Music Venues in Cambridge

Music Venues in Cambridge

Being the home to a huge array of successful acts, Cambridge's music venues would appear to be some of the biggest and grandest in the country. While there are certainly large venues that attract huge bands, Cambridge boasts some more intimate venues, enabling you to balance seeing your favourite band with discovering your new favourite band.

The Cambridge Corn Exchange recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and in that time has played host to a wide variety of acts from The Who to Queen and Take That. From its humble beginnings in 1875, the classical music that was heard there has transformed into some of the biggest and best names in pop and rock music. Due to its prominent size and location, the Corn Exchange hosts other forms of entertainment too, but it's never difficult to find a hidden gem within the billing. Cambridge-born band Pink Floyd have graced the stage, and Syd Barrett's final public appearance can be attributed to the Exchange's large capacity. Based on previous years, the Corn Exchange looks to retain its reputation for Cambridge's premier music venue for all kinds of fans.

The Junction serves as a venue that showcases many lesser-known bands and so it is one of the foremost places to catch your favourite up-and-coming act. In the past, the Junction has brought a variety of acts to Cambridge from alternative rockers Grizzly Bear to vintage dance act Spiritualized. Spanning three different spaces, there is guaranteed to be a continuous stream of fresh talent ensuring a great evening's entertainment. The Junction also prides itself on being the place for new or aspiring artists, so with its many community investments, young talents come first and foremost.

Acoustic Routes is a series of small, low-key acoustic performances held in the air-conditioned basement of restaurant CB2. The concerts were started in 2001 and aim to bring the finest national and international folk, blues and acoustic music to the centre of Cambridge. Held generally every Saturday, the basement provides cosy intimacy and a friendly atmosphere giving the audience the best possible experience of such laid-back music. Previous artists include Seth Lakeman and Nizlopi, while recent concerts are mostly uploaded to YouTube meaning you can check out this venue and see if you like what you see.

Man On The Moon is a popular pub in the centre of Cambridge with a back room boasting a powerful PA system and lighting rig. With its capacity of around 150, the biggest bands aren't likely to be found here, but this makes it the perfect place to catch the next big thing on the Cambridge music scene. Even better, the pub accepts demos, so if you think you have the ideal blend of Pink Floyd psychedelia, why not send them your latest EP and make use of that lighting?

We would also recommend checking out the article about Famous Bands from Cambridge alongside this article.

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