Cambridge Band Competition

The Cambridge Band Competition 2018

Final line up!

Well what a competition so far!

Getting through to the final at the Junction on Friday 27th April are

For the Hornets - who got the loudest Audience cheer over all the heats

Influx of Insanity - who won the Under 18s Competition

Lemondaze - who won Heat 1

Lunar Echoes - who won Heat 2

Alter the Sky - who won Heat 3 

Oscar Corney - who won Heat 4

These will all compete for the coveted Cambridge Band Competition Winners Trophy plus a cash prize of £400 (Care of Brewboard and Cambridge 105 Radio) and spots at Strawberry Fair and Cambridge Live's "Big Weekend"

There will also be prizes for Best Acoustic Act (sponsored by The Plough in Shepreth) and Best Rock Act .

Plus the Coveted Kimberley Rew Songwriters Award of £400 plus trophy

Other prizes to be awarded include The Cambridge 105 Radio "Ones to Watch" prize of £100

Two £25 vouchers from Relevant records to bands showing promise

and a host of Development prizes care of The Vertical Rooms and The Cold Rooms Studios

The under 18s winners will also receive their award at the final sponsored by the Flying Pig

The Finals night will be covered live on Cambridge 105 Radio and Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner will be there to present the Winners their awards

Finals 7pm Friday 27th April - Cambridge Junction

Tickets available from the bands direct or from the Cambridge Junction Box Office here

Tickets*: £8.50 in advance  £10 on the door

* includes £1 boooking fee (no fee if you buy from the bands direct)

A Panel of Judges from the Music Industry will be at the final to determine the winners

The judges rate each act according to the following criteria

• Technical ability – how well they play their instruments or sing

• Innovation & originality – song writing skills – are they doing something new and exciting within their genre or are they too much of a sound-a-like?

• Stage Presence – How do they command the stage - do they captivate the audience or do they look like they’d rather be in the crowd?

• The Strawberry Factor – have they got that undefined something that will help them to make a sustainable career out of music and would they go down well at Strawberry Fair?

If you have any questions please email


First launched in 1985 at Cambridge's Guildhall, the competition picked up immediate national attention thanks to Trevor Dann and The Old Grey Whistle Test. Infamously, Colonel Gomez caused a national controversy with their performance on that show, controversy that even led to questions being asked in Parliament about the incident! More was to come though, with the 'debatable' decision to award the first prize to The Detective - a decision that caused consternation amongst some as, although they made the tapes themselves, The Detective performed on stage to a backing track!

In the last 30 years the Cambridge Band Competition has produced some great winners, and stars who have gone on to do bigger things!

Ezio were named as Tony Blair's favourite band and has established an international following, Ben Miller of Armstrong & Miller came third in 1990 with a trio called The Dear Johns, and one of the most memorable winners - thanks to pure energy and great music - were Tom Dalpra and Nutmeg.

Members of other bands have gone on to work with some top names in the industry, and all have fond recollections of being involved in the event.

Previously held at the Guildhall, and then the Corn Exchange (sold out heats and finals), the competition in the 1990s then moved to the Junction - where last year's finals were held.