Festival Profile: Riverside Festival 2019

Name:  Riverside Festival 

Where:  Glasgow, Scotland 

When:  25th – 26th May 

Against the backdrop of the River Clyde and Zaha Hadid’s talismanic museum, Riverside Festival returns next month as Glasgow’s premier electronic music festival enters its seventh year. The festival has consistently gone from strength to strength, attracting sell out crowds from a city steeped in underground heritage.


Curated by Electric Frog and Pressure across an expanded three stages, 2019’s lineup is truly something to behold. Saturday sees Denis Sulta‘s Sulta Selects and La Cheetah‘s 10th birthday celebrations joined by the new Docklands area. The complete lineup welcomes Blawan, Sulta, FJAAK (live), HAAi, Job Jobse, Peach, Sofay, Todd TerjeLittle Gay Brother (performance), Eclair Fifi, Helena Hauff, Midland, Nightwave, Objekt b2b Dj Stingray, Omar S, Shanti Celeste, Wardy & Dom D’Sylva, John Talabot, Mella Dee, Paranoid London (live), Young Marco, Brain Dancing and Co-Accused.

Sunday sees Bicep‘s Feel My Bicep and Slam‘s Maximum Pressure tag in for Sulta Selects and La Cheetah 10, respectively. Bringing the festival to a close will be Bicep (dj set), Daphni b2b Hunee, Hammer, Jon Hopkins (live), Optimo b2b Carista, WillowDaniel Avery b2b Slam, Ida, I Hate Models, Jeff Mills, Rebekah (live), Rødhåd b2b Âme, Stephanie SykesThunder Disco Club, Quail, AISHA, Athens Of The North, The Burrell Connection, LaLa, We Should Hang Out More and DJ Smoker & Andy Barton.

Former Glories:

Particular highlights from the past couple of years include sets from Nina Kraviz, Groove Armada, Robert Hood, Fatima Yamaha (live), Four Tet, Green Velvet and Leftfield (live) – but Riverside is a festival that has consistently punched above its weight with regards to the stature of past bookings. One of the core cogs behind the world-beating Slam machine, Dave Clarke likened collating bookings for Riverside 2017 to “a game of Fantasy Football, you name who you want and see who you can get.” With this in mind, almost every star signing you can think of has graced the stages on the banks of the Clyde – while there’s every chance you can discover a new favourite selector warming up proceedings each day.

Also Look Out For:

Before heading onto the festival site each day, it would be a shame not to explore some of Glasgow’s West End – take in the sights of the Hogwarts-esque University grounds, the cobbled delight that is Ashton Lane, or soak up the sun (here’s hoping) in the Botanic Gardens or Kelvingrove Park.

Everything Else:

Riverside is a non-camping festival, with entry to the site opening at about midday on both the Saturday and the Sunday, with each day’s closing set finishing up about 10pm. Single day tickets are still available, with Saturday and Sunday prices currently at £65 each (plus booking fees). £115 + BF gets you entry to both days, with further ticket information and lineup day splits available here.

Words by Jonno Mack

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