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Cambridge Rock Festival - 11 years,  3 stages,  4 days,  100 bands,  80 real ales,  August 7th-10th

Cambridge Rock Festival

Heritage of the C.R.F.

This year's Cambridge Rock Festival is now in its second decade. Starting life as the Rockinbeerfest, the annual music festival has seen nationally and internationally well known acts perform on its various stages, but has also taken the opportunity to promote new and local bands too - the total number is over a thousand! The event has been short-listed for best medium sized UK festival.

Major acts have appeared over its 12 years

Past years have seen Asia, Uriah Heep, The Quireboys, Magnum, Thunder, Wishbone Ash, FM, Caravan, Snakecharmer, Eddie And The Hotrods, John Otway, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Mick Ralphs, Don Airey, Praying Mantis, Deborah Bonham, Barclay James Harvest, The Stranglers.... the list goes on and demonstrates the pulling power of the event for both the artists and fans.
Photos of some of the hundreds of acts appearing in previous years can be found here.

Bands appearing in 2016

The full line-up is now finalised and latest details can be found HERE. Headliners include rock legend Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, Rod Stewart’s guitarist and co-writer of many of his greatest hits Jim Cregan & Co featuring X-Factor finalist Ben Mills, and seventies progressive giants Focus.

Other major acts appearing include Son Of Man with special guest Deke Leonard, Hazel O’ConnorAtomic Rooster, Pink FairiesCurved Air, Mostly Autumn, The Heather Findlay Band, PursonThe MentullsDoris BrendelThe Malcolm Bruce BandHekz and Space Elevator, plus special guests The Windmill coming over from Norway and the T Clemente Band flying in specially from San Francisco, USA . Local musicians are strongly represented too by Remus Down BoulevardWalkway4th LabyrinthPearl Handled Revolver and Derecho - and those are just a selection of the 100 bands appearing! 

Whilst the C.R.F. has a proud tradition of supporting original bands, both well known and up-and-coming, Thursday’s line-up will again feature a selection of tribute bands that reflect the music of a variety of rock legends including The Pure Floyd Show with full laser display, Creedence Clearwater Review, Ozzy Ozzspawn, Purple Jimi and Miss-Led.

Addenbooke’s Rocks! Charity fundraiser

On Wednesday 3rd August there will be an extra evening of music – “Addenbrooke’s Rocks!”. This extra day will be in aid of the world famous hospital and run on the main stage at the CRF site. All ticket sale money will go straight to the hospital trust and the fantastic work that it does.

The evening will be headlined by Don Airey & Friends - with a heritage that involves Colosseum II, Ozzy Osborne, Rainbow, Michael Schenker and now of course Deep Purple (plus many other luminaries of the rock world), he knows a lot of “friends”… They will be supported by Fresh Cream, who are a band led by Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm and includes Will Johns, nephew of Eric Clapton, and they will play a fans tribute to Jack. The bill will be completed by Suffolk based folk band The Broadside Boys.

There is an extra charge (which goes to the charity) but anyone with a CRF day or 4 day ticket will be entitled to a discount. Camping for CRF is extended by a day, at no extra charge! 

Under-cover stages, real-ale bar and food!

The C.R.F. is also unusual in that all three stages are under cover, so whatever the weather you can be sure of an enjoyable, and dry time! The event has supported many local breweries by running its own real-ale and farmhouse cider bar, with typically 80+ choices available each year - you can even try before you buy. A wide range of food is available but festival-goers may bring their own without restrictions. It is also unusual in that, despite its size and heritage, it is still run and stewarded by enthusiastic volunteers that make it perhaps the friendliest festival you will find!

Location and Camping

The site is positioned right by junction 12 on the M11 at the Haggis Farm Polo Club, with plenty of space for camping and motorhomes. The festival runs from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th August. Day and weekend tickets are available.

Full details can be found at www.cambridgerockfestival.co.uk

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