Addenbrookes Neurosurgery Department Fundraiser: Carolyn's Fingers + Maisie Peters

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Our booker Simon has a brain condition called Hydrocephalus, which causes fluid to build up on the brain and is treated by inserting a small valve called a shunt to drain it -

In addition, Jess from Carolyn's Fingers was treated on A4 after being struck down by Guillain Barre Syndrome a couple of years ago, so we're really gunning to raise as much money as possible as a thank you for the superb care we've received!

Having experienced the dedication and hardwork of the Addenbrookes neuro team on several occasions in recent years we wanted to do something to give a bit back, so we're running a few fundraising gigs with all proceeds going to the department, via Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust - Making a Difference for Patients (ACT). We hope you can make it help us raise some money while watching some awesome acts!


Beautifully textured dream pop from Cambridge. Think Radio Dept, Cocteau Twins and more


English singer-songwriter who has built a fan base online with original songs like "Maybe," "Build a Boat" and "Over You." She showcases her talents on her YouTube channel, which currently has more than 30,000 subscribers.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 21 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Big Moon

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"Camaraderie can't "be faked. You can spot a lack of chemistry from a million miles away.

Whether you're a duo or a much larger collective, actually getting along and wanting to spend time together works wonders for your music. It's why Little Mix, despite being manufactured, work - because they actually seem to like each other a lot.

The Big Moon have that bond in buckets. From interviews through to their live shows, there's an electric chemistry between the four of them. They're just four mates having a laugh. And with something as simple as that, they've become a band that really feel special.

With their debut album, Love in the 4th Dimension, they've captured lightning in a bottle. It's an album that brings back that giddy feeling of finding a band that's just pure fun to listen to. There's no pretension here. In fact, it's an album that embraces its imperfections and makes it part of the DNA.

You'll find coughs, you'll find yelps and you'll find drum rolls imitated through blown raspberries. "Pull the Other One" even ends with someone dropping their tambourine. Keeping these things in, rather than letting them fall to the cutting room floor, only adds to the carefree image that The Big Moon like to radiate. If anything, cutting those fun little moments would probably have been to the album's detriment." The Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 24 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Flyte + Saltfen + The Lost Volts

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Flyte is a young alternative four piece from London. Rooted in classic pop songwriting and propelled by the sound and sensibilities of New Wave, Flyte's songs are infectiously melodic and compellingly lyrical.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 25 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Micah P Hinson + L.a. Salami

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Micah P. Hinson's new album Presents The Holy Strangers is described by the artist as being a modern folk opera. Telling the story of a war time family, going from birth to love, to marriage and children, to war and betrayal, murder to suicide spanning all of the strange and glorious places life can lead. We follow their story, we see their decisions, we see their faults and their beauty. We live with them, we die with them.

Two years in the making, Micah wrote and recorded The Holy Strangers in Denison, Texas, incorporating ancient reel to reels, analogue keyboards, old Tascam and Yamaha desks. The recording only entered the digital realm once pre-mastering took place.

Split across two pieces of the vinyl, the 14 tracks which make up The Holy Strangers are at times sparse and haunting; at other times luscious, maybe even euphoric. From the Johnny Cash-style country single Lover's Lane, to the album's broad, spoken-word centrepiece Micah Book One,

The Holy Strangers covers a lot of ground over the course of its hour long running time, appealing to both long-time fans and new ones alike.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 29 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Juanita Stein + Ian Jeffs + Ricky Boom Boom

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"Howling Bells have been and remain one of our favourite bands to emerge during all our years of blogging. They really should be a band of stadia-straddling hugeness. So with that in mind, it's no great stretch to imagine our excitement when we heard frontwoman Juanita Stein was to release a solo album.

Often solo albums evolve from writing songs that perhaps don't quite fit into an artist's band's oeuvre or emerge when a band takes a break. Or, alternatively are the result of a gargantuan ego that assumes the announcement ' and the next track is from my new experimental, 'less song-oriented' album featuring field recordings of Himalayan Yaks' will be greeted with wild applause rather than tumbleweed.

In this case, it was perhaps a little of the former and definitely not the latter as Juanita's solo work started to take shape around the arrival of her first child and since has grown into a full-length album entitled 'America.' The latest track to emerge 'Dark Horse' perfectly encapsulates Juanita's vision of the 'tone' of the album. There's a sense of familiarity, of wistful nostalgia and of faded glamour as Stein's mellifluous, elegant vocal weaves it's way around chiming guitars and a subtlety propulsive percussion.

Whilst it may not sound a million miles away from Howling Bells music, the album is very much Juanita's own take on the 'dark heart of America' . Of the album, Juanita says I've forever idealised American life growing up in Australia we were fed the American dream through film and television. The dichotomy between what was real and a dream is forever intriguing to me. The music of Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Lee and Nancy and Patsy Cline all informed my musical sensibilities. They opened up this wide screen universe for me. NME

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 2 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Andrew O'neill's History Of Heavy Metal

Andrew's combination of sci-fi twists on real life, long hair and impeccable manners have led him being revered on the London comedy circuit. Activist, misanthrope and transvestite waxes comical about the decline of British industry.

'One of the funniest comedians on the circuit at the moment... hitting new heights
of comedic brilliance' (Timeout)

'So funny I put him on my new TV show' (Steve Coogan)

'... talented, intelligent and unique. Bringing the spirit of the alternative '80s back into the comedy circuit' (Dazed & Confused)

'clever comedy for those who like their laughs original, off-kilter and cliché-free' (Three Weeks)

'... comedian, metalhead, amateur occultist and musician... Sharp, artistic and unique, his innate confidence and fondness of absurdity leaves his audiences feeling full of glee' (Funhouse Comedy).

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 4 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts + Model Village

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"Longtime fans of Jeffrey Lewis treat each of his albums like a returning old friend. We know what to expect by now scratchy, lo-fi punk and croaky anti-folk yet we also know his lyrical wit still has the capacity to surprise. Outta Town is a perfect example, a Cribsesque love song that appears at first to conform to standard tropes Is it Friday, is it Monday, I can't tell without you? but it transpires that Lewis's lover hasn't left him; she has just gone to visit her mum for a couple of days, leaving him to confront the fact that he's barely able to look after himself: The recycling starts to pile up and smell without you. Elsewhere he wrestles with neighbourhood crackheads, the pressures of settling down and who else could tackle this? the stress of having to pay your drummer on support tours. Lewis is unlikely to ever dramatically change; instead his music slowly develops and wizens, as we all do. It'll be fun growing old with him." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 5 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Lucy Spraggan

Under 14s welcome with an adult

For Lucy Spraggan, 2017 has already been a year to remember. The singer-songwriter has already netted her fourth top 40 album and followed that success with a huge tour across the UK and Europe.

Described as 'a triumph' by The Sun, I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing was released in January 2017, charting at number 12 in the Official Top 40 Album Chart. It was the second release under her own label, CTRL Records.

Frequently recognized as one of the leading lights in the LGBT community, Spraggan has managed to build her fanbase to a new high, with more than 12,000 tickets sold for her recent Dear You tour. Lucy's festival season is looking equally busy with shows confirmed at some of the UK's leading festivals.

Lucy appeared on the X Factor in 2012, since then her audition video has been viewed more than 40 million times. She achieved the unprecedented success of securing a top 20 single (Last Night) and top 40 album (Top Room at the Zoo) while still competing on the TV show. She was also the most Googled musician of 2012,

Lucy immediately signed to Columbia and her debut album Join the Club was a top-ten success. Her next record We Are was released on her own label, after Spraggan opted to take the independent route. The album just missed out on a top twenty position.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 10 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tom Robinson

Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. In 1977 their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and the band's debut album Power In The Darkness which went gold in the UK and Japan.

As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman. His 14th studio album Only The Now was released in 2015 featuring guests such as Billy Bragg, John Grant and Ian McKellen. Recent festival dates include Latitude, Green Man and headlining the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2016.

As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition his support for new music artists through BBC Introducing.

To mark the 40th anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway in October 2017, Tom will be performing performing his entire Power In The Darkness album on tour in the UK. His first two shows shows at London's legendary 100 Club sold out within 4 hours a third date has just been added. In 2017 Tom's incendiary live quartet features Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, Richard Ashcroft guitarist Adam Phillips and keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons plus Tom himself on bass and lead vocals.

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Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 12 Oct 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

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, Fri, 13 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Fickle Friends

Fickle Friends are a '80s-inspired indie-pop five-piece from Brighton. Fronted by Natti, they describe themselves as, 'pop but with a slightly mental indie feel' and with those claustrophobic synths, scattered beats and a gigantic pop hook, she's not wrong. They have been making waves since they unveiled their debut single SWIM, which gained nearly six million plays on Spotify.

The band caught the attention of BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens, Apple Music's Zane Lowe and even captured the interest of Billboard Magazine in the US.

Cambridge The Junction, Sat, 14 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jolie Holland And Samantha Parton

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Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, the two original founders of The Be Good Tanyas, have joined forces once again to create a new band. This is the first time in fifteen years that the two have led a group together. Holland and Parton will be presenting fresh arrangements of Be Good Tanyas material, as well as songs from their separate catalogs. Their new project, as always, is a page from the big book of North Americana and outsider folk. Holland cherry picked three of her sweetest, juiciest bandmates as supporting musicians for this project: Stevie Weinstein-Foner, Jared Samuel and Adam Brisbin.

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 15 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Nick Mulvey

His standout debut album, First Mind, in 2015 was the introduction of an artist who shirked the conventional and side-stepped the expected. It was a record of opposing shades, all leftfield rhythms, and harnessing an exquisitely natural guitarist doing extraordinary things, painting unique colours across a very moreish collection of songs. It was quite peerless, and translated to the stage alongside fine collection of talented players that formed his band. Nick's return with the first fruits of his new album sessions has brought with it his own outlook
on a world that can't decide which direction it's going, or quite what to do with itself. We're all hastily trying to find our spot within these times, and Nick is no exception, but if clarity is part-resolved by a call to arms, perhaps it's time to make that call. Unconditional, the first new music from Mulvey in over two years, is a multi-layered, groove-based tune that doesn't stray too far from First Mind, but far enough to sound fresh, unique and exciting.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 16 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Grey + Baby In Vain


The Grey' is an instrumental three piece band from Cambridge UK, which mixes elements of hard rock, doom, and melody.


The point where stoner rock meets Babes In Toyland and early Hole. Essential

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Tue, 17 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Junior + False Adults

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Featuring a children's book illustrator on guitar, the owner of the Heads Above The Waves charity on drums, and WWE superstar Mark Andrews on bass - and fresh off appearances at Download Festival, dates with the likes of Fozzy, and releasing a single featuring The Blackout's Sean Smith - Welsh three-piece Junior make a welcome return to Cambridge with their State Champs/New Found Glory/Neck Deep influenced pop punk.


Collaborative effort between producer LXE and MCs Dronic and iPod, False Adults play pop/electro/rap influenced by 80s hip-hop, 90s pop punk, and 00s nerdcore.


Ranging their sound from old school Descendents to modern day Blink-182, Asbestøs harken back to the 90s pop punk era; heavy, fast and energetic.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 18 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Cc Smugglers

Good times music inspired by american and world folk, swing, jazz and blues.

Playing music anywhere from the streets to the stadiums, from busking to barmitzvahs, from the clubs to the King's palaces.

Having a good time, all the time, with good friends, good booze and great music.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 19 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Addenbrookes Neurosurgery Fundraiser: The Scruff + The Lost Volts

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 19 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Steven James Adams & The French Drops

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Former singer/songwriter with Cambridge's legendary Broken Family Band returns. In the wake of critically acclaimed solo album, 2016's intimate 'Old Magick', and several years of one man shows, Adams has a new band.

He's joined by Daniel Fordham and David Stewart, rhythm section with psych-folk oddballs The Drink, guitarist Michael Wood (Singing Adams/The Leaf Library/Hayman Kupa Band) and a rotating cast of guest musicians.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 21 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Diet Cig

"The New York boy/girl duo specialize in lovesick fuzz-pop on their fantastic debut album Swear I'm Good At This. Guitar-toting firecracker Alex Luciano keeps tripping over her own reluctant sentimental streak in these sardonic modern-love vignettes as she sings, "It's hard to be punk while wearing a skirt." Even when her melodies get sugary, Luciano never wusses out as she contemplates the anxieties of youth, the terror of adulthood and the ever-astonishing lameness of the male. " Rolling Stone

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 23 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Steven Page

For twenty years, Steven Page was the lead singer and songwriter with Barenaked Ladies, the Toronto-based band he formed in 1988 with Ed Robertson.

Known for his dynamic, physically exuberant performances, his powerful tenor, quick wit, and an arsenal of songs that span the gamut between humour and pathos, Steven and the band toured the world, selling out venues ranging from Madison Square Garden to the Royal Albert Hall; sold nearly 15 million albums and won numerous Juno awards as well as two Grammy nominations, and two Gemini awards for their work on Canadian television.

Cambridge Emmanuel United Reform Church, Mon, 23 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Itch (the King Blues Unplugged) + Louise Distras

Jonny 'Itch' Fox is a London-based MC, from Camden punks The King Blues. He will be a playing a mix of King Blues material, his solo work and also poetry. His solo material takes in a massive array of styles, yet maintaining iTCH's unique delivery, fire and integrity. Known for his cutting and honest lyrical approach, his energy never lets up, creating a varied, sonic journey from one of the UK's finest creative talents.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 24 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

(sandy) Alex G

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"...Most of the songs have one-word titles and the lyrics are both vague and evocative. These traits come together best in the haunting and sweet "Mud". For this track, Giannascoli reaches beyond the pitch-shifter and gets an actual additional human being, Emily Yacina, to harmonize with him. When the pair repetitively whisper-sing, "I know something you don't know," your mind leaps to the worst conclusions of what this "something" could be, as nauseous keys creep into the arrangement and overtake the sounds of fingers skating up and down the frets of an acoustic guitar.

Some of the songs also feature the slightly atonal jangle that Pavement eventually claimed as their sound when they became a full band. What is remarkable about Beach Music is that some of these arrangements beg for you to dismiss them, the way you might have the very first time you heard Pavement, but what at first feels sloppy and clogged is actually intricate upon closer inspection. Complicated arrangements and gorgeous melodies reveal themselves to you as rewards for your patience. Over time, even the alien voices begin to sound natural, even inviting. " Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 25 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Bloody Knees + Newts


Cambridge/London based four-piece, playing indie/punk/grunge/slacker rock.


Three-piece playing blistering post-punk/hardcore, ex/current members of Econoline, Model Village and Hey Colossus


Bury St Edmunds garage/indie three-piece, fresh off a slew of radio play and appearances at Glastonbury.

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records & Green Mind

Cambridge The Blue Moon, Thu, 26 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Noga Erez

"Her lyrics, as Erez told Jezebel, are typically improvised on the spot after every other element of the song has been built, and they indeed possess the power of immediacy and urgency. On tracks like Off the Radar and Hit U, this results in mantras of sortshear me no one sees me no one, I'm off the radarthat can serve as repetitive vocal talismans. On Pity, the stream of consciousness style borders on therapeutic free association, with words sharing sonic similarity and thematic significance to produce something dizzying and gutting: Smart, sharp, witty/But oh so weary/skinny, skinny, skinny, skinny/skinny cat in a dog's land.

Erez has delivered a record filled with hits that remains at all times vital. In its cohesion and crispness, its innovative approach, and perhaps most significantly the astuteness and clarity with which it engages in the frantic, threatening, vibrant world that surrounds Erez, Off the Radar is galvanizing." Paste Magazine

Cambridge The Blue Moon, Fri, 27 Oct 2017 at 8:00pm buy tickets

The Lovely Eggs

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"First lines are important. A strong incipit should command attention instantly. But there are strong opening gambits, and then there's the brash hilarity of people are twats. Difficult to argue with, huh? The Lovely Eggs are That Sort Of Band.

Naturally, their splendidly oddball lyrics are the hook, incorporating subjects as universally important as obsessive worrying, crappy jobs and agreeing to another pint even though it's late and you're up early for work the next day. No-one likes a smartarse, of course, but these engagingly witty songs are packed full of enough punchlines and razor-sharp non-sequiturs to have Half Man Half Biscuit quaking in their Dukla Prague away kits. Like the Wirralian wonders, the Eggs are too clever and too damn good to be written off as a comedy act.

The music itself is pretty great, in any case. There are splashes of rickety old indie, a dash of US punk rock and even a whiff of cuddlecore bands like Cub, resulting in a sound that's frequently off-kilter yet never unsettling. Holly Ross' wide-eyed delivery helps, of course her insistent yelp on the garage rush of 'Don't Look At Me (I Don't Like It)' is more paint-stripper than polish, and weirdly beguiling with it.

The Lovely Eggs cut directly to the same part of your brain that knows that finding a forgotten fiver is better than spending a fortune, that Emo Philips is funnier than Bill Hicks, and that Shonen Knife understand pop music better than Kings Of Leon ever possibly can. They'll make you grin and laugh so hard that you'll spray every mouthful of beer over the back of whoever's unfortunate enough to stand in front of you, before that guy turns round, nods in understanding and cackles right back atcha. Not convinced? Hey, every story's gotta start somewhere." The Fly

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 30 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Pigeon Detectives + Little Comets

The Pigeon Detectives - Wait for Me (10th Anniversary Tour) Autumn 2017 The Pigeon Detectives Announce Anniversary Tour for debut Record Leeds band The Pigeon Detectives are back touring this Autumn to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of platinum selling debut album ' Wait For Me' . Formed in 2002 The Pigeon Detectives are Matt Bowman on lead vocals, Oliver Main and Ryan Wilson on guitars, Dave Best on Bass, and Jimmi Naylor on drums. The band enjoyed a meteoric rise starting in Leeds where they released their first single in 2005 with Leeds label Dance to the Radio, then growing into the UK Music scene rapidly with ' Wait for Me' which celebrates it' s 10th Birthday in May 2017. Within a year of release singles from the album such as ' Take her Back' , ' I' m Not Sorry' and ' I Found Out' had dominated the national airwaves. The band saw their live shows grow from DIY tours in small venues to 2 sell-out shows at Leeds Millenium Square and a headline show at Alexandra Palace in London. This special anniversary tour will see the album played in full, and is accompanied by a special double 12 vinyl re-release of the album with B-Sides and previously unheard tracks, as well as a digital re-release of the album and all it' s B-sides out on Dance to the Radio on 26th May. Speaking about the re-release and tour singer Matt Bowman said: We will forever be grateful for the opportunities and adventures that our debut album provided us with. For anyone that's ever been to see us live, you know the connection we have with our fanbase is a special one. So we thought what better way to pay homage to the album on it's 10th birthday than to take it on tour and play it in FULL for the first time ever!

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 30 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets


Immigrant Boogie marks the first new material from Ghostpoet since the release of his third and much lauded, Mercury-nominated Shedding Skin album in 2015. The track also heralds news of a full UK / Irish tour in the Autumn see below for full itinerary.

Swathed in post-punk virtuosity, Immigrant Boogie is a narrative only too pertinent in 2017.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 2 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hugh Cornwell (stranglers)

Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK's finest song-writing talents and accomplished live performers. The original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in The Stranglers enjoyed massive UK and European success with ten hit albums and twenty-one top forty singles, etching himself into the UK's musical psyche with Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sun, Grip, Nice N Sleazy, Duchess, Walk on By, Strange Little Girl and Skin Deep.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 2 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets


Bella Union signings PINS are a girl four-piece from Manchester playing gloriously fuzzy guitar pop with strident vocals and attitude to spare. For fans of Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls and Best Coast.

Norwich Green Mind @ Norwich Waterfront Studio, Mon, 6 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Martin Simpson

This event is fully seated. Please note there will be no bar. Please bring your own refreshments.

One of the best acoustic, finger-style guitarists in the world and a multi-award winning artist, including 6 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Martin has worked with Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Steve Miller, Richard Hawley, June Tabor, Martin Taylor and more

Cambridge St Phillip's Church, Thu, 9 Nov 2017 at 7:30pm buy tickets


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"It's infused with enough rhythmical disturbances and difficult time signatures that it ends up straying far from that path. It's still full of joy and wonder, but there's an extra element of wilful confusion. While it makes these songs less accessible at first, in the long run, if you stick with it, it actually adds to their clout." Record Collector

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 13 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jared & The Mill

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"All signs indicate the nouveau folk renaissance isn't losing steam anytime soon, with new bands joining in the fray at an exponential level. Of course, the inherent challenge of any upcoming group is to assert their individuality and present what it is about them that warrants more attention than is received by the rest, and this is especially true in a lucrative and popular genre. The Phoenix sextet Jared & The Mill manages to be one of those outfits to stamp their distinctiveness, employing and expanding upon previously understated textures in Americana folk." Popmatters

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 14 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Model Aeroplanes

Since forming in January 2013, Model Aeroplanes have released a string of singles that have seen them work their way into the nation's pop psyche. After only eight gigs the band were hand picked to perform at their first T in the Park in 2013 and have since been on an epic rollercoaster of tours and festivals, gaining fans from around the country very early on in their career.

The band have been on a journey that has seen them support some of their favourite bands such as The View, Twin Atlantic, Little Comets and hotly tipped newcomer Saint Raymond as well as their own sold out headline tour. The band have also been busy at other festivals winning crowds over at places like Dot-to-Dot, The Great Escape and Live at Leeds.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 20 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Lucy Rose

"it's a voice that increasingly reminds me of the young Suzanne Vega: there's the same gentle, folky, confidential tone, undershot by a similar coolness of intelligence and self possession. Like Vega, she's very interested in the twitch of time signatures and she likes to combine the warmth of acoustic instrumentation with the dreamy-drifty blue washes of electric guitar work. Although she doesn't quite have Vega's tightly sprung lyrical concision, she does share the air of a solitary woman, observing an urban world, making up songs by humming under her breath as she documents events and characters around her." Telegraph

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 23 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hunter And The Bear

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Having shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and Simple Minds, this young British band are making a big noise on the rock scene. Their highly anticipated debut album is set for release in May and the band will be touring their thunderous live show throughout the UK and Europe to support the record.

"The heroes British rock needs right now" The Huffington Post.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 29 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sweet Baboo

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"...a beautifully judged (electronic) psych-pop record that hums with warmth, quiet eccentricity and gentle wryness, recalling Robert Wyatt, '60s French pop and Gruff Rhys' solo fare." Uncut

' a markedly ethereal romp beyond the traditional boundaries of pop, as its comic hints of electronica and rolling melodies lend it a profoundly cosmic air.' The Skinny

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 4 Dec 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jordan Allen

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"A remarkable and inspirational young man..." - This Feeling

"Unsigned - but probably not for long!" - Fred Perry Subculture

"Intelligent, articulate lyrics laced with an ascerbic wit observing people and situations around them married to robust tunes that already show a rich diversity of sound." - Even The Stars

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 10 Dec 2017 at 6:00pm buy tickets

Wooden Arms + Special Guests

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Wooden Arms are a genre-fluid contemporary quintet from the UK who draw from Alternative, Classical, and Trip-Hop music. Enthused with the rhythmic sensibilities of Portishead, blended with the ethereal melodies of Sigur Ros, Wooden Arms' first full length album "Trick of the Light" (due for release October 6th 2017) sees the band shift to a more contemporary palette. Which can be heard on their 2nd single Lost in Your Own Home. (Due for release September 1st 2017)

Lost in Your Own Home (Soundcloud):
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LIYOH is a concise little amble through the mind of a once 21 year old Alex Carson first experimenting with psychotropic drugs in a confined space after unceremoniously leaving the familial home due to religious differences. Carson was living in 10 foot by 10 foot by 10 foot room. A perfect cube, in a converted mental hospital in central Norwich, and felt this was the best time to experiment with psychedelics. Carson writes: My 21st Birthday being a culmination of all those things. I remember being haunted by shadows at night, not quite knowing what was reality and what was a dream. I wasn't on quite that self-destructive a path as the scenario suggests, But this song epitomises the banality of real life mixed with my juvenile attempts at trying to come to terms with a massive life change whilst also taking drugs and losing my mind.

The song features an off kilter 7/4 time signature (Think the bass line from Pink Floyd's Money and you're on the right path) which was honed by drummer Alex Mackenzie when both Alex's sat at a piano and used 4 hands to make 1 piano part. It's one of those songs that doesn't make much sense on paper with its unresolved, asymmetric rhythm tripping you up at every turn. Yet it feels natural and organic and culminates in a thick percussive crescendo that epitomises the chaotic lyrical content.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 13 Dec 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Uk Subs

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Back for their yearly visit to The Portland, punk legends UK Subs are always vital and always superb. See you down the front!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Amazons

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The Amazons are a blistering, melodic rock quartet from Reading. Fusing the sheer force of Nineties punk and grunge (Nirvana and Rage Against The Machine) with the melodic sensibilities of more contemporary acts like Bombay Bicycle Club and Tame Impala, The Amazons are beauty and aggression wrapped together harmony.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 8 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Orphan Colours

After the indefinite hiatus in 2013 of UK alt country outfit Ahab, song writer Steven Llewellyn went on to form his own band with the help of Ahab originator Dave Burn.

Being firmly a part of the London country scene made it easy to get involved in collaborations with members of bands like Danny & The Champions of The World, whose drummer Steve Brookes, already having toured heavily with Ahab, became a permanent member of Orphan Colours in 2014.

A contact of Brookes later lead to a meeting between Llewellyn and Noah & The Whale guitarist Fred Abbott. The lead guitarist was in the midst of auditioning lead singers for his solo project and the two found common ground in their appreciation of Tom Petty and Jason Isbell. When Abbott heard Llewellyn's demo's for the new Orphan Colours project he immediately signed up.

Graham Knight was quickly drafted in on bass and vocals, having already played shows with ahab throughout 2012, he was an obvious fit.

The band have some impressive credentials with Llewellyn and Burn having already honed their songwriting craft during their tenure with Ahab, who swiftly built a reputation as an unmissable live act after their performance at the Cropredy Festival 2010. That performance paved the way for a collaboration with legendary producer John Leckie and being championed by BBC 2 DJ 'Whispering' Bob Harris. The band went on to play many successful tours in UK, Denmark, Germany and Australia as well as notable festivals; Bestival, Green Man, Wilderness and Board Masters amongst others.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Monochrome Set

Under 18s welcome with an adult

Andy Warren and Bid went to school together, Lester Square and Adam Ant both attended Hornsey School of Art. The latter two formed a band called "The B-Sides", which Andy joined sometime in 1976. Bid also joined a couple of months later, and Adam left shortly after. Lester, Andy and Bid occasionally continued to write and rehearse together (it was around this time that some of the songs later to be used by The Monochrome Set were written, e.g., Goodbye Joe, He's Frank, Puerto-Rican Fence Climber, Lester Leaps In), until Adam formed The Ants with Lester and Andy. Whilst Andy continued on with Adam to record the first Ants album, Lester left The Ants in 1977, to form, firstly The Zarbies & The Ectomorphs with Bid and Jeremy Harrington, and then The Monochrome Set with Bid (Jeremy joined later).
To quote the Asahi Evening News, 1993: "When B-Sides singer Adam Ant quit the band for an ill-fated solo career, The Monochrome Set was born."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 12 May 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets