US superstar Nelly headlines Strawberries & Creem Festival in Cambridge

Strawberries and Creem in Cambridge - Nelly is headlining

Strawberries and Creem in Cambridge - Nelly is headlining - Credit: Archant

International superstar Nelly is headlining a day of music in Cambridge making it his only UK festival appearance in 2016.

Strawberries and Creem in Cambridge

Strawberries and Creem in Cambridge - Credit: Archant

Famous for number one hits like Hot in Herre and Shake Ya Tailfeather the American singer is the exclusive main act at fast growing Strawberries & Creem Festival on Haggis Farm on the outskirts of the city in June.

Among artists joining him are UK grime pioneer Kano, reggae legend David Rodigan, chart topping Snakehips, Channel One Sound System, English rapper Big Narstie and pirate radio stars of BBC Three’s People Just Do Nothing Kurupt FM.

The city’s student-run, one day music festival is set to double in size in 2016, with capacity increasing to 5,000 as it returns for its third year running.

Organisers of the city’s up-and-coming event say Nelly’s performance is a UK festival exclusive which potentially marks the biggest act to perform in Cambridge this year.

Strawberries and Creem in Cambridge - Kano is playing

Strawberries and Creem in Cambridge - Kano is playing - Credit: Archant

Kano is another coup as he takes to the stage fresh off the back of his new album Made In The Manor, which is storming the UK underground.

Set to be a triumph of student power the organisers are young people from sixth form colleges Hills Road and Long Road who have teamed up with entertainment teams from Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin universities, with the festival founders lifelong Cambridge residents and recent graduates.

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Founder William Young, said: “We’ve nearly tripled the number of acts at the festival this year and we’re very proud of some of the headliners we’ve managed to convince to play in our little old city.

“Whether you’re really into your music or just want to have a sing-a-long in the sun, we’ve tried to put together a lineup that will appeal to everyone.

Strawberries and Creem in 2015

Strawberries and Creem in 2015 - Credit: Archant

“The acts should appeal to a number of generations and a diverse selection of music tastes.

“We’ve grown up in Cambridge with a limited choice in terms of music events on this level, and we feel it’s about time our city has something that stands up to what’s on offer across the rest of the UK.”

Strawberries & Creem Festival is at Haggis Farm CB24 7AT, 10 minutes form the city centre, on Saturday June 11.

Early bird tickets are £35.

It will be one of the first all cashless festivals in the UK.

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