Situated on the outskirts of Cambridge but still within walking distance from the city centre, Cambridge Junction is well worth seeking out for live performances of all kinds. It sees itself as a regional cultural hub, as well as serving the city where it's based – and it's easy to see why audiences come from far afield. Music, comedy and club culture are its main focuses but the venue also hosts spoken word, theatre, dance and family events.
One of the keys to its versatility is the three different spaces which are housed at the venue. J1 is the biggest, providing a large performance space with room for audiences of up to 850, while J2 is a theatre with a capacity of 220. There's also J3, a multi-use space which is often used as a rehearsal room or for educational events and talks.
Big names from the music scene who have played at Cambridge Junction include Flaming Lips, Miles Kane, and The Cribs, while the venue also attracts top comedians such as Richard Herring, Robin Ince, Marcus Brigstocke and Shappi Khorsandi. Cambridge Junction also plays host to regular festivals, including Watch Out – which is described as Cambridge's festival of dangerous theatre – and the Cambridge Ska and Reggae Festival.
Cambridge Junction has two bars, including the J1 bar, which serves a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks. This opens at the same time as the doors, meaning you can refresh yourself before the show. There’s also a J2 bar, which opens one hour before the performance start time. It also serves alcoholic and soft drinks, alongside hot beverages and snacks. Their ales are all sourced from the local Moonshine Brewery, so come highly recommended.
If you want to enjoy a pre- or post-show meal, you’ll find that Cambridge Junction is conveniently situated next to Cambridge Leisure Park. Here you’ll find a whole range of popular eateries, including Bella Italia, Chiquito, Five Guys, Nines Global Buffet and Rocker’s Steakhouse.
When staying at one of our Cambridge hotels, you can drive to Cambridge Junction and use the multi-storey car park in Clifton Way, which is right next to the venue.
Unlike many other similar venues, Cambridge Junction is a charity and social enterprise. So if you pay a visit and you're impressed by what you see, you can make a donation towards developing its creative programme and providing learning opportunities for young people.