Cambridge Folk Festival news: Ever dreamed of gracing the stages of Cherry Hinton Hall? Now’s your chance… A…
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Ever dreamed of gracing the stages of Cherry Hinton Hall? Now’s your chance… Apply to Play 2019 is open! Find out more here bit.ly/2LuUgeV #ApplyToPlay #CamFolkFest19 #Cambridge #Folk #Festival (Photo John Scott)
Cambridge Folk Festival
1 day ago
We'd like to say one final big THANK YOU to the more than 400 donors who together helped us raise £8,515 for our Folk Festival at Home artists. We are so grateful to everyone who donated and joined in to make the Folk Festival at Home a huge success.
If you haven’t donated and would like to, we'll leave the donation link open for a while 👇
We absolutely loved seeing all the photos you shared of yourselves enjoying from all over the world and we can’t wait to see you again in person next year. The dates are Thurs 29 July to Sun 1 August 2021, so mark your calendars.
(Photo: Talisk performing on Stage 1 at last year’s Festival. Photo by Aaron Parsons) ... See MoreSee Less
I find it really sad that only around 400 people have donated , out of over 10, 000 who attend every year.
7 days ago
🚨 We are thrilled to announce that donations have reached £7,161! Many thanks to the 343 generous donors who have chipped in so far.
We are trying to reach £10,000 by this coming Monday. What’s more, we are now giving away 2 pairs of tickets to next year’s Festival, complete with guest bar access.
Can you help us reach £10,000? You’ve just doubled your chance of winning two free tickets! Go on then… 👇
We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has donated so far, and to all the artists and workshop leaders who took time to make videos for us. It’s been a tough summer for many, and we want to do what we can to soften the blow for our beloved artists who make Cambridge so memorable every year.
After covering certain costs for the Festival, which have been kept to a minimum, funds will be shared with 75% divided between this year's artists and 25% going to Help Musicians UK. Read more about how donations will be used here 👇
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I really hope you reach it! We’ve given what we can and I’d give you another £10,000 if we had it! Honestly.
Bring back Mike Harding!
Excellent. Spent saturday and sunday afternoons at cherry hinton hall celebrating my birthday and listening to the folk fest. Thank you
Yes it was good
Loved it, but can't wait for the real thing next year
It was a wonderful experience. Watched from Canada.
Mark does a great job I feel. He clearly loves both the music and the Festival😁
Just listened to this. Sadly more about “Underneath the Stars” than CFF.
Next up in our #LetTheMusicPlay staff highlights posts is David Savage. David is the Stage Manager for Stage 1.
My first festival was in 1998, I'll be honest I can't remember who played it, I've done everyone ever since, I actually broke up my honeymoon to do 2006, you will be pleased to hear we are still married.
I have so many memories of my time served most of which are not fit for publication.
Of recent years I would just like to say I am sorry for having to stop Richard Thompson doing an encore, but time was tight and he had already over run.
One of my favourite moments of recent years was time spent with the wonderful Janis Ian, she insisted on joining the crew for coffee (actually she was with us all day), a very funny and lovely lady, she had us in tears.
Over the years I have made some great friends both on and off stage, I now consider the festival a home from home for 1 week a year and everyone there part of a large massive dysfunctional family.
See you all next year ... See MoreSee Less
Following our previous post in support of #LetTheMusicPlay, we want to introduce you all to a few of our crew members in the next few staff highlight posts.
Meet Pete Hughes! Pete is our Audio Crew Cheif and has worked with us since 2001.
My main job is Audio Crew Chief for the various stages that we have been contracted to look after on and off site at Cambridge Folk Festival. The first few years were a massive learning curve for us all. The Festival is a very bespoke festival and as such anything could and did happen. We needed to be prepared for anything.
I was just keeping an eye on the Radio 2 stage one afternoon in one of the first three years of the contract and this chap appeared on the stage with an old blackboard easel. Strapped to the easel were 2.5 inch white plastic water pipes of various lengths. I asked him what he was going to do with it and his reply was to take off his flip flops and proceed to slap the ends of the pipes with them. With a very large grin on my face I called the audio crew to come over and see what they could do to mic it up, their faces were a picture! Brilliant.
My main job at the festival is to oversee the install of the audio for all the stages. Look after crew welfare and make sure they are working in a safe environment. Along with these duties I make sure the quality of audio throughout the site is top notch. So this includes running the Main stage PA and working closely with the four engineers on the other stages.
I love this festival, there is something very appealing about the site and the nature of all the festival goers. The festival has a uniqueness, that is why so many of the audio crew, if they are available, want to come back and work the festival again.
There is never any trouble in the audience, the people that attend are the nicest, on the whole, festival goers I have encountered on festival sites. I have always said as a Cambridge Folk Festival goer you can turn up at the gate with your kids, they go one way and you go another and then at the end of the day they will appear safe, bright eyed, covered in face paint, tassels in their hair, content, ready for bed.
I work on a lot of the different festivals that occur in this country and others around the world. There is nothing like Cambridge Folk festival, it makes you want to keep working on it year in year out.
A big thank you to all the audio crew who have worked the festival over the years. This is in recognition of their professionalism and, for some, dedication to the festival year in year out. ... See MoreSee Less
You nailed it with your description Pete.
Great comments and very interesting thanks. It also reaffirms my own view that CFF really is special! Thanks Pete😁
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