The Travis Waltons (album Launch)

United Cambridge is proud to present


Formerly Cambridge based - but now residing in Bristol - Daniel Flay and The Travis Waltons return home in celebration of SEPARATION SEASON, their second full length.

The album features guest appearances from a whole host of indie-rock luminaries, including Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids), Jamie Lenman (Reuben), Stephen Davidson (Tellison) and Charlie Simpson (Fightstar).


Four-piece Cambridge rock band, featuring ex/current members of the Mono Effect, RTC, and many others.


Cambridge The Cornerhouse, Sat, 8 Aug 2015 at 8:00pm buy tickets

War On Women

United Cambridge and Green Mind are proud to present


Fresh off touring with Propagandhi, WOW are a feminist hardcore five-piece from Baltimore, sounding something like early Metallica crossed with Bikini Kill.

New album out now on Bridge Nine Records.


London based hardcore. We had them at the Corner House a few months back and had to have them back as soon as possible.


Finally both back in the same country, rock duo Molasses return with their brand of noise/punk/hardcore.

PLEASE NOTE: Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Please also note that this is an early gig, with doors at half 6, and an expected finish of 10pm.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 9 Aug 2015 at 6:30pm buy tickets

B-sydes (album Launch)

United Cambridge & Aaahh!!! Real Records are proud to present


A rare chance to see B Sydes playing as a four piece full band, as a belated album launch party for CONSTANT FICTIONS, which came out in May of this year.


Label mate of B-Sydes and well travelled road warrior in his own right; Jake plays acoustic folk punk.


Midlands-based acoustic singer songwriter.


Cheltenham-based indie/math rock threesome.

PLEASE NOTE: These are full price tickets. If you already ordered the album you'll be emailed a link to buy cheap tickets. Any problems please email

Cambridge The Cornerhouse, Thu, 20 Aug 2015 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Random Hand (final Tour)

United Cambridge and Green Mind are proud to present


Long time stalwarts of the punk/ska world, Random Hand are "going on hiatus" after this tour and their new album. Musically, Random Hand play a ferocious mix of ska, punk and metal; and have been touring the world solidly for the past decade.


King's Lynn ska punks who have played Cambridge many times in the past. Taking equal parts Two-Tone era ska and more modern ska punk, Faintest Idea can always get the crowd moving.


Reunion show for this Cambridge pop-punk foursome, who take as much influence from the likes of Anti Flag as they do Zebrahead.

PLEASE NOTE: Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 24 Aug 2015 at Doors at 7.30pm buy tickets


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Teleman's carefully crafted electronic flavoured indie makes a welcome return after their superb show last May.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 3 Sep 2015 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Steve Ignorant's Slice Of Life

Under 18s welcome with an adult

As a member of Crass he helped champion the nascent DIY punk scene and also did a pretty good job of scaring the s**t out of the american intelligence services (who thought htis was the handiwork of the Russians) when they spliced recordings of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan so it appeared that they were calling for the bombing of Germany while discussing the Falklands. They also released a slew of ace agit-punk, whose effects were felt in bands like Chumbawumba, Subhumans, Conflict and, in more recent times, the likes of Flats.

Steve Ignorant's Slice Of Life is an acoustic project, but expect no less fury and rage at the state of politics and society in general.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 4 Sep 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets

Will Hoge

GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Will Hoge catapulted into the national spotlight with the release of his top-selling single Strong which is featured on his newest album NEVER GIVE IN. Breaking into mainstream country, the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter has penned Lady Antebellum's Better Off Now (That You're Gone), and co-wrote the Platinum-selling No. 1 smash Even If It Breaks Your Heart, recorded by the Eli Young Band. His stage shows are equal parts sweat, charisma and rock & roll revival which has landed him coveted opening slots for Dierks Bentley, John Mellencamp, Pistol Annie's, Shinedown and ZZ Top.The Nashville native is currently on the road playing headline shows nationwide and recently released his new single "Middle of America."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 11 Sep 2015 at 7pm buy tickets


"Even if one didn't know the two bands share a country of origin, Balthazar would still elicit comparisons with dEUS. Specifically, both acts mix elements of chamber pop with more traditional indie rock tropes and, more generally, the two acts share a certain crumpled elegance although it should be noted that Balthazar are far less experimental than their elder countrymen.
But there are several other influences at play on Thin Walls: Last Call beings to mind Tindersticks; the barroom blues of I Looked For You resembles late-era Tom Waits, while So Easy's queasy strings would have fitted perfectly on The Beatles' White Album. Elsewhere, the scabrous guitars on Then What finds Balthazar at their most straightforwardly 'indie rock'; Nightclub and Bunker showcase the band's talent for writing elegant, serpentine melodies, while closer True Love would make the perfect singalong for a pub lock-in." MusicOMH

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 15 Sep 2015 at 7:30pm buy tickets


Some bands have 'it' - the tunes, the attitude and bags of stage presence. PINS show enough over their eight-song set to suggest that they have 'it' in abundance. The all-female four-piece make noisy, textured pop, mixing their stated influences of Hole, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Beach House into a thrilling brew.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 17 Sep 2015 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Kid Wave

Under 18s welcome with an adult

It's like Nico fronting the Field Mice, until drummer Serra Petale stirs up a crashing rhythm that sends guitarist Mattias Bhatt and bassist Harry Deacon into overdrive, and everything turns a bit Breeders.

A genuine love of melody unites this melee, shining through on Best Friends or debut single Wonderlust and highlighting Emmery's lyrics about a yearning desperation to be someone and somewhere else. Kid Wave can play, too. Their tight four-part harmonies and aggressive drums are matched by taut, twisting chords the effect is harder and more thrilling than their debut album, Wonderlust, would have you believe. There's a nod to Joan Jett in the strutting I'm Trying to Break Your Heart and sulky darkness of Gloom. Brimstone is feistier still, with Bhatt playing hard and fast as Emmery, head down and hair flying, rocks out next to him. She might not be a household name quite yet, but the dream holds fast.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 21 Sep 2015 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Stealing Sheep

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"A bold and creative leap into future-folk... Over 10 mini-masterpieces the trio craft odd, brilliant and utterly English pop music... Truly, a class act."
MOJO - 4 Stars ****

"A new visionary adventure... Herein are fabricated, fantastical and wildly colourful imaginings about the future and the universe."
The Guardian - 4 Stars ****

"Not Real catapults the Liverpool-based trio into a shiny, silver-suited, synth-pop future."
NME - 8/10

"An accomplished set that charms and unsettles in equal mesaure, and proves the breadth of these girls' talents."
Metro - 4 Stars ****

"A new eureka moment every sixty seconds."
DIY - 4 Stars ****

"Not Real moves the trio into dreamier, more intriguing territory, with more electronics and experimentation. They pull off shifts in mood and tone with routine aplomb... A triumph."
Uncut - 7/10

"An interesting hybrid of accessible but surreal, metronomic pop, while the band's choral vocal harmonies are sounding better than ever."
Loud & Quiet - 7/10

"They take 1960s folk, 1970s krautrock and 1980s synthpop, place them all in a musical blender and press the button marked "psychedelic"... A charming album."
Sunday Times

"Freak-folk femmes go synth-pop,"
Q Magazine

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 1 Oct 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Steven James Adams

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

House Music, the new album from Steven James Adams, was originally conceived as a stripped-back home recording, but soon grew into something more textured and far-reaching, showcasing both Adams's songwriting prowess and his perceptive lyrics. The cover features an original work by acclaimed artist Dan Hillier.

With musical contributions from Vancouver 's JUNO award-winning Dan Mangan, rising stars John Smith and Emily Barker, Justin Young of The Vaccines and Scottish musical luminaries Martin Green (from three-time BBC Folk Award winners Lau) and Inge Thomson and more, the resulting record is ambitious, beautifully conceived and graceful.

He says of House Music "I've had such a good time doing this. It was an opportunity to make music exactly the way I wanted, with people I love dearly and no compromises. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out".

House Music is Steven's first 'solo' album. He started out in 2001 as frontman and principal songwriter in the much-lauded Broken Family Band - who released seven albums over the course of eight years - and more recently released two albums with his band Singing Adams.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 2 Oct 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Rae Morris + Port Isla + Dan Owen

Thanks to her humble charm, she's attracted a wealth of like-minded, young British singer-songwriters with a similar commitment to their own independent flair, and considers herself part of a loosely-termed 'collective'. This explains why you'll likely clock eyes on singer-guitarist Lucy Rose, Brit Award winner Tom Odell (who invited her on tour with him, and sings on her album track 'Grow'), producer and electronic marvel Ben Garrett (aka Fryars, co-producer on 'Cold'), or Bombay Bicycle frontman and sometime touring partner Jack Steadman backstage in the dressing room after one of her headline shows. Her reputation as a 'musician's musician' makes sense of the numerous guest appearances on her forthcoming debut 'Unguarded'. Yet, Rae is anything but a collaborator-for-hire - she's stuck to her own creative vision, so she can carve a path for herself that's distinct from all the other noise surrounding the current musical spectrum. Put it plainly, there is nobody else in the
UK right now who sounds quite like Rae.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 6 Oct 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Vyrll Society

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 6 Oct 2015 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Frankie & The Heartstrings

Under 18s Must Be Accompanied By An Adult

Frankie & The Heartstrings mark a welcome return this summer and are pleased to announce details of their third album 'Decency' on July 10th through Pop Sex Ltd.

The band continue to ignore the lure of lucre and bright lights and remain steadfastly in Sunderland, opening their own record store in the city's redundant Tourist Office bringing much heralded impetus to the creative heart of Sunderland and it's many like-minded souls. Amongst the artist who have supported their venture and played recently are The Vaccines, Franz Ferdinand and James Bay.

'Decency' follows 2013's 'These Days Run Away' and sees the band continue their uncanny knack for conjuring up moments of introspective beauty whilst encapsulating the band's ideals, both socially and politically. The pop suss that flowed through previous releases still reigns but 'Decency' embellishes those hooks and melodies creating some of the band's best work to date.

Recorded at the tail end of last summer at Leeds' Suburban Homes studio with MJ (Hookworms) at the controls, 'Decency ' also sees Futurehead Ross Millard on extra-curricular duty with guitar and vocal artistry making his recording debut as a fully-fledged Heartstring.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 8 Oct 2015 at 7:00pm buy tickets



Ethereal vocals blended with intertwining lo-fi guitars that recall the best of american 90s indie rock. If you saw them at any of their support slots last year you'll know how good they are.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 14 Oct 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets

Hot 8 Brass Band

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

New Orleans Hip Hop-Jazz legends finally make it to Cambridge after their show in 2014 was cancelled due to illness. The New Orleans 8 piece will tear the roof off Junction 2!

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 27 Oct 2015 at 7:00pm 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, 12 Nov 2015 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Carthy, Hardy, Farrell And Young

All Seated Show. Under 14s welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Eliza Carthy, twice nominated for the Mercury Prize, is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Bella Hardy's soaring and captivating voice inhabits her characters and spins her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. Kate Young has an intoxicating passion and drive captured as her soaring voice and fiddle dance together to create a uniquely diverse and poignant sound. Lucy Farrell's exploration of traditional and contemporary song has touched the hearts of audiences well beyond the folk world, her beguiling and crystal clear singing style crafting stories with spellbinding skill.

Together, they are Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young.

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 15 Nov 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets

Uk Subs + Freedom Faction + Beverley Kills

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, 3 Dec 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets