Kodiak Island single launch party and drama

The first ever Camberley International Festival nudges closer to its completion – folk-rock legends, Fairport Convention played a gorgeous set last night at the theatre.

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Tonight sees local psychedelic-folk band, Kodiak Island launch their new single ‘Spanish Steps’ at The Bear in Camberley. Just to show the level of attention that has gone into setting this festival up – the place Kodiak Island is famous for its bears, and the band Kodiak Island are part of the Musical Bear label and, yes, this is all taking place at The Bear pub- oh my word! 🙂

Here is ‘Spanish Steps’


Support comes from Skylephant and the fun kicks off at around 7:30 – this is another free fringe event and actually the last gig of the festival, so a party indeed. Get yourselves down there for some summer fun.

If live music isn’t your bag and you actually prefer a bit of interactive drama, there’s also two drama sessions taking place at Camberley Theatre.

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From 7:30 – 8:45pm local playwright Liz Lennie will be performing ‘Not In Our Town’.  This is the world premier of Liz’s latest play, a comedy written for radio.

A debate on terrorism in a Surrey town, not unlike Camberley, culminates in  some surprising multi-cultural bonds.

Scripts will be handed out on the night and small but significant parts will be available.

Anyone willing to give it a go can e mail Jo.Bartlett@surreyheath.gov.uk before 4pm today (June 9th) or simply make themselves available this evening.

After this, Frimley’s Brightlight Theatre will be presenting scenes and sketches from their recent performances from 9 – 11pm – again with a chance to join in.

And we’re off!

Today sees the start of the first ever Camberley International Festival with the magnificent Lau performing at Camberley Theatre and a sold out showing of ‘Dirty Dancing‘ on the roof of the multi-storey car park, (organised by our friends at Collectively Camberley).

In case you haven’t seen what else is in store over the next ten days, here’s our little promo film….

…and our beautiful little jpegs…

See you soon!

BBC Radio Berks and Guide2Surrey coverage

With only a couple of weeks to go until the festival kicks off on June 1st, we’ve had some great coverage from the Guide2Surrey people here

Plus there will be an interview with Jo, one of the festival organisers on BBC Radio Berkshire on the Introducing show talking about all the free events taking place on Saturday June 4th. Listen here  from 8pm tomorrow (Saturday 21st May)

One of the bands playing on this live extravaganza are the wonderful Sun Circus from Blackwater. Check out this excellent video and song, ‘Got That Feeling’


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C.I.F. Number 4 in Festivals this Summer!

We’ve had a couple of lovely bits of press over the last couple of days.  Firstly, Essential Surrey have put us at number 4 in their top 10 festivals this Summer.

Then Get Surrey have written this feature detailing CIF’s origins.

To celebrate, here’s a clip of Lau performing at the BBC Folk Awards in 2014 when they won Best Band (again!)

Don’t forget to use the ‘CIF’ coupon code when purchasing tickets to get your special festival £5 discount per ticket.




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Calling all spoken word and poetry enthusiasts!

‘Hammer & Tongue have reinvented the medium for the hip hop generation’ The Guardian

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 Camberley International Festival have invited nationally renowned poetry slam organisers, Hammer and Tongue to host an afternoon of spoken word and poetry in the bar at Camberley Theatre from 2pm on Saturday 4th June. The Sunday Times recently said, ‘The best live poetry is to be found at the Hammer and Tongue slams’.

The slam is open to all. Randomly appointed audiences-judges will decide who will progress towards the National Final at The Royal Albert Hall next year.

Each contestant gets three minutes for their original spoken word or poetry.

Special guests for the afternoon are Steve Larkin, himself a former International Slam Champion and named “the spoken-word guru” by the C.B.C. and Paula Varjack, a multi-media artist whom The List called “punchy & engaging” both will perform and host the afternoon.

Paula Varjack

The theatre bar will be open and along with tea and coffee will also be serving cocktails, locally-brewed craft ales, an excellent wine list and a great new menu of contemporary food and snacks. Come along and enjoy the afternoon, or get up and have a go!


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Anyone wishing to take part can email Steve Larkin at admin@hammerandtongue.com

This is a free event.