Folkin' around: Cambridge Folk Festival is back

An inside guide to one of the world's oldest events

Folkin' around: Cambridge Folk Festival is back

Photographer: Jason DownesEllen Tout on 21 July 2011

Cambridge Folk Festival, sounds nice. Tell me more...
Running since 1965, this pioneering folk festival knows a thing or two about music. Initially set up by Cambridge council and a local firefighter, the festival has welcomed all manner of acts from The Levellers to Paul Simon.

What does this year's line-up look like?
Topping this year's bill is nu-folk queen Laura Marling, joined by Newton Faulkner, Frank Turner and Richard Thompson, to name just a few.

What else can I expect to find?
As well as four whole days of music from 28-31 July, you can also look forward to a number of exclusive events. Friday will see a live interview with the eleven-strong group Bellowhead, hosted by MOJO magazine. There is also a host of activities from juggling workshops to Tai Chi and healing groups.

Sounds good, how do I get there?
The festival takes place at Cherry Hinton Hall in Cambridge. With an award winning environmental ethos, festival promoters encourage the use of public transport or their lift share scheme. A free bus is provided to and from Cambridge bus and train stations for all festival-goers. So fear not, you won't be carrying those bags too far!

Which acts are not to be missed?
This lot for starters…

Laura Marling – ‘Rambling Man’


This folk songstress' career has flown from strength to strength. Fresh and recovered from Glastonbury, Miss Marling will close the Sunday night of Cambridge Folk Festival. With hits like 'Ghosts' to 'I Speak Because I Can' her in the cannon, her music will bring the festival to a spine-tingling finish.

Bellowhead – ‘New York Girls’


Regulars at Cambridge Folk Festival, Bellowhead are an energetic eleven-piece with 20 instruments and six vocalists among them. Named the best live band by the BBC Folk Awards 2011 their music will inspire everyone to break into dance.

Frank Turner - ‘I Still Believe’


With hits from 'I Still Believe' to 'Reasons Not To Be An Idiot' Frank Turner offers a heavier side to Folk. His live performances erupt with fearless energy and his latest LP, 'England Keep My Bones', was released to much acclaim just a few weeks ago.

Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs – ‘American Idiot’


After playing to a packed tent at Glastonbury Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs are making their way to Cambridge. Their live performances aim to surprise with Pop covers, comedy and a tenancy to transform any object into a potential musical instrument.

Newton Faulkner – ‘Teardrops’


Undeniably loveable, Newton Faulkner will headline the Friday night. Expect tracks like 'Dream Catch Me' and 'Teardrop' to wow as much as his unique approach to the guitar does.

I want more!
Try out our Cambridge Folk Festival Spotify playlist too.

Cambridge Folk Festival tickets have now sold out, but you're still in luck as the festival will be broadcast on Sky Arts and BBC Radio Two.

Click here to view the Cambridge Folk Festival line-up.

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