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The Den and Club Tent line-ups revealed for this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival

The Cambridge Folk Festival has long been renowned for providing a platform for up-and-coming new artists and nurturing promising young talent. This commitment continues in 2022 with exciting line-ups for the the Den and the Club Tent.

Gasper Nali
Gasper Nali

Catch tomorrow’s stars today in the Den, a smaller stage specially established to support musicians at the beginning of their careers. Well-known for spotting future hitmakers – Jake Bugg and Passenger first played the Den before headlining Stage 1 – Cambridge has assembled an impressive list of names sure to become new favourites. Sign-up slots will be available each day too.

Beans on Toast. Picture: Curt Walsh
Beans on Toast. Picture: Curt Walsh
Eve Goodman
Eve Goodman

Now in its fourth year, the Christian Raphael Prize seeks to award a talented musician or groups of musicians the tools they need to take the next step towards becoming a successful professional. Eighteen of the artists performing in the Den will be considered for this prize and last year’s winner Nick Hart is performing at the Club Tent this year.

Ferris & Sylvester
Ferris & Sylvester
Joshua Burnell. Picture: Elly Lucas
Joshua Burnell. Picture: Elly Lucas

A long-running staple of the festival, the Club Tent not only hosts performances from local folk clubs throughout the weekend but also offers the chance to see newer artists in an intimate setting. 2022’s eclectic programme guarantees some must-see moments and includes the Cambridge Folk Festival ’22 Tastemaker Showcase Series.

The Trials of Cato
The Trials of Cato

The line-up for the Den is as follows:

  • Flint Moore
  • Hannah Lou Clark
  • Old Man Boom
  • The Mardlers
  • Mahogany Tales
  • Bess Atwell
  • Ceitidh Mac
  • Bird in the Belly
  • Cynefin
  • Rachel Croft
  • Pearl Fish
  • Guise
  • John Dhali
  • Nati Dreddd
  • Bandits on the Run
  • Becoming Branches
  • Limerance
  • Katie Spencer
  • Memorial
  • Moore & Moss
  • Burd Ellen
  • Jodie Nicholson
  • The People Versus
  • Zoe Bestel
  • Fuzzy Lights
  • Daisy Chute
  • The Ocelots
  • Siv Jakobsen
  • Angeline Morrison
  • The Drystones
  • Tape Runs Out
  • Judy Blank
  • June Road

The line-up for the Club Tent is as follows:

  • Beans On Toast
  • Trials of Cato
  • The Mary Wallopers
  • Lady Nade
  • Ferris & Sylvester
  • Gasper Nali
  • Tapestri
  • Brian McNeil
  • Gwenifer Raymond
  • Trousdale
  • Steven Adams
  • Joshua Burnell
  • English Fiddle Ensemble
  • Eve Goodman
  • Feis Rois

The Cambridge Folk Festival ’22 Tastemaker Showcase Series will feature Nick Hart (CR prize winner), Maddie Morris, Jinda Biant, Flo Perlin, and Arny Margret.

Lady Nade. Picture: Joseph Branston
Lady Nade. Picture: Joseph Branston
Steven Adams
Steven Adams

All of these acts join those on the main stages who have already been announced. Artists scheduled to perform include Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes, Passenger, Seasick Steve, Billy Bragg, Suzanne Vega, Clannad, Afro Celt Sound System, Julie Fowlis, Spiers and Boden, Billie Marten, and Chico Trujillo.

Cambridge Folk Festival takes place July 28-31 at Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge. Tickets are available from cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/tickets.

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