Tickets for Cambridge Folk Festival 2020 go on sale on Tuesday 10 December 2019. The Festival takes place 30 July – 2 August 2020 in the picturesque grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge. Early booking advisable. Purchase from: https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/tickets
A highlight of the annual folk calendar and one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world, Cambridge Folk Festival is celebrating 56 years since the inaugural event when a young Paul Simon was given a spot at the foot of the bill. In the intervening years, the Festival has hosted a who’s who of the brightest and biggest international stars across the folk, roots, Americana, country, blues and world genres, including Joan Baez, James Taylor, Van Morrison, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch, Jimmy Cliff, Mavis Staples, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lucinda Williams, First Aid Kit, Christy Moore, Baaba Maal, Joe Strummer, Billy Bragg, , Amadou & Mariam, The Chieftains, Judy Collins, Sinead O’Connor and The Proclaimers, to name but a few. Cambridge has also been proud to provide a platform to up and coming young artists such as Jake Bugg, Passenger, Ward Thomas, Seth Lakeman, The Wandering Hearts, and many more; an ethos which very much continues today.
Eddie Barcan, who previously programmed 23 consecutive sell-outs, returns as guest artistic director for 2020.
‘For me, Cambridge is about the sheer variety and quality of the music, the new discoveries as well as the stars’ Eddie Barcan said. ‘The entire weekend is a unique experience and you need to be there all four days to really appreciate it. I can’t wait to share what I’m working on for 2020.’
Beyond the world class musical feast on the main stages, Cambridge Folk Festival buzzes with a whole range of other activities, from workshops and discussions to well-being and children’s entertainment, for an all-round, unique weekend experience.
‘I’m very happy to see the Cambridge Folk Festival return for its 56th edition’, said Antoinette Jackson, chief executive of Cambridge City Council which delivers the Festival. ‘Year after year, the Festival welcomes music lovers to the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall to hear top artists from around the world. It’s a testament to what a vibrant place Cambridge is that it hosts one of the most prestigious and longest-running folk festivals in the UK.’
Full festival ticket: £182, Thursday: £30, Friday: £75, Saturday: £75, Sunday: £75
Festival website: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk