John Otway

Under 18s welcome with an adult

Everyone's favourite two hit wonder makes a very welcome return. Expect all the usual wit and shambling charm.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 6 May 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Three Trapped Tigers

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

TTT is at the cutting edge of contemporary music. Watch your fingers! - Brian Eno

It is quite frankly one of the most striking debut albums of a generation - Clash on Route One or Die

With Route One or Die they have managed to destroy not only their previous releases, but potentially anything else released in 2011 - BBC

Melodic and thunderously fun - 9/10 - Loud and Quiet on Route One or Die

Like nothing you've ever heard - 8/10 - Rock Sound on Route One or Die

TTT provide a new atlas for instrumental rock explorers - 4/5 - The Irish Times on Route One or Die

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 10 May 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Dan Owen

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

'Blues Boy' Dan Owen is just twenty one, but the combination of his deep husky voice and choirboy looks are mesmerising. Described as a phenomenal talent by Mick Fleetwood, his performance earned him Young Artist of the Year at this year's British Blues Awards.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 16 May 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Kate Jackson & The Wrong Moves

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Kate Jackson, former lead singer with much missed Sheffield greats The Long Blondes, is back with a new album 'British Road Movies' and new band The Wrong Moves. 'British Road Movies' will be released on May 20th 2016 via Hoo Ha Records with first track 'Metropolis' streaming now.

The record was written by Jackson alongside guitarist and producer Bernard Butler at West Heath Studios in London. 'British Road Movies' takes in eclectic musical styles, from synth driven glam rock to Blade Runner electronica, faded piano allure to sweeping strings alt-country. All these recordings have two things in common, Jackson's unique vocal top line and Butler's instantly recognisable guitar sound. These are big, melodic alternative pop songs, with the guitarist's naturally cinematic production perfectly complementing the narrative of the record.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 17 May 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Michael Kiwanuka

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Michael Kiwanuka is a young musician from North London. His debut album, 2012's Home Again, was released to widespread critical acclaim from journalists and fellow musicians alike, all paying testament to Michael's incredibly smooth and soulful voice that recalls a number of the greats of our time.

Despite the gruelling tour schedule that followed the ongoing success of the record, Michael found time for two notable studio collaborations. In 2012, he hit the studio with Black Keys' Dan Auerbach to record a new b-side, 'Lasan', for his Getting Ready single, and in 2013, Michael was invited by Jack White to record at his Nashville studios where the pair laid down two tracks: a new song, You've Got Nothing To Lose, and a cover of Town Van Zandt's 'Waitin' Round To Die. The tracks were released in Spring 2014 on 7 vinyl as part of White's Third Man Records' Blue Series.

In late 2014 and throughout 2015 Michael returned to the studio to commence work on his incredible second album. Produced alongside the combined skillset of Danger Mouse and Inflo, it's a record that has the pure ability to confound both expectations and preconceptions. It's a game changer.

With further details of a Spring release, and indeed the first fruits of those sessions to be announced imminently, it's going to be an album that reintroduces Michael Kiwanuka not only as a great young British voice, but as an innovative, unclassifiable British songwriter too.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 18 May 2016 at 7:30pm SOLD OUT

Adam Green

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Having released seven solo albums in eight years Adam Green is already renowned around the globe as one of music's most unique and prolific song writing talents.

A New York native, Green was just 17-years old when he recorded and released his first album. As part of the downtown antifolk scene at the end of the nineties he made up one-half of The Moldy Peaches, the acclaimed duo with Kimya Dawson that enjoyed belated mainstream success via the Grammy-winning soundtrack of the 2007 Academy Award-winning movie Juno.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 19 May 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Taut and angular post punk, taking cues from Magazine, The Cure et al. For fans of Savages, Eagulls, Editors.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 24 May 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Wedding Present

In May 2016, The Wedding Present will embark on a bank-holiday weekend mini-tour of England to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Saturnalia, the band's fifth studio album.

Saturnalia was the band's first officially 'self-produced' album and was released to a flurry of critical approval in 1996. The NME exclaimed that David Gedge has just written one of the best pop albums of the year while The Melody Maker noted that in the new recordings, which were completed in the London studios belonging to The Cocteau Twins, you could hear an experimentalism that would send half of New York back to the lab.

In the sleeve notes of a four-disc 'expanded edition' of Saturnalia released by Edsel Records in 2014, writer Keith Cameron describes the album as brooding, funny, surprising and inspired... familiar yet fresh.

At these three concerts in May The Wedding Present will perform Saturnalia along with 40 minutes of other music from their extensive catalogue plus new songs that will feature on their next album, which is scheduled for release in the autumn of 2016.

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 29 May 2016 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Beach Slang

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"No band shows more belief in punk rock as an agent of social change, but Beach Slang's punk is the apolitical kind where the right song can unshackle you from self-doubt and pity to get you out of the house and be a part of the world. Their shout-along full-length debut delivers on the promise of their early EPs." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 15 Jun 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Nick Harper

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"One of the finest guitarists of his generation, his soaring vocal range and propensity for epic song place him somewhere between Rufus Wainright and Jeff Buckley."
- Mojo

"If anything Nick Harper is the closest thing we've got to Lewis Carroll. His songs are the musical equivalent of Carroll's Looking Glass, peer through and you find a fantastical, magical world. Not always sugar sweet but forever different."
- Maverick

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 18 Jun 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Trembling Bells + Naomi Randall

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"A glorious collage of musical artistry, drawing from darker regions than did any of its predecessors, it's a work of extraordinary ambition, integrating aspects of Classical Greek tragedy, unorthodox religious imagery and some of the more jagged, acid-tinged pastoralism of drummer-vocalist Alex Neilson's late 1960s psych-folk heroes the Incredible String Band.

Freighted with disparate ideas, the album convinces through its willingness to thrust forward without losing sight of a song's considered structure, and also through insisting on a disciplined cohering of the elements. Thus, the swirling Farfisa sound in "Killing Time in London Fields" adds a decided rhythmic strength rather than providing merely colourful atmospherics. The band is determined to delve into a range of pasts, and if lead vocal Lavinia Blackwell sometimes calls to mind Grace Slick's soaring flights of fancy, she does so without any affectation and always with an emphatic and appropriate sense of musical purpose." The Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 20 Jun 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Night Beats

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Texan trio Night Beats are one of the most exciting bands to come out of America since the heady days of grunge. Their brand of 13th Floor Elevator-esque psych R&B has been turning heads on the underground in the UK ever since the release of their critically acclaimed second studio album, 'Sonic Bloom', was released in 2013. Pockets of the US have been wise to their reputation for feral live performances since their formation in 2009. But 'Sonic Bloom' is where they really made their mark and went on a world tour." Clash Magazine

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 21 Jun 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Hard Skin + Beverley Kills + The Domestics

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

It's Hard Skin, they're the FACKIN' George mate. Oi! Oi!

Presented by United Cambridge & Green Mind

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 3 Aug 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Besnard Lakes

Under 18s welcome when accompanied by an adult

"Album opener 'The Bray Road Beast' begins with soft percussion like that of a steam engine, whilst above a beautiful amalgamation of plucked guitars and Lasek's melancholic falsetto offer a hint of fantasy. Synthesisers whirl in and out before deeper, reverberated guitar sounds enter. It's an opener that exhibits the very best of The Besnard Lakes, their ability to create hypnotic, expansive psych-rock that draws you into a sonic world unlike anything else. Their sound is so thick, so densely textured that it's like being enveloped in a cocoon of sounds. So much so that it makes the moments of silence, or quiet middle eights all the more affecting."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 18 Aug 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Hot 8 Brass Band

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

New Orleans Hip Hop-Jazz legends make a welcome return after last year's rammed show.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 31 Aug 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Natalie Mccool

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Excelling in razor-sharp alt-pop production developed with Dave Berger from seminal alt-pop band Outfit, Natalie McCool's recordings have every hallmark of great pop music with a fresh twist of modern alternative influences.

Mesmerising lilt-pop gem.
The Sunday Times Hottest Track

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 26 Sep 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Coal Porters


The Coal Porters claim to be the world's first "alt-bluegrass" act, demonstrating the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with four-part harmonies and memorable melodies. They have taken this sound around the world being featured on NPR's Morning Edition in the USA and having recorded a live session for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2.

The Coal Porters have five albums available. Their most recent, Find The One, was produced by folk-rock legend John Wood, producer of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Squeeze and Beth Orton.

"Not your average fish & chips bluegrass, the Coal Porters have expanded their music with broad strokes and fearless execution."
Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros)

"Sid Griffin was playing Americana long before it was called that with his Long Ryders and his pioneering spirit lives on in his work with the Coal Porters."
Billy Bragg

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 29 Sep 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Sorority Noise

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

I don't want to be in an emo band anymore, proclaims SORORITY NOISE frontman Cameron Boucher. But I have no problem with people calling us that, because in the strictest of senses, we are an emotionally driven band.

That, is Sorority Noise in a nutshell: part of a movement, but also discrete and determined to break free from the pack. Truth be told, the Connecticut-based quartetBoucher, guitarist/vocalist Adam Scuff Ackerman, bassist/vocalist Ryan McKenna and drummer Charlie Singerhave always operated a little differently than most of their peers.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 11 Oct 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Uk Subs + Freedom Faction

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

UK punk legends, UK Subs, make a welcome return to The Portland Arms after their rammed show last year.

One of the first wave of UK punks, the band have pursued a singular path over the last 4 decades. See you down the front!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 1 Dec 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets