EuroMillions winner Adrian Bayford has offered his estate near Haverhill as the new location for the Cambridge Rock Festival.
The festival has been held in Barton since its inaugural year in 2004 but it will now be held at Horseheath Lodge from Thursday, August 3 to Sunday 6 following the new sponsorship arrangement with Cambridge’s Black Barn Records, a business launched by Mr Bayford last May.
Festival director Dave Roberts said: “This will be our 13th full festival and we aim for it to be the start of a new chapter in the life of the CRF at an amazing new site – indeed as well as putting something in place for this year we are already thinking about 2018 too, which we expect to be even better as we will have the experience of our new site behind us.”
Mr Roberts had been considering using 2017 as a gap year for the festival, but when the offer came along from Mr Bayford - who with his then wife Gillian won £148.6m on the EuroMillions lottery in August 2012 when the couple both lived in Haverhill - he decided to press ahead with this year’s event.
“We need to get sponsorship for the event and now Adrian has come up with a free premises it will make a big difference to us,” said Mr Roberts.
“We are not a big festival. The most we get is 2,500 to 3,000 people.
“Even with 2,500 to 3,000 people on that site it’s a small festival.
“By coming in with this sponsorship Adrian has effectively triggered it (happening in 2017) because when you get an offer like that you don’t turn it away.”
The music is all performed within marquees and rigorous noise tests are conducted, so Mr Roberts emphasised there will be no detrimental noise impact on neighbouring villages.
Whilst organisers must remain tight-lipped about this year’s acts until contracts are in place, previous festivals have featured many of the UK’s biggest classic rock, prog and blues bands and musicians (Asia, Wishbone Ash, Caravan, Focus, Eddie & The Hotrods, FM, Magnum, Don Airey, Uriah Heep, Thunder, Mick Ralphs, The Quireboys to name just a few) as well as overseas acts from Europe, the USA and Australia.
An initial batch of 400 “earlybird” tickets are now on sale and in past years these have been snapped up within weeks – it is intended that more full price weekend and day tickets will be available in the future. Details on www.cambridgerockfestival.co.uk.