Only a couple more sleeps and the tribes will be packing their belongings for the annual gathering at Cambridge Folk Festival. For the uninitiated, the festival is like huge family reunion, with some of the leading artists on the planet rubbing shoulders with newcomers.
Two huge outdoor stages dominate the event, ringed by traders and bars and food outlets. Smaller venues and club tents are scattered throughout the nearby woodland.
As usual, festival director Edie Barcan has booked a bewildering variety of artists. Whether you plonk your folding chair in your favourite spot in front of Stage 1 or wander through the site dipping in and out of venues, you are guaranteed a weekend to remember.
Highlights are likely to include the return of Edward the Second; Simon Care and the band roar back with an outstanding new album. Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band were the form band of last summer, and the hotly tipped Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys are well worth a look, with sharp performance and superb musicianship. O’Hooley & Tidow are also sure to bring soaring harmonies and original, evocative songs.
Make sure you don’t miss Brian McNeil’s festival session on Stage 2 on Saturday; festival guests will drop by and play informal sets – spontaneous collaborations are not unheard of either. And why not wander to The Den to see the stars of tomorrow in an intimate venue?
But you will know all of this because you already have your ticket. If not, try again next year. As usual, the festival has been sold out for some weeks.
Cambridge Folk Festival celebrated its 50th year in 2014 and released a compilation through Delphonic Music to celebrate.