Cambridge Folk FestivalThe Cambridge Folk Festival has unveiled an exciting line up for its 60th-anniversary edition, set to take place from Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th July at Cherry Hinton Hall. The festival promises a diverse array of artists, ranging from iconic music makers to those at the forefront of folk's evolution and promising talents of the future. It is a significant program, marking six decades of celebrating folk music.

Among the highlights is the inclusion of the legendary Robert Plant, one of the most charismatic singers and music makers in modern times. Plant, known for his ceaseless musical journey from Led Zeppelin frontman to Grammy-winning collaborations with Alison Krauss, will perform as part of the unique co-operative, Saving Grace, alongside Suzi Dian and other talented musicians. Their collective reworks diverse cover versions, promising a true musical journey.

The festival also boasts the exclusive UK appearance of the phenomenal Transatlantic Sessions, celebrating the rich traditions connecting Scotland, Ireland, and the US. With an outstanding line up featuring Tommy Emmanuel, Karen Matheson, and others, the sessions explore shared roots through original material and age-old songs. Aoife O’Donovan, a Grammy-winning songwriter, co-founder of I’m With Her, and a go-to vocalist in American contemporary folk, is set to release her 4th solo album.

Capercaillie, recognised as Western Scotland’s finest, brings their astonishing musical dexterity and the peerless voice of Karen Matheson to Cambridge. Dani Larkin, an emerging star in the Irish contemporary folk scene, draws inspiration from traditional Irish melodies and Celtic folk tales. Blues artist Fantastic Negrito makes a much-anticipated return after an electrifying debut in 2017, having garnered three consecutive Grammys for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

The festival also welcomes unique and diverse acts, including Flamy Grant, a drag queen from North Carolina, and Honeyfeet, an eclectic Manchester-based troupe led by Ríoghnach Connolly. The line up features renowned artists like Jerry Douglas, Katherine Priddy, Larkin Poe, and Peggy Seeger and Family.

From the Celtic music scene, The Langan Band, Mec Lir, and the legendary trio of Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, and John Doyle add their distinct flavours to the festival. The international touch is further extended with Mitsune, a neo-folk fusion band from Berlin, and the versatile Nitin Sawhney.

The festival pays homage to storytellers like Ralph McTell and features popular folk groups like Talisk. Tommy Emmanuel, an Australian guitar legend with a career spanning five decades, brings his unique fingerstyle technique to the stage.

Beyond the music, the festival offers a range of activities, including dedicated children’s events, workshops on instrument making and songwriting, a silent disco, storytelling, clog dancing, tai-chi, and a selection of mouth-watering food options from Cambridge's finest food merchants. The festival takes pride in its commitment to sustainability, having been deemed “Outstanding” at the Greener Festival Awards. The 2024 Cambridge Folk Festival promises not only world-class music but a celebration of folk's rich tapestry and a vibrant community experience.

Line Up

Cambridge Folk Festival line up poster 1 FebTicket Information

Adult weekend with camping from: £230.00
5 - 17 year olds weekend with camping £49.00
Under 5 years old: Free

All prices include booking fees, payment plans available