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River Stage Festival

Free outdoor festival

28 July to 28 August

National Theatre

River Stage Festival

River Stage returns this summer bringing an eclectic combination of theatre, DJs, family fun, vibrant dance, outdoor cinema, workshops and the very best live music acts - there's nowhere better to soak up the sun and the atmosphere this summer.

Featuring takeover weekends from East London’s The Glory, HOME Manchester, WOMAD, Rambert dance company and the National Theatre, there will be something for everyone out on the river front.

See below for the full line-up at the weekend takeovers.


River Stage Teaser Trailer

Free theatre, DJs, live music and dance, returning to the South Bank this summer. Here's a taste of what you can expect at River Stage.

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River Stage Festival Gallery

River Stage weekend takeovers

28 – 30 July: The Glory

East London’s most notorious establishment The Glory is back. Expect drag-fuelled back-to-back shows, special guests, family fun and anarchic parties all weekend long.

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The Glory logo poster

4 – 6 August: HOME Manchester

HOME, Manchester’s centre for international contemporary theatre, art, film and music bring their eclectic line-up of performances, dance and special guest DJs to our outdoor stage.

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River Stage HOME Manchester

11 – 13 August: WOMAD

The World’s Festival descends upon the River Stage with a diverse programme celebrating the best music you’ve never heard, from around the globe.

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WOMAD The World's Festival

18 – 20 August: Rambert

Internationally renowned dance company Rambert fills the stage with various solos and group pieces from their stunning repertoire.

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Rambert logo poster

25 – 28 August: National Theatre

A Bank Holiday weekend mix of live music, DJs, tea dance and family theatre, as well as an outdoor cinema screening.

Full line-up

National Theatre logo poster

Summer pop-ups

Ice Cream Van

Our vintage ice cream van selling soft serve ice cream, gelato and soft drinks.

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National Theatre Ice cream van

Garden Bar at the Green Room

Enjoy a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine on the grass in the Green Room Garden.

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Green Room Garden Bar

Pizza Van

Pizza made to order in our wood-fired oven, in a vintage Citroen van.

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Pizza Van - pizzas in the oven

Apothecary Cocktail Bar

A hidden watering hole serving up nostalgic craft creations inspired by the melting pot of 80s New York counterculture

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The Apothecary Bar