More than sixty music and comedy acts are coming to Cambridge for the Sound + Vision Cambridge festival in April 2022. The festival will take place on eight stages across six venues in the city including The Junction, Portland Arms, The Blue Moon, Storey’s Field Centre, The Boathouse and Thirsty.
The line up offers dozens of opportunities to catch fantastic established acts, such as Tim Burgess or Kristin Hersch or newer favourites like Pom Poko or Penelope Isles. On Saturday night the festival hosts the twenty-fifth anniversary party of the Bella Union record label. There will also be showcases from local and brand-new bands including the students of Access Creative College.
After a two year gap the Cambridge Fringe Comedy Festival returns in partnership with Sound + Vision with headliners Rosie Jones, Felicity Ward and Nick Helm in the Junction’s brilliant J2 space. Other acts familiar from Taskmaster, Live at the Apollo and 8 out of 10 Cats like Mike Wozniak, Isy Suttie and Olga Koch will be presenting their work-in-progress shows. Saturday 23rd April sees a full day of comedy on the Fringe’s home turf of Mitcham’s Corner from 12pm – 10pm.
But Sound + Vision aims to do more than put on a fantastic show; on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd there will be two days of industry conference, offering up-and-coming creative professionals the opportunity to learn more about establishing themselves in sustainable careers in the arts. Networking events and Q&A will maximise opportunities to learn from industry big-hitters.
Wristbands are available for full access to all festival shows, or all conference sessions, or both. Alternatively limited numbers of individual tickets are available to each show.
Sound + Vision Cambridge is run by the Founder and Director of Norwich Sound and Vision, Adrian Cooke and uses the same successful model that ran for 8 years and saw the discovery and signing of bands such as Mercury Prize nominees Royal Blood and Lets Eat Grandma.
Adrian Cooke (Co-Founder Sound + Vision Development): “We’re really excited to be relaunching Sound +Vision in Cambridge. The event is very much inspired by South by South West in Austin, Texas – which is the largest of these kind of Festival & Conference events in the world. Given Cambridge’s strong creative community and industries it is the perfect place to bring together international, national and local artists and performers for a fascinating weekend of discovery, inspiration and entertainment.”
Matt Burman (Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction):
“We’re really excited to be working with partners across the city on this fantastic new programme of music and comedy. We’ve got brilliant independent venues in the city who are working hard to recover from the ongoing impact of the pandemic and welcoming audiences and amazing artists to the city for a weekend of new music and laughter will be a collective celebration of all we can achieve together.”
Line up and ticket details can be found at www.soundandvisionconvention.co.uk and on Instagram @soundandvisionconvention on Facebook @soundandvisionconvention Twitter @SoundandVis
Sound + Vision Cambridge is generously supported by funding from National Lottery Project Grants from Arts Council England and the PRS Foundation Open Fund.