REVIEW: Strawberries and Creem Festival hits the Cambridge countryside
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An explosion of glitter, urban glam and grime brought Cambridge to a standstill this weekend as Strawberries and Creem Festival went off with a bang for the fifth year running.
The small but action-packed event is known for bringing RnB, hip hop, house and grime artists to Haggis Farm - just a few miles out of the bustling city centre.
Headlining this year was noughties American rap star T-Pain alongside the best in current British talent such as Kojo Funds, Not3s and the Drake-approved Octavian.
Three stages set to a backdrop of country charm may have been an odd combination to coax some of the biggest names on the music scene to the area, but nevertheless it seemed to work well.
Dropping sounds in The Hanger (or second stage) was Canadian DJ Heidi and infectious techno hero Latmun.
Both brought a slice of Ibiza to the sunset drizzled Cambridge skies with huge beats and bass blasting across the sound system.
The Big Top (yes, the third stage resembling a circus tent) saw edgier segments of grime and hip hop performed by artists including Ghetts and Octavian.
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The young MC’s pulled in the crowds from across the field for their sets with chants for more.
Shortly after, back on the main stage, Kojo Funds warned us he was going to bring the building down before remembering we were outside - but still did what he set out to do.
Yet aside from a cheeky throwback from T-Pain, it was hip hop man of the moment Not3s that was the real star of the show.
“Trust me, this means so much,” he said to the crowd.
Infectious lyrics and a stage presence that could easily compete with any of the big rappers of today - he was certainly one to take note of.
A guest appearance from ‘German’ EO also caused a sing-a-long storm while the House Gospel Choir brought a unique mix of clasic and contemporary.
Overall, despite a few technical difficulties, the event brought an exhilarating day of up and coming young stars to the forefront of festival season.
Strawberries and Creem was eager to impress - but Cambridge sure lapped it up.