Cambridge folk festival

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The Cambridge folk festival is renowned for its eclectic mix of music and a wide definition of what might be considered folk. It occurs over a long weekend (3 1/2 days) in summer at Cherry Hinton Hall. 2004 was its 40th anniversary. The festival is very popular and tickets sell out quickly.

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History

In autumn 1964 Cambridge City Council decided to hold a music festival the next summer and asked Ken Woollard a local firefighter and socialist political activist to help organise it. Ken had been inspired by a documentary, Jazz On A Summerís Day, about the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. The first Festival sold 1400 tickets and almost broke even. Squeezed in as a late addition to the bill was a young Paul Simon who had just released I Am A Rock. The festivals popularity quickly grew. Ken continued as Festival organiser and artistic director up until his death in 1993. It is now run by Cambridge City Council Arts & Entertainments, together with over two hundred event staff who know and love the Festival.

Current structure

Most artists perform more than once over the weekend on the different stages: Stage 1, within a large marquee in front of the main Festival arena, the Stage 2, a smaller marquee and the Club Tent, hosted on the Festivalís behalf by five local folk clubs. There, in addition to invited artists, members of the audience including some well known names get up and perform.

Artists

It is often said that the main "folk" aspect of the festival is the audience, not the performers. As well as the more obvious folk singers, recent festivals have seen performances from Chumbawumba, Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros and The Levellers.

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