Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls will return to Cambridge Folk Festival this year, headlining the main stage on Saturday night. Perhaps a controversial choice for folk purists, Frank first played the festival in 2008 and has revisited the site many times in years gone by. Frank and his band play a modern style of English folk music - not of that 'nu-folk' stuff, mind - and is a huge addition to what is already a great lineup.
In times passed Frank has reveled in the idea that he and the band are one of the few acts that can get away with playing both Cambridge Folk Festival and Download Festival and appease both crowds. Festival-goers should expect an energetic and passionate performance from the band and something a little...louder than his last solo set at the festival in 2015.
This news has also been coupled with the announcement of the lineup on Cambridge's emerging talent stage. This year's lineup for the stage is as follows: Wooden Arms, Sleepy Folk, Noble Jacks, Old Sea Brigade, Honey and the Bear, Lucy Farrel, Hattie Whitehead, Kerrie Devine, Alibhe Reddy, Phil King and The Buffalo Skinners, Laucan, Ceilidh Liberation Front, Laura Oakes, Emma McGrath, Sam Gleaves, Nina Harries, Young Waters, Kizzi Crawford, Thom Ashworth, Danni Nicholls, The Wandering Hearts and Samana.
'The Den' has previously hosted acts like Jake Bugg and Ward Thomas, so Cambridge organisers are undoubtedly proud of the development stage. Maybe there are a few names to watch on here too this year as well.
Cambridge Folk Festival takes place from the 27th to 30th of July. More information, including a full lineup and ticket information can be found here.