Festival held in memory of Viola Beach guitarist

Credit: All four members of Viola Beach and their manager died in Sweden in February 2016.

The family of Viola Beach guitarist River Reeves are staging a festival in his memory this weekend.

Rivfest is taking place at Priestley College to pay tribute to the 19-year-old.

All four of members of Viola Beach and their manager were killed when their vehicle careered off a bridge in Sweden in February 2016.

One of the stages at this weekend's festival will be named the Viola Beach Introducing stage as a tribute to the band and their love of music.

The acts due to perform this weekend include Maximo Park, Billy Bragg and Eliza and the Bear.

The event will raise money to help young people who want to pursue careers in the arts.

We want RivFest to grow bigger and bigger every year. We'd love it to get to the size of Glastonbury or Creamfields and use the profits to improve the lives of young people across Warrington. River loved a party, loved a beer and loved being with his friends. He also loved music, and gigs and festivals were places where all that he loved came together. He was one of those kids that had this coolness, but when he got passionate about something he became very tunnel visioned. The second he joined Viola Beach he was playing the guitar all the time. His guitar playing took on a whole new edge. After River died we couldn't just pull the blinds down and sit in a dark room and do nothing. We wanted to make a difference.

Ben Dunne, River Reeves's father
  • RivFest will take place at Warrington's Priestley College. Adult tickets cost £20 and children's tickets are £5.