REVIEW: Nelly and Kano top the bill as blossoming Strawberries & Creem Festival is a hit again

Hip-hop star Nelly entertained 5,000 festival goers at Strawberries & Creem Festival at Haggis Farm

Hip-hop star Nelly entertained 5,000 festival goers at Strawberries & Creem Festival at Haggis Farm in Barton on Saturday. - Credit: Archant

Cambridge is a city steeped in history. Known for its meandering lanes, glorious architecture and celebrated academics; it’s perhaps the last place you’d expect to find 5,000 grime lovers on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

But, last weekend, that’s exactly how many revellers descended on the fields of Haggis Farm just outside the city for burgeoning festival, Strawberries & Creem, and they were treated to almost 12 hours of grime, reggae, drum and bass and everything in between.

Now in its third year, the festival boasted its strongest line-up yet across three stages, featuring hip-hop star Nelly, grime guru Kano and reggae master David Rodigan, as well as viral sensation Big Narstie and ‘All My Friends’ hit makers, Snakehips.

Belting out a mixture of classics and new material from hit album, Made in the Manor, Kano drew a big crowd early on in the afternoon on the main stage, but it wasn’t until 5pm – and the arrival of Nelly – that the party really got started.

The 41-year-old (I know, right) took me – and thousands of others, I’m sure – back to their teenage years with hits Hot in Herre, Dilemma and Ride Wit’ Me during his brief but energetic set.


You may also want to watch:


As well as packed bill of musical treats, Strawberries & Creem offered a whole host of edible joys too, including Steak & Honour, Fired Up Pizza and the Great British Sausage Company, which kept party-goers fed and watered over the course of the one-day bash.

Grime kingpins D Double E and Big Narstie kept things ticking over nicely in the early evening, before fans congregated infront of the giant cinema screen to take in England’s 1-1 draw with Russia. A nice touch – shame about the result.

Most Read

Legendary DJ David Rodigan and urban collective Kurupt FM kept the crowds dancing up until 11pm on a day that proved to be a huge success for the festival’s young organisers.

My mates and I can’t even organise a night down the pub, so credit must go to this cluster of 20-somethings for putting on a festival that is destined for bigger and better things.

How would I sum up Strawberries & Creem Festival in three words? Watch this space.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter