Everything you need to know about Cambridge's botanic garden music festival

Sounds Green at University Botanic Garden in Cambridge will fill the garden with music this summer
-Credit: (Image: © 2019 Martin Bond)

Summer is the best time of year to be in Cambridge, not only because of all the beautiful parks, but also for the festivals and events that fill them. And whilst everyone is familiar with the sight of Parker's Piece bustling with people over The Big Weekend, others may not realise that just down the road is a rather unique music festival.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden is one of the most well-known botanic gardens in the UK and a is a popular attraction in the city. It is home to many rare and interesting plants from around the world with a collection of more than 8,000 plant species.

And throughout July, the Botanic Garden will be filled with the sound of live music as the Sounds Green music festival makes its return.

Visitors are invited to bring a rug and a picnic and have a little boogie late into the evening. Open to everyone who loves music, the festival is one of a kind in the city. Find all the information you will need to know about Sounds Green below including when it is, how to get tickets and who will be performing.

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When is it?

Cambridge Botanic Gardens has over 8,000 species of plants
Cambridge Botanic Gardens has over 8,000 species of plants -Credit:Niamh Dann/CambsLive

Sounds Green runs every Wednesday evening from July 3 to 31. Each Wednesday, there will be a different performer to see.

Set on the Garden’s Main Lawn, visitors can relax and listen to live music from a variety of different artists. As it is July, here's to hoping the evenings will be warm and dry!

Open to all ages, music will start at 6.15pm and last approximately one hour. The garden will close at 8.30pm for an entire evening of music, dancing and fun.

Who will be performing?

There will be a variety of performers this year from brass and jazz to blues and even Brazilian music.

  • July 3: Prime Brass - local ensemble Prime Brass comprises a 12-strong band of trumpets, French horn, trombones, tuba and percussion.

  • July 10: Arun Ghosh Quintet - trademark Indo- Jazz. Cambridge Summer Music said he has a "passionate and dynamic performance style, and a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll spirit".

  • July 17: Hannah Horton - award-winning saxophonist and composer, bandleader, and successful recording artist

  • July 24: Mighty Like The Blues - Cambridge Summer Music said: "Featuring legendary guitarist Jim Mullen, Mighty Like The Blues explore the deep legacy of the blues with passion and intensity".

  • July 31: Cores Do Samba - Led by Brazilian singer Caru Lins, the group explores the infectious, rhythmic and uplifting music of Brazil

How to get tickets

All paying visitors should buy garden entrance tickets in advance via the Botanic Garden website, available for purchase from June. Tickets are the cost of normal Garden admission and include entry into the Garden from 10am.

Paying visitors are advised to book online for this event as tickets cannot be guaranteed on the gates. These cost £7.70 for adults. Children and students at University of Cambridge go free.

Online tickets can be purchased up until 5pm on the day of the event. Tickets may also be available on the gate, but this cannot be guaranteed.

Can I bring a picnic?

Picnics are welcome to the music festival and even encouraged. Food and drink will be provided by the Wandering Yak and The Garden Café. You can also buy some delicious ice creams by Jack’s Gelato.

Bring a rug or picnic chair with you to the concert and relax in beautiful surroundings of the city's most beautiful park to some amazing live music.