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Superstars Lionel Richie and Diana Ross have been announced as the headliners for the Cambridge Club 2022 Festival.

They are set to be joined by Nile Rodgers and Chic for the weekend in June next year at Childerley Orchard, Dry Drayton, which will see a line-up of pop, soul, funk and disco legends.

Diana Ross
Diana Ross

The festival is a celebration of music, arts and culture for all ages as well as family entertainment, comedy and live podcasts, street food and dining, and after-dark DJs – with glamping, pre-pitched and self-pitch camping. Tickets go on sale from today (Wednesday, November 10).

The festival’s MD, William Young, said: “We are honoured to be welcoming such iconic artists to The Cambridge Club next year. Since we started out, these were some of the dream names on our list, so we’re absolutely blown away to be able to announce them. It’s the most apt and exciting line-up we could have wished for following the breakout success of last year – it really embodies the feel-good, dance-focussed philosophy at the heart of the festival and spans the generations so there’s something for all ages. The 2021 event was incredible – to see people coming together to celebrate and dance after a tough couple of years was magical. We can’t wait to welcome even more of you to The Cambridge Club next June. We’re upping the levels and turning up the party, so don’t miss it!”

After a successful inaugural weekend in 2021, the expectations are high for June 10-12 next year.

Lionel Richie will be headlining the Cambridge Club Festival.
Lionel Richie will be headlining the Cambridge Club Festival.

The star-studded line-up is headlined by global solo superstars Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. A four-time Grammy winner, Richie is guaranteed to have everyone dancing All Night Long – with his catalogue of anthems from across a glittering career (June 11). Crowned Billboard’s “Female Entertainer of the Century”, with more than 100 million album sales to her name, Ms Ross will perform a setlist of countless, timeless hits for the ultimate singalong to close the show (June 12).

Saturday night’s special guests are Nile Rodgers & Chic – whose classic live show boasts a string of #1 hits. As a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, and one of the most prolific songwriters of all time – penning career-defining hits for David Bowie, Madonna, Sister Sledge and more – expect a trademark tour-de-force.

Cambridge Club Festival. (52886968)
Cambridge Club Festival. (52886968)

Further acts announced include Corinne Bailey Rae, who will serenade with her soothing, melodic ballads; Gabrielle who will bring some true homegrown R&B / Soul vibes; and Sara Cox makes a triumphant return with a nostalgia party like no other – in her stomping Just Can’t Get Enough 80s show. Friends of the festival Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Trevor Nelson and Uncle Funk’s Disco Inferno will return to get everyone dancing.

Friday night’s headliners are yet to be announced. As the sun sets, campers/glampers will head to the Party-Time Continuum After Dark stage for starlight sets from top DJs Jodie Harsh, Crazy P (DJ set) and more..

The Cambridge Club will also serve up a three-day feast of arts, culture and wellbeing for all ages. Festival goers can start their morning by practising peaceful mindfulness and yoga, led by experienced instructors. Each day, their unique Orchard area hosts comedy, fascinating talks and live podcasts. For children (and parents), The Imagination Station offers entertaining, educational, and energetic activities.

Nile Rodgers. Picture: Jill Furmanovsky
Nile Rodgers. Picture: Jill Furmanovsky

A wide variety of food and drink is available, with cuisines from all over the world to whet the appetites of festival goers. There will be a multitude of stalls and street food options – from wood-fired pizza and hoisin duck wraps, to freshly made crêpes and warm chocolate chip cookies – to tickle the taste buds, as well as sit-down dining experiences.

The Childerley Orchard site – just a few minutes outside of Cambridge city centre, and close to Cambridge North train station – captures the unique essence of The Cambridge Club. Centred around an ancient Orchard, it offers an idyllic backdrop for your favourite music with your favourite people, nestled in the heart of the sublime Cambridgeshire countryside. With such massive musical legends and an incredible array of cultural experiences, all located in this stunning setting, The Cambridge Club festival 2022 is set to be an unmissable event. Stay tuned for further announcements about areas across the festival.

Cambridge Club Festival. (52886960)
Cambridge Club Festival. (52886960)

Sign up at thecambridgeclub.co/ for access to pre-sale tickets from 10am on Wednesday, November 10. General sale will open publicly from Friday, November 12. Weekend tickets start at £155 – covering Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and a return shuttle bus. Day tickets start from £60 and VIP packages (including private bar area and viewing platform) are available. There is camping on site, with a limited number of pre-pitched packages available (including glamping), plus the option of self-pitch tents too.

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