F A Qs
There are dedicated pages for lots of things so please check those too - If you can't find an answer then ask us!
When is the festival open?
The festival opens at 5pm on Thursday 25 July and ends at 11pm on Sunday 28 July. Music is played on stage from 5.30pm until 11pm on Thursday, and from 11am to 11pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Stage times will be on this website shortly before the festival starts. The Arena and Bars open about half an hour before the acts start. The Campsite opens from 11am on Thursday and closes at 11am on Monday.
What do you charge for car parking?
Nothing. Yes, nothing! Unlike many festivals who make money from your need to park, we think you're already paying to be there. However, as our car parking is controlled by volunteers, usually from local charities etc, if you would care to give them a donation for their hard work, they will be very grateful.
I need to contact you but the festival has started. what should I do?
Once the festival is underway, we will have an on-site mobile number available for Festival Administration - 07748-117938.
For urgent messages (only), contact the Festival Director on 07748-117936 but please only if it's urgent! As we're sure you will appreciate, he'll be a busy man trying to ensure everything runs smoothly for you!
I live nearby and I can here the music and it's causing me a problem. What can I do?
This is something we take very seriously. All loud music will stop by 11pm each evening. We do our best to keep sound to a level agreed with the Council and we have people checking levels in the surrounding villages throughout the event. Obviously they can't be everywhere at once and music, by it's very nature, varies, but if it's causing you a problem then do please contact the Festival Director on 07748-117936.
What is the policy for the use of cameras?
You may use cameras within the general arena as long as this is without any detriment to those who are there to enjoy the event. We do reserve the right to ask people to desist if their use is unreasonable and consistently blocking the view of other people. Basically - if you're sensible then all will be fine! We do have official photographers who can supply magazines, websites etc in relation to reviews of the event so contact us if you need those.
Are there any restrictions on which stage I can go to?
In principle no - your ticket gives access to the arena as a whole so you are welcome to see as many bands as you wish, on any of our stages. The only proviso is that on occasion it may be necessary to limit the numbers inside a marquee, to comply with our licencing regulations for health and safety reasons. Whilst we need to say that, in practice this is not something we've ever had to do!
Can I buy tickets on the day?
Yes, if there are any unsold, we will sell any remaining tickets on the gate until they’re sold out. Tickets on the gate will cost more than in advance. To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you buy your tickets in advance while they’re available.
Can we bring dogs to the festival?
Yes, as long as they are sociable! However they must be kept on a lead at all times and it is your responsibility to clean up after them and you should avoid taking them too near to the PA stacks.
I don't like camping - what are the alternatives?
The first thing to say is that our campsite is right by the arena, not miles away like some festivals! It is also always clean and well looked after and there are showers available. But we know that not everyone likes camping, and many of our regular attendees stay at places nearby. As an example, there are seven Travelodges nearby, all within a 20 minute (9 mile) drive - note: we don't have any particular relationship with them and their are many other hotels in area but we know our regulars stay there and in the past have spent under £60 for 3 nights so watch for deals. They are easily accessible for a 'nominated' driver or taxi, and you'll probably find other people you can share with.
Will I have to choose between bands?
The only way to completely avoid bands overlapping is, obviously, to only have one band at a time! We allow 30 minutes between sets for changeover, so that would mean reducing all sets to 30 minutes or having even longer changeovers.... and we don't think you would want us to do that. So put simply, yes that is possible. But, and it's a big but, we have done everything we can to ensure that one or other main stage is operating virtually all the time and overlaps are minimised, so you should be able to see all or most of each of the bands you particularly want to see. The scheduling of bands started with this as an aim and we hope you will agree we've done as much as we can - we want to see them all too (that's the problem with the CRF having so many great bands!!). Unlike previous years you'll notice that a few earlier sets are longer, and later sets are shorter than in the past; we've done this so that we cover the gaps and minimise overlaps.
Do you sell drinks other than beer, lager and cider?
Yes, you can also get wine and we've also added a 'Gin, Pimms and Prosecco Bar' too. And of course soft drinks are also always available. Details on the CRF Bars page!
Can we get taxis to and from the site?
Yes, there are a number of operators. Panther Cabs (01223-715715) have estimated £10-£11 from Cambridge railway station to the site (£1 less from the city centre) - the same the other way of course! (note: we do not specifically recommend any one operator more than any other).