Don Airey booked for Cambridge Rock Festival charity gig

Don Airey at the Cambridge Rock Festival in 2012
Don Airey at the Cambridge Rock Festival in 2012
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This year’s annual Cambridge Rock Festival will include an extra evening on Wednesday, August 3 – “Addenbrooke’s Rocks!”.

This extra day will be in aid of the world famous hospital and run on the main stage at the CRF site. All ticket sale money will go straight to the hospital charity Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) to support patient care at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospital.

Celebrated acts are performing in this special concert during the hospitals’ 250th anniversary year to say thank you to Addenbrooke’s either for personal treatment or treatment a family member has received.

The evening will be headlined by Don Airey & Friends, with a heritage that includes Colosseum II, Ozzy Osborne, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Michael Schenker and now of course Deep Purple (plus many other luminaries of the rock world).

They will be supported by Fresh Cream, who are a band led by Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm and includes Will Johns, nephew of Eric Clapton, and they will play a fans’ tribute to Jack. The bill will be completed by Suffolk-based folk band The Broadside Boys.

Don Airey has fundraised for Addenbrooke’s since his son received treatment for a serious illness in 1992, and Malcolm Bruce is performing in thanks for the care his dad Jack received undergoing a liver transplant at Addenbrooke’s in 2003.

Tickets for this special separate event cost just £20 (which goes to the charity) but anyone with a CRF day or four-day ticket will be entitled to a discount – see the www.cambridgerockfestival website for details.

Camping is available adjacent to the CRF site at Haggis Farm Polo Club, Barton (yards from junction 12 of the M11), which is extended by a day for CRF ticket holders at no extra charge.

The festivities then continue through to Sunday night with a total of 100 bands on three undercover stages, including Focus, Jim Cregan & Co (Rod Stewart’s guitarist and co-songwriter), Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, Mostly Autumn, Hazel O’Connor, Curved Air, Purson, Pink Fairies, Atomic Rooster, Son Of Man + Deke Leonard, The Pure Floyd Show and more on the main stage, plus a dedicated blues stage and an acoustic/alternative stage. Full details on the website.