The winners of this year’s University of Cambridge student band competition, Quasar, will be performing at The Cambridge Club Festival this weekend, alongside the likes of Chaka Khan, Jessie Ware, and Earth, Wind & Fire Experience.

Quasar won the festival slot after triumphing at the Centre for Music Performance’s Take it to the Bridge band competition, held at the Cambridge Junction in March, when they wowed an esteemed panel of music industry judges and also carried the audience vote.

Take it to the Bridge, now in its second year, is the University of Cambridge’s official student band competition.

Quasar performing at Take it to the Bridge at the Cambridge Junction in March 2024

The Cambridge Club Festival takes place every year in Childerley Orchard just outside Cambridge. The festival brings together world-class disco, funk, soul and R&B artists, DJs from across dance and electronic music, and family entertainment, comedians and live podcasts.

Jo Wiley performing at the Cambridge Club Festival

Quasar will be opening the main stage on Sunday, 9 June, ahead of music legends Chaka Khan, Gabrielle, Soul II Soul and Rebecca Ferguson.

Simon Fairclough, director of the CMP, said: “We’re beyond thrilled to see Quasar taking their music to one of the biggest stages in the region. This is the latest step in their very impressive development, and we wish them all the best with this major opportunity. We’d love to see some of their strong Cambridge fanbase supporting them at the Festival on Sunday.”

Thanks to generous support from The Cambridge Club Festival, Cambridge students are eligible for a 50% discount on tickets: enter CAMUNI50 when purchasing tickets through the festival’s FIXR Link.

Quasar’s sound combines jazz and R&B, with hip-hop covers and a solid rhythm section and sax. They are fronted by an experienced rap duo and talented lead singer.

The band has built a strong fanbase at numerous gigs over the last three years, headlining sold-out events such as Hip-Hop Society’s ‘Hip-Hop After Dark’ and Clare Jazz’s Ents nights. They have played at numerous May-Balls, opening for major acts Rudimental (2022) and Kelis (2023).