Here we print some of the comments we have since received about our stage and area.
Thank you so much for all your hard work organising the Love Music, Hate Racism stage yesterday. Alfie & his band had a phenomenal time! It was a great opportunity to play out of doors in that setting! The stage looked really amazing - you had gone to so much trouble!
Alfie really enjoyed it - a great experience & opportunity for them all! The standard of the bands was very high.
Really hope you raised some good funds for the convoy to Calais!
Bridget K, mother of Alfie, 12, When the Sun Sleeps
"The Love Music, Hate Racism stage gave us a great starting opportunity for our band and a platform to build on for future gigs. Mr Rose was extremely helpful and it was a great experience!"
Alfie, 12, guitar and vocals, "When the Sun Sleeps"
Thanks so much for organising for the boys from "When the Sun Sleeps" to play at Strawberry Fair today. They really enjoyed it and we'd like to thank you for all the effort you went to for them
I've been going to the fair for over a decade and have been fortunate enough to play a few sets on the odd occasion. I have to say that the LMHR stage was brilliant. Offered the vibe the fair has always emitted - open, tolerant and friendly. Highly recommended. Thanks for having me!
Thanks ever so much for organising it and giving the boys the opportunity to play - it is much appreciated! Thanks for the photos too.
We had a lot of fun playing the Love Music Hate Racism stage and it was all for a great cause. The atmosphere was buzzing; many passers by stopped to watch. The quality of all the acts who appeared on the stage was extremely high, as was stage management. Although the stage was small, the gig was still fun to play - it felt very intimate and enchanting. The stage was a worthy competitor to the larger stages around. Overall, the experience was very enjoyable and we believe that the stage and others like it are an essential part of Strawberry fair.
Thank you so much for putting together another fantastic gig at the 'Love Music Hate Racism' stage this year at the Strawberry Fair. I know that Johnnie really appreciated this chance to perform with his band, and I really enjoyed cheering him on. This is a really important opportunity for all the young musicians perform and share their passion and talent for music. I hope to see the same again next year!
Alex, mother of Johnnie, 13, The Batts
We really enjoy playing on the Love Music Hate Racism stage at the Strawberry Fair. It gives us and other emerging bands an opportunity to show off our musical abilities and participate in what is a great festival. We think that Love Music Hate Racism is a great message and has a important presence at the Strawberry Fair.
Thanks a lot for giving us the opportunity to play, we really appreciate it.
Can't wait to play next year!
Eternal Remedy, aged 12-13
Thanks again for allowing us to play! We always enjoy the Strawberry Fair.
The Under 18s stage was packed with energy and originality. The swift change over from one act to the next added to the incredible sense of getting quality and variety within a short space of time. The cause helping to raise the profile for refugees was admirable and we all felt really glad to be a part of this. For the bands involved being a part of this thriving group of teenagers allows them to cross over and watch each others acts and to get to know and support each other. Its also a chance for Under 18s at the Fair to engage with bands of their own age and to feel a part of the Under 18 Cambridge music scene, broadening their musical taste to include more alternative, punk, and Indie rock. It was a great experience and a very memorable one many thanks to Richard Rose for putting it all together.
Thank you to you for all the hard work that you put into supporting
these young bands and the LMHR stage at Strawberry fair . Without this
confidence boost and enthusiasm i am sure it would be a lot harder for
them to feel relaxed and in a position to express their talents . They
are the future of the independent live music scene.
It was our first gig and it felt great to be on the stage at Strawberry Fair. . We'd love to play there again next year.
Joe Smith, 12, of When the Sun Sleeps
I very much enjoyed playing at Strawberry Fair on the Love Music Hate Racism stage. It was for such a good cause and I strongly believe in it. To play on stage in front of many people was a fantastic experience and our first outdoor gig. Richard put so much work into supporting us and his love for music is clear to everyone. We are very grateful to have played on this stage and the atmosphere was electric!
Lewis, Deep City
Well I personally thought that when the opportunity to play at the stage was a great way, not only to get our music heard on a fun and chilled out platform, but it was also a really good way to reflect on how there's a whole lot that can be done in the name of good by playing on a stage such as this which promotes such a positive message, and to be a part of that is always good opportunity and always a fun way to spend an afternoon.
It was great to have our Palestine Solidarity stall at Strawberry Fair
this year and we would like to thank the organisers for giving us this
A number of people signed a petition calling on HP to
withdraw support for security equipment which is used to stop the free
movement of Palestinians living in the West Bank. We also sold Palestinian
T-shirts and Zatoun goods which support Palestinian producers.
Bridget, mum of Alfie of "When the Sun Sleeps"
It was good to speak with new people at the very first CAMomentum stall at Strawberry Fair. We were able to discuss Momentums aims with some who knew little about it, as well as meeting a number of Momentum members from other parts of the country interested in sharing experiences. A Corbyn supporter from Wales was particularly keen to discuss how the movement is developing and whats likely to happen next. We had very positive reactions from the people we spoke to, with many signing up to keep in touch with the local group. Its not often that you get the chance to combine campaign work with relaxation but the sun came out and everyone was able to enjoy some fantastic afternoon music from young performers at the LMHR stage opposite. All in all a great experience. Thanks so much to the LMHR crew for organising.
Pix by Rosey and Christine - many more here
Thanks to all the bands who played, the campigners who campaigned, those who donated to the convoy, the audiences who supported the acts, all the stewards and crew, and of course the incredible organisers of Strawberry fair for making this all possible.