Woodbridge Joins National Music Venue Celebration Festival

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Woodbridge Live at The Riverside for Independent Venue Week 2021.

For the first time, Woodbridge Festival and The Riverside will be an official venue in the UK’s Independent Venue Week 2021.

The festival and venue had planned a live gig to start the week, but COVID made that impossible. Instead they will be showing five nights of highlights from Woodbridge Festival LIVE AT THE RIVERSIDE, filmed in front of socially distanced audiences at monthly events between June and December 2020.

The 6pm broadcasts will take place from 25 January and will end on 29 January with a re-run of the popular live show and Q&A on British Black Music with Leee John of Imagination (Gorillaz and Small Axe).

Other acts featured in the five nights of highlights include Red Snapper, Adult Entertainment, Justin Robertson, Aruba Red, AIKO, Cleo Gould and Jonathan Morton (London Sinfonietta/ Scottish Ensemble), Sun Cutter, host DJ Ben Osborne, Noisy Pots, Kirsty Allison/ Vagrant Lovers, Nathan X, H E Ross, Bratri, Peter Hepworth, Misery Gutz, JS and The Lockerbillies, Laura Wyatt and many more… more details of where to watch will be published on the official Independent Venue Week website and at noiseofart.org and woodbridgefestival.com.

The events featured music, word and other arts and were organised from June to December 2020 by Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music and Noise of Art in the 105 year old The Riverside – a much loved local cinema and theatre that stayed open through two world wars, but was closed by COVID.

DJ and Woodbridge Festival programmer Ben Osborne says: “We’re delighted that Woodbridge Festival and The Riverside are able to take part in Independent Venue Week for the first time this year. It’s a landmark achievement, made possible by the contributions from the team, acts and audiences at the Live at The Riverside in this most difficult year.”

Live at The Riverside will be back on the last Monday of every month throughout 2021 as soon as possible, including a rescheduled official Independent Venue Week live event.

Noise of art and Woodbridge Festival are grateful to Arts Council England and Councillor Caroline Page, Suffolk County Council for their support.

The videos are free to watch, but we are raising funds for Ella’s Fight, save The Riverside and Save Our Venues Red Alert. Woodbridge Festival normally raises funds for local arts education and community projects, but this year we have changed funding objectives to support culture in crisis and Ella’s Fight against cancer. Please donate what you can. Thank you.

To tune in, visit https://noiseofart.org/2021/01/23/independent-venues-week-2021/ between Monday 25th – Friday 29th January 2021 at 6pm daily. It’s free to watch, but they will be raising raising funds for Save Our Venues, Ella’s Fight and Save the Riverside.

For more information or to donate to the charities: Ella’s Fight: facebook.com/Ellas-Fight / Save The Riverside: theriverside.co.uk/donations / Save Our Venues: crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-venues-red-list.