The Lowdown on Subterreanean Music Festival, Cambridge

The Cambridge Corn Exchange is going to transform into an sll-day music festival on September 23rd 2017 with an entirely subterranean and rock line-up. Aimed at music fans of all ages the inaugural Subterranean Music Festival will see three separate stages inside the venue showcase some of the finest local indie and rock bands alongside national headliners.

Leading the line-up on the Underworld stage are West Lothian rockers The Amorettes. The all female  three-piece burst onto the scene with their debut album Game On back in 2015, and their distinctive style has generated critical and popular acclaim. The band was last seen on tour supporting Black Star Riders.

Overblown faves PINS are the headline act on the Labyrinth stage. The Mancunian garage-rock quintet, who just recently convinced the legendary Iggy Pop to provide guest vocals on their single Aggrophobe, have an assured musical style and have released two albums to date (Girls like Us and Wild Nights) on their self-managed record label.

Inferno stage headliners Stone Broken, who hail from Walsall, have recently returned from touring with rock icon Glenn Hughes. The hard rock quartet have impressed critics and fans in equal measure, and their anthemic sound has seen them make the playlists of national rock radio stations and get a spot on the bill of this year’s Dowlnoad Festival.

Being a one day event, Subterranean will really appeal to those of us who would rather not suffer the indignities of 2-day-old portaloos, missing out on the prime tent pitch and all the other things we have to survive during festival season! Upstairs at The Corn Exchange will transform into The Lair, an acoustic rock and indie stage and there’ll even be a festival shopping area and plenty of food stands available throughout the day for a real festival atmosphere.

Subterranean has been jointly curated by Cambridge 105 Radio preenter Tim Willet, Neil Jones, Operations Director for Cambridge Live and local music journalist Jude Clark. In official publicity for the festival Neil Jones has described how it is aimed “at all ages and offers a great line up from the worlds of indie and rock.” Cambridge live are delighted to provide a “platform for so many of the great local bands to play the biggest venue in the city.” Jude Clark has said how he is “thrilled with the line-up of brilliant local talent“, while Tim Willet has praised the concept as “fantastic” and that it is set to have “an incredible atmosphere.”

Acoustic performers booked to appear in The Lair include InMe lead singer Dave McPherson and “rousing folk-punk-rock band” Ducking Punches. The remaining line-up on the three main stages will feature talented Cambridgeshire rock and indie bands Hollowstar, Phoenix Calling, Beverly Kills, Sweet Crisis, Mammoth Penguins, The Extons, The Baby Seals, Staycations and Seasons.

Kicking off at a respectable time of midday (that’s another bonus of a one day festival, no early morning queuing!) on Saturday 23rd September, Subterranean is staggeringly affordable with tickets priced at just £15. Tickets can be booked through online retailers or directly from The Corn Exchange.

The historical Cambridge Corn Exchange is a renowned venue that has played host to international performers including Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Smiths and Manic Street Preachers. Subterranean is the first event of its kind to take place in the venue, which also acts as an exam hall for Cambridge University, and let’s hope it won’t be the last!

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