Joanna Gruesome

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Between the bright riffs and the squalls of feedback, a deep instability rests at Joanna Gruesome's core. There's more than just anger in their screams and the quick slams of the bass drum; there's a nervousness too, a sense that anything you could ever hold on to is always on the verge of slipping away. "I know that life would be alright if I hadn't met you," Williams and McArdle sing on "Separate Bedrooms", as if seeing into a parallel universe and preemptively trying to reconcile the loss. Even the sub-two-minute tracks, like "Jerome (Liar)", seem to argue with themselves, switching modes from "everything is fine" to "nothing will ever be okay again" in the blink of an eye." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 2 Oct 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Steven James Adams

Please note this is an all ages show. No bar, so bring your own refreshments and be respectful of the church.

Former singer/songwriter with Cambridge's legendary Broken Family Band returns for an intimate acoustic performance, playing songs from this year's critically acclaimed album Old Magick. His shows are wonderful to behold: funny, intimate and wildly unpredictable.

According to a recent Guardian article "you'd struggle to find a British songwriter of the last 15 years who's had such consistently good reviews." A genuine entertainer, a truly gifted songwriter, and perhaps the closest thing there is to a British Bill Callahan, Adams has produced a high watermark of a record in Old Magick, proof that his reputation is deserved.

a keen eye for the small delights and absurdities of life **** Q

**** Guardian

barbed, modern-life chronicles 7/10 UNCUT

manages to be funnier than most sitcoms 4/5 Daily Mail

he lives in Walthamstow, which has become terribly trendy Record Collector

Cambridge Unitarian Church, Thu, 6 Oct 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Cc Smugglers

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 7 Oct 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Wild Beasts

"They came on the scene at a time when the Arctic Monkeys ensured that lad-rock would continue to constitute the UK's musical ruling class, and so their early, theatrical scene-chewing was seen as the epitome of drama club elitism. And while they've relocated from northern farming town Kendal to London and occupy their own sweet spot between the top of the pops and the basement, Wild Beasts still side with the have-nots without condescending. " Pitchfork

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 10 Oct 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

Paul Goodwin + Chris T-t + Bloodbird + Boyhood Bravery

Paul Goodwin grew up in London but lives in Cambridge now. He's spent a lot of the last 15 years or so dragging his guitar around the rail network and on the odd plane, playing his quietly heartbreaking songs anywhere that would have him, to anyone who would listen, and quite a few people that wouldn't. His music has taken him all over the UK as well as to Canada, France and America and he's played alongside acts ranging from Alessi's Ark to Waterson:Carthy to Wayne Hussey. His painstakingly produced first album, Scars came out in 2009 and the follow up mini-album Trinkets and Offcuts was released in summer 2011. His naturally slow writing and recording process combined with real life things getting in the way meant that his second full album The Northern Lights In The Neon Tube took a while, but it is due to be released on 16 September 2016.

"a truly astonishing album... As insights into and articulation of the dark recesses of the human condition go, Scars is pretty hard to beat. ****" - Maverick Magazine

"These are songs of depth and intensity... a sombre, but compelling experience (8/10)" - Whisperin' and Hollerin'

"A great album if you want to wallow in his or your misery" - Rock N Reel

"sounds... like Joe Cole giving a post match interview" - Uncut

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 17 Oct 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Nervous Conditions + Ugly + Special Guests

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Nervous Conditions make squalling post-punk racket that infuses the likes of The Fall and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds with free jazz tainted sax.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 18 Oct 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Selector Dub Narcotic (ft. Calvin Johnson)

All ages. Please note there is no bar, so please bring your own refreshments and be respectful of the church.

What's impressive about the music bubbling up from Calvin Johnson's Dub Narcotic studios isn't just its consistently high quality, but also its stylistic breadth, applying Johnson's distinctively minimalist production aesthetic to sounds ranging from rap to indie-pop to electronica. Selector Dub Narcotic compiles nearly two dozen tracks recorded at the studio between 1993 and 1997, with a roster spanning from pop superstars (Beck) to underground icons (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) to one-off projects (Amelia, Peter, Scott and Calvin, which assembles members of Heavenly and Built to Spill along with the ubiquitous Johnson himself); much of the music here is excellent, with relative unknowns like the moody indie-popsters KG more than holding their own alongside the more renowned likes of Versus and the Make-Up. Not merely a solid introduction to the Olympia, Washington scene which is Dub Narcotic's bread and butter, Selector is also a virtual time capsule documenting some of the most impressive music produced by the Amerindie community during the mid-1990s.

Cambridge Unitarian Church, Mon, 24 Oct 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Raglans are an Irish indie rock band based in Dublin, Ireland. Officially formed in 2011, they consist of Stephen Kelly, Conn O'Ruanaidh, Rhos Horan and Brendan McGlynn. Their self-titled debut album was released in March 2014 through IRL Records, and reached no.5 in the Irish Album Chart and no.1 in the Irish Indie Chart.

They have toured extensively worldwide, as well as providing support to bands such as The Strypes, Twin Atlantic, Haim, The Courteeners, The Fray, The Libertines and Lifehouse.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 25 Oct 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets


Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Teleman finally step up to to the Junction after all those sweaty Portland gigs!

I don't know if other bands do this, says Tommy Sanders, Teleman's singer and guitarist, but in our rehearsal room we had a white board, and for each song we'd write the chords up on the white board, write the structure out. We've got different colour pens and stuff. It's very professional.

The art of songwriting has been the driving force behind Teleman's second album Brilliant Sanity: the process of crafting of the immaculate pop song, the dogged pursuit of the perfect hook. The result is an album that appears fastidiously and impeccably made, but also charged with joy.

The band's first record, 2014's Breakfast, was a quite different affair. Put together largely in the studio, with drummer Hiro Amamiya only joining the band a couple of songs into the session, Sanders recalls how We recorded the songs before we knew how to play them, in a very bitty way, building them track by track, rather than just getting in a room and playing them.

Since then, both the band and their songs have solidified. Now a four-piece made up of Sanders, his brother Jonny on synths, Amamiya on drums, and Pete Cattermoul on bass, the process of touring has honed them into a spectacular a live act, fleshing out those studio-forged tracks, so that by the end of the touring cycle, Sanders says, We'd made up our minds that we wanted to record our next record in a very different way. Just us, in a room, playing together, to each other, in a very live and spontaneous way.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 26 Oct 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hooton Tennis Club + Sweat

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"If it's sex, scandal and sordidness you're afte"r, then look no further. Heavenly signings Hooton Tennis Club not only take their name from a road sign for a tennis court in north-west Cheshire, they've also made an album on which even the most mundane detail is considered newsworthy, from changing the wallpaper on their iPhones to tackling the crossword.

On occasion, its literal lyrics can sound like a Lonely Island parody of Pavement, such as the stream of consciousness found on Kathleen ("Even if you're lonely we can go for a walk in the park or - maybe go swimming?"). Such nonexistent social lives breed pretty beautiful music, however - such as on Jasper, as mellifluous and meandering as slacker rock gets - and much like Real Estate's endless suburban summer of boredom, here too is a provincial, balmy afternoon-ready record." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 3 Nov 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dodgy + Emily Capell + Matthew Falloon

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Dodgy were originally together for seven years and in that time, released three albums totalling over a million sales worldwide and had 12 Top 40 singles, including Staying Out For The Summer, If You're Thinking Of Me and Good Enough. Dodgy sold out the Brixton Academy for three nights in a row and were awarded an unprecedented 90-minute Saturday evening slot on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 6 Nov 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Wave Pictures

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With a new LP out, the Wave Pictures, one of our favourite alt-story tellers and masters of the guitar solo, are hitting the road for some more dates. Expect this to sell out, so book soon.

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


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"IDLES are leading the way in re-invigorating the way 'Rock' is presented. Much like Ireland's Girlband, IDLES seem vital, bringing an attitude, a stance and a fuck load of much needed directness. In the quickest thirty minutes, I am blown away and disappointed to see that they aren't set up to play a massive world tour that would surely help bring them to the consciences of masses. This time next year, it may have happened. Watch this space." Louder Than War

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 10 Nov 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jesus Jones

Under 18s welcome when accompanied by an adult

90s dance rock heroes, responsible for hits such as Right Here, Right Now, Real Real Real and Info Freako return to Cambridge for the first time in a couple of decades.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 21 Nov 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Pop Group

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Legendary post punk provocateurs The Pop Group will be performing their new studio album 'Honeymoon On Mars' on a seven date UK tour in November 2016, following its release on October 28th. Dub titan and producer of their seminal album 'Y' and co-producer of Honeymoon On Mars, Dennis Bovell, will be joining the band on tour for a special live mix.

With Honeymoon On Mars The Pop Group open another chapter at a time when their iconoclastic contention is needed now more than ever. It's a record that finds the band unwaveringly incensed and resolute in their mutative sense of innovation, as Stewart elaborates: it's a stand against manufactured hate, a hypersonic journey into a dystopian future full of alien encounters and sci-fi lullabies.

Recorded and mixed in various studios in early summer of 2016, working with Bovell and Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy, Bomb Squad) the band realised a dream twofold collaboration, as Stewart concludes: We've at last fulfilled a double fantasy to work with our two favourite sonic assassins, Dennis 'Blackbeard' Bovell and Hank Shocklee. We're in awe as Dennis, the Captain Kirk of dub is taking us on a hyper sound voyage into the future, and Hank, as always tears up the rules totally upholding our faith in the absolute value of noise. We've gone completely off the map.

Talking about working with The Pop Group, Shocklee highlighted the band's abiding lack of compromise: "The Pop Group sound has a level of freedom, fun and creative musicianship in their recordings that is a special and rare find in today's world. Their uncompromising spirit to be themselves and not worry about fitting into a musical box, sets them apart.

Long-time collaborator Bovell added: It's been a great pleasure to be working with the guys again. They are truly beyond good and evil.

The Pop Group upheld their reputation for incendiary spectacle during last year's extensive worldwide tour which witnessed performances in Japan, Australia, United States and Europe as well as emphatic gigs on home turf, including Banksy's Dismaland.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 22 Nov 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Lanterns On The Lake + Ciaran Lavery

In the Green Mind office their last album Beings was in the top 5 albums of 2015/16 and we're delighted to be able to bring them to the intimate confines of The Portland. This is going to be special.

"Listening to Beings though makes one thing abundantly clear: Lanterns on the Lake are one of Britain's most crucial bands of the present moment."

"(Beings) dwells in a cloudy blend of dreams and creeping nightmares, unsettling yet captivating." All Music

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 26 Nov 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Future Of The Left

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Future of the left are a rock band from Cardiff, Wales. They were formed in 2005 as part of a plea agreement following their involvement in an arms deal which left an actor playing Tony Blair dead, or at least pretending really well. They are made up of Andrew Falkous, Jack Egglestone and Julia Ruzicka and have also included Kelson Mathias and Jimmy Watkins in their history.

The forthcoming record will be their fifth studio album and the second to be released on their own label, Prescriptions.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 27 Nov 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Wonk Unit + Mc Ipod

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''Wonk Unit are arguably the future of punk rock; I fully accept that that's a bold statement, but having had 'Nervous Racehorse', the fourth full length album from the London outfit on rotation for the past week I feel they entirely justify the claim..." - Louder than war

"One of the most unique bands in modern punk rock. Wonk Unit are a fresh breath of life in the London punk scene. They're fun, weird, poetic and utterly compelling all at once, a must-see.'' - Art Rocker

''(Wonk Unit) have managed the almost impossible task of having found their own sound.It's punk son, but not as we know it''. - Big Cheese

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 28 Nov 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets


After their sold out Portland Arms show, Honeyblood are back with a new record and a bigger show at Junction.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 28 Nov 2016 at 7:00pm 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

Little Barrie + The Schizophonics

Notts based rock/R 'n' B who wrote the theme for Better Call Saul

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 4 Dec 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Dunwells

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There may only be two members with the same surname, but The Dunwells are very much a band of brothers. Consisting of two siblings and two close school friends, the hardworking quartet from Leeds is preparing to release their new EP, LUCKY ONES, which Record of the Day has called big, bold and even, at times, heroic both inspiring and anthemic,adding [The Dunwells] have the tenacity and spirit to become a very big band.

Indeed, that tenacity and spirit have brought the band members a long way since their school days. Joe Dunwell and his elder brother Dave grew up in a musical household and fondly recall flipping through their dad's Bob Dylan and Beatles records, as well as hearing their mum singing along to Motown. Bassist Rob Clayton has been Dave's best friend since childhoodin fact it was the Dunwell brothers' dad who taught Rob how to play bass. Drummer Adam Taylor met Joe at college, where they bonded over their love of music. Joe explains, When you put us together, our music becomes bigger than the four of us. There are moments when it stops being about how to put a song together, and we get a sudden feeling that something magical is happening around us.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 15 Dec 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Treatment

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Cambridge's rock heroes make a welcome return for a Christmas show at the venue that started it for them. Having supported everyone that matters in rock and metal, while garnering a massive following of their own, we know you'll be as pleased as us to welcome them back!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 18 Dec 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Little Comets

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

A strident five piece from the glorious coast of North East England; Robert, Michael and Matt have been making music together since 2008 with additional pulsing now added by drummer Nathan and a second Matt - the utiliser. From early releases on larger labels, the band now favour a model of total self-reliance - illustrated by being the only act inside the top 200 to self-produce, record, release, market, distribute and publish an album: a task which simultaneously illustrates both a tireless work ethic and love of the craft of song-writing.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 14 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Ferocious Dog

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 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