virtually the Cambridge Rock Festival 2020

vCRF20 High Definition sampler video 

(10.7 mbps (megabits per second) for use with fibre and/or good connectivity

Great news! The Cambridge Rock Festival 2020 is virtually back on!

Click the button in the bottom right corner for FULL SCREEN - 1920x1080 video!

Click here if you have standard broadband or poor internet connectivity

What is vCRF20 - our virtual festival?


Sadly Coronavirus put paid to our original plans for CRF20 – and yours too. But are we going to let it beat us? No, of course not! Behind the scenes we’ve been thinking…. and beavering away….

I hope you haven’t made new plans yet for June 18th-21st this year, because we’ve made some for you – “Virtually the Cambridge Rock Festival 2020”!

What we are doing is putting together a full CRF line-up using all the high definition footage we have of CRF performances. It will only feature live CRF material, and it will run throughout the times that the festival should have taken place, i.e. 5.30-11pm Thursday, 11am to 11pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

We’re talking to all the bands that will be featured to get their approval and we will have the appropriate PRS licence. We are now creating the line-up, either by ‘building’ sets using source material from various years for the same band, or by using recordings from the video screen cameras that were used in the past – we’ll have enough for you!

It’s going to be freely available; a thank-you from us and the bands for your support, and something to lift the spirits. A great deal of it will be in high definition, so put the dates back on your calendar, get your beers, get settled in and in front of a big screen, ready to be at vCRF20 in spirit if not in person! Much of the video will be just like you are there as it’s filmed from the audience – you may even see yourself in the crowd.

We’ll tell you more in the coming weeks.

If you haven’t already done so, please go to the ‘Cambridge Rock Festival’ Facebook ‘group’ and you’ll find a poll to let us know if you’re interested by casting a vote there. Thanks – it’ll help us know how many people to expect!

Note: We don’t need ideas for bands and we’re not going to add live streams or new footage. vCRF20 will be purely great quality live CRF material. Whilst we can't be there in person until 2021, we can all enjoy the virtual festival video 18-21 June 2020.

F.A.Q.s

We thought we should have some.... so here they are!

Who is playing:

We will start announcing some names soon. Putting the virtual sets together is taking time, and we won't include any bands who have not given their consent. But you can, of course, expect many of those we know you love, and perhaps a few surprises! 

How many stages will there be?

You're joking, right? It's a virtual festival.... but then then the CRF has three, doesn't it? And we said we wanted to make it like a real CRF didn't we? So.... three! Cunningly named, just for this year, Amber, Topaz and Jade.

Amber - featuring high definition (full HD, 1920x1080 pixel) video. Virtually all is fan-shot with good quality cameras!

Jade - featuring the same sets as the Amber stage but in lower definition (1280x720 pixel), running on a different server

Topaz - different sets, mostly in DVD quality 4:3 ratio from the 'pro' cameras used for the side screens at CRF09-16.

I don't have fibre - can I still watch the event?

We certainly hope so - that's the plan! But if you only have a standard broadband connection offering less than 10 mb/s (megabits per second) then we would strongly recommend watching the Jade stage rather than the Amber stage. The Topaz stage should be fine though.

Will there be camping?

We already know some of our regulars are going to set up tents in their gardens. If the lockdown has ended you can, of course, get together to enjoy vCRF20 too.  Let us know your plans via our Facebook group!

Where do I get tickets?

You don't! It'll be free for everyone to watch; a thank-you from us and the bands!

Where do we get beer tokens?

This year's even easier... you won't even need them. Your nearest fridge, or cupboard, may just have what you need! However if your drinks seem far too cheap, please feel free to donate any savings to the C.R.F. - whilst we're not charging any "admission" to the event, it will cost us a bit to run it and of course we've already incurred set-up costs for the now delayed CRF20, so anything you donate will be welcome and go straight towards CRF21.

The bands are all allowing us to use the footage of their performances too, and we're sure you'll be aware of their difficulties in these times. So please also consider going to their websites and buy those CDs, DVDs, T shirts that you've never quite got around to...

How do we see the event?

We will add more information here in due course. We're currently finalising the technical platform(s), but the intention is that each performance will be accessed from the website. 

There will be a line-up, with virtual "stage times", just like normal. You'll be able to start watching each set at the published time (or shortly afterwards). But just like a real festival, you can't just watch anything at any time. It won't be like Youtube - it will be as close as possible to the real thing....

What time will the virtual festival be running?

Exactly when the real CRF should have been ... starting 5.30pm Thursday 18th June, until 11pm, then 11am to 11pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.