The Wave Pictures

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Back with a new album, The Wave Pictures make a welcome return to their home from home, The Portland Arms

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 24 Jan 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Brass Funkeys

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The Brass Funkeys draw from the traditions of New Orleans with skilled musicianship, rolling from spirited second line revelry to soulful jazz funeral marches and pumping brass driven funk. Reggae, DnB, gypsy, swing and Latin influences are exposed in an eclectic live show revealing a band bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 25 Jan 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Liela Moss

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My Name Is Safe in Your Mouth more than lives up to Moss's promise of fresh, bold adventure. Sonically spare yet sumptuous in its emotions, elemental power and expansive melodies, the record is a richly felt, vividly realised trip into the interior from the Duke Spirit singer. A serene-to-stormy series of deep dream-pop meditations on devotion and selfhood, creativity and parenthood, it treats unknown territory not as something to fear but as a seed-bed of possibility.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 29 Jan 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets


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On very rare occasions, from the most destructive of places, beauty can emerge. Ever since singer Tali Källström and guitarist Rhodri Daniel met as two strangers with disparate tastes and influences, the two have been carving out a body of work that resembles an essence of chaos and beauty; a feeling of estrangement, an expression of morbid elegance, inspired by opposing sides. The funny thing about opposites, is they need each other in order to exist - one wouldn't be what it is without the other.

From this place of tension, Estrons found their debut album. Ultimately, the bind that ties them is their love of creating fresh, exhilarating music, and with ​You Say I'm Too Much, I Say You're Not Enough​, they've done just that.Beginning as an experiment, Estrons quickly became significantly more important than intended. They are simply aforce that cannot be forced.

With its off-kilter rhythms, angular guitar work and clashing atmospherics, the album is both arresting and thrillingly disorienting a fitting sound for a band of highly driven, frustrated, volatile people.#

Vocals and instrumentals collide together throughout, creating a wild, beautiful noise likely mirroring the self-confessed love/hate relationship between Rhodri and Tali, tied together by bassist, and long running producer,Steffan Pringle, whom they eventually convinced to join them. Despite the odds, they have captured a sound of their own. Estrons' music can be off-putting at first glance, says Rhodri. It's only when you make your way through it that you get it. I have no time for music that doesn't leave some sort of a mark. And nor, evidently, does he make it.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 30 Jan 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

John Smith

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Essex-born John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK's finest guitarists and songwriters. Raised by the Devon seaside and making his bones in the bars and clubs of Liverpool, John has released five albums with over 10 million Spotify streams. He has played to audiences all over the world in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls. He is a genuine folksinger, an inquisitive truth-seeker, devoted song interpreter, and enchanting writer.

Steeped in the lineage of British folk, taking his cue from Richard Thompson and John Martyn, Smith has evolved a transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide guitar techniques. John's intimate takes on love, loss and the journey we make, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. His honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerizing fingerstyle guitar are undeniable. Sometimes using a slide, sometimes with guitar on his lap, sometimes detuning mid-song, Smith's obsession with the instrument has made a master of him. Whether by way of album or concert, he leads the listener, enthralled in his presence, on a viscerally emotional journey.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 1 Feb 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Cancer Bats

A heavy, destructive, powerful explosion of southern metal, hardcore and punk rock. Their first release in 2005 saw the band touring across North America and today, only a few years later, they tour worldwide. A ferocious act, Cancer Bats have only one message and one mission: 'destroy'.

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

...and You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

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One of the best live bands we've ever seen, Trail Of Dead are a force to be reckoned with. Taking the discordant riffing of Sonic Youth, filtered through some DC hardcore and with the volume of Dinosaur Jr or My Bloody Valentine, Trail Of Dead have been the connoiseur's choice for nearly two decades.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sun, 10 Feb 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Kevin Krauter

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Best known as one of several guitar players, songwriters, and vocalists in the Hoosier indie-rock band Hoops, Krauter has been making music all by his lonesome for much longer. He grew up in a family heavily involved in local musical theater, even appearing in three productions of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

He played in high school bands, but didn't get serious about writing and recording until he enrolled at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana. His first efforts - recorded in his dorm room -- weren't intended for any kind of audience, but a friend asked him to record a few tracks for a class project. Eventually those sessions became 2015's Magnolia EP, a short collection of gentle, gauzy songs that reveal his early obsession with one of his first musical heroes, Vashti Bunyan.

It was his first taste of the music business, and the experience left a huge impression. I'd never put any music out under my name. I'd never put out a tape before. It all came together quickly.Krauter began recording and releasing music prolifically, first with Hoops and then on his own. The ChangesEP, released in late 2016, showcases his deft guitar playing, mixing soul-baring songwriting with bossa nova rhythms and intimately lo-fi production. It was supposed to be a low-key release, but Changes became a word-of-mouth hit that amassed a small but avid cult behindit. I didn't think it was going to make any huge waves for me, but a lot of people told me they were still listening to it a year or more later. They were living with it, and I thought that was cool.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 11 Feb 2019 at 7:00pm 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, Wed, 13 Feb 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Lemonheads

Under 14s are welcome with an accompanying adult

It's nearly ten years since The Lemonheads strummed to a halt on their ninth studio album, a perky well received set of covers that brought together many unlikely bedfellows (Gibby Haynes produced, Kate Moss did a cameo vocal).

Gram Parsons, Wire, and GG Allin: You'd be hard pressed to find three more disparate rock acts, yet on 'Varshons' they all sound like the Lemonheads - boppy, overcast alt-rock delivered at a fast clip and sung in a whiskey tenor claimed Pitchfork.

But, there again, Lemonheads' mainman Evan Dando has this strange ability he could sing his order for a takeaway over the phone and make it into an achy three-minute epic fit for any bar. Indeed, many moons ago when Bush was dallying with the big red button over a Middle East catastrophe, he delivered an impromptu 'Eve Of Destruction' losing his sunglasses due to added angst.

Like then, Dando's vocal twang pulled the edgy extremes of 'Varshons' into a seemingly hap hazard selection from some old hokey jukebox and 'Varshons 2', the band's follow up repeats the formula with Evan way out upfront, his emotive slow maturing vocal making sense of another wide-beam playlist. He really has become one of the great expressive singers.

Like Hank Williams slumped in his car between gigs, strumming and hollering, reasoning and weeping, humming it on over, Evan makes the tunes his own. He heralds the heroes, from Nick Cave and The Bevis Frond through to Yo La Tengo, Lucinda Williams and Paul Westerberg. These are stories to spin, tales to recount, none more so than John Prine's endless highway on 'Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness' and The Jayhawks maudlin beauty 'Settled Down Like Rain'.

As the white line carries forever on, the radio butts in and the Lemonheads reveal The Eyes' raucous 'TAQN' before descending into the echoey nuance of The GiveGoods' gorgeous 'Unfamiliar' a tune Dando penned with former Smudge man Tom Morgan, a kind of drive by drug run of confusion that's hits like a Kerouac Om.

The NME reported on 'V1' that The Lemonheads were 'no strangers to a cover', concluding that 'the grunge-pop heroes perfect the art.' On 'Varshons 2' they take a fork in the road that leads them deeper into the woods with Dando crooning woebegone nursery rhymes from darker days, turning The Eagles' 'Take It Easy' into a road tale to end them all It's a girl, my Lord, in a flat-bed Ford, Slowin' down to take a look at me Crack a fifth of gin.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 14 Feb 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

No Recess - Grunge Night: Kulk + God Hates Astronauts + Fine Creatures + Nuke The Whales

NO RECESSSSSSSSSSSS!! We're throwing a grunge party to blow the February blues away with three of the riffiest, fuzziest bands Cambridge has to offer:

God Hates Astronauts
Nuke The Whales

Tickets £5.50 adv or £6 on the door (the cost of a ticket to see Nirvana in 1989!)

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 16 Feb 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hot 8 Brass Band

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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, Tue, 19 Feb 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

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


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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, Thu, 28 Feb 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

John Otway And The Big Band

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

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 1 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm 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

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


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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 buy tickets


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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

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

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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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

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