'The long, star-studded list of incredibly talented musicians who played revellers through their weekend in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall only scratches the surface of what the event offers to festival-goers.' Evening Standard
Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running folk festivals in the world. Held each year since 1965 it attracts around fourteen thousand people, many of whom return year after year.
The Festival is renowned for its unique atmosphere and its eclectic mix of music, the best traditional folk artists from the UK and Ireland rub shoulders with cutting edge contemporary acts, the finest American country, blues and roots artists, acclaimed singer songwriters, famous names and world music stars. Find out more about the Festival line up HERE
(Fantastic Negrito, Stage 1 2017. Photo: Jordan Harris)
Set the in the beautiful surroundings of Cherry Hinton Hall Park, the festival is just 15 minutes away from Cambridge's historic City Centre, it is perfect for anyone looking for the feel and atmosphere of a festival set in the deep country side but with close links to the city.
A big part of the Festival’s ethos is to celebrate and nurture emerging talent and in 2011 the Festival created a dedicated stage, The Den, to provide a platform for artists under 30 years old to progress their music careers. The Hub is another special area for young musicians to take part in workshops, sessions and perform. These performances spaces have opened the Festival to a brand new generation of musicians. Despite the international line up of artists the Festival still maintains strong links to the local Folk Club scene through The Club Tent which sees local Clubs from around the county performing throughout the weekend.
The Festival has won several awards over the last 50 years, including in 2014 the BBC Radio 2 Good Tradition Award and in 2016 the A Greener Festival Award, awarded to the Festival because of an on-going commitment to reducing its Carbon Footprint. Find out more about the Festival's ongoing Environmental commitments HERE
(Cherry Hinton Hall Park 2017. Photo: John Scott)
Most recently a Guest Curator role was introduced to the Festival, the first curatorship was held by former Bellowhead singer and Folk Artist Jon Boden, for the 2017 Festival he programmed 6 different acts to perform across Stages 1 and 2 throughout the weekend. The 2018 Festival saw founding member of the Grammy award-winning folk band Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens take on the role. 2019 sees Cambridge born musician Nick Mulvey become Guest Curator, read more about his Guest Curatorship HERE
(Nick Mulvey, 2019 Cambridge Folk Festival Guest Curator)
To find out more about the history of Cambridge Folk Festival take a look at our History pages HERE