2018 sees the 21st anniversary of the area at Strawberry Fair originally known as The Green Area, now Scarecrow Corner. The 1st year was opened by Siberian Shamans and anarcho crust band 2000DS, with our roots firmly in the DIY social and environmental protest movements of Reclaim The Streets, Newbury and Solsbury Hill, etc. The area has held many attractions over the years, always including a large space for many campaign groups. Past years have seen the world's first bio-diesel pinball arcade, solar-powered cinemas, anti-war theatre groups, the Insect Circus Museum, Papua New Guinean tribesfolk, tipis, an alternative underground news group, Schnews, anarchist libraries and a whole host of natural crafts mixed in with sideshow freaks!
Many are still with us, such as the Herbal Apothecary, the Labyrinth, Willow Weavers, The Divination Dome and the Druids' Tree Circle, not forgetting of course the area stage showcasing a variety of performers.
We've had a variety of different stages over the years, from circus bigtops run on bio-diesel to the legendary Wango Riley's travelling stage. This year we are very pleased to welcome back the Soundscape Solar Stage, keeping the area green and environmentally friendly with no generators.
The stage has always been a major attraction of the area and has hosted a great deal of musical genres and performers, showcasing the cream of the festival underground with a strong bias towards anarcho punk and the more unusual psychedelic acts as well as folk, reggae and dance music. Past acts include Seize The Day, 2000DS, Tragic Roundabout, Tarantism, Opaque, The Junk, One Eyed God, The Skraelings, Overload, Casual Nausea, The Defekters, Oryelle Defenestrate Bascule, Pink n Ruby, Emma Harper, Keltrix, The Rude Mechanicals, Johnny Cage and the Voodoo Groove, P.A.I.N., Blackbird Raum, Back to the Planet, R.D.F. and many, many more both local and international as well as DJs from Life4Land, Uprizing, Last Gang in Town and Theatre ov thee Absurd.
Performers confirmed so far for 2018 are Tribazik, P.A.I.N., Doghouse, Figaro de Monmartre and The Dirt, plus Last Gang in Town DJs, with more acts to be announced soon.
Alongside all the regular attractions of the area, this year we welcome back the Viking axe throwers and wood carvers, and are very pleased to have newcomers, EarthSource Textiles and the Aurora Art Collective. There are also rumours of public toilets!
Add to all this mayhem the décor, the facepainters, healers, tarot readers, herbalists and witches, volunteers and stewards, litter droppers and litter pickers, punks and drunks, thrills and spills and lots of things to make your head go round, its fun, fun, fun until....the end of the night!
Benefit Gigs and Fundraising
Strawberry Fair is a free festival run by volunteers. To assist funding the area, we have been hosting a series of benefit gigs throughout the year.
If you can't make it to the Fair or don't live in Cambridge, and can't get to any of our benefit gigs, you can still make a donation to Scarecrow Corner via PayPal.
To do this, just go to the Strawberry Fair donation page.
Click on the 'Donate through PayPal' button.
Put the amount you wish to donate in the box.
Log in to PayPal.
Click on the 'add special instructions to the seller' link and state that your donation is for Scarecrow Corner.
Complete the payment.
Confirmation of your payment will then be sent to us.
Keeping In Touch
We have a Facebook page which is kept regularly up to date with all info about Scarecrow Corner - please like our page to stay informed and show your support.
Volunteering in Scarecrow Corner
We are always in need of help before, during and after the Fair, especially with promotion, stewarding and décor. If you would like to steward for 2 hours (or more) on the day of the Fair, please let us know and join our stewards group page.
If you would like to volunteer in any other capacity, please message us via the Scarecrow Corner Facebook page.
If you are in a band and would like to play the Fair, the Scarecrow Corner stage has enough acts to choose from for this year, but you can apply to play the Fair by filling in the form on the 'Perform at Strawberry Fair' page.
Peace and Love and look forward to seeing you in Scarecrow Corner on June 2nd.