The 14,000 capacity Festival, organised by Cambridge City Council, started life in 1965 and celebrated its 50th year last year. Since its humble origins it has grown to become one of the live music highlights of the summer, not just in Cambridge, for its combination of internationally renowned headline artists and support of up-and-coming young performers. Past performers have included Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, Paul Simon and Laura Marling.
Tickets tend to sell out fast and next year looks likely to be no exception.
Cllr Richard Johnson, executive councillor for community, arts and recreation, says: “After the success of the 50th Cambridge Folk Festival, we look forward to making 51st festival even greater, welcoming attenders, both local and from further afield”.
The festival returns once again to the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall, offering great facilities and a family friendly atmosphere. The live acts (headliners TBC) will perform across four covered stages, there’ll be street theatre, music workshops and sessions, raucous ceilidhs, open stages, a youth area, internet café, kids’ ceilidh, storytelling, a paddling pool and playground, plus real ale bars.
Following the triumphant 50th anniversary last summer, Cambridge Folk Festival won the highest possible environmental honour at the Greener Festival Awards, becoming one of only nine festivals worldwide and one of only two in the UK to achieve the Outstanding category. The first artists confirmed for next year’s bill are due to be announced in early 2015.
Full festival tickets are £150; Thursday £25.50; Friday £55.50; Saturday £65.50; Sunday £65.50. Camping: (Full Festival tickets only, per 2-3 berth tent) Cherry Hinton £61.50, Coldham’s Common (second site) £42.50. All ticket prices include booking fees.
Watch this video from last year’s festival: