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We just love some of the more unusual goings on that happen at the Festival…what’s your oddest encounter during 2017?
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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
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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, Ill be honest I cant remember who played it, Ive 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

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.
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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.

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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😁

Cambridge Folk Festival continues to stand in solidarity with our peers in support of #LetTheMusicPlay. Today we plan to shine the spotlight on some of our incredible crew, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make our wonderful festival possible. With any festival or show there are a large number of specialist and highly skilled roles at play to ensure we can all enjoy these wonderful events. Currently a lot of these incredible individuals are facing terribly difficult and uncertain times. Please will you stand with us and show your support, not just for our wonderful crew but festivals and venues nationwide! ... See MoreSee Less

Cambridge Folk Festival continues to stand in solidarity with our peers in support of #LetTheMusicPlay. Today we plan to shine the spotlight on some of our incredible crew, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make our wonderful festival possible. With any festival or show there are a large number of specialist and highly skilled roles at play to ensure we can all enjoy these wonderful events. Currently a lot of these incredible individuals are facing terribly difficult and uncertain times. Please will you stand with us and show your support, not just for our wonderful crew but festivals and venues nationwide!

A big thank you to everyone who joined in for the Folk Festival at Home ❤️
If you haven’t seen it yet, all the videos are still up – so it’s not too late to start watching.

An even bigger thank you to everyone who has donated to support our artists. So far we have raised £5,279 from our fans which will go towards artists and workshop leaders. These are tough times for performers, with this summer's gigs and festivals cancelled. Many have lost a full year of touring, so we're doing what we can to help cushion the blow.

Every single person who gives £10 or more will be entered to win two full weekend tickets to the Festival next year, complete with guest bar access. And we've extended the deadline for donations to next Monday 9 August. After you've seen some of these incredible performances, we think you'll want to support them too 👇👇
www.cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/support-our-artists

We know you love music as much as we do. That's why we decided to partner with the charity Help Musicians UK, which helps musicians in need. 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.

Thank you for continuing to support the Cambridge Folk Festival!
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A big thank you to everyone who joined in for the Folk Festival at Home ❤️
If you haven’t seen it yet, all the videos are still up – so it’s not too late to start watching.

An even bigger thank you to everyone who has donated to support our artists. So far we have raised £5,279 from our fans which will go towards artists and workshop leaders. These are tough times for performers, with this summers gigs and festivals cancelled. Many have lost a full year of touring, so were doing what we can to help cushion the blow. 

Every single person who gives £10 or more will be entered to win two full weekend tickets to the Festival next year, complete with guest bar access. And weve extended the deadline for donations to next Monday 9 August. After youve seen some of these incredible performances, we think youll want to support them too 👇👇
https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/support-our-artists

We know you love music as much as we do. Thats why we decided to partner with the charity Help Musicians UK, which helps musicians in need. After covering certain costs for the Festival, which have been kept to a minimum, funds will be shared with 75% divided between this years artists and 25% going to Help Musicians UK.

Thank you for continuing to support the Cambridge Folk Festival!

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Do we know the dates for next year. I'm guessing August 5th-8th.

Thank you for all this brilliant music. We enjoyed watching over the weekend and reminiscing about all the wonderful times we've had at the Festival. Glad to donate. I hope the total keeps rising. Can't wait for next year. 😊🎵🎶🎷🎻🎺🪕

We all met up in Cherry Hinton and visitedour usual camping spot

Millie missed out on her first cambridge so here she is having her own festival outside Antie Beth’s caravan at castle Howard xx

Apart from this page, where can I catch up with the Festival. I have not been before

We enjoyed listening and donated. However disappointed at the total donated, considering that 15,000 or so had tickets. The musicians really need help, so please give if you have not done so already!

Looked out some photos and wore my staff t shirts from previous years. With the online festival and great radio shows got a tingle of what a CFF feels like but missing clapping until my hands hurt to Brian McNeill Saturday Stage 2 collective finale. Role on next year. Looking forward to joining my campsite steward family in a special reunion. Stay safe everyone until then.

Really enjoyed the weekend. Thank you for all your hard work to put things together and also to all the artists who took part. I have to say though that I am hugely disappointed that despite all the people who obviously enjoyed the weekend you have only received a quarter of what you hoped to raise. If everyone who can could just give a small amount I'm sure many musicians would be very grateful. Do hope you get to £20,000 x

Next best thing to being there. Thanks to everyone who helped to make it a really enjoyable weekend.

Is the Fatoumata Diawara video available yet?

Yes it was a great four days thanks, we loved it. It really helped us along the way to next years CFF. Much appreciation to everyone working hard behind the scenes at the Fest. It’s obvious that those working for CFF have a great passion and love for it! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

It was brilliant. Thanks v much.

Have loved listening and watching. It has made missing the real festival a bit easier. Thanks to all of you and see you all next year!

Thank you for fab weekend. 😊🎸🎻🎵🎶 Looking forward to CFF 2021!

Thank you for organizing this event and to the musicians who give us so much pleasure. We have happy memories of past Folk Festival visits and look forward to future ones when it is safe to do so, until then we have donated and will continue to follow these wonderful artists and purchase cds...💖🎶🎻🪕👩‍🎤🧑‍🎤😊

Thank you so much for this, it was brilliant, such a shame that only £5000 odd pounds has been raised for musicians, I hope there are still some artists left to play at next years festival. Come on people, share this and encourage donations!

We had our own socially distanced ‘Folked Off Festival’ in our garden with friends that all normally all go to Cherry Hinton. Had main stage 1 with our own headliner Harri Beasley music who was brilliant.

We went on the pilgrimage too! 🙂

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. The highlight for me was the Postcards from Scotland, but enjoyed so many others I hope more people donate and/or buy cds See you next year

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We are thrilled to bring you a song from our headliner Yusuf / Cat Stevens taken from his A Cat’s Attic show. This is our final performance for the Cambridge Folk Festival at Home 2020. We hope you've enjoyed it!

Buy his merch here: shopuk.catstevens.com/

We are so pleased to announce that we have now raised an incredible £4500! THANK YOU. We are so grateful to you all for supporting our fundraising appeal.

Artists need help through these tough times. Please support artists by making a donation here >> www.cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/make-a-donation

We know you love music as much as we do and that is why we are raising funds for participating artists and the charity Help Musicians UK. Plus, every single person who gives £10 or more will be entered to win two full weekend tickets to the Festival in 2021, complete with guest bar access. Together we believe we can raise £20,000 to support our cherished artists. Please give what you can! We really appreciate it.
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Beautiful.

He must have such a pure heart to write such wonderful words, and he still performes them beautifully

Thank you for making my day 💕. Right when I am ready to give up struggling through my life.

A true Legend , an artist who sings with his whole heart and soul ..💖 🎶🎵

Sweet memory of the concert at Shaftesbury Theater in November 2016 with me and Martina in the 2nd row 😉

Thanks cambridge folk festival at home 2020

Allah gives us all a gift your gift is your music and voice. May Allah grant you good health and happiness always as your music brings so much joy.❤

It sure is a wild world.

Can't believe how good he still sounds. I hope I can get the opportunity to see him live someday.

What a performance!👏Hope he comes to Trondheim in Norway next summer as planned🙏😊

Still got a fantastic voice. It was lovely hearing him on Radio 2 last night with Mark Radcliff

Wonderful and Alun is playing top

Just love and have loved your music since my teen yrs...66 now!!

Love hearing Yusuf, Cat Stevens singing again! Such a great song!

Brilliant

Thank you Cambridge Folk Festival for a lovely Thurs - Sun show. It was lovely to hear the musicians and both Meryl and I can’t wait to see you next year #fingerscrossed Stay safe everyone

A true Legend , an artist who sings with his whole heart and soul ..💖 🎶🎵 I listen to his songs everyday, they are food for my soul.

One of my favourites ever 🥰

I’ve listened to this a thousand times in my lifetime...

Still can see plain as day when i was 16 in concert in London Ont Canada. You where wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans and high top red converse. That is so long ago but you are my favorite to this day.

He sounds amazing!

I was finally able to get my donation through.. USA.

This is from concert

The love I had for his music and lyrics at 13 still resonates as strongly today, many decades later. His songs are part of an eternal fabric and mean so much.

I listen to his songs everyday, they are food for my soul.

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