Award-winning comedian delights crowds
as festival makes long-awaited return

Affinity Water supported the Rickmansworth Festival as Platinum Sponsor, bringing a giant bathtub and comedy gig to the fun of the Festival.

The much-loved festival returned to a site along the Grand Union Canal on the 21st and 22nd May after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19.

Star of stage and national TV, Matt Richardson, headlined the exclusive fun-packed comedy tent and host of BBC Two’s ‘Lightning’ Zoe Lyons compèring and Matt Richardson taking the headline slot on Saturday.

Matt was revealed as the surprise headline act alongside a host of regional acts that featured inside Affinity Water’s comedy tent, with more than 25,000 members of the public enjoying the festival programme throughout the weekend.

Affinity Water also brought along the infamous ‘Tubitha’, a super-size bath tub which is 125 times the size of a normal bath, to promote its water saving campaign.

Its milestone water-saving movement: ‘SOS: Save Our Streams,’ has been coined the UK’s biggest ever water-saving initiative with over 200,000 sign-ups to date. One billion litres of water are proven to have been saved last summer thanks to Affinity Water’s pioneering approach, which empowers people to help protect England’s precious chalk streams by wasting less water in their homes.

Comedy headliner Matt Richardson placed water saving messages at the heart of his set, and thanks to Tubitha and the Affinity Water team, many festival-goers signed up to the campaign at SaveOurStreams.co.uk where they can now gain access to their exact household water usage stats, a free water-saving kit and tailored advice.

Some lucky festival-goers also got their hands on free VIP comedy show tickets as part of an exclusive giveaway for those signing up to the SOS: Save our Streams Campaign ahead of the event.

Mr Wynne of Borehamwood said,

“We had a great day at the Rickmansworth Festival with the comedy show being brilliant! All the comedians excelled, with superb compering by Zoe Lyons. I thought Matt Richardson taking the final slot was hilarious, whilst picking up some more water saving tips to boot! Well done to Affinity Water.”

Matt Richardson, who alongside his stand-up performances has hosted shows such as the Xtra Factor and starred in Nevermind the Buzzcocks and Celebrity Juice, said:

“Comedy has such a great power to join people together, especially when we’re using it to talk about serious messages. We had a great time laughing about water use, but we were also able to share the importance of campaigns such as SOS: Save Our Streams, which help us all make a difference. I hope that my show was good fun for everyone that came along, whilst also reminding us how we can each play a part to protect our environment.”

Stuart Ledger, Interim CEO of Affinity Water said:

“We’ve all had a fantastic time at the Rickmansworth Festival. It was wonderful to be able to meet so many new people and talk to them about our hugely successful water saving campaign.”

Matt delighted the audience with his hilarious set, whilst sharing our important messages about the crucial need for water saving at home.

“Thousands of people came along to meet Tubitha for a supersize bath selfie, and with so many more sign ups to our SOS: Save our Streams Campaign as a result, we’re confident we’ll see even less water used in the coming months as people take simple steps to reduce their water use.”

Members of the public are urged to continue taking action and visit SaveOurStreams.co.uk where after answering a few questions about how they use water, can gain access to their exact household water usage stats, a free water-saving kit and expert advice.

Mr Jarvis, Watford said,

“Really enjoyed the comedy show and Felicity Ward teaching the joys of chicken karaoke. I am now helping to save water by using collected rainwater in the garden as opposed to a hosepipe.”

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