Apart from the line up this years big news is the addition of big screens around the festival
American artist Lissie proved a surprise hit on stage , the general reaction being the same one that reviewers and listeners before; what an incredible voice. She also proved to be an engaging and exciting performer.
Local lads Adam Brown and Andy McLeod seem to have performed at every Cambridge fest since theri debut here in 2002. Perennial favourites with their Trad Irish jigs and reels.
Headlining on Friday night, Seasick Steve proved to be the highlight of the festival for many visitors.
Seth Lakeman and his band delivered their customary high energy set, the new line up for the latest album has proved to be the best yet.
The Imagined Village filled the stage with talent, and pull off the tough trick of giving them all their spot whilst staying a cohesive sound. It is with acts like this that you realise how important the sound engineers are at a festival like this, Cambridge is all about the music and they have this area totally sorted.
Over on stage 2 the intense yet soulful Joe Pug stood out as someone to follow
Natalie Merchant brought a touch of class to the end of the day, startling to think that she played here three decades ago with 10,000 Maniacs. Her voice is still unique and her songwriting sublime, her recent explorations of American Folk music provided a rich source of material for the evening.
The Burns Unit are one of those big groups that prove Bellowhead don't have a monopoly on the big time party vibe, or indeed on the range of instruments that can be played by different members of the group!
One of the treats today in the Club tent was a set by Geoff and Sean Lakeman, Some would say that father Geoff is the creative genius behind his various boys successes, actually it would be Geioff that said that... Amidst all the bluster of a big festival this stage was often an oasis of intimate charms.
Spiro are mesmerising, they mix up classical with folk and a dash of dance influenced rhythms to it all.
The Unthanks, favourites of the festival
Johnny Flynn proved that all the rave rviews and media attention were justified as one of the new breed of artists that are blending English folk with Americana to highly popular effect.
Kris Kristofferson was a muted end to the day, a truly solo performance under one stark light. Visibly nervous to start with he seemed genuinely surprised at the strength of the crowds warm reaction to him
Fresh from Phil Beer having a coronary stent fitted Show Of Hands put on a cracking show, though looking tired Beer kept up with the pace and had the whole crowd singing along with him.
Debbie and Stu Hanna of Megson must be wondering when they will get a slot on the main stages. They always seem to be scheduled in the Club tent, despite packing it to the seams every time.