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Newport Carnival & Community Events Association

Line up

There is so much going on at Riverfest, now in it’s second year being run by Newport Carnival & Community Events Association!

There are going to be a whole host of stalls from local businesses, charities and fundraising stands throughout the day along the quay. 

Additionally, there will be a stage, this time in a larger area due to its popularity last year, with a whole host of acts playing which can be seen below. 

This line up is subject to change at short notice and times are approximate.

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09:50-10:00 - Pirates' Parade with Vectis Corps of Drums Marching Band

The Pirates' Parade is the opening ceremony to Riverfest 2023 with a local band leading followed by a fancy dressed pirate themed display.

You can enter the parade easily but contacting us via the contact page.

The parade departs St Thomas' Square in Newport Town Centre at 09:50 and makes its way to The Quay for 10:00.
The parade will feature Vectis Corps of Drums Marching Band as seen in Isle of Wight Carnivals and local events.

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10:00 - Short n Sweet Duo

Mark on keyboards, accompanied by his lovely wife Paula form the entertaining duo Short ‘n’ Sweet, playing a great selection of favourites from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, as well as up to date modern chart hits, catering for all. Mark and Paula have been in the entertainment business for many years, both successfully in their own right and together as a double act for the past twenty years. Paula was a professional soubrette and has performed in many venues around the world and is also a fully qualified dance teacher. ​Mark is a multi-skilled musician and sound/lighting technician who has performed on cruise ships and venues around Europe, backing cabaret and headlining at holiday centres. Short ‘n’ Sweet are one of the most professional duos in the south of England and were even offered a place at Boot Camp on the X Factor in 2004.

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10:30 - Huxley Magic

Hucley, who has been the site magician for several huge events such as Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Rhythmtree, VDub Island, Healing, Ventnor Fringe, Folstation, Hampshire Air Ambulance Family Day and Postfest. With Riverfest now being added to his extensive portfolio.

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11:00 - Medina Marching Band

Medina Marching Band is proud to be a true military styled marching band with a long standing tradition as one of the country’s foremost youth marching bands.

Based on the style of the United Kingdom’s armed forces with the unmistakable red jackets, white helmets and caps, Medina Marching Band, now in its 47th year has become a welcome and familiar sight at parades, shows and events the length and breadth of the country.

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11:30 - Aargh! Gliding Pirates

Aargh! Gliding Pirates are searching for treasure and adventures on the high seas. Sailing atop incredibly detailed, miniature galleons this pair of salty buccaneers skim smoothly over concrete seas.

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12:00 - Flash Kirby

Flash Kirby was present at 2022's Riverfest event and really interacted with the crowds.

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12:30 - Irish Dancers

Emellia

13:00 - Emellia

Emellia is a singer-songwriter bringing a new taste of electronic pop mixed with a dark venture to the new era of the music industry.

An honest, relatable approach is driven into the song writing combined with razor-sharp hooks for her edgy dark-pop songs.

She featured at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2022!

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13:30 - Aargh! Gliding Pirates Second Display

Aargh! Gliding Pirates are searching for treasure and adventures on the high seas. Sailing atop incredibly detailed, miniature galleons this pair of salty buccaneers skim smoothly over concrete seas.

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14:00 - Aspire Creative Hub Performers

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14:30 - Aargh! Gliding Pirates Final Display

Aargh! Gliding Pirates are searching for treasure and adventures on the high seas. Sailing atop incredibly detailed, miniature galleons this pair of salty buccaneers skim smoothly over concrete seas.

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15:00 - Aspire Creative Hub Performers