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The Portland Stage and Bar is the largest indoor area onsite at the Fair housed in a 360 square meter marquee with a capacity of 1000. You can chill in the shade to great music on the 40 square metre stage whilst enjoying fine drinks from the excellent Portland Arms bar. The stage will feature over 10 hours of eclectic performances from some of the best local entertainers, singer/songwriters, duos and bands in the East Anglian area.

It’s going to be our big 10th year of the Portland Stage at Strawberry Fair in 2024 and the Fair celebrates 50 golden years too as it’s been held annually on Midsummer Common, Cambridge since the 1970s. So 70s Gold is our theme for the day: Dig out your hippy clothes and gold lame lurex and celebrate with us on Saturday 1 June 2024. It will still be the usual eclectic mix of performers plus the added glitz of Gold, Disco Balls and 70s fancy dress.

This year’s event is on facebook at facebook.com/events/312573398428140

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Line-up for this year’s Fair
Times and artists subject to change

12:15 Shifty Statues – Gabby (from For the Hornets) and Helen (from Goddammit Jeremiah). facebook.com/shifty.statues
12:55 The Silver Darlings — Southend on Sea’s only female sea shanty crew! silverdarlingsshanty.co.uk
13:25 Oli Harris — Catchy alternative rock about space and the outsider oharris.co.uk
13:55 Lorenza Wildcard — International singer-songwriter recognised for her songwriting, musical versatility and artistic reinventions facebook.com/LorenzaWildcard
14:25 Grace Calver — Tongue-in-cheek indie pop with a hint of rock. Sassy original songs with lyrics covering everything from social media to bad flirting. facebook.com/gracecalverofficial
14:55 Pagan Billy — 1980s Cambridge Irish Folk stalwarts who last played the Fair in 1991! facebook.com/paganbilly
15:25 Jamie Black — Electronic dance music with unmistakable vocals, infectious melodies, heartfelt lyrics and a high-energy performance iamjamieblack.com
15:55 29th Funktion — 70s-inspired psychedelic, passion mad, funky fuelled blues, R&B and soul band the29thfunktion.com
16:25 The Routine — Chugging guitars mingle with melodic harmonies forging a rocktail of styles facebook.com/wearetheroutine
16:55 LiamG — Cambridge No. 1 teen rapper/producer inducing crowd interaction, energy and passion, and with great hooks you’ll be singing all day youtube.com/@_liamgofficial
17:25 Colonel Hathi — The legendary ’90s Cambridge Ska band! facebook.com/people/Colonel-Hathi-Band/100086998471455
17:55 BIG 10 — “Spreading the love and unity that is Ska” – the UK’s ultimate Ska and 2 Tone covers band big10ska.co.uk
18:50 ODDSOCK — Lively new band from Cambridge with roots in punk, ska and indie facebook.com/oddsockbanduk
19:20 The Flying Symbols — 4 piece high-octane rock band based on the Herts/Essex borders facebook.com/TheFlyingSymbols
19:50 Tranquility Beach — Roots and blues duo fusing powerful soul vocals with overdriven guitar and percussion tranquilitybeachband.com
20:20 The Baby Seals — Garage frenzy rock from Amazonian punk/garage band thebabyseals.co.uk
21:00 Dogs! Teeth! — A frothing hotpot fusion of alternative dance punk rock dogsteeth.co.uk
21:40 HOLLOWSTAR — Dirty heavy blues hard rockers hollowstar.uk

They are all playing to you for free – thank you so much to them – please follow them on social media, go to their gigs and have a look at buying their music and merch.

We need your help!

The Fair is FREE, Non-sponsored and Volunteer Run. We really need you to help if you can to ensure we can put the stage (and the Fair) on so if you can please donate (cash or gold!) at gofund.me/6beb50d5.

Why not get involved and become part of our crew – it could be a couple of hours stewarding on the day or helping in the set up beforehand and the takedown afterwards. To volunteer email avalonites@gmail.com or see the Get Involved page on how you can help the Fair more generally.

Who we are

Rockinmike Wilson (a strawberry fairie for over twenty years) started as the area co-ordinator for the Portland Stage in 2014.

The Portland Stage is presented by the EAST ANGLIAN FESTIVAL NETWORK and GIGS OUT

The real ale bar is provided by the very lovely Portland Arms who also provide the marquee and power for the Portland Stage and Bar.

Our amazing stage and superb sound and lighting management is from the lovely crew at We Are Blueshed. Power by Gofer Ltd.

Barton Studios kindly provide us with the stage drum kit.


We always have a theme that fits in with the main theme of the Fair, here’s the themes since we started all those years ago:
2014 Ruby Masquerade Ball
2015 Down by the River
2016 Polar Ballroom
2017 Once Upon a Time/Fairytale Ball
2018 Stage Heroes
2019 The Love Boat
2020 The Magic Roundabout (Virtual on C105)
2022 Love Our Planet
2023 Mutiny
2024 Seventies Gold
Due to the COVID 19 crisis the 2020 live event on Midsummer Common had to be cancelled but the stage still went ahead virtually and was part of the award winning first virtual Strawberry Fair on Cambridge 105 Radio.

119 different acts (with over 400 performers) have entertained you on The Portland Stage and Bar at Strawberry Fair since we started and only a few acts have played more than once. Here’s all the amazing acts we’ve had on so far!
4th Labyrinth
Alex Jenner
Ali Warwood
Alton Wahlberg Music
Austin Gold
Big 10
Billy Lunn
Blackjack Blues
Band Bouquet Of Dead Crows
Cambridge Lindy Hoppers
Cambridge Tuneless Choir
Cherry B
Chris Andrews
Chris Norton Walker
Christian Smith
Christian Smith & the Whistlers
Claudia and the Braidy Bunch
Claudia Kate
Colonel Hathi
Dagaow Hardnezz
Dark Horse
Datum Plane
David Youngs
Dead Reynolds
Della Lupa
DJ Luna Love (YKIMS)
DJ Smyley Jay
DJ Ted B Dorothea
Double Shot
Dusky Sunday
Edward Alice
Elizabeth & Jameson
False Hearts
Flint Moore
For the Hornets
Fred’s House
Gabby Rivers
Grace Sarah
Hifi Dropouts
Holly Musgrave
Ian Jeffs
Isle ‘ave a Shanty
Isobel Sugden
Jacen Bruce and the Memphis Underground
Jacqui And Geoff
Jason And The Skagonauts
Jo Ash Music
Kerry Devine
Lana Bruce
Lords Lumber
Lucy Thompson
Luke James Williams
Luke Ward-Wilkinson
Luna Falls
Mark Shepherd
Medicine Hat
Michael Robshaw
Mulholland Jive
Oscar Corney Band
Phoebe Austin
Princess Porcelynn, the drag
Princess Release The Chimps
Rob Coleman
Ruby Muse
Schrödinger’s Strings
Searching Grey
Seby Ntege And Band
Shannon Elsden Band
SJ Mortimer
Soloman Smith
Sophie Mahon & The Ready Mades
Split Whiskers
Standing like Statues
Sunday Driver
Sunlight for Honey (was Maverick)
Sweet Crisis
Tape Runs Out
Tennessee Twin
The Fifths
The Frida Violeta Band
The Frigidaires
The Garden Birds
The Lightwaves
The Lonely
The Love Asylum
The Magic Es
The Mojo Slide
The Morphics
The Scissors
The SG’s
The Staycations
The Tin Pigeons
The Visitors
This Circus Life
Thomas Dunleavy
Three Years Younger
Thy Last Drop
Tom Colborn
Tom Conway
Tom Korni
Tom Lumley Band
Tom Ryder
Tony Brook
Uncle Arthur and the Alley Cat
Ward and Parker
Woodley Taylor

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