Celebrate Folk Music at Cambridge Folk Festival 2016

The Cambridge Folk Festival 2016 is approaching fast. The 52nd edition of one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious folk festivals, the Cambridge Folk Festival is scheduled to be held from 28th to 31st July at Cherry Hinton Hall Grounds in Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, UK.

For music fans, it will be an extended weekend full of an eclectic mix of quality music amidst the classy surroundings of Cambridge. The festival features more than 250 performances, workshops and events, with impromptu sessions being an integral part of the entire festival.

Cambridge Folk Festival

Cambridge Folk Festival by Nicholas Smale CC BY

Although the festival arena has an on-site capacity of up to 10,000 people, its international reputation ensures that it reaches and is followed by around 13 million people through major media partnerships and online presence.


The festival arena has five stages for the musicians to perform – the Main Stages, the Club Tent, The Den, The Ceilidhs and the Children’s Concerts.

This year’s headliners include Christy Moore, Gogol Bordello and Imelda May among others who will be performing at the main stages.

The Den is an Emerging Talent Stage, which allows up and coming artists in the folk scene to showcase their talents. This year’s performers at The Den include American Southern Gothic alt country blues singer and songwriter Amythyst Kiah, American traditional musicians Anna & Elizabeth, London’s ceilidh band Ceilidh Liberation Front, Dori Freeman, Echo Town, Heg & The Wolf Chorus and India Electric Co among others.

Apart from the usual performances by the folk musicians, the Club Tent also showcases performances by five select artists every year. These five artists are thought to be great performers of the future. The five select artists at the Cambridge Folk Festival 2016 are Patch & The Giant, The Rheingans Sisters, Hattie Briggs, Kelly Oliver and Ninebarrow.

How to Reach?

Music lovers who are planning to reach by air should try to book tickets for the closest airport, the London Stansted. From here, they can either take a direct train to Cambridge Train Station, or a direct bus to Cambridge Bus Station.

Travellers can also reach the venue by bus or train. Visitors will be allowed a free bus journey on arrival and a free bus journey on departure between Cambridge City Centre or Cambridge Rail Station and the site of the festival.