47th Cambridge Folk Festival

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This is our twenty first year straight covering the Cambridge Folk Festival, first as a paper magazine and more recently as a website. For a while we were the only Cambridge Folk Festival Website, but it wasn't long before the Festival became one of the first with its own.

Of course time moves on and what was once innovation ends up becoming an essential. What was once a radical idea is suddenly the norm. Cambridge has been at the forefront of many changes to festivals over the year, but as the years move on that's not always appreciated.

Cambridge was one of the first festivals to have a participation stage, an arena where members of the public can turn up with their instruments and play a short set to the festival audience. It's called the Club Tent and it's been running for years. Consequently they've not been able to promote it as something new and innovative, in a way that younger festivals have, particularly those that have sprung up in the last five years. Actually Cambridge has two such stages, the other is just a little more difficult to find.

Regular campers at Coldhams Common know exactly where it is, because it's on that site, together with a whole host of food stalls the Cherry Hinton audience never get to see or try. It's a semi-official stage, but any festival goer can make their way to the site to participate, or simply to watch.

Multi-stage festivals are pretty much the norm these days and for the first time in many many years, Cambridge has added a new stage to the official line-up bringing the number of main site stages up to four. The new stage is catering more to the aspiring generation of folk and acoustic root artists and can be found around the side of Cherry Hinton Hall near where the Hub and Cybercafe are.

That leads us neatly into two other innovations the festival was at the forefront of connectivity and workshops.

Being an in town festival certainly gave the site an advantage. Connecting the site to the internet was a relatively simple process. In the day it was something that Cambridge had that many of the others could only aspire to. Wireless has changed the landscape and you may want to argue both good and bad about being connected during the event, but it's good to know it's there.

Workshops on the other hand, I would view as being an essential and I think it's something the festival have undersold to their detriment. It's the workshops that are amongst Cambridge's biggest legacy to the festival world.

For years there have been the early morning workshops in the Club Tent, these were added to by the juggling workshops(the only non-music workshops on site) and the junior ceilidh events all about teaching the next generation of dancers.

Added to that was the hub, which brought the workshops to a closer more personal level. A lot of festivals make a big deal about their workshops and participation opportunities, Cambridge has had these for so long now, I think there was a danger that they were forgetting about just how special and innovative they were and somehow they forgot to shout about them. It's what makes Cambridge the festival that really does cater to the whole family.

Yes I'm a real fan of the festival. I'm looking forward to a continued long association with the event, but looking back, you can't ignore the history, participation stages, workshops, crèches, on-stage interviews, signing tents, there's a reason why we've been able to come for twenty one years, which is still less than half the festival's it's held. Quite simply Cambridge is a festival that keeps it's self relevant even if it sometimes forgets to tell the world.

This is our 16th year continuously supporting Cambridge Folk Festival on the net. We're told that this makes us the oldest continuously updated festival website in the world.

16 Years Proudly Supporting Cambridge Folk Festival On the Net

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