Tickets on sale for this year’s Cambridge Rock Festival

Roadhouse will appear at the Cambridge Rock Festival

Roadhouse will appear at the Cambridge Rock Festival - Credit: Archant

This summer sees the 14th annual Cambridge Rock Festival (CRF) take place in the grounds of Horseheath Lodge, near Haverhill, over the four days of July 26-29.

The event will once again attract some big-name bands and visitors come from all over the UK.

This year, 75 bands will perform on three fully covered stages so the audience will have protection from the weather, should it be wet or even too hot.

“All three stages are of similar size so that more big names can play and they can offer more local acts the benefit of a larger audience,” said Trevor Cotterell.

Thursday’s headliners include two bands new to the CRF, 90s stars the Dan Reed Network and multi-award winning blues band King King, with former Purson frontwoman Rosalie Cunningham also on the bill. There’s also a stage for tribute bands to Deep Purple and Rainbow, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Saxon and Alice Cooper.

Friday’s headliners include AOR band Dare, led by former Thin Lizzy keyboard player Darren Wharton, supported by top Thin Lizzy tribute Limehouse Lizzy, blues heroes Roadhouse and local bands Split Whiskers, John Wright Session Band and the Barefoot Doctors, plus a stage run by the UK’s Classic Rock Society that features progressive band Mostly Autumn making their thirteenth appearance, the Jeff Green Project and Newmarket-based Derecho among others.

Saturday sees the legendary Atomic Rooster headline with former Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s guitarist Zal Cleminson bring his Sin Dogs along, and the California based Teddy Clemente band fly over again to join the line-up, with local favourite Buster James again headlining one stage.

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Organisers are keen to offer something to local residents who are less familiar with rock music and so in a slight diversion, those with more mainstream tastes can see Rod Stewart’s guitarist and co-songwriter Jim Cregan headlining with a set of songs from Rod’s songbook, sung by former X-Factor finalist Ben Mills, preceded by top covers band Jackie Wilson Says playing Motown and Stax hits.

Sunday features another wide range – an international feel with legendary Dutch band Focus headlining (interesting fact - the only band ever to have two instrumental singles in the UK top twenty at the same time!), Welsh band Son Of Man returning to celebrate Man’s 50th year anniversary, and between them French rocker Franck Carducci will be appearing for the first time. Space Elevator, who were forced pull out last year due to a serious illness, also return. There’s plenty more blues with Dave Edwards, Chris Bevington and the Fat Penguins, and more mainstream activity with a Blues Brothers tribute show and ska from Jason & the Skagonauts.

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