12 Weeks to Go !!

We are now officially only 12 weeks away from this year’s festival and we are busier than ever behind the scenes. Each month brings new challenges for the volunteer teams who help put the fair together throughout the year. As ever, we are still very much in need of volunteers for the event across all areas and if you’re interested in getting involved either now or nearer the time, please contact us through http://strawberry-fair.org.uk/pages/get-involved/

Kids Park:

Our production areas are currently being finalised and in particular we have a vacancies for some very important and dare we say ‘magical’ roles; we are looking for people to join the Kids Park Coordinating team. If you think you fit the bill or you know someone who has the skills and dedication to making this fairytale come true for the children of Cambridge - get them to get in touch ASAP!


Applications are now open for non-food traders and community groups who would like to have a stall or area at the Fair. 
Please fill in the form online http://strawberry-fair.org.uk/pages/traders/ and you will be contacted by a member of our Traders Team.

Fundraising events:

Sunday 19th March 6pm - 10pm 

Strawberry Faeries present: A Springtime benefit for Strawberry Fair’s Scarecrow Corner with music and spoken word featuring: Phil Pain, The Brewers Daughter, Stumblecol, Symeon Webb, Justin Thyme, Johnny Marvel, Bella Basura at The Devonshire Arms, Cambridge. £2 suggested donation. 

Thursday 23rd March 

Strawberry Faeries present: A Scarecrow Corner benefit gig featuring: Tribazik, Ghost (Live PA) + Support tbc +DJ's at The Portland Arms, Cambridge. £5 admission. 

This is the welcome return of Tribazik who headlined Scarecrow Corner in 2014. They have worked with the likes of Killing Joke and have blasted through Boomtown and Alchemy festivals. Inspired by an eclectic taste in music (industrial, experimental, electro, techno, thrash and roots), TRIBAZIK’s aim is to create an energetic, solid sound combining organic drums and bass and heavy guitar with contemporary electronic sounds and effects- bridging the gap between metal and electro/dance. All samples are played LIVE (triggered from pads around the drum kit) and include vocal chants, acid lines, industrial thuds, caustic pulses and sirens. These, accompanied by freestyle bass, heavy groove/melodic guitar and manic drums, create the high-energy idiosyncratic TRIBAZIK sound.

This is the sixth in a new season of benefit gigs for next years Scarecrow Corner at Strawberry Fair on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 and will mark the 20th anniversary of the area!

Cambridge Band Competition 2017 

Its March and that only means one thing in Cambridge .. The 2017 Cambridge Band Competition heats are underway and the pressure is hotting up as the competition this year is fierce! We have seen the first of the heats take place last weekend and we are already clown away by the level of talent and originality shown in the music heard so far. 

Sunday 5th March saw the first of these heats properly kick-off and in the Under 18’s we were introduced to ‘Green Dolphin’, a three piece punk/indie band from Clavering; ‘Maverick’, a four piece alternative Rock band from Cambridge; ‘The Catch’, a three piece indie rock/hard rock band From Bury St Edmunds and ‘Blue Mean Eyes’, a four piece alternative rock band from West Suffolk
In the Over 18’s we had some cracking performances from ‘Poncho Pilots’, a four piece band from St Ives; A Few Too Many, a five piece Athemic Pop Punk band from Saffron Walden; ‘Dale Bennett and the Incidentals’, a four piece pop/indie band from Haverhill and ‘Jason and the Skagonauts’, a six piece Ska band from Cambridge.
Strawberry Fair is synonymous with supporting local musicians and nurturing new talent of which The Cambridge Band Competition does with full vigour every year. In the last 30 years the Band Competition has produced some great winners and many of the competitors have gone on to work with some top names in the industry, and all have fond recollections of being involved in the event.

Split into two separate catagories; the Over 18’s and the Under 18’s, entrants can be any performers of original music, from solo performers to full bands. All genres are accepted, so long as material is original music. Soloists, comedy musicians, and classical musicians have been encouraged to apply – it’s not just about full bands, the competition is for every musician in Cambridge
The heats are being held at The Portland Arms every Sunday in March, with the heats for the Under 18’s on the afternoons and the heats for the Over 18’s on in the evenings. 
Tickets for the heats are £5 in advance and £7 on the door with reduced price tickets for under 18s attending the under 18’s heats (£4 advance/£5 on the door). 

Details of how to buy advance tickets can be found on the Band Competition website http://strawberry-fair.org.uk/pages/bandcomp/ 

Upcoming Heats: 

Sunday 12th March 

Next up we have Heat 2 Under 18s 1.00pm to 4:30pm, Come and see Lemondaze, a four piece psychedelic indie-rock band from Cambridge; Frenzy, a four piece alternative rock band from Over; Tom Roddis, a 15 year old singer songwriter from Cambridge and Pretty Ace, a four piece band who are all sisters from Emneth.

Lemondaze: https://www.facebook.com/lemondazeband/ and https://soundcloud.com/user-267658521
Frenzy: https://www.facebook.com/thisisfrenzy/ and 
Tom Roddis: https://www.facebook.com/TomRoddisMusic/ and
Pretty Ace: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PRETTYACEOFFICIAL and

Event page https://www.facebook.com/events/737236509776944/

On the bill for Heat 2 Over 18’s 7.00pm to 10.30pm are Lords Lumber, a multi instrumental multi layering one man rock band from Sawbridgeworth; Flint Moore, a five piece grunge, rock folk band based in Downham Market; Vulpes, a four piece grunge band from East Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk and Hoshino, a four piece alternative electronic outfit from Cambridge and London.

Lords Lumber: http://soundcloud.com/lordslumber and 
Flint Moore: https://www.facebook.com/flintmooreofficial/ and
Vulpes: https://www.facebook.com/vulpesoffical/ and 
Hoshino: https://www.facebook.com/hoshinouk
Event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1253934678028310/

Sunday 19th March 

This week In Heat 3 for the Under 18s 1.00pm to 4:30pm we have Violet Flares, a four piece alternative/rock band from Huntingdon; Green Brothers, a two brother rock act from Henham near Haverhill; Tom Leader, a singer songwriter from Cambridge and Henry O’Farrell, also a singer/songwriter from Cambridge.
Violet Flares: https://www.facebook.com/VioletFlaresBand and
Green Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlpSZLzBbc0 and
Tom Leader: https://soundcloud.com/tomleadermusic and 
Henry O'Farrell: https://www.facebook.com/Henry-OFarrell-Music-951003881635…/ and

Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/1774408176215601/

In Heat 3 for the Over 18’s 7.00pm to 10.30pm, we welcome Claudia Kate, a sInger songwriter from Cambridge playing keyboards and guitar; Izi Phoenix, an intense and poetic singer songwriter from Foxton; Cavetown, a singer songwriter from Cambridge and Datum Plane, a four piece acoustic band from Cambridge.

Claudia Kate: https://www.facebook.com/claudiakatemusic/
Izi Phoenix: https://www.facebook.com/iziphoenixmusic/ and 
Cavetown: https://www.facebook.com/cavetownband/ and
Datum Plane: http://www.soundcloud.com/datum-plane and

Event page https://www.facebook.com/events/394883177511454/

Sunday 26th March

The Under 18’s Final 1.00pm to 4.30pm where the winner of each heat will compete with the winner of the loudest audience cheer to win the Under 18’s competition and a place in the Grand Final at the Junction on Saturday 29th April 2017
Event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1821932994738436/

In Heat 4 for the Over 18’s 7.00pm to 10.30pm we have up Luna Falls, a three sister, three part harmony acoustic band from Cambridge and Northants; Too Cool Kid, a three piece indie cartoon rock band from Saffron Walden; The Hot One Two a new five piece indie rock band from Cambridge and The Abstracts, a four-piece rock/indie/pop band from St Ives and Cambridge.

Luna Falls: https://lunafalls.wordpress.com/ and
Too Cool Kid: https://www.facebook.com/toocoolkidbanduk and
The Hot One Two: https://www.facebook.com/agentdown/
The Abstracts: https://www.facebook.com/theabstractsuk/ and

Event page https://www.facebook.com/events/411353449204369/

The winner of the Under 18’s Competition will also be a competitor at the grand finale on Friday 28th April 2016 at The Junction, alongside the heat winners of the Over 18’s Competition. 
All finalists will win the opportunity to perform at Strawberry Fair as well as competing for a number of impressive musical and developmental prizes.

For further information please contact Mark McGivern mark@strawberry-fair.org.uk