Monday, 29 July 2013

Cambridge Folk Fest "Huge Success"

The 49th Cambridge Folk Festival ended in rousing style on Sunday night in what organisers Cambridge City Council have hailed as "a bumper year".

The Festival was a complete sell out (14,000 total attendees) and included performances from The Mavericks, KT Tunstall, Levellers, The Waterboys, Amadou and Mariam, Steeleye Span, Martin Simpson and Capercaillie plus a range of folk, americana, blues and world music performances across the Festival's four stages.

The festival folk say: "Performance highlights included: Bellowhead joining Levellers on stage for a run through the latter's song The Recruiting Sgt; KT Tunstall performing versions The White Stripe's Seven Nation Army performed on a kazoo and a stirring version of Don Henley's Boys of Summer; the eccentric and electric Bombay Royale performing on stage with a large inflatable elephant; a hilarious kids concert from UK comedic-poet John Hegley; landmark sets from Hertfordshire sisters The Staves who graduated to Stage 1 on their third appearance at the Festival; singer/songwriter Lucy Rose who headlined Thursday's Stage 2 and US sisters Larkin Poe who's two sets wowed the Festival audience over the weekend.

"As well as the eclectic musical offering on the stages, Festival-goers also enjoyed a range of workshops from a guitar workshop from virtuoso instrumentalist Tommy Emmanuel, reed garland making, how to play Northumbrian pipes, storytelling and children's instrument making. Attendees were also able to soak up the weekend's glorious sunshine at the Festival's duck pond and wilderness areas.

"The Festival's newest performance area, the 100-capacity ' The Den' was once again a big hit, showcasing some of the hottest rising talent in the folk and acoustic worlds including 'ones-to-watch' sets from Common Tongues, CC Smugglers and Hudson Taylor."


Saturday night at the Festival was also brought to a close with the event's third ever 'silent ceilidh' which saw the odd sight of people dancing to traditional jigs and reels whilst  wearing headphones to hear the music.

The Festival also had a great range of Scottish acts which were supported by Creative Scotland.

Sarah Brown, Executive Councillor for Community Wellbeing said: "2013 has been a bumper year. We are delighted to have once again sold all the tickets for the event in what has been a difficult year for UK Festivals. We'd like to thank all the artists, traders, staff, sponsors, volunteers and of course, the audience for their support and involvement in creating such a great atmosphere and making it such a huge success. We look forward to welcoming everyone again next year for the 50th anniversary in 2014."

The 2014 Cambridge Folk Festival runs from 31 July to 3 August. Tickets go on sale on Monday 2 December.

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