February 2017 saw the launch of City Roots, a brand new week-long, winter music festival and expansion of Cambridge Folk Festival.
The Festival brought together key cultural venues in the city including the Corn Exchange, Cambridge Junction, CB2 Café, and The Portland Arms. City Roots showcased a wide range of artists and groups, from the well-known to the up and coming, and served to strengthen the relationship between folk and roots music and the city of Cambridge. In addition to the extensive programme of concerts, there was a whole day of talks and seminars held at Anglia Ruskin University, giving students and the public the opportunity to hear from organisations such as Arts Council England and PRS for Music. Cambridge Union also played host to a day celebrating the talent of the local folk club scene.
After the resounding success of last year’s first ever City Roots Festival, the event is set to return once more. Injecting the city with winter cheer and the spirit of Cambridge Folk Festival this February and March, Cambridge’s second city-wide winter folk and roots festival opens for an extended two weeks of exceptional music and events.