August 3rd-6th At Horseheath Lodge, CB21 4PT
Plans for the 13th Cambridge Rock Festival, taking place over four days from August 3rd to 6th, are well underway. The line-up is complete, with over 80 acts appearing. Unlike many other festivals, the event benefits from all three stages being fully covered offering protection should it rain whilst being outdoors in the fantastic new setting of Horseheath Lodge, just outside Cambridge. This year the festival will have two main stages, each with its own real-ale bar (other drinks are available!) plus an acoustic stage, and the usual range of food and other stalls and the great family-friendly environment for which it is renowned – previously been nominated for best medium-sized festival!
Headlining the ‘Rock and Prog’ stage this year (Friday to Sunday) will be AOR band FM, who have many albums and worldwide tours behind them, the highly influential Eddie & The Hotrods and the legendary Atomic Rooster who reformed last year after a 32 year break to play last year’s CRF. Other key bands appearing include the Welsh wizzards Son Of Man (featuring Micky Jones’ son George and long-time Man drummer Bob Richards), and fellow Welsh progressive band Magenta. John Otway returns with his Big Band, sure to play his hit… and his other hit… and loads more highly entertaining music (there’s no other way to describe Otway!) The Tygers Of Pan Tang also make a welcome return and Chantel McGregor who, having established her blues credentials winning all sorts of awards is now branching into new musical territories. Other regular favourites include Deborah Bonham and Mostly Autumn who are making a record 12th appearance! The T Clemente Band flew over from California especially to play CRF last year and loved it so much that they’ve asked to do it again and they can be seen on the Friday.
The other main stage features BluesRock, headlined by regular CRF crowd-pleasers the Buster James Band and blues/rock band Roadhouse, who with over 2,000 shows behind them all over the UK (including Glastonbury) are a CRF favourite, with Jason And The Skagonauts providing something different on the Friday night. They are supported by rising blues stars Ben Poole and Laurence Jones, with Doris Brendel no doubt providing her trademark electrifying show on Friday evening, plus 15 more blues based bands! These include the exciting prog infused blues of The Mentulls (imagine Focus playing the blues, and don’t be surprised to find a rare blues cover morph into a bit of Yes!) and so many other CRF favourites there are too many to list.
The festival opens on Thursday with an AOR stage, headlined by Space Elevator ahead of their forthcoming UK tour, supported by Moritz and The Room.
Whilst most of the event will, as usual, feature original artists, there will also be a dedicated tribute band stage featuring Too Rex, Aladdinsane, Bootleg Boss and The Lizzy on the Thursday evening – separate day tickets are available for every day if you prefer them.
An acoustic stage will run throughout the event, with notable headliners the Heather Findlay trio, Malcolm Bruce band, Odin Dragonfly and D’Ukes, with the CRF finally able to welcome The Blackheart Orchestra after a serious illness prevented them appearing just hours before their slot last year, and plenty more if you don’t fancy the two main stages.
There really is so much going on that you need to see the full line-up – details and tickets can be obtained from the festival website and we are adding profiles for the bands as fast as we get them, so just click the band name on the line-up page to read more.
Chances are you’ve been before, so you know what a friendly, laid back, non-corporate event the CRF is – now we also have a new site and two main stages and we are further improving our environmental friendliness by moving away from disposable plastic cups. This year we will have reusable shatterproof souvenir polycarbonate “glasses” in both pint and half-pint sizes for which washing facilities will be available. There will be a nominal charge of just £2 each (from the box office or CRF sales stalls) and of course you get to keep them! Please come along and support us and, having resolved the minor teething problems a major change will inevitably cause, we’ll be able to announce a 2018 event much earlier for you!
You’ll also be aware that the CRF is run almost entirely by volunteers – something bands are frequently surprised to learn when they see the “professional” results we achieve. Our volunteers get free entry – if you’re interested see the Volunteer section on the website.
Best wishes from the whole of the CRF team! PS CRF still uses the ‘park and pitch’ system so you can pitch your tent right next to your car.
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