Thursday

The Junkkulture Crew arrived on site on the Thursday afternoon. Chaos followed in the brief and ultimately successful battle to suss one of the borrowed tents. Then it was time to collect the wristbands to go into the site proper.

Cambridge doesn't kick off properly until the Friday, but this year entertainment was available in the Folk Tent on the Thursday. That would be later, the only tents when we arrived were the beer tents.

A tradition at Cambridge is the commemorative beer glass, it's become equally traditional for my first drink to be served in one, a tradition that was passed onto the rest of the crew. This was quickly followed by a trip to the food mall.

If your idea of festival food is something dead and greasy stuck in a bun then Cambridge comes as a revelation. Japanese, Mexican, Indian and Caribbean are just some of the choices available to festival goers. Day one saw the Indian taking our patronage.

A pint or so later and it was time to catch the first band of the night.

Epona had the honour of being the debut act this year. It was also their debut at the festival. The band are a five piece currently recording their debut album. They are arguably part of the new wave of folk though not part of it's brat pack.

What is beyond dispute is that in the shape of Maclaine Colston, they have one of the Country's finest dulcimer players, add to this some excellent vocals and the more conventional sounds of bass, guitar, keyboards and banjo and it didn't take Epona long to show why they are starting to make an impression.

In short they did themselves proud kicking off the festival in a style somewhat reminiscent of the weather, i.e. hot. They were well received and left me looking forward to seeing how much of their spirit they can capture on their forth coming album.

The change over was completed with all the precision you come to expect from Cambridge stagecrews. It was time for a change of musical direction. Following the traditional folk based sound of Epona it was time to chill out a bit with the Light Blues Band.

The band had been put together especially for the festival and consisted of local musicians. All were highly competent, but the performance was slightly clinical. Riffs and songs were knocked off in well rehearsed fashion, but lacked real spirit.

One of the guitarists, the drummer and the bass player all play together in another band, The Lonely, and it was these three that provided the more solid performances. Despite lacking in passion, the performance was enjoyable and The Light Blues Band could put many a pub blues band to shame.

Thursday Continued...