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First acts revealed for the 2020 Cambridge Folk Festival




Yusuf/Cat Stevens is to make his Cambridge Folk Festival debut at this year's festival which runs from July 30 to August 2.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens
Yusuf/Cat Stevens

Making his Cambridge debut in an exclusive English festival appearance will be iconic singer-songwriter and humanitarian Yusuf/Cat Stevens.

From his early career in the 1960s when his blend of pop, folk and blues propelled him to the top of the charts, to his extensive humanitarian work and full return to music in the 2000s, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is a hugely influential figure whose appearance will be one of the most eagerly awaited in the Festival’s history.

Cambridge Folk Festival 2019. Picture: Richard Marsham
Cambridge Folk Festival 2019. Picture: Richard Marsham

Returning to headline in 2020 is international chart-topper Passenger, who progressed from his 2011 debut on emerging talent stage The Den to headlining Stage 1 in 2015 - when he also drew record crowds with an impromptu busking session.

Appearing for the first time since 2010 is Seasick Steve, who became an overnight success in his sixties for his unique take on blues, roots and country music.

One of the finest and most prolific singer-songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega celebrates her catalogue of hits with a new live album this spring: An Evening of New York Songs and Stories.

Perfect timing then to take to the stage at Cherry Hinton Hall to perform hits such as Tom’s Diner, Luka, Marlene on the Wall, and many other gems from across her 35-year career.

Cambridge Folk Festival 2019. Picture: Richard Marsham
Cambridge Folk Festival 2019. Picture: Richard Marsham

Regarded as one of the leading forces in British folk, Show of Hands remain at the top of their game after more than two decades on the road.

For the Festival, Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are joined by long-time collaborator Miranda Sykes and master percussionist Cormac Byrne, who together create a sound nothing short of magical.

Dublin four-piece Lankum have gained worldwide acclaim for their captivating, often euphoric live performances, showcasing their close vocal harmonies, instrumental interplay and dramatic storytelling.

With her great voice and powerful songs, Martha Wainwright will be joining the Festival for the weekend.

Passenger
Passenger

Part of the famous Wainwright dynasty, Martha is the daughter of folk legends Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and sister to Rufus Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche, with whom she has collaborated live and on record.

Malian singer-songwriter, actor and multiple Grammy Award-nominee Fatoumata Diawara is hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music.

Her sound is boldly experimental yet respectful of her roots and she carries its universal message to stages across the world.

Cambridge Folk Festival 2019
Cambridge Folk Festival 2019

The Cambridge Folk Festival takes place from July 30 to August 2 in the picturesque grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge.

Early booking advisable. Tickets can be purchased from cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/tickets.



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