photographers the chance to display and sell their work on the banks of the River.

The space will be open to any local artists, painters, photographers, 2-D and 3D artists to take part and to showcase and sell their work to up to 40,000 festival-goers.

Artists can rent three metres of space for £25 for one day, and £35 for two days. All artwork needs to be mounted and artists will be responsible for looking after their own work.

Artists wanting to exhibit at Art on the River can contact Mandeep Kaur on 0116 454 3600 or by emailing

Wight on

The Isle of Wight festival this summer will include Garbage, Keane and Dermot Kennedy.

Headliners already include Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra, Biffy Clyro and special guest Fatboy Slim.

Keane, in a statement, said: “We’re so happy to return to The Isle of Wight Festival this summer. It’s one of the most iconic British festivals, and we have great memories of playing back in 2007. We’re closing out the weekend, so hopefully you can join us for a massive sweaty euphoric singalong…”

Other new names for the Isle of Wight festival 2019 include Picture This, Ward Thomas, The Marcus King Band, and ABBA specialists Björn Again.

The Isle Of Wight festival runs between 13-16 June.

Download this

With just over two months to go until this year’s Download, the festival have announced on-site activities for the June weekender.

On top of this year’s line-up – topped by Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool – there will be a ton of stuff to do in The Download Village, from metal exercise class RockFit to the return of DO.OMYOGA.

In the former, RockFit involves working out to a killer soundtrack of the likes of AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica (plus bands on the bill), while the latter activity, DO.OMYOGA, consists of “the ancient Indian practice of Nada Yoga where music and sound become one”.

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