Elevate Your Experience: 2023 Music on The River in Cambridge

Punting Special Events


Cambridge, a city steeped in history and culture, comes alive in the summer with our series of enchanting events that celebrate the arts and the natural beauty of the River Cam. Among these were the 2023 Music on The River series which stands as a resounding testament to the power of music, drawing locals and visitors alike to intimate gigs like no other.

Cambridge Music Events

Imagine an evening where the mellifluous notes of live music intertwine with the gentle ripples of the River Cam. This picturesque scenario comes to life during our Music on The River events. Held in the heart of Cambridge, this series offers a breathtaking backdrop for musical performances that span genres and generations.

Meet the Artists that performed in 2023

The 2023 music events featured a stellar lineup of artists, each contributing their unique talents to create unforgettable moments on the river.


On August 11th, the ethereal voice of Georgia, a gifted singer-songwriter from Essex, graced our punts with her set. With a growing presence on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok, Georgia is making waves in the music scene. Her debut river performance was a testament to her artistry, blending covers and original compositions to create a soulful and intimate atmosphere. The audience was enchanted as her music filled the evening air, leaving a lingering sense of warmth and wonder.

Ukulele Simon

Returning by popular demand, ‘Ukulele Simon,’ also known as ‘that beatboxing Ukulele guy,’ took to our traditional punts on August 18th. Having previously wowed audiences in 2019 and 2022, his return was met with eager anticipation. Simon’s performance was nothing short of electrifying, characterised by his high-energy act that seamlessly transitioned between his ukulele and engaging the crowd in lively sing-alongs. Time seemed to slip away as his captivating melodies echoed along the riverbanks. Given the overwhelming response, it’s safe to say that Ukulele Simon will likely be a welcomed fixture in the years to come.


Making his debut on the river, ‘Imlac,’ a Scottish singer-songwriter, graced our punts with his evocative compositions. Imlac’s music, steeped in Americana folk influences, was amazing to witness with his distinct soothing raspiness of his voice, you could feel his love for both music and his roots. Before 2021, Imlac was a hidden gem in the music scene, known only to those fortunate enough to catch his live shows. However, that all changed with the release of his “Black Fire EP,” a musical revelation that garnered rave reviews and even earned airplay on BBC6. R’n’R magazine showered it with praise, propelling Imlac into the spotlight. We are so glad to have welcomed him on the river and his performance perfectly complemented the setting of the College Backs. 

Upcoming Event: Tasting on the Cam – Beer Extravaganza with BrewDog

Looking ahead, there’s another exciting event on the horizon that promises to be a sensory delight. On September 8th, we invite you to join us for ‘Tasting on the Cam,’ an exclusive beer tasting extravaganza in collaboration with world-renown BrewDog. This event is designed for beer enthusiasts and those looking to elevate their knowledge of this beloved beverage.

Picture yourself on a punt, gently gliding along the River Cam, as BrewDog’s expert representatives take you on a journey into the world of beer. Explore an exceptional selection of brews and delve into the art of beer-making, uncovering the brewing techniques that shape the flavours we cherish. As you sip on these remarkable beers, you’ll also have the opportunity to savour artisanal cheeses thoughtfully paired to complement the beer tasting experience.

Secure Your Spot:

Don’t miss out on this exclusive event that promises to be a symphony of flavours. Secure your spot now by booking online at the Traditional Punting Company’s Tastings on the Cam tour page. Whether you’re a seasoned beer connoisseur or simply looking for an enjoyable and informative evening on the river, ‘Tasting on the Cam‘ is an experience not to be missed. Elevate your senses, broaden your palate, and immerse yourself in the world of beer, all while enjoying the picturesque beauty of Cambridge’s college backs.

In 2023, Cambridge continues to be a hub of cultural and sensory experiences. Join us for our extraordinary special events, where music, nature, and flavours converge to create memories that will linger long after the summer sun sets.

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Discover Year-Round Punting Magic in Cambridge!

Punting in Cambridge isn’t just a seasonal delight; it’s a year-round treasure trove of unique experiences that promise to keep you captivated no matter the time of year. The Traditional Punting Company offers a diverse range of special events that transform your punting adventure into something truly magical. Other special events include:

May Ball Fireworks: In June, experience the sheer grandeur of the famous Cambridge May Ball Fireworks from the comfort of your punt. Glide along the River Cam as the sky bursts into a kaleidoscope of colors, reflecting on the tranquil waters.

Halloween Horrors: October brings a spooky twist to punting with our Halloween-themed tours. Venture into the eerie tales and legends of Cambridge’s haunted past. A hair-raising experience for the brave-hearted!

Christmas Scavenger Hunt and Punt: Celebrate the festive season with our Christmas Scavenger Hunt and Punt. Search for hidden treasures along the riverbanks, all while enjoying the enchanting winter scenery. It’s a merry adventure for the whole family!

And Much More: Throughout the year, our punting experiences evolve with the seasons. From romantic Valentine’s Day punts to Easter-themed adventures, there’s always something exciting happening on the river.

Cambridge punting remains the number one activity, offering an ever-changing tapestry of sights, sounds, and sensations. Whether it’s the vibrant hues of spring, the lazy days of summer, the crisp air of autumn, or the enchantment of winter, Cambridge punting is an experience that transcends time and season – and we can’t wait to welcome you on board.

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Posted on September 7th, 2023, by the Traditional Punting Company Editor