The grand finale of Take it to the Bridge, the University of Cambridge’s band competition, will see a musical showdown taking place between four student bands, each fighting for a chance to perform to thousands on the mainstage at the Cambridge Club Festival as part of a line-up of world-renowned artists including Chaka Khan, Sister Sledge, Melanie C, and Jessie Ware.

Performing on Friday 1 March at The Junction (J1) in Cambridge will be four exceptional Cambridge finalists, Temor, Quasar, East Street on a Tit and Soft Crunchy Landing. The four bands are made up of 22 students, studying subjects ranging from Divinity to Molecular Physics, drawn from 10 Cambridge colleges, along with two guest members.

This year’s esteemed judging panel includes:

  • Sonita Alleyne OBE (Chair, Centre for Music Performance and Master, Jesus College, Cambridge)
  • Matt Fincham (Music Editor, BBC Radio 1)
  • Frazer Robinson (Co-Founder, Cambridge Club Festival)

The event is open to everyone and the judges’ decision will be informed by a live audience vote, with the winner announced at the end of the evening.

The competition, now in its second year, is the brainchild of the University’s Centre for Music Performance, a department of the University which enables students, staff and local residents to make music in all its forms a part of life at Cambridge.

Simon Fairclough, Director of the Centre for Music Performance, said: “We are delighted to bring this exciting competition back for a second year running. We believe music is a fundamental part of life and that everyone should be able to participate in music at Cambridge. Take It To The Bridge is just one of many inclusive activities we organise to offer opportunities for the whole community to enjoy live music. It promises to be an intense and electrifying night, showcasing the best of Cambridge’s student talent.”

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