Cambridge Folk Festival has today (December 6) announced the first headliners for the 2018 line-up, which is set to place over the August 2-5 weekend. Saturday night’s headline slot will see Patti Smith and her band onstage while Sunday night’s headliner is John Prine.
Joining the diverse line-up and appearing as a UK Festival exclusive is singer/songwriter Janis Ian, along with Rosanne Cash and a full supporting line-up of musicians and artists including Kate Rusby, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band plus blues legend Eric Bibb. Americana pioneer Rhiannon Giddens will be performing on Stage One, as well as serving as guest curator.
Also announced today: Elephant Sessions, John Smith, The Pierce Brothers, Irish Mythen, Darlingside, Tamikrest, The Shee, Peatbog Faeries, John Moreland, Gordie MacKeeman And His Rhythm Boys, Damien O’Kane and Ron Block, The East Pointers, Darren Eedens And The Slim Pickins’, the National Youth Folk Ensemble
2018 is the first year of Cambridge Folk Festival’s historic twinning with the US Newport Folk Festival. The partnership will herald the beginning of a new transatlantic artistic relationship, allowing the two festivals to share ideas, experiences and indeed artists.