Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, and Nile Rodgers will all feature at the Cambridge Club Festival in June 2022Wikimedia Commons

Diana Ross and Lionel Richie to headline the Cambridge Club Festival 2022

R&B legends Diana Ross and Lionel Richie will headline the Cambridge Club Festival next June.

Diana Ross was the lead singer of the Supremes, who remain the best-charting female band in history with such classics as “Baby Love,” “Stop! In The Name Of Love,” and “Come See About Me.” She will also perform at Glastonbury later in June 2022.

Lionel Richie enjoyed immense success in the 1970s with the Commodores, creating funk hits such as “Easy” and “Brick House”; the 1980s saw him record his biggest triumph, a duet with Ross, “Endless Love.”

Nile Rodgers and Chic will also be performing at the festival. Rodgers has written, produced, and performed on some of the greatest records of the past 50 years, including Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”

William Young, the festival’s Managing Director said that these “iconic artists” were “some of the dream names on our list” of potential performers and admitted to be “absolutely blown away to be able to announce them.”

Ticket sales open today, Friday 9th November. Day passes start from £60, weekend tickets from £155.

The North Pole to return on Parker’s Piece

Planning permission was granted by Cambridge city council last Wednesday (03/11) for the North Pole, the winter festive fair on Parker’s Piece, to go ahead this year.

The North Pole has taken place in Cambridge for most years since 2007 but was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In its return this year, Parker’s Piece will be home to a 36-metre-high ferris wheel, a Christmas market, and an ice rink. The winter fair will run from 19th November 2021 to 3rd January 2022.

The news of the North Pole’s return has not come without controversy, however. Concerns over its long-term impact on one of Cambridge’s best-known green commons have led to over 50 objections being sent to the council.

2022 Cambridge Blues Naked Calendar announced

The publication of the 2022 edition of the annual RAG Cambridge Blues Naked Calendar has been announced.

RAG, the largest student-led charitable organisation at the university, enjoyed success with the 2017, 2019, and 2021 editions of the calendar. This year, nearly 80 Blues athletes are featured posing in locations across the city.

The calendar will contain thirteen photos, and locations this year include Churchill College and the University Sports Centre and Gym.

All profits from purchases of the RAG calendar will go to Jimmy’s Cambridge, Student Minds, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Rainforest Trust. The 2022 edition will be released on Friday (12/11).

Cambridge academic wins prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations

Cambridge historian of international political thought Dr Mira Siegelberg has won the 2022 Francesco Guicciardini Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations.

The Francesco Guicciardini Prize, named after the Italian historian and statesman Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540), is an annual award given by the International Studies Association.

Dr Siegelberg’s book, ‘Statelessness: A Modern History’, published in 2020 by Harvard University Press, was described as a “compelling, multi-layered exploration of the emergence of statelessness as a mass phenomenon during the interwar years” which “makes a forceful case for the need to reframe the way we think about refugees and stateless persons today” by the award committee.