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Bedford River Festival is postponed until 17th July 2021 as a coronavirus precaution. Find out more...

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Musicians and performers wanted

The Bedford River Festival boasts six stages across the 150 acre site. If you would like to show the community what you’ve got and get your name out there, we would welcome your application to perform on our Community Stage. Please bear in mind that at each of the last four Festivals the Community Stage was oversubscribed, so due to demand not all applications will be successful. Preference will be given to bands/acts within Bedford Borough, however applications from outside the borough that offer a unique and interesting act will still be considered.

To apply to perform at the Festival, please complete the following application form.

Community Stage Application Form

Activities for you to get involved in

  1. Raft Races – for the creative and competitive
  2. Musicians and Performers Wanted!
  3. Open Water Swim Race
  4. Dragon Boats
  5. Carnival Square
  6. Boat Mooring
Musicians at the Bedford River Festival



A flexible approach...

The 2021 River Festival will include countless river activities, six live music and performance stages, the Arts, Heritage and Sports Villages, the wonderful offerings of the Continental Market and the spectacular fireworks, plus so much more.

Make sure you keep the 17th & 18th July free in your diaries so that you don’t miss out on any of the action

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on this web site, please contact the Events Team at to discuss how you can get involved.

Community Stage Application Form


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