Hannah Lou Clark + Mammoth Penguins


Hannah Lou Clark is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist known for her own introspective indie rock, as well as for alt bands Arthur and Foe. Arthur was initiated in 2005 in Fleet, England by lead singer Clark and some of her schoolmates. She soon adopted the pseudonym Hannah Shark, a name she also used for early solo material. The teens self-released three EPs before disbanding in 2009, when Clark opted for the theatrical dance rock of her project Foe. The debut Foe EP, Hot New Trash, appeared in 2011, followed a year later by the full-length Bad Dream Hotline before Clark set out to record under her own name. She released the first Hannah Lou Clark EP, the sparser but still rock-buttressed Silent Type, in late 2014 on her and her sisters' Quatre Femme Records. She followed it with another EP, It's Your Love, in the spring of 2016.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 29 Mar 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tim Kasher (from Cursive, The Good Life) + Sh Davidson (from Tellison)


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"As the prolific leader of Cursive and The Good Life, Tim Kasher specializes in sardonic, literate lyrics that seldom flinch from brutally unflattering self-awareness. Over the course of Cursive's catalogue in particular, Kasher seems no more at home than when sinking his hooks into seething anguish, from the dissolution of his marriage (2000's Domestica) to the soul-sucking realities of life in a small town (2006's Happy Hollow). It speaks to his talent as a songwriter that Kasher can convert that into excellent music instead of insufferable material.

Considering his past, it's unsurprising that Kasher crafted his bleakest album when left to his own devices. The title of his solo debut gives it away: Kasher has frequently explored sexual politics, but here, he careens into some of the most uncomfortable places he's ever explored. Beneath the snappy hooks and horn melodies, Cold Love is a grim catalogue of a moribund relationship. A similar sound shrouds an especially discomfiting trip into his id, Bad, Bad Dreams. Other songs, like The Prodigal Husband and There Must Be Something I've Lost, have fewer accoutrements to soften the blows.

But it all works. Thirteen years and 11 albums into his career, it's never been more obvious that misery suits Tim Kasher. It'd be good if things improved for him, but not if it meant he'd have to stop writing such good songs." AV Club

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 30 Mar 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Jesus And Mary Chain


Like the Velvet Underground, their most obvious influence, the chart success of the Jesus and Mary Chain was virtually nonexistent, but their artistic impact was incalculable; quite simply, the British group made the world safe for white noise, orchestrating a sound dense in squalling feedback which served as an inspiration to everyone from My Bloody Valentine to Dinosaur Jr.

Though the supporting players drifted in and out of focus, the heart of the Mary Chain remained vocalists and guitarists William and Jim Reid, Scottish-born brothers heavily influenced not only by underground legends like the Velvets and the Stooges but also by the sonic grandeur and pop savvy of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson.

In the Jesus and Mary Chain, which the Reids formed outside of Glasgow in 1984 with bassist Douglas Hart and drummer Murray Dalglish (quickly replaced by Bobby Gillespie), these two polarized aesthetics converged; equal parts bubblegum and formless guitar distortion, their sound both celebrated pop conventions and thoroughly subverted them.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 3 Apr 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jesca Hoop


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Jesca has quite the growing collection of fans in high places: Tom Waits described her music as being "like a four sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night". Peter Gabriel took her to South America to sing with him, and in recent years she has been hand picked to play as support on tour for Eels, Andrew Bird, Punch Brothers and Elbow: Elbow's Guy Garvey even had her do a stint as guest presenter on his BBC radio show in early 2012, to great reception.

The follow up to 2009's critically acclaimed Hunting My Dress, this new record displays a striking duality: light and dark, head and heart, it juxtaposes the macabre and visceral with a disarmingly candid intimacy. The resulting combination is powerfully evocative, with overarching themes of biology, nature and humanity - Hoop's stone-turning observations are mired in the equal beauty and violence of a nature that, for her, is clearly red in tooth and claw.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 3 Apr 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hannah Peel + Red Red Eyes


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"Consistently, Peel has won praise for innovative deconstructions of popular tracks and experimental indulgences within her music. She's a connoisseur of fine music boxes not a common thing, most will agree but on Fabricstate, that idiosyncrasy, which piqued the attention of many, is (at least mostly) locked away. Instead, she welds together Juno synths, strings (of various styles), layered vocals and sampled 'found' percussion to create a kind of steampunk folktronica it's mechanical, futuristic to a degree, but frequently warm, organic and blessed by nature." The Line Of Best Fit


RRE specialise in understated retro futurism that brings to mind the likes of Broadcast. Essential.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 4 Apr 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Ferocious Dog + Adrian Nation

Under 18s are welcome when accompanied by an adult


Ferocious Dog are the new noise on the block and are surprising everyone with their rapid ascent. There is no way they're following any hipster templates fronted by a big burly man with a mohican who sings impassioned political songs of broken Britain whilst his band seethes like a punky Levellers they are the music business's worst nightmare a great band who are going to make it without anyone's permission. John Robb, Louder Than War

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 7 Apr 2017 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

The Wytches


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"The Wytches mesh of sound is the musical embodiment of sixties surf dressed in severe Halloween costumes, and their ability to turn such agitation into something that is, against all odds, listenable, is a testament to this band's grasp on their own sound." No Ripchord

"They never really embrace as much lyrical darkness as they did on their debut album, though, and they don't exactly reach for the occasional glimpse of light either. As a result, All Your Happy Life is a lightswitch that keeps awkwardly flickering, intentionally making the mise-en-scène as unsettling as possible." The Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 19 Apr 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Rusty Shackle


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Welsh indie-roots band Rusty Shackle have been tearing up stages including Cambridge Folk Festival since 2010. Brandishing their distinct folk-roots sound and armed with an electrifying mix of rampant fiddle, scorching electric guitars, pounding drums, searing trumpet and banjo, the band have built up a devoted fanbase with their captivating live shows.

Constantly evolving their sound, the band have released three albums over the last few years, each reaching the top 3 in the iTunes 'Alternative Folk/Singer Songwriter' charts. The songs are steeped in honest emotion and story telling and are born from the fires of Bruce Springsteen, Seth Lakeman, infused with the raw energy of Jack White and creativity of Tom Waits and mix it with everything in between.

Their new album DUSK takes their music into brave new areas, introducing an edginess and immediacy to their melody-driven folk credentials. DUSK trawls through the darker stations of the world whilst never forgetting to take in the lighter stops on the line.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 20 Apr 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Yonaka + Gurr


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Following on from a jam-packed and productive year - which started with the band forming, signing to BBC Radio 1 Phil Taggart's Hometown Records, playing over 30 shows and writing a hugely strong body of work - Brighton's Yonaka, are ready to make waves.

Last month Yonaka released their debut single 'Ignorance' through Hometown Records. The track debuted on Earmilk and you can stream it HERE. This follows their previous stripped rock-pop earful, 'Run', which was put online softly last year and garnered support from the likes of Clash and DIY, with DIY claiming it to be a giant opening gambit . Both 'Ignorance' and 'Run was also part of a limited run via record lovers 'Flying Vinyl' in their March Issue.

Yonaka's live shows have been cause for excitement having played four busy London club shows and a support tour with Killing Joke. The band have just completed their debut headline UK tour and will be playing a plethora of festivals this summer. Yonaka look set to truly be a band to watch.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 2 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tall Ships + Goldblume


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"...Essentially one huge build to a brief climactic high, it doesn't so much as seek a beat for more than two minutes but subtly evolves in its own time into a fractured shuffle before the Sigur Ros-esque delicate guitar line is overtaken by frenzied drumming being pushed along by pulses of underpinning, circulating synths that eventually take over and hint at Yeasayer's tribal electro before a huge uplifting group vocal breaks in, complementing rather than bursting the sonic build, before the component parts drift off into space." The Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 3 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets


"'X' is a gorgeous track musically and vocallyScarlet is a talented musician you must keep a keen eye on." RECORD OF THE DAY

"left us absolutely spellbound with her incredible voice"

"I loved the sentiment behind the track, the assured composition, and Scarlet's entirely gorgeous voice. I hate to be greedy, but more of this would make my day." AIMLESS SKYLARKING

Cambridge The Blue Moon, Sat, 6 May 2017 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Magic Gang + Abattoir Blues + Paris Youth Foundation


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The slacker-rock quartet have spun up a neat formula of chugging Weezer college rock and languid, lilting Mac Demarco guitar lines bound to get you singing along drunkenly into your mates face.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 8 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Rifles


The Rifles burst onto the UK music scene in 2006 with their attitude-laden debut 'No Love Lost'. Making heavy rock 'n' roll inspired by the likes of The Clash, Dylan and The Rolling Stones, the London four-piece cite influences as far reaching as The Smiths and The Streets, their sound is heavily sixties mod yet thoroughly modern. Sharp vocals, quick-witted songs, rolling guitars and a crucial hint of ska coming from their tighter than tight rhythm section make The Rifles the perfect London soundtrack.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 9 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sam Brookes


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Sam Brookes is a seasoned veteran of the live music circuit. Not your stereotypical 'folk bard ' his love of singing and performing has been evolving since his days as a chorister, singing for the Queen at her private Chapel in Great Windsor Park; add to this his training as a gilder and Sam already stands apart from his contemporaries.

His self titled release produced by Chris Hughes (Tears for Fears, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney) bought him recognition in the form of high profile support slots with Joan Armatrading, Ray Davies and Newton Faulkner; this combined with an entrepreneurial spirit and a close kinship with other musicians such as Lucy Rose, Pete Roe and Emily & The Woods has allowed his live and recorded sound to evolve in to a more powerful and provocative body of work. Thoughtful lyrics add poetry to his tracks, something that sets his work apart in an increasingly saturated area of music.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 9 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets



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Fresh off supporting Busted, Natives bring their melody drenched pop rock to Cambridge for a headline show.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 10 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Post War Glamour Girls


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Leeds' much loved post-punk quartet Post War Glamour Girls have announced details of their third album 'Swan Songs' which will be released on Hide & Seek Records on the 17th of April. 'Swan Songs', the follow up to 2015's acclaimed 'Feeling Strange' and their outstanding debut album, 2014's 'Pink Fur' is musically reminiscent of The Pixies and Wild Beasts with the dual vocals of James and Alice evocative of Mark E. Smith trading off against Kim Gordon.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 16 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles + Tom Lumley


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Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles are a four-piece band composed of Billy Bibby, Rob Jones, Matt Thomas, and Mike Pearce. This new musical venture fronted by singer-songwriter and founding Catfish and the Bottlemen lead guitarist Billy Bibby has been keeping busy in 2016 with the release of a debut EP, a follow-up single, and over 50 gigs and festival appearances including Focus Wales, Dot to Dot Manchester, Kendal Calling, Coastline, Blackfest, TFest, and Southsea Fest. In addition to building up a solid grassroots following through touring, the band has caught the attention of industry tastemakers such as Adam Walton of BBC Introducing Wales, Clint Boon, Phil Clifton, and Jo Good of Radio X, Tim Cocker of Virgin Radio UK, Jim Gellatly of Amazing Radio, NME, and over 100 other radio and media outlets in the UK and abroad.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 17 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Chris T-t: 20th Anniversary 'best Of' Uk Tour


***Please note there will be no bar, so bring your own refreshments. Please respect the church***

Chris is a long time friend of Green Mind, having played some of our earliest shows and many more times over the years. He's revisiting his extensive back catalogue, right back to his album Panic Attack At Sainsburys (featuring the nearly hit, Injured Popstars), so no matter what your favourite is, chances are he'll be playing it.

Cambridge Unitarian Church, Fri, 19 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Mad Mary


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Acoustic led, keyboard infused, harmony drenched pop rock from Cambridge.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 20 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dan Wilde + Jordan Mackampa + Kerry Devine


Under 18s welcome with an adult


engrossing and charismatic Folkwords

Dan Wilde has been performing his own brand of richly observant folk both in the UK and around the world for the past five years. And in that time, he's developed a growing fan-base and a reputation amongst those who know as a fantastic songwriting talent who without a doubt will deserve and demand your attention Eclectically Challenged


"Rising talent Jordan Mackampa has a fastidious approach to his art. Nothing is released until it is perfect, until it matches his own high standards - so new cut 'Open Arms' is just a bit special. A slice of folk, a dash of soul, Jordan Mackampa fuses a number of ingredients together to get a sound that is wonderfully fresh and new." Clash Music


Kerry has been gigging like mad over the last few years and has honed her craft beautifully. Introspective and haunting alternative folk.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 22 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets



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Garage rockers, Slydigs make their first visit to Cambridge. Expect blistering riffs and emphatic vocals

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 6 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets



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All you need to know: One of the best live bands on the planet. That's it.

"Once they started back in 1993, Melt-Banana have remained like an eye of a hurricane that's 10 times crazier than the hurricane itself. One of the core bands to emerge from the same roiling soup that birthed art-damaged titans such as the Flying Luttenbachers and the Locust, the female-fronted Japanese group added a few twists to the genetic makeup of 90s noise rock. Japan's own rich noise tradition was little more than a touchstone for Melt-Banana, and the group's cryptic otherness elevated it above its peers." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 7 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Joe Purdy


"Who Will be Next? sits in a tradition from Guthrie, Dylan and others, through Steve Earle up to today. Sits in that tradition, has its rightful place, is not shallow of intent but burns with conviction and a zeal for a better world. Sometimes songs should matter, sometimes they do matter. Joe Purdy matters. 9/10" Americana UK

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 9 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Whybirds


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The Whybirds are a four-piece rock 'n' roll band from Bedford, England.

All three members (Dave Banks, Ben Haswell and Luke Tuchscherer) are singer/songwriters - giving the group a diverse range of songs and vocal styles - but without straying from The Whybirds' sanguine brand of rock 'n' roll.

Classic Rock journalist Derek Oliver said: "The Whybirds have it all; songs, musicianship and a sense of maturity that most acts of this kind can't even comprehend. These guys are the real deal, you'll be hearing more of The Whybirds some time soon."

According to Americana UK, The Whybirds "...sound like Pearl Jam having a fist fight with The Allman Brothers in Don Henley's back yard. But what's more important is that The Whybirds might just be the hardest working and hardest rocking band in Britain right now - a band destined for greatness".

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 7 Jul 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Laura Gibson


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"She addresses transformation, loss, connection and apartness in literate, finely turned pop songs centred on her sweet, pellucid voice and filled out with dreamy loops and strings." Uncut

"The pace is unhurried, and Gibson offers a cathartic tale of loss and redemption, set against a gorgeous sonic backdrop. She sounds newly confident, invigorated, and free." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 24 Aug 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tom Robinson


Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. In 1977 their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and the band's debut album Power In The Darkness which went gold in the UK and Japan.

As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman. His 14th studio album Only The Now was released in 2015 featuring guests such as Billy Bragg, John Grant and Ian McKellen. Recent festival dates include Latitude, Green Man and headlining the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2016.

As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition his support for new music artists through BBC Introducing.

To mark the 40th anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway in October 2017, Tom will be performing performing his entire Power In The Darkness album on tour in the UK. His first two shows shows at London's legendary 100 Club sold out within 4 hours a third date has just been added. In 2017 Tom's incendiary live quartet features Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, Richard Ashcroft guitarist Adam Phillips and keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons plus Tom himself on bass and lead vocals.

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Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 12 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

John Otway


The living legend, the two hit wonder himself, Mr. John Otway makes a welcome return to The Portland for a night of Headbutts and being Really Free. Turn on the bunsen burner and BURN!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 13 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jolie Holland And Samantha Parton


Under 14s welcome with an accompanying adult

Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, the two original founders of The Be Good Tanyas, have joined forces once again to create a new band. This is the first time in fifteen years that the two have led a group together. Holland and Parton will be presenting fresh arrangements of Be Good Tanyas material, as well as songs from their separate catalogs. Their new project, as always, is a page from the big book of North Americana and outsider folk. Holland cherry picked three of her sweetest, juiciest bandmates as supporting musicians for this project: Stevie Weinstein-Foner, Jared Samuel and Adam Brisbin.

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 15 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Steven James Adams & The French Drops


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Former singer/songwriter with Cambridge's legendary Broken Family Band returns. In the wake of critically acclaimed solo album, 2016's intimate 'Old Magick', and several years of one man shows, Adams has a new band.

He's joined by Daniel Fordham and David Stewart, rhythm section with psych-folk oddballs The Drink, guitarist Michael Wood (Singing Adams/The Leaf Library/Hayman Kupa Band) and a rotating cast of guest musicians.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 21 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Lovely Eggs


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"First lines are important. A strong incipit should command attention instantly. But there are strong opening gambits, and then there's the brash hilarity of people are twats. Difficult to argue with, huh? The Lovely Eggs are That Sort Of Band.

Naturally, their splendidly oddball lyrics are the hook, incorporating subjects as universally important as obsessive worrying, crappy jobs and agreeing to another pint even though it's late and you're up early for work the next day. No-one likes a smartarse, of course, but these engagingly witty songs are packed full of enough punchlines and razor-sharp non-sequiturs to have Half Man Half Biscuit quaking in their Dukla Prague away kits. Like the Wirralian wonders, the Eggs are too clever and too damn good to be written off as a comedy act.

The music itself is pretty great, in any case. There are splashes of rickety old indie, a dash of US punk rock and even a whiff of cuddlecore bands like Cub, resulting in a sound that's frequently off-kilter yet never unsettling. Holly Ross' wide-eyed delivery helps, of course her insistent yelp on the garage rush of 'Don't Look At Me (I Don't Like It)' is more paint-stripper than polish, and weirdly beguiling with it.

The Lovely Eggs cut directly to the same part of your brain that knows that finding a forgotten fiver is better than spending a fortune, that Emo Philips is funnier than Bill Hicks, and that Shonen Knife understand pop music better than Kings Of Leon ever possibly can. They'll make you grin and laugh so hard that you'll spray every mouthful of beer over the back of whoever's unfortunate enough to stand in front of you, before that guy turns round, nods in understanding and cackles right back atcha. Not convinced? Hey, every story's gotta start somewhere." The Fly

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 30 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Martin Simpson


Please note there will be no bar. Please bring your own refreshments.

One of the best acoustic, finger-style guitarists in the world and a multi-award winning artist, including 6 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Martin has worked with Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Steve Miller, Richard Hawley, June Tabor, Martin Taylor and more

Cambridge St Phillip's Church, Thu, 9 Nov 2017 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Uk Subs


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Back for their yearly visit to The Portland, punk legends UK Subs are always vital and always superb. See you down the front!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets