It’s all about the community

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FROM stage school darlings West End Wendies to music that is a little bit hardcore the community and acoustic stages are set to rock the house.

Saturday sees the community stage embrace the global flavour of the festival with the displays from the Afro Caribbean Forum and Bengali music on the bill.

There are also offerings from some great local groups including youngsters from Bedford’s West End Wendies and Rock Choir.

On Sunday the community stage is turned over to local bands with a thrilling line-up including Bedford blues favourites Pearl Handled Revolver and up and coming band The Wholls.

Hardcore heroes Elements Of Refusal are also on the bill and are set to bring some progressive metal noisiness to proceedings. The band are fresh from performing at the Love Luton Festival, along the route of the Olympic Torch relay.

Lead singer Jon Morris said: “We are really excited to play at the River Festival as it’s something we have all enjoyed going to over the years.

“We’ve had a busy month and the Olympic Torch came to our last show, but I’m sure the River Festival can equal that atmosphere.”

But if you like your music a little more chilled the acoustic stage is the place to be.

On the Saturday visitors to the festival can enjoy the stylings of the likes of Harriet langley, Bobby Ward and Lloyd North from 1pm.

Also playing on the Saturday is Bedford-born singer songwriter Kam Singh and playing at the River Festival is his ‘lifelong dream’.

Kam, who has also played in New York and San Francisco, said: “Playing at the River Festival has been a lifelong dream for me.”

He added: “My EP is very light and lifting with a subtle dark shade to it”,

On the Sunday acoustic fans can enjoy Luton’s antifolk star Liam Burke as well as music from John Kendall, Ciero Buck and the Last Chance Ragtime Band.

There is certainly something going on in Bedford this weekend, and the community and acoustic stages are at its heart.