Cambridge Rock Festival backstage visit   Fully Booked

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Technical visit
26 July 2018 17:00 - 23:00
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Cambridge Rock Festival is Cambridge’s premier music event for classic rock, blues and prog rock (and a bit of everything else). The family-run festival is over four days from the evening of Thursday 26 July to Sunday 29 July, in the grounds of Horseheath Lodge, Horseheath, Cambs, near Linton.

We have arranged an exclusive backstage tour for engineers on Thursday 26 July. We also have special prices on tickets, so have a beer and enjoy the music!

Don Airey headlining the main stage Cambridge Rock Festival 2016 © RBF Festivals Ltd & Trevor Cotterell Don Airey (formerly of Deep Purple & Rainbow) headlining the main stage at Cambridge Rock Festival 2016. © RBF Festivals Ltd & Trevor Cotterell, Concert Photography Plus

Cambridge Rock Festival's 14th event will have around 75 bands appearing on three fully covered stages in the beautiful setting of Horseheath Lodge Estate. Bars sell 80 real ales and ciders, with food vendors, traders and an arts and crafts marquee.

The event is on a green field site and all services have to be set up specially, including power generation and water distribution, as well as perimeter fencing, lighting, signage, campsite, toilets and showers, and road matting, not to mention the marquees, stages, gantries, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, fire and safety equipment, bars and cellar refrigeration, an extensive backstage hospitality area for the acts, and facilities for the large team of professional and volunteer technicians and stewards. As an engineering project, organising an event on this scale is a complex operation that has to be seen to be appreciated.

Cambridge Rock Festival 2017 aerial view. © RBF Festivals Ltd & Trevor LeeAerial view of Cambridge Rock Festival 2017 at Horseheath Lodge. © RBF Festivals Ltd & Trevor Lee

When: Thursday 26 July: Bars open 5pm. Music: 5.30pm to 11pm. Backstage tour: about 6pm to 7pm.

Festival times: Thursday 26 July: 5pm to 11pm. Friday 27 to Sunday 29 July: 11am to 11pm.

Where: Horseheath Lodge, Dean Road, Horseheath, Cambs, CB21 4PT (near Linton). Detailed directions will be provided to attendees.

Booking essential. Cost is £10 (plus a £1.26 processing fee) for a reduced price ticket to Thursday evening's music including backstage tour. Members and guests only, bring your friends. Limited places. Special prices on other tickets are available to us for a limited period.

Young people with a responsible adult are very welcome, both on our visit and at the festival. On-site parking and camping for tents, caravans and motorhomes. See website for details.

To book, email the names of the member and guests to for the discount code and details of how to purchase your tickets.

Please advise us if you have any special access needs.

We are most grateful to Dave Roberts and the Cambridge Rock Festival for hosting our visit.

This visit is organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Cambs area, and supported by the IMechE Suffolk and North Essex area.


Cambridge Rock Festival, Horseheath Lodge
Dean Road
Horseheath, Cambs
CB21 4PT
United Kingdom

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