After a storming success last year, we’re happy to see that Cambridge Junction’s brilliant Junkyard Festival is returning for a second outing this month. This year’s edition, House Party, will bring back the winning formula of last year’s event, combining great entertainment and music with awesome street food, and utilising the Junction’s various indoor and outdoor spaces.
The event is created by Cambridge Junction’s apprentices, a small group of young people who work in different departments at the venue whilst completing their college studies (the Junction is currently recruiting their next intake for these paid positions, check their website for more details). Taking place on Saturday 22 August, this cross-arts festival will feature live bands, DJs, spoken word poets and visual artists from across the east of England. There will be food on offer from local favourites Steak & Honour, along with Churros Bar if you fancy something sweet.
We’re loving the house party theme, which will see J2 transformed into the Living Room: a cosy place to enjoy some great acts from the comfort of an armchair (yes, actually). On the bill are Horse Party, Lunacre, Goldstar and local hip hop outfit The Dressing Gown Mob. Outside in The Yard, you can check out intimate sets by some of Cambridge’s best singer/songwriter talent including Robbie Stevens, Oscar Corney and Rachel Clark – as well as getting silly with some lawn games. As with any good house party, the Kitchen will be the hub of the action, showcasing sounds from a host of local DJs, while The Study will be offering up sets by the cream of the spoken word scene.
Be beguiled by the witty wordplay of the likes of Hammer & Tongue champion Riaz Moola, plus Charley Genever, Miss Mercal and alternative spoken word artist Luke Peter Foster. There will also be an open mic session if you fancy showing off your own lyrical prowess. The event runs on Saturday 22 August from 4pm to midnight. Tickets are £8.