Cambridge Rock Festival
The CRF started in 2004 as a family run event (it still is!) and was known as the Rockinbeerfest, taking place at Huntingdon Racecourse, with the first headliner being Dr Feelgood; The Stranglers and Wishbone Ash also headlined that year. It quickly gathered wider support and a team of volunteers to help run it, many of whom are still involved today and without whom it would not be possible to continue. From there it moved to the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester, before relocating again in 2009 to Haggis Farm Polo Club. An arrangement with Black Barn Records enabled the festival to move to Horseheath Lodge for 2017 and 2018, but it has now returned to Haggis Farm for 2019.
The aim has always been to provide great entertainment, particularly in the classic rock and blues and prog genres, and avoid the corporate nature of many larger festivals as far as possible. All the proceeds from ticket and drink sales go to help fund the event rather than pay the organisers. Despite being run and stewarded by enthusiastic volunteers, who make it perhaps the friendliest festival you will find, many festival go-ers and indeed many bands have said it is one of the best run festivals they’ve ever been to.