Monday, 17 June 2013

Cambridge Buskers & Street Performers Festival Is Back!

The streets will be alive with the sound of music with dancing in the streets!

The Mayor will officially open the festival at 10am on the steps of the Guildhall on Friday 28 June, followed by an hour of music from some of our most talented local singer/songwriters with a special performance from Suffolk’s popular duo, ‘The Broadside Boys’! BBC Radio Cambridgeshire will compère the first hour which will be broadcast live, so come on down and enjoy some fabulous acts! Also appearing will be, Sarah Louise, John Meed, 11 year old Tom Roddis and the BBC’s very own Johnny Dee (ex Colonel Gomez).

This free 3-day event will begin on Friday 28 June through to Sunday 30 June from 10am - 4pm each day and should create a wonderful atmosphere in the city. There really are some exciting events happening during the festival this year. As well as performances on the city centre streets, there will also be performances at Christ’s Pieces, Hope Street Yard, Millers Music Centre, Café on the Round in Bridge Street, D’Arry’s Cookhouse & Wineshop and in the Mill Road area this year - and all this for free!

On Saturday 29 June there will be a great array of variety acts and musicians at the Hope Street Yard, off Mill Road from 11am – 8pm with food stalls from local traders. There will also be music in the Broadway area of Mill Road and at the Earl of Beaconsfield.

On Sunday 30 June we have harmonica & ukulele workshops hosted & sponsored by Millers Music Centre:
  • Harmonica Workshop with Steve Lockwood 12noon – 1.30pm (beginners & intermediate).
  • Ukulele Workshop with Brooks Williams 2pm – 3.30pm (beginners & intermediate) 
  • and don’t miss Steve Lockwood and Brooks Williams performing together from 1.30pm – 2pm.
Free entry, free hand-outs & instruments are available at Millers. All ages welcome!

We would encourage Cambridge residents, visitors and businesses to come along and watch some truly talented performers over the 3 day period and if you’re a budding harmonica player or ever fancied taking up the ukulele come and enjoy the free workshops at Millers. We have managed to secure a diverse mix of performances including a variety of different musical groups, solo artists, dance acts & comedy magic shows. Catch all the excitement and drama as it unfolds on the streets of Cambridge!

The aim of the festival is to celebrate and embrace all of the talent and culture we have in the City Centre when it comes to Street Performances and also to increase awareness amongst buskers of the need to follow the ‘Street Performers Code of Practice’, which is a guide for buskers & the public.

We will again be holding a competition for the public to vote for their favourite buskers. There are some great prizes for the winning buskers and members of the public who vote will be entered into a draw to win prizes as well. You can vote for your favourite buskers online during the festival visit:

Councillor Andrea Reiner says,

"I am really looking forward to another year of excellent street entertainment coming to Cambridge. The festival creates a wonderful ambiance in the city and is a great opportunity for local acts to showcase their talent".

There will be a full programme of entertainment available from the Tourist Information Centre, Guildhall Reception, Millers Music Centre, D’Arry’s Cookhouse & Wine Shop, Grafton Information Desk, Hope Street Yard, The Co-operative Food, Urban Larder, The Perfect Pizza Company & the Earl of Beaconsfield in Mill Road and also online

We would like to thank this year’s sponsors of the event, which include The Co-operative Food, The Perfect Pizza Company, The Earl of Beaconsfield in Mill Road, Cambridge Dutchbikes Ltd in Hope Street Yard, Millers Music Centre/Ken Stevens Music & Instruments in Sussex Street, The Grafton, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire & Cambridge Newspapers.