John Smith

Born in Essex, raised by the Devon seaside, and making his bones in the bars and clubs of Liverpool, John has released six studio albums and amassed over 100 million Spotify streams. He is currently hard at work on album #7, with a set of brand new songs to play live.

He has performed all over the world at festivals and in sold-out concert halls, barely pausing for breath during his eighteen years as a full-time independent touring musician.

Steeped in the lineage of British folk and American guitar music, taking his cue from Richard Thompson, John Martyn and Ry Cooder, Smith has evolved and pioneered a transatlantic blend of guitar techniques. His deeply romantic and vivid songwriting, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following.

His career began opening for folk greats including John Martyn, Davy Graham and John Renbourn, who called him "the future of folk music". He has since opened for Iron and Wine, Patty Griffin and Ben Howard, and guested with artists such as Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, Roseanne Cash, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Jerry Douglas, Glen Hansard and Rodney Crowell. In his occasional role as sideman, he has played guitar for artists as diverse as David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, Lianne La Havas, Joe Henry and Joan Baez.

"It's rare these days to find an audience so wrapped up in a performance as this one. 5/5" The Independent

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 19 Apr 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Baby Seals
+ Gabi Garbutt

The Baby Seals are a punk garage band based in Cambridgeshire, made up of Kerry Devine, Amy Devine and Kate Shore.

Their debut album - "Chaos" - is slated to be released by Trapped Animal in 2024.

"The Baby Seals are a smart, talented group of girls who know how to shout back against oppressive patriarchal values; and have a shit load of fun at the same time" - Gigslutz

"A great lairy sound, I love people who promote the idea of being happy with your body during a time when people see whitened teeth and implant-filled arse cheeks as perfection" - Fresh Off the Net

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 19 Apr 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

October Drift
+ Snake Eyes

Following the success of their debut album "Forever Whatever", released at the start of 2020 and with a solid foundation built over years of touring and writing, October Drift affirmed their place as an important new presence, with their heavy, pop-inflected rock delivering a rejuvenating injection of fresh blood to the genre. The album was met with widespread critical acclaim on release, garnering praise from the likes of CLASH, Kerrang! Louder Than War and many more. Their newly released sophomore album "I Don't Belong Anywhere" - via Physical Education Recordings - is a taut, visceral record, a step forward for the band into an even more powerful, brutal sound. Far less introspective than their debut, "I Don't Belong Anywhere" is October Drift's totem for bringing us all together again. "A feeling of not belonging is something everyone feels or has felt," explains vocalist and guitarist Kiran Roy

Having already thrilled audiences at festivals including Glastonbury's John Peel Stage, Reading & Leeds and BST Hyde Park, as well as on a major European tour with Editors, We Are Scientists, Archive and Slow Readers Club; "Forever Whatever", The "Naked" EP and the new album "I Don't Belong Anywhere" together condense years of relentless touring and expertly crafted performance into showcases of flawless song-writing; statements of intent from a band more than ready to cement their place as future icons.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 22 Apr 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Pet Needs
+ Generation Feral

"Intermittent Fast Living", the third studio release by PET NEEDS in as many years, is inspired by the relentless, breathless, stop-start lifestyle PET NEEDS have found themselves living in recent times.

Founded originally by brothers Johnny and George Mariott and later joined by Jack (drums) and Ryan (bass) only a matter of years ago, PET NEEDS' career has been sky-rocketing ever since the release of their acclaimed debut "Fractured Party Music" back in 2021. From getting signed to sold out shows, rave reviews to rabid fans, and embarking on extensive global tours with the likes of Frank Turner, The Lottery Winners, Skinny Lister; demand for these four lads from Essex has been on a trajectory with the stratosphere.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 23 Apr 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Lynks
+ Tatyana + Shelf Lives

A force of the unnatural. A pop-star fed through a Nutribullet. A human bag of speed. The fourth horseman of the queer apocalypse. Lynks is here.

There is nothing quite like Lynks. An unpasteurized shot of electro-punk chaos compressed into the shape of a human man, wrapped up in a gimp mask, creating tiny queer utopias wherever they goes. And what utopias they are; sub-blowing, criminally danceable beats, anthemically witty lyrics about the darkest corners of modern life, and pure, unapologetic, camp excess colliding in a fog of sweat and confetti.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 24 Apr 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Eevah
+ The Budapest Tapes

Leeds based band EEVAH began 2019 in the form of a classic 80's electro pop duo, weaving etherial guitars and catchy pop hooks around epic synths and pre-programmed beats.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 29 Apr 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jane Weaver
+ Adwaith

Reclaiming her universe, Jane Weaver returns with brand new single "Love In Constant Spectacle", evoking spectacular images perhaps impossible to capture with the human eye, nor aperture.

Taking measured steps that lead you to something very special, our protagonist pours all her creative resources before the needle drops. Secretly, this might be more conceptual in its execution, than initially meets the eye.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 29 Apr 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Roddy Woomble & Almost Nothing

Almost Nothing is a new band from Scottish musician and writer Roddy Woomble.

The debut album was written and recorded throughout 2021/22 in collaboration with four different producers: Scott Paterson (Protection), Andrew Wasylck, Le Junk, and Luciano Rossi.

Almost Nothing is an exercise in artistic freedom, the album shifts from electronica to moments of shimmering art pop - a genre fluid record - melodic, poetic, catchy and just confusing enough to escape full comprehension.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 2 May 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Wedding Present
+ Melys

19:30-20:10      MELYS
20:40-22:10      WEDDING PRESENT

Indie legends The Wedding Present formed in 1985 in Leeds, England, by members of The Lost Pandas. The band has been led by vocalist and guitarist David Gedge, the band's only constant member.

Closely linked to the C86 scene, the band has charted a total of eighteen singles in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, including a historic run of twelve singles - one for each month - in 1992, which tied Elvis Presley's record for most top 40 hits in a single year.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 3 May 2024 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Bare Jams

Bare Jams started out in 2011 with the aim of breaking their serial festival fence-jumping habit. Schoolmates Ollie and Sam hunkered down in Sam's garden shed, later known as the Bare Jams cave, to jam and write original music, performing as an energetic acoustic duo.

After recruiting D-Slice on bass the band began to evolve into to a flamboyant, high energy ever-changing collective; finally settling on their current 6-piece line up in 2018: a sonically tight tour-de-force of experienced musical alchemists effortlessly cooking up a credible fusion of musical styles with a sound that is uniquely their own. They are a frequent must-see on festival aficionados' lists with the band's reputation for tight and exuberant, yet wholesomely candid performances frequently filling tents to their sweaty capacities.

Never ones to keep still, the band continues to delight fans old and new bringing a relentless energy that envelopes a core moral message to both their live performances and recorded music.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 3 May 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett

This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch

Ever keen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has a new addition to his array of instruments: beware the Moose Homp!

Willy's interest in making instruments began when he commandeered two guitars made by his dad in 1965. One from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank which became affectionally known as the Les Dawson, and the other branded the Mk1 Schitstik electric slide of similar pedigree. These instruments were used on many of the early tracks, including Really Free and Racing Cars.

Willy's remark "this will be the last time that many of you will see us together again" was often hastily misinterpreted as the final throw of the dice, but the reason given "it's not us packing up, it's you lot dying off, you know who you are" is often overlooked by eager scribes. And so the rumours abound.

Recently John celebrated his 5,000th gig to a packed house at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire.

For any Otway/Barrett virgins out there who don't know what to expect, be prepared for everything from bare-chested theremin playing to wah wah wheelie bin as the duo jump from one hit and 40 near misses to another: an amazing and irreverent performance by two master entertainers.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 4 May 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Van Houten
+ Staycations + Leon O'Leary

Van Houten's core is based on life long friendship, an inability to exist without each other, and an obsession with creating a sonic mixing pot of intimate lo-fi rock and cavernous Shoegaze. Their sound envelops the listener, combining upbeat pop melodies and hooks with downbeat lyrics one minute, before full introspection and aural catharsis the next.

The Leeds based band's new music sees them find their own, unmistakable sound, something which has been 7 years in the making. It's been worth the wait, allowing them to explore sounds, textures, and raw emotions. Supporting each other through difficult moments has been key to the band finding their feet and growing into what they are today.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 5 May 2024 at 5:00pm buy tickets

Blue Bendy
+ Expiry + Blue Cinema

Building on the momentum of their 2022 EP "Motorbike" Blue Bendy are stretching out into vast new sonic terrain. Their following two singles "Mr Bubblegum" - a joyously intricate piece of experimental guitar pop - and the frenetic, propulsive yet incredibly deft sprawl of "Cloudy", saw the band reach new heights creatively. Of the former, The Guardian enthused: "indie is riddled with addled, verbose frontmen right now, but none so rapturous as Blue Bendy's Arthur Nolan: here he dances all over splayed post-rock and micro-cataclysms".

Having toured as main support for Squid and Cola as well as playing packed out tents at festivals like End Of The Road and Green Man, Blue Bendy have struck a balance between being obviously skilled musicians, writing complex, layered, overlapping and ambitious compositions, while also utilising space, breadth, and restraint. Their music is bursting with dynamism, exploring push-pull dynamics that results in something ceaselessly unpredictable.

It results in a sound that is rare for a new band: as experimental as it is confident and assured, as tender as it is visceral, as quiet as it is loud, as bloody as it is teary.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 7 May 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Eliza Carthy
+ Jenn Reid

Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a 20 year career, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Wolf and Bob Neuwirth. More than most, Eliza Carthy has revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance.
 
Eliza grew up immersed in the world of traditional music. She still divides her time between touring and recording with her legendary father Martin Carthy, as well as engaging in numerous pioneering solo and band projects, including work with Pere Ubu and Melanie Challenger, an artist in residence in Antarctica. In what has become something of a parallel career, Eliza has co-presented the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards, been a regular guest-presenter on the BBC Radio 2 Mark Radcliffe Show and has made many appearances on BBC TV's "Later with Jools". In her own right, Eliza has been the subject of an hour long ITV documentary ("Heaven and Earth") and "My Music" on Channel 5.

Comedian and writer Stewart Lee describes Eliza as "Not the Messiah, but a very naughty girl".

This event is seated, and seats are unreserved.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 10 May 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jack Ladder

A singular character in Australian music, sardonic and sentimental, Jack Ladder brings his towering and tender baritone to bear on tales of beauty, love, hope and redemption. A master of musical narrative, he conjures lyrics that celebrate the absurdity of the human condition in songs that groove in subtle ways.

Ladder has toured with and worked alongside some of the brightest names in the business - Bill Callahan, Angel Olsen, John Cale, Sharon Van Etten, Father John Misty, Weyes Blood, Alex Cameron and The Killers.

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Tue, 14 May 2024 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Willy Mason

Willy Mason and his band will be returning to the UK in May of 2024 in anticipation of a new album later in the year.

Mason was born in White Plains, New York, the son of Jemima James and Michael Mason, both songwriters. Mason is a direct descendant of the 19th-century philosopher William James, the brother of novelist Henry James.

When Mason was five, he and his family moved from Tarrytown, New York to West Tisbury, Massachusetts, on the island of Martha's Vineyard.

He attended Chilmark Elementary School through 5th grade, West Tisbury Elementary School and Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, where he participated in several local bands such as Keep Thinking, Cultivation, and Slow Leslie. He also was in the MVRHS Minnesingers and performed in musical theatre productions.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 16 May 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Josephine Foster

Josephine Foster is a North American singer-songwriter Colorado. She has lent her warbling mezzo-soprano and interpretive wit to nearly two decades of self-produced recordings. Her songs are rooted in early American folk-blues as well as classical art song and Tin Pan Alley.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 21 May 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Memorial
+ Mahogany Tales

Memorial is a project rooted in friendship, one fuelled by unflinching honesty. Ollie Spalding and Jack Watts were friends first, and song-writing partners second, and this quality sets them apart. They're marked by that peculiar alchemy when two voices become one, a special sense of human connection wrought through harmony and emboldened with experience. New album "Redsetter" is their coming-of-age moment: gilded indie-folk with an optimistic sense of maturity, it dares to look towards the light.

"We had literally no idea what was gonna happen!" Ollie gasps when looking back on the pair's self-titled debut album. Sculpted over the pandemic and released on Real Kind Records - the boutique Communion imprint chaired by Lucy Rose - the record displayed their core values. "The emotion has to be right," says Oliver. "When we record songs, we want to stay true to the emotion - as though those songs had just been written seconds before they were recorded."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 10 Jun 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Oddisee

The son of Sudanese and American parents, Amir Mohamed was born and raised in the United States capital city of Washington DC, spending hot summers in Khartoum learning Arabic and swimming in the Nile. Growing up amidst the sounds of New York hip hop, his father playing Oud, Go-Go, and gospel, Amir took his first steps as an MC producer in the analog basement studio of his legendary neighbor, Garry Shider (Parliament Funkadelic).

 Convincing his entrepreneurial father that he too had business acumen, Amir laid the check from his first commercial release on the kitchen table before his 21st birthday and never looked back. Though Oddisee has gone on to perform with The Roots, produce for Jazzy Jeff, Little Brother, & De La Soul, form the critically acclaimed group Diamond District with fellow Washingtonians X.O. and yU, and become a world renown musician.  

 His work has been featured on the Facebook Series Humans of New York, in countless films, television ads for everything from snowboards to bicycles, and even at Google's product unveiling.  In 2017 he preformed at over 110 shows around the globe with his band Good Compny in support of his album "The Iceberg."  He has been featured almost everywhere from Time Magazine and USA Today to Pitchfork and Rolling Stone.

Known in the music industry for his independence, Oddisee consistently debunks the scatterbrained artist myth - doing everything from booking international tours to photography to marketing and promoting himself and even other artists. He has been signed with Mello Music Group since 2008.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 11 Jun 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Delines
+ Our Man in the Field + Freddy Trujillo

The Delines are a retro country band from Portland led by vocalist Amy Boone (The Damnations TX), alongside the keyboard work of Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists) as well as fellow Portlanders Sean Oldham and songwriter/novelist Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine) and on pedal steel, Tucker Jackson (Minus 5); founded in 2012.

The name 'The Delines' came to Willy in a dream. He claims we were playing a nice venue somewhere and it was written across the kick drum. The idea for the band itself came long before on a tour with Richmond Fontaine. Amy was singing the female roles from "The High Country" and "Post to Wire", originally sung by her sister Deborah. Backstage Amy would sing soul and opera numbers to warm up and get her mind off the psycho logger tunes and a-holes she was locked in a van with. Some of the soul singing must have found its way into Willy's consciousness however and upon returning home he penned several songs he hoped Amy would sing. Willy sneaked over to John's studio and whipped out some demos to share with Amy and Sean. They dug 'em!

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 12 Jun 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sleeper Unplugged

Sleeper are coming to Bury St. Edmunds for the first time with their stripped back acoustic set, but it's lacking none of the energy of their full band set!

After hibernating for twenty years (where did the time go!?) Britpop favourites Sleeper are back on the road, performing live. Original members Louise Wener (vocals, guitar), Jon Stewart (guitar) and Andy Maclure (drums) are newly joined by Kieron Pepper (previously of The Prodigy) on bass.

Sleeper enjoyed huge critical and commercial success in the mid 90s, achieving 8 Top 40 singles across 3 Top 10 albums with well over 1,000,000 sales. The band also had two tracks featured on the era defining soundtrack to "Trainspotting"; named as one of the best film soundtracks of all time by the likes of Rolling Stone.

Sleeper garnered front covers across the music press and appeared numerous times on key music shows of the time like TFI Friday, Jools Holland and Top Of The Pops, an episode of which Louise Wener presented.

Together, the band played the main stages of Reading, Glastonbury, V etc along with sold out touring across all of the UK and a support slot with REM at Milton Keynes Bowl.

Bury St. Edmunds Green Mind @ The Apex, Fri, 14 Jun 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Josh Rouse

With Brill Building wit, and a Midwestern sense of melancholy Josh Rouse has built a career that spans almost 25 years, reaching back to his acclaimed 1998 debut "Dressed Up Like Nebraska" and continuing to his breakthrough albums "1972" and "Nashville". His well-crafted and hook-laden tracks are coupled with closely-detailed, well-observed vignettes in his lyrics.

Now passing 50, Josh faces the next phase of his life. "I remember seeing Tom Waits on the cover of a magazine with the headline 'Tom Waits at 50'.? Josh recalls "I was in my twenties and that seemed so far off... but he made a great record ("Mule Variations") and I hope I have too."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 25 Jun 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are back with their sixth studio album. The Australian psych-rock five-piece have been working on "Fronzoli" - a title meaning 'something unnecessary added as decoration' - since the release of 2022's "Night Gnomes". "Dilemma Us From Evil" is the latest single to be released from the record and is a prime example of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets' mind-bending blend of heavy melodic guitars and harmonic lyrics and eccentric song-writing oeuvre.

Cambridge The Junction, Sat, 29 Jun 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

John Bramwell

As the singer in I Am Kloot from 1999 to 2014, John Bramwell achieved a Mercury Prize nomination for 2010's "The Sky At Night", a Top 10 chart position for 2013's "Let It All In", numerous UK and European tours and a triumphant farewell at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with an orchestra in 2014. Now, as a solo artist, he's travelling a very different path, his stunning new album "The Light Fantastic" is almost a complete U-turn from his Kloot days. Darker clouds have been banished, there are strings and four-part harmonies (a warming development, since Kloot never had any backing vocals) and a dozen gloriously exhilarating, beautifully crafted and observed songs about life, humanity, the universe and everything.

As John puts it, "It's been great to find the joy of making music once again. These are the most uplifting songs of my career."

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Thu, 18 Jul 2024 at 7:30pm buy tickets

John Bramwell

As the singer in I Am Kloot from 1999 to 2014, John Bramwell achieved a Mercury Prize nomination for 2010's "The Sky At Night", a Top 10 chart position for 2013's "Let It All In", numerous UK and European tours and a triumphant farewell at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with an orchestra in 2014. Now, as a solo artist, he's travelling a very different path, his stunning new album "The Light Fantastic" is almost a complete U-turn from his Kloot days. Darker clouds have been banished, there are strings and four-part harmonies (a warming development, since Kloot never had any backing vocals) and a dozen gloriously exhilarating, beautifully crafted and observed songs about life, humanity, the universe and everything.

As John puts it, "It's been great to find the joy of making music once again. These are the most uplifting songs of my career."

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Fri, 19 Jul 2024 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Robyn Hitchcock
acoustic

With a career now spanning six decades, Robyn Hitchcock remains a truly one-of-a-kind artist: surrealist rock 'n' roller, iconic troubadour, guitarist, poet, painter, performer. An unparalleled, deeply individualistic songwriter and stylist, Hitchcock has traversed myriad genres with humour, intelligence, and originality over more than thirty albums and seemingly infinite live performances. From The Soft Boys' proto-psych-punk and The Egyptians' Dadaist pop - to solo masterpieces like 1984's milestone "I Often Dream of Trains" and 1990's "Eye" - Hitchcock has crafted a strikingly original oeuvre rife with sagacious observation, astringent wit, recurring marine life, mechanized rail services, cheese, Clint Eastwood, and innumerable finely drawn characters real and imagined.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 6 Sep 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Robyn Hitchcock
electric

With a career now spanning six decades, Robyn Hitchcock remains a truly one-of-a-kind artist: surrealist rock 'n' roller, iconic troubadour, guitarist, poet, painter, performer. An unparalleled, deeply individualistic songwriter and stylist, Hitchcock has traversed myriad genres with humour, intelligence, and originality over more than thirty albums and seemingly infinite live performances. From The Soft Boys' proto-psych-punk and The Egyptians' Dadaist pop - to solo masterpieces like 1984's milestone "I Often Dream of Trains" and 1990's "Eye" - Hitchcock has crafted a strikingly original oeuvre rife with sagacious observation, astringent wit, recurring marine life, mechanized rail services, cheese, Clint Eastwood, and innumerable finely drawn characters real and imagined.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 7 Sep 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Melt-banana

Japanese noise legends Melt-Banana make a very welcome return to Cambridge in September! Over the last 30 or so years they've ploughed their own distinct furrow and played with bands such as Wire, Mr.Bungle, Fantomas, Tool, MGMT, Napalm Death etc.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 18 Sep 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dominie Hooper

Simmering memory and unspoken truth righteously seethe in songs with tenderness, anger and startling leaps of joy and optimism. To see it live is to truly feel it. Dominie Hooper, long-time session musician, collaborator and multi-instrumentalist, takes flight in the centre of a stage wrapped in musical alchemy with bandmate mainstays Phil Self and Dave Hamblett.

Her folk-steeped debut EP "Anno" was described as "beautiful, challenging, fruitful... captivating" (Liverpool Sound & Vision), and "confident and impressive" (Fatea Magazine), and was triumphantly celebrated with a sell-out debut headline tour in June 2022.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 23 Sep 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Ryley Walker

Ryley Walker began his career in the early 2010s, after moving from Illinois' provincial town of Rockford, and settling into Chicago's independent scene. After a slew of cassette and vinyl releases, Tompkins Square put out his debut album in 2014, which was then followed up by the Dead Oceans-released "Primrose Green" a year later. His most recent album, "Course in Fable", was released on his own Husky Pants Recordings label in 2021.

Having toured with the likes of Richard Thompson, and with a supporting slot for Dinosaur Jr. forthcoming - as well as a tremendous Bert Jansch tribute show behind him, wherein his hero Anne Briggs called him the 'c word' - Walker has rubbed shoulders with the very best.

While, in the past, his desire to be as great as his influences may have dogged and hindered him from bringing his own personality to his music, now, Walker's music is undeniably his. A mix of Twitter and sobriety may be partially responsible. "Music is an exciting thing I get to do because I'm alive and well. I take every opportunity I'm given very seriously; I've gotta pay tribute to that by staying alive and being as good to the people who love me as I can," he said.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 25 Sep 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Elles Bailey

After recently coming out of the traps with a superb new single and forthcoming album, award-winning UK based genre-blending roots singer songwriter Elles Bailey today announces her biggest headline tour to date.

Of the tour, Elles explains; "I feel so incredibly excited to finally be able to take my upcoming album on tour this autumn with my incredible live band. This is by far my biggest tour to date, playing bucket list venues as a headline artist. I'm so grateful for my fans for supporting me on my journey so far and can't wait to share with them these new stories. Oh, the adventures we shall have. Sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride!"

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 27 Sep 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tom Mcrae

Tom's 9th studio album is an album of duets with some of his favourite French artists. McRae decided to collaborate on these 11 new songs with various artists as a way of acknowledging his deep love of French music, and deepen his relationship with mainland Europe, following Britain's disastrous decision to leave the EU.

Tom's debut album went Gold in France in 2001, selling over 60,000 copies, and he has divided his time between Paris and Wiltshire since 2021. Says Tom: "I grew up being intrigued by classic French songs. Before streaming services made all music readily available, only the huge crossover pop songs made it across the channel, but while my friends were listening to Vanessa Paradis, I was listening to Serge Gainsbourg. It seemed exotic, adventurous, and to be from another planet, let alone a country only 21 miles away from my own."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 2 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sivu (full Band Show)
+ Tape Runs Out

Sivu recently released his incredible album Wild Horse Running, alongside trailer single Apollo, where his more acoustic leanings mixed with influences like Wild Beasts, Hot Chip, SBTRKT and Beck to devastating effect. While recording the album he assembled a crack team of musicians to bring the album to life and he's bringing this home for the first time for the Green Mind 23rd birthday!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 4 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tom Robinson Band

The Tom Robinson Band (TRB) first became known in 1977 as vocal supporters of Rock Against Racism. A year later they performed for 80,000 people at their Carnival Against The Nazis in Victoria Park, London alongside Steel Pulse, The Clash and X-Ray Spex. The band featured Robinson on bass and vocals, with drummer Dolphin Taylor, keyboardist Mark Ambler and the trademark incendiary guitar playing of Danny Kustow.

TRB's Top 5 debut 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the era's landmark singles and was followed by their Rising Free EP featuring Robinson's LGBT anthem Sing If You're Glad To Be Gay. The EP reached #18 in the UK singles chart, despite Radio 1 banning the song.

Their album Power In The Darkness went Top 5, resulted in the singles Up Against The Wall and Too Good To Be True, and was certified gold in the UK and Japan in 1978. The followup TRB TWO was produced by Todd Rundgren on which the lead single Bully For You was co-written by Robinson with Peter Gabriel.

The original TRB lasted only two years before breaking up, fighting (as Robinson puts it) "like cats in a sack".

Tom later co-wrote songs with both Peter Gabriel and Elton John and had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio. His 15th studio album Only The Now (2015) included guest appearances by Billy Bragg, Nadine Shah, John Grant, Ian McKellen, TV Smith, Lisa Knapp and Martin Carthy.

Tom's current band toured the entire Power In The Darkness LP in 2018 to mark its 40th anniverary ending with a sold-out show at Shepherds Bush Empire.
As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts two shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music. He also served for 10 years on the Ivor Novello Awards committee and was awarded a fellowship of LIPA in recognition of his support for new music with BBC Introducing.

Norwich Green Mind @ Norwich Arts Centre, Wed, 9 Oct 2024 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Tom Robinson Band

The Tom Robinson Band (TRB) first became known in 1977 as vocal supporters of Rock Against Racism. A year later they performed for 80,000 people at their Carnival Against The Nazis in Victoria Park, London alongside Steel Pulse, The Clash and X-Ray Spex. The band featured Robinson on bass and vocals, with drummer Dolphin Taylor, keyboardist Mark Ambler and the trademark incendiary guitar playing of Danny Kustow.

TRB's Top 5 debut 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the era's landmark singles and was followed by their Rising Free EP featuring Robinson's LGBT anthem Sing If You're Glad To Be Gay. The EP reached #18 in the UK singles chart, despite Radio 1 banning the song.

Their album Power In The Darkness went Top 5, resulted in the singles Up Against The Wall and Too Good To Be True, and was certified gold in the UK and Japan in 1978. The followup TRB TWO was produced by Todd Rundgren on which the lead single Bully For You was co-written by Robinson with Peter Gabriel.

The original TRB lasted only two years before breaking up, fighting (as Robinson puts it) "like cats in a sack".

Tom later co-wrote songs with both Peter Gabriel and Elton John and had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio. His 15th studio album Only The Now (2015) included guest appearances by Billy Bragg, Nadine Shah, John Grant, Ian McKellen, TV Smith, Lisa Knapp and Martin Carthy.

Tom's current band toured the entire Power In The Darkness LP in 2018 to mark its 40th anniverary ending with a sold-out show at Shepherds Bush Empire.
As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts two shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music. He also served for 10 years on the Ivor Novello Awards committee and was awarded a fellowship of LIPA in recognition of his support for new music with BBC Introducing.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 10 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Ariel Posen

Ariel Posen's music occupies the space between genres. It's a rootsy sound that nods to his influences - heartland rock & roll, electrified Americana, blue-eyed soul, R&B, Beatles-inspired pop - while still moving forward, pushing Posen into territory that's uniquely his own. He turns a new corner with Headway, a solo album that finds the songwriter taking stock of his personal and musical progress.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 14 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Afro Celt Sound System

Afro Celt Sound System are among the pioneers of the contemporary world music scene. Their ground-breaking fusion of African, Gaelic and Bhangra influenced sounds has won the hearts and minds of audiences since the group?s beginnings over 25 years ago. With album sales now topping more than one and a half million, two Grammy nominations to date and tours all around the world, they are the legendary Afro-Celtic band bringing spirits and music from different cultures together to a breath-taking show.

In 1995, the first Afro Celt Sound System album was released to great critical acclaim. To quote Real World Records:

The world's press waxed superlative: "a hurricane let loose" declared Q Magazine. "Hearing is believing," announced Mojo. "Heady, heartfelt music," proclaimed the Wall Street Journal. Word of mouth spread. A host of imitators soon began crossing cultural boundaries, bent on embracing the future without losing sight of the past. None of them, of course, caught the essence of Afro Celts. Much copied, they were never surpassed.

In March 2023, ACSS founder Simon Emmerson sadly passed away after prolonged illness. Simon founded the ground breaking group and was the driving force in its innovative genre defying recordings and live shows. His loss will be felt for many years by both the band and their fans alike. Simon was steadfast in his belief that the band should continue after his passing, and had been working on the next album for some time.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 16 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jon Gomm

Jon Gomm is a singer-songwriter and acoustic solo performer based in Yorkshire, UK, known for his once-seen-never-forgotten virtuoso guitar style. This involves slapping, tapping and retuning as he plays, producing a huge, multi-layered sound filled with bass, drums and near-orchestral depth and complexity from a single guitar.

His songs are often deeply emotive, whether with or without his soft, affecting voice. And his live performances are intimate and powerful, but always punctured by his natural North Of England wit and self-deprecation.

In 2020 Jon was voted "Best Acoustic Guitarist In The World" in the largest online poll of its type, conducted by MusicRadar / Guitar World.

Ibanez guitars launched the JGM10 and JGM5 Jon Gomm Signature Model guitars in 2021. He's the 3rd guitarist ever to design a signature acoustic with Ibanez, the previous two being Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

In 2023, Jon's song Passionflower was placed 6th in Total Guitar's "50 Greatest Acoustic Guitar Songs Of All Time", just behind The Beatles' Blackbird and Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton.

Jon is also a passionate advocate for mental health and neuro-diversity.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 18 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Bodega

Sometimes you have to move backwards to move forwards. Just ask punk cultural commentators BODEGA, whose new album sees them carve a new future from fuzz-soaked, consumerism-skewering shards of their past. "It's something we've been wanting to do for years," guitarist and vocalist Ben Hozie explains of "Our Brand Could Be Yr Life"; a collection of catchy indie-rock ruminations on the slow-creep of corporate-think into youth culture, first written eight years ago. Then known as BODEGA BAY, the Brooklyn group recorded those songs as a paradoxical double album.

Now, BODEGA - completed by lead guitarist Dan Ryan, bassist Adam See and drummer Adam Shumski - have reinterpreted "Our Brand Could Be Yr Life" for 2024. "We thought of it like a director remaking one of their old films, like when Hitchcock remade the Man Who Knew Too Much, or when Yasujir? Ozu re-did The Story of Floating Weeds," says Hozie, who it's never a surprise to hear talking about music through a cinematic lens. After all, this is a creative who, in addition to his work in BODEGA, moonlights as a celebrated indie filmmaker (PVT Chat, his 2020 drama about online sex work, won rave reviews).

"When you're older and better at your craft, you can revisit the same material but do different things with it."

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 21 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Joshua Burnell (full Band Show)

Joshua Burnell makes retro pop-rock for the modern world. His latest album, Glass Knight - which according to the Financial Times, "plays like a lost out-take from Spiders-From-Mars-era Bowie" - won over a lot of new fans upon its release in 2023. Expect hooky melodies drenched in warm, retro-synth textures, reverbing guitars, lush harmonies and words that make you think. Imagine The War On Drugs meets Genesis with "lashings of Peter Gabriel stylings" - The Guardian.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 6 Nov 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Billy Mahonie

Lauded by many as one of Britain's Finest Live bands in the late 90s and early 00s, Billy Mahonie are back on tour. Taking in many of the towns and cities previously played (Glasgow, Leicester, Cambridge, London, Brighton) and some newer places, the band members have never felt so stoked to get out on the road.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 12 Nov 2024 at 7:00pm Tickets on sale from
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Daft Funk Live

Daft Funk Live are one of the world's most prestigious Daft Punk tribute bands: diligently constructing a 'live' rendition of Daft Punk's legendary performances and appearances. They incorporate their own synchronised light shows together with live instruments to give a truly immersive and unique experience. Their stage production is meticulously crafted, paying the utmost respect to the infamous and illusive Robots.

"...totally superb, an incredibly detailed performance giving you a Daft Punk explosion of sound and colour. Five stars." - Max Taylor
(Groove Armada, Mika, The Bays, Creepy Neighbour)

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 30 Nov 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets