Sean Mcgowan

Raised on a diet of The Clash, The Jam, Specials, Billy Bragg and other such politically-charged, punk-ignited British pop, Southampton-born troubadour Seán McGowan had been playing up and down the UK for five years, and DIY released two EPs (given away / sold on a pay what you want basis at shows), before catching the ears of the music industry at 2013's Great Escape festival.

An appearances on Billy Bragg's Left Field stage at Glastonbury that year saw Seán exposed to his biggest audience yet, and touring / playing shows with artists the likes of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, The Rifles, Beans On Toast and Frank Turner.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 20 Feb 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Green Mind 18th Birthday: October Drift + Deep City + Special Guests

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Green Mind turns 18s this February and we've booked a stonking month of shows featuring some of our favourite bands, but for the main event we've done what we've always done and picked some of the hottest new bands to help us celebrate.

October Drift played for us in June of 2018 and blew us away. Massive walls of guitar, influenced by Mogwai as much as Joy Division, blended with introspective lyrics and earthy vocals.

Deep City play tropical pop influenced by the likes of The 1975 and Little Comets.

More acts to be announced.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 23 Feb 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets


Sometimes you just have to rip it up and start again. Come early 2017, Fatherson comprised of vocalist/guitarist Ross Leighton bassist Marc Strain and drummer Greg Walkinshaw found themselves at a turning point. Digging up their roots and decanting to a new studio home in Glasgow, they longed for a change. Sum Of All Your Parts (out September 14th via Easy Life Records) is the result, and their most assured record to date.
Forming in Kilmarnock, Scotland, in early 2010, Fatherson immediately captured hearts with their raw, honest alt-rock sound. Inspired by Scottish stoicism as much as their own personal turmoil, debut album I Am An Island and its 2016 follow-up Open Book were masterclasses in full-throttle rock songwriting, and garnered support from (and tours alongside) their north-of-the-border brethren in Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit, Idlewild and Twin Atlantic, as well as further runs alongside the likes of Kings Of Leon, Augustines, Enter Shikari and more.

Bedford Esquires, Wed, 27 Feb 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

She Drew The Gun

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"A voice for the voiceless, Louisa Roacher's lyricism is poignant and powerful as she offers a critique on social norms and government actions, her words lifted higher by zero-gravity synth lines and psychedelic splashes of guitar. Spoken-word that borders on rap at times, Roacher performs poetry that challenges the status quo to create a sonic revolution; how can one be free whilst one lives in pain, she defiantly sings." Clash Magazine

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 6 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

The 55 + The Black Cortinas + The Lost Volts

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The 55 channel early 00s indie rock like The Futureheads, Bloc Party and more into new and exciting shapes

The Black Cortinas play energetic early 90s infused grunge.

The Lost Volts play rowdy indie in the vein of The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys et al.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 8 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Our Girl

"Our Girl have released their debut album Stranger Today. This is a record that has been rumoured for a while and had a load of hype levelled at it. But it not only lives up to it, but it surpasses it. This is even more impressive considering that the band doesn't have a lot of time to write, practice and record as other bands, see above; jobs and life get in the way of the creative process.

Stranger Today opens with 'Our Girl'. After a psych influenced intro, a blistering guitar and tight rhythm section courtesy of Lauren Wilson and Josh Tyler explodes from the speakers. As the song winds and skews you are gently pulled in to the band's skew-whiff and fuzzy world view. 'Being Around' is up next, chugging guitars and husky vocals are the order of the day before, possible, the guitar riff of the album erupts, shaking the song to its core.

'In My Head' follows suit with its baggy rhythms and huge sing-a-long chorus, and faster and faster outro. 'I Really Like It' is the first indication that Our Girl can write pop infused songs with its catchy verse/chorus/verse set-up and a captivating guitar riff to boot.

The real power of Stranger Today is the connection between Nathan and her guitar. At times they are pulling against each other. Nathan croons softly and gently, while it sounds like she's torturing her instrument and effects pedals. Then a moment later, they are both in unison and everything around you loses perspective and fades into background. This is evident in 'Josephine'. The vocals are emotive and visceral, and the guitar matches, until its elongated and lurid outro starts up. This feels like a classic end of album wig out, but you then realise its only track five, and there are six more left. You immediately question, and get excited about, what's still to come.

Each track hits you like a beautiful wave. As the songs build, their current pulls you under; if they want to pummel you, there is very little you can do. If they want to give you a slightly melodic respite to catch your breath, 'Level' and 'Sub Rosa', then you just go with it. 'Two Life' features one of the stand out moments on 'Stranger Today'. A hypnotic riff builds and builds until it's an all-consuming beast."

Cambridge Unitarian Church, Sat, 9 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Bluetones

Mark Morriss and the boys continue to go from strength to strength twenty years on. They appeared just as the Britpop boom was waning - which helped in getting their debut album 'Expecting To Fly' to the top slot in the UK charts. Musically, they endorse a tight but lithe sound, with a nod towards psychedelia, that falls somewhere between The Stone Roses, classic pop and a little touch of Oasis swagger.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 13 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jack Lukeman

The most magnificent and enigmatic of performers. Edinburgh Spotlight Magazine Scotland

Jack Lukeman is an Irish singer-songwriter, performer, raconteur and a whole lot more besides. A platinum-selling, critically acclaimed artist in his homeland, in recent years Lukeman has devoted more of his time to winning a growing fanbase in the UK and abroad. In this regard, he has toured the UK as Special Guest on tours by artists as varied as Imelda May, Jools Holland, The Proclaimers and Neil Sedaka, and is currently promoting Magic Days, his latest album of idiosyncratic original songs. Lukeman is a compelling, dazzling stage performer. Incorporating the theatrical and romantic sensibilities of the likes of Jacques Brel, but with genuine melodic appeal and a knack for creating his own 'magic realist' world that is peopled by all manner of unusual, picaresque characters, Lukeman is a rare, unusual brand of performer.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 14 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Kristin Hersh (full Band)

In lieu of a Throwing Muses tour we have the next best thing, with her touring band featuring Fred Abong (Throwing Muses/Belly) and Rob Ahlers (50FTWAVE)

Throwing Muses' lynchpin, Kristin Hersh's prolific career has seen her heralded queen of the alternative release. Her tenth studio album, 'Possible Dust Clouds' is a highly personalised sociopathic gem delivered as a futuristic rewriting of how music works, a melodious breeze with a tail wind of venomous din.

Enveloping the juxtaposition of the concept of 'dark sunshine', a brooding solo record created with friends to expand her off-kilter sonic vision; a squally, squeaky mix of discordant beauty. Feedback and phasing gyrate from simply strummed normality, imagine Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine cranking up a Dylan couplet. 'Possible Dust Clouds' is a glorious return to form for one of alternative rock's true innovators.

She's still as powerful a presence as she ever was. Pitchfork

The prodigious output and commitment to quality is pretty staggering, but then Kristin Hersh is a very, very special musician. The Quietus

Throwing Muses became a byword for college-rock feminism in the late 80s, largely because of Hersh's uncompromising impressionist poetry of emotional anguish, subjugated womanhood and mental illness. The Guardian

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 14 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dub Pistols

One of the hardest working bands in showbusiness, Barry Ashworth and his motley crew have added a much-needed swagger to the UK dance scene in recent years and new album 'Crazy Diamonds' finds the band at their uncontrollable, bass-driven best.

A rampant mix of dub, reggae, ska, punk, breaks, beats and drum 'n' bass, the album is a full-on dub-quaking extravaganza, built for big fields and summer sound systems. It also happens to feature some of the biggest names in the game including Dancehall dons Beenie Man and Cutty Ranks, reggae singer Earl Sixteen, hip-hop act Too Many T's, seminal MCs Navigator and the Ragga Twins, and long-time collaborator Lindy Layton.

Tracks like killer new single 'Crazy Diamonds' (ft. Too Many T's) or summer-anthem-in-making, 'Rise Up' (ft. Earl Sixteen and Navigator), prove that the Pistols are one of the best around at rockin' the joint. This is futuristic skank, complete with blazing horns, brazen brass and epic drums and bass.

Proudly working class as a band, the Dub Pistols have been tearing up venues and festivals throughout their career. Inspired by the Second Summer of Love, the band were founded by ubiquitous Londoner Barry Ashworth in 1996 and have been at the forefront of beats culture ever since.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 16 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Wave Pictures

"This cult Leicestershire-formed trio don't make things easy for themselves. Having previously recorded on vintage analogue equipment or with one microphone and no mixing, this time they went into the studio with no music, only frontman David Tattersall's lyrics. Everything was improvised and put down in one take. In a comical tour de force, the band recorded while drunk, believing that this would make them more relaxed.

If this kind of behaviour has echoes of Mark E Smith's or Captain Beefheart's , they've pulled it off, presumably by being competent musicians who display the intuitive playing of a jazz band. Brushes stroke, snares fizz and toms rumble, the violin is used sparingly but perfectly and songwriting evolves organically. Tattersall's supremely pensive guitar playing is the glue that holds it all together, making for dreamlike music. A fan of Jonathan Richman and Lou Reed, he takes a literary approach to songs that unfold from simple scenes an abandoned suitcase, or a baby's shoe left on a sandy beach with vivid turns of phrase (waving to the waving sunflowers). The harmonica-blasting single, , tells of a cursed man who is worth visiting just to sit and listen and is the closest they get to straightforward blues.

Elsewhere, Tattersall's phrasing has something of Patti Smith and his occasional animalistic cries echo Iggy Pop's in Gimme Danger. The hazy, literary reverie can start to sound samey, but the Waves are certainly ploughing a unique furrow." The Guardian

Norwich Green Mind @ Norwich Waterfront Studio, Thu, 21 Mar 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets


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Bodega released their debut album Endless Scroll earlier this year to rave reviews from the likes of Observer, Guardian, Independent, Financial Times, The Times, DIY, Uncut and more. Recalling the rich history of New York's musical heritage whilst keeping its sight on the future, Endless Scroll revitalizes the rock and roll vocabulary under the influence of post punk, contemporary pop, hip-hop, kraut rock, and folk-derived narrative songwriting.

Endless Scroll was recorded and produced by Austin Brown (Parquet Courts) on the same Tascam 388 tape machine used for their LP Light Up Gold.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 27 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT


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Drenge's new album, Strange Creatures, produced by longtime collaborator Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A, The Fall)comes out on Feb 22nd. The follow up to their critically acclaimed albums Drenge (2013) and Undertow (2015), as well as this year's Autonomy EP, Strange Creatures includes the singles 'This Dance' and 'Autonomy', and was recorded in Sheffield at McCall Sound earlier this year.

The album was made after months of chiselling away, ripping themes and ideas apart, and sewing them back together, and is described by the band as the most considered record we have ever made. To coincide with the release of the new album, Drenge have announced a UK tour for spring 2019 including a Cambridge date.

Speaking about the new album, the band say It's a nocturnal record. A psychological horror movie on wax. Warped hallucinations from mundane observations as you move through it. Is that a school or a skyscraper on fire in the distance? Or maybe it's just the ski village? You drive nearer, past roadside diners jammed with dancing teenagers, through Uncanny Valley, past the most unhygienic nightclub in the world. The stereo sounds like it's going to fall apart at any moment. The car judders to a halt and all you can hear is the sound of the sea.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 1 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Penelope Isles

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Hailing from the Isle of Man, Penelope Isles is the sounds of Jack and Lily Wolter, with the help of friends Becky Redford and Jack Sowton. Currently based between Brighton and Cornwall, the band perform melodic fuzz pop with dynamics that will transfix and satisfy. Hypnotic, chiming bedroom pop music. For the lovers of Radiohead, The Magic Numbers and Deerhunter.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 3 Apr 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Dream State

A five piece, female fronted, alt-rock / post hardcore band from south Wales who formed at the end of 2017. Sparking glowing comparisons to Emarosa and A Day To Remember, Dream State strike you with hard hitting vocals, powerful guitars, and earnest emotion.

Peterborough The Met Lounge, Wed, 3 Apr 2019 at 7:45pm buy tickets


Piroshka is the Hungarian for Little Red Riding Hood, and
gives a subtle nod to a certain red hairdo that stood out in the 1990s Brit-guitar-pop scene. It's also the alter ego of four notable talents - Miki Berenyi (Lush), KJ 'Moose' McKillop (Moose), Mick Conroy (Modern English) and Justin Welch (Elastica).

Making gorgeous bittersweet, euphoric pop that is much more than the sum of the four parts, Piroshka's music combines physical force with sublime delicacy and lyrics that reflect the brutal times we are currently living under. The band will be making their live debut in November 2018.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 5 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tom Williams

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"He has released four albums as Tom Williams & the Boat but for his fifth, the Hastings troubadour has dropped his anchor, come ashore and is suddenly riding a quickening hype-wave, under his own name. The vintage pop-rock of All Change was recorded between classes with a student-backed band while he was artist-in-residence at Leeds Beckett University but its orchestral flourishes and even, on the track What a Shame, bursts of choir alongside an eerie organ, make it sound expensive and epic. Stylistically, Williams swings from Damien Rice acoustica on Sometimes to a whorl of psychedelic Radiohead on the refugee crisis-inspired Everyone Needs a Home, while nailing Oasis's knack for pop songwriting. Better, though, is the monster, bourbon-laced riffage on Little Bird, as if latter-day Arctic Monkeys had done the Twin Peaks soundtrack, and the throaty urgency of Higher Place. Next year's Brits critics' choice award is surely his." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 7 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Xcerts

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Searing Scottish indie band making heavy soul-fuelled rock influenced by the likes of The Smiths and The Clash. With a punky, psychedelic feel to their music, The Xcerts sound is both truly original and consistently passionate. Expect fervent live shows and arena-sized tunes.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 8 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

"The pig has several connotations. Most civilisations and cultures have seen them as arbiters of fertility, virility, strength and abundance. The Buddhist tradition swings the other way, seeing the pig as ignorant, illusory, greedy, lustful. Other religions see them as unclean. Then there is the Celtic fable of Manannan, who owned a herd of pigs that never dwindled they were forever replenishing their numbers.

I could go on. The point is that the pig is multifaceted and almost indefinable a shifting construct for people to hang their hopes and fears on. It is also a heave bag of flesh that wallows in mud and s*** all day until taken to the slaughterhouse. A myriad of strong, indelible, contradictory images, fit for a Newcastle heavy psych band that can't reign in their swine (although they have reined in members of likeminded noisemongers Khunnt and Blown Out)." The Quietus

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 9 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Cc Smugglers

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There are buskers that will make you cry, they're so good, according to cult Americana artist Andrew Bird. And then there are buskers that will take you to a place where sound and energy merge to create a kind of spiritual ecstasy, a joyful affirmation of life itself. CC Smugglers, who have made the transition from the street to the stage with consummate ease and considerable acclaim, exemplify the latter, and then some.
The band from Bedfordshire started out as guerrilla buskers, hijacking queues waiting to see other artists, or commandeering underground trains and escalators.

They got their big break by playing outside every UK tour date of the two-time Grammy Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show. Not even a severed artery on his finger could stop frontman Richie Prynne he delayed surgery to lead the six-piece on the audacious escapade. So impressed were the Old Crow Medicine Show they invited them to share their platform on the remaining dates.

It was Richie who formed the band after busking alone for some years as a teenager. He enlisted the help of Dan Edwards (double bass) Ryan Thomas (lead guitar) and Sam Barrett (rhythm guitar and fiddle) who formed the Bedfordshire contingent of the band for several years. They were joined 18 months ago Joel Barford (drums) and more recently by Tom Seals (keys) both accomplished young jazz players their influences have really allowed us to explore more contemporary challenging arrangements said Richie.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 12 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Luke Sital-singh

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'The Last Day' is the breathtaking new single from Luke Sital-Singh, available to stream and download now. A heart-wrenchingly poignant yet life affirming imagining of his last day alive, it's a song that masterfully crafts hope and light out of the embracing of mortality.

I had no intention of writing another song about death, Luke says. I guess that's just the happy fun-time guy that I am. I like how a song about the end is coming out first. Putting everything in perspective again as a new phase begins."

The exquisite animated video for 'The Last Day' was directed by Uncle Ginger, who say: As fans of Luke's music and approach to songwriting, we were delighted to be asked to create an animation for Luke Sital-Singh. Our animation visually reflects the beautiful narrative woven by Luke's lyrics, whilst echoing the intimacy, honesty and tenderness of The Last Day.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 15 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind

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Following on from their critically acclaimed debut album, Super Natural, Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind has announced details of its hotly anticipated follow-up, CollectiV, and a UK tour. The single, Sex Robot, will precede both.

Released on 08 March 2019 on Ma§onic Records via Cargo, CollectiV is a veritable sonic feast. Made from only the finest ingredients including rock'n'roll, chain gang chants, mutant soul and gospel, as well as the band's own heavy lounge, this is the best release yet from singer Jim Jones, whose career has seen him front the legendary bands Thee Hypnotics, Black Moses and The Jim Jones Revue.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 17 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets


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DIY praised female fronted, 4 piece, alt rock / indie pop band, BLOXX are known to fuse grungy undertones with classic indie-influenced melodies to create their unique, yet comfortably familiar sound which is most evident within their live shows.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 19 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dawn (formerly Dawn Richard)

DAWN (formerly Dawn Richard, D∆WN) is one of music's most distinctive voices and songwriters, developing her own unique style through a tirelessly independent route.

After cutting her teeth as part of the girl group Danity Kane and the quietly-influential r&b project Dirty Money, DAWN went solo in 2011, building her own self-made infrastructure and honing a style of r&b that she describes as genderless, colourless and genreless. DAWN went on to release the critically acclaimed album trilogy of Goldenheart, Blackheart and Redemption. The trilogy, inspired by everything from experimental electronic music to mythology, garnered her praise in the NY Times, FACT, NME, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and many more, while Blackheart reached #2 in the Billboard Dance charts.

Following eighteen months focused on touring Redemption and collaborating - she featured on Dirty Projectors' 2017 hit single Cool Your Heart, as well as tracks from Kimbra, Jimmy Edgar and Mumdance - DAWN returns this winter with new breed, a new full-length project that sees her return to her birthplace of New Orleans both musically and spiritually, drawing from the city's rich musical heritage and traditions as well almost two decades of experience as a black independent woman in the music industry.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 21 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Malena Zavala

"Malena Zavala's debut album is a transcendental dream in musical form: Aliso immerses listeners in lush lullabyes and sweetly haunting tapestries of sound that blur the lines between fantasy and reality, allowing us to revel in the alluring haze between asleep and awake." Atwood Magazine

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Thu, 25 Apr 2019 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Martin Simpson

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Seated concert

Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson's interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. His own song writing has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic Love Never Dies, to the profoundly moving Never Any Good. His career includes collaborations on stage and record with June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon and many more. Simpson is a very regular nominee in the BBC Folk Awards and received Musician of the Year in 2002 and 2005.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 27 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Murray A Lightburn

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"as if Brian Wilson had borrowed [Curtis] Mayfield and the Impressions for the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. Rolling Stone

MURRAY A. LIGHTBURN is a composer, musician, performer and music producer. He is best known as the lead singer and principal songwriter of internationally-known Montreal chamber rock band, The Dears.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 28 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets


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Glasgow two-piece Honeyblood have a sound that has been described as 'slacker-grunge-garage-rock', but members Stina Tweeddale (vocals/guitar) and Shona McVicar (drums) prefer to call it 'crunch-pop'. Their sound has drawn comparisons to recent favourites Best Coast and Frankie Rose, along with hints of 90's female guitar heroes the Breeders and Throwing Muses. Since tumbling onto the Glasgow music scene in 2012, the duo have since signed to the FatCat label, home of The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit and We Were Promised Jetpacks.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 1 May 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Just Tom And Pete

Just Tom and Pete' is the spoilt and drunk man child of Cambridgeshire friends Tom Copson and Pete Robbins. Their music began in 2009 when they started jovially playing R&B tunes to mates in the pubs they drank in. Perfecting the art of putting their own unique spin on some of the worlds best known songs, they have performed in Australia, USA, Europe and the seas in between. Using only a cajon, a guitar, and their voices, audiences are often shocked at the depth of sound they can find as a pair. Fresh from supporting Rockgrass pioneers Hayseed Dixie, they embark on shows in celebration of the release of their debut album 'Can't cut the Mustard'.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 3 May 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Kris Barras

Kris Barras is one of the U.K's most exciting Blues-Rock Guitarists. His blend of soul-wrenching melodies with blistering technique has thrilled audiences worldwide for the past 13 years. The band's unique mix of foot-stomping riffs and catchy tunes have made them one of the 'must-see' Blues bands of 2018.

Kris was voted in the Top 15 Blues Guitarists in the world by the reader's of Music Radar/Total Guitar Magazine.

Kris has signed a multi-album deal to legendary Blues record Label, Provogue/Mascot Label Group. He joins a roster with artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Walter Trout.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 7 May 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Aldous Harding

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New Zealand singer / songwriter, Aldous Harding, has been wowing audiences around her native country for years with her original 'gothic folk' music. She's known for her sinister torch songs with a charismatic combination of wit and quiet horror. She comes from the same dramatic realm where Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 16 May 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Mini Mansions

Works Every Time' finds the band in their prime open, honest, and full of real tangible emotion but counterbalancing those feelings with musically fun songs. The single is infectious, with dark cool sounds layered with zingy guitar work and Parkford's love-torn lyrical confessions. Although arguably a pop hit, Mini Mansions do not shy away from the melancholic toe-tapping grit that is their staple. Of the EP's title single, Tyler elaborates, "A lot of these lyrics are playing with the cliché of a love song," he explains. This is our Mini Mansions cliché."

Following on from their critically acclaimed 2015 album 'The Great Pretenders', which saw the band tour with the likes of Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood, only now are the LA trio ready to unmask themselves more than ever before. Michael Shuman states on the new material "This is probably the most personal and vulnerable we've ever been."
The recording of the Works Every Time EP at Hollywood's Barefoot Recording Studios was co-produced by the band and Cian Riordan, who worked with them on their prior record, whilst Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stone Age) and Darren Weiss (Papa) tracked the drums. Dash Hutton (HAIM) will be playing live with the band.

Mini Mansions are singer and guitarist Michael Shuman (bassist of Queens of The Stone Age), bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets) and singer and keyboardist Tyler Parkford.

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One of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, Dreadzone have steadily been releasing albums and progressively bettering, refining and perfecting their own unique and inimitable take on dub since their inception in 1993. Still going strong after 25 years in the game they have also long been and still are, one of the best live bands around.

In 2018, Dreadzone move forward as a 5 piece, after parting ways with their guitarist after 10 years, and are focusing more on the electronic and dub elements of their stage show - a sound they developed in earlier years of Dreadzone. Their old skool dread sound comes bubbling to the surface on new album 'Dread Times' which digs deep into their dub and reggae roots whilst still keeping the beats fresh and the textures electronic.

In 2018, Dreadzone move forward as a 5 piece, after parting ways with their guitarist after 10 years, and are focusing more on the electronic and dub elements of their stage show - a sound they developed in earlier years of Dreadzone. Their old skool dread sound comes bubbling to the surface on new album 'Dread Times' which digs deep into their dub and reggae roots whilst still keeping the beats fresh and the textures electronic.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 25 May 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Pip Blom

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If you asked a cross-section of people to name things that were musically naff, the Eurovision Song Contest would likely rank pretty highly across the board. If you were to then ask what qualities one would need to succeed at said venture, a lifelong love of Blur and The Breeders would probably swoop to the opposite end of the scale.

That's likely why Amsterdam-born singer Pip Blom's childhood dreams of competing in the cheesy pop spectacle never really got off the ground (an adolescent attempt at penning a tune with her best friend, in her own words, sucked). But TV's loss is the indie world's gain: now 21 and with a full band in tow, Pip's honing a sweetly scuzzy sound that'll trounce the competition with ease.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 29 May 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets


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English quartet Yonaka combine heavy riffs, melodic hooks, and on-stage punk furor like the wild spawn of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Royal Blood. The Brighton-based band, comprising vocalist Theresa Jarvis, guitarist George Edwards, bassist Alex Crosby and drummer Robert Mason, met in college while each member played in different bands. They got together in 2014 and quickly gained a reputation for their formidable live shows.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets


With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the '70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits Hocus Pocus, House of The King and Sylvia, as well as critically acclaimed albums 'Moving Waves', 'Focus 3' and 'Hamburger Concerto', the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their tenth album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans!

After a comeback in the early 2000's, which resulted in the well-received albums 'Focus 8' and 'Focus 9', the band regrouped with a fantastic new line-up. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is famed Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album 'Moving Waves' in 1972. Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Bassist Bobby Jacobs, who comes from a well-acclaimed Dutch musical family and guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, complete the band's current line-up. Recently, Focus's biggest hit "Hocus Pocus" was used in a 4-minute Nike commercial before the World Cup broadcast. Focus music can be regularly heard on Top Gear and Saxondale on TV in the UK.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 27 Jun 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Part Chimp

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"There is something about London's bruised cultists Part Chimp that has always harboured both jaw-shattering awe and tightrope-teetering ridiculousness. The unapologetic, from-the-bowels-of Hell sludge they have dredged up over the last seventeen years comes at you in a myriad of ways: it's archaic, like pre-dawn pagan guttural mantras; it's Herculean, David vs Goliath iconography etched in sledgehammer noise and funereal riffs; it's anarchic, making the walls sweat blood before imploding in a Poltergeist twist of pinprick white light; yet it is also at times simplistic, base, even (dare I say it) silly.

Yet it is next-level cathartic washed clean in the hot scree of white noise. Tim Cedar, Joe McLaughlin, Iain Hinchcliffe and Jon Hamilton take their brand of searing cerebellum strippers very seriously - but at the same time it has always been double-dipped in a sense of beating the fun back into you. Walking the blade-thin line between raw ferocity and sly, deceptive laconicism has been done by quite a few noise bands over the years, but very few (like The Melvins or Cows) are able to make it a tectonic statement of infinite appeal. And while they are nowhere as prolific as the former their last, the brilliantly destructive Thriller, came out in 2009 - they haven't been dormant either. A show last year in a crypt in Camberwell threatened to wake the dead and kill the tympanic membrane of the living." The Quietus

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 4 Jul 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hot 8 Brass Band

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

An extraordinary, raw and funky brass band from the streets of New Orleans. The Hot 8 are famous for playing all day in the sun, then hopping to a club gig and playing through the night. But even more than their boundless energy, what makes them special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn horns. Just listen to their recordings for a sampling of the rich harmonies and the magical, sweet tone that make it impossible to mistake this band for any other.

"Marching music for modern times... incendiary" - The Guardian.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 15 Jul 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Damo Suzuki

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Japanese musician Kenji Suzuki, better known as Damo Suzuki, is best known for his work with the pioneering German group Can. He is a vocalist and improvisational musician whose creative wanderlust has taken him around the world, performing with a dizzying variety of collaborators.

Suzuki had little experience as a musical performer before joining Can in 1970, but his bold, theatrical style and abstract lyrical sensibility put its stamp on three of the group's most memorable albums (1971's Tago Mago, 1972's Ege Bamyasi, and 1973's Future Days) before he left the group in 1973. A

After a decade away from music, Suzuki returned in 1983, shunning the recording studio in favor of improvised live performances, a number of which have been recorded and released, among them 2000's Seattle, 2002's P.R.O.M.I.S.E., and 2007's The Fire of Heaven at the End of the Universe. Working with established groups as well as 'sound carriers' he often has never met before walking on-stage, Suzuki's music in the 21st century has found him relentlessly exploring the boundaries of spontaneous creativity.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

John Otway And The Big Band

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

The man, the two hit wonder! Otway is back to Cambridge to bring all the headbutts, bunsen burners and more.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 11 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets


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"Why: Rhythmic and emotive, the latest track from German producer/composer Josin is truly enveloping. Crafting a sound that is both intense and seductive, 'Feral Thing' swirls and sways through its five minute running time. Building with consideration and an adept subtleness, the song flowers into a melancholic and, frankly, beautiful piece of steadily expanding delicateness."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 14 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets