Yonaka + Gurr


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Following on from a jam-packed and productive year - which started with the band forming, signing to BBC Radio 1 Phil Taggart's Hometown Records, playing over 30 shows and writing a hugely strong body of work - Brighton's Yonaka, are ready to make waves.

Last month Yonaka released their debut single 'Ignorance' through Hometown Records. The track debuted on Earmilk and you can stream it HERE. This follows their previous stripped rock-pop earful, 'Run', which was put online softly last year and garnered support from the likes of Clash and DIY, with DIY claiming it to be a giant opening gambit . Both 'Ignorance' and 'Run was also part of a limited run via record lovers 'Flying Vinyl' in their March Issue.

Yonaka's live shows have been cause for excitement having played four busy London club shows and a support tour with Killing Joke. The band have just completed their debut headline UK tour and will be playing a plethora of festivals this summer. Yonaka look set to truly be a band to watch.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 2 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tall Ships + Goldblume


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"...Essentially one huge build to a brief climactic high, it doesn't so much as seek a beat for more than two minutes but subtly evolves in its own time into a fractured shuffle before the Sigur Ros-esque delicate guitar line is overtaken by frenzied drumming being pushed along by pulses of underpinning, circulating synths that eventually take over and hint at Yeasayer's tribal electro before a huge uplifting group vocal breaks in, complementing rather than bursting the sonic build, before the component parts drift off into space." The Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 3 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sivu + Si Dartford


'Sivu is a singer-songwriter known by his adopted Finnish name (he's James Page on his gas bill) and for a tremulous quaver that if it's not falsetto certainly aims high. He sounds like a one-man Wild Beasts.' The Guardian

Cambridge Unitarian Church, Fri, 5 May 2017 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Magic Gang + Abattoir Blues + Paris Youth Foundation


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The slacker-rock quartet have spun up a neat formula of chugging Weezer college rock and languid, lilting Mac Demarco guitar lines bound to get you singing along drunkenly into your mates face.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 8 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Rifles


The Rifles burst onto the UK music scene in 2006 with their attitude-laden debut 'No Love Lost'. Making heavy rock 'n' roll inspired by the likes of The Clash, Dylan and The Rolling Stones, the London four-piece cite influences as far reaching as The Smiths and The Streets, their sound is heavily sixties mod yet thoroughly modern. Sharp vocals, quick-witted songs, rolling guitars and a crucial hint of ska coming from their tighter than tight rhythm section make The Rifles the perfect London soundtrack.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 9 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sam Brookes + Low Chimes + Oscar Corney


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Sam Brookes is a seasoned veteran of the live music circuit. Not your stereotypical 'folk bard ' his love of singing and performing has been evolving since his days as a chorister, singing for the Queen at her private Chapel in Great Windsor Park; add to this his training as a gilder and Sam already stands apart from his contemporaries.

His self titled release produced by Chris Hughes (Tears for Fears, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney) bought him recognition in the form of high profile support slots with Joan Armatrading, Ray Davies and Newton Faulkner; this combined with an entrepreneurial spirit and a close kinship with other musicians such as Lucy Rose, Pete Roe and Emily & The Woods has allowed his live and recorded sound to evolve in to a more powerful and provocative body of work. Thoughtful lyrics add poetry to his tracks, something that sets his work apart in an increasingly saturated area of music.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 9 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets



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Fresh off supporting Busted, Natives bring their melody drenched pop rock to Cambridge for a headline show.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 10 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Post War Glamour Girls


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Leeds' much loved post-punk quartet Post War Glamour Girls have announced details of their third album 'Swan Songs' which will be released on Hide & Seek Records on the 17th of April. 'Swan Songs', the follow up to 2015's acclaimed 'Feeling Strange' and their outstanding debut album, 2014's 'Pink Fur' is musically reminiscent of The Pixies and Wild Beasts with the dual vocals of James and Alice evocative of Mark E. Smith trading off against Kim Gordon.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 16 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles + Tom Lumley + Chasing Grey


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Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles are a four-piece band composed of Billy Bibby, Rob Jones, Matt Thomas, and Mike Pearce. This new musical venture fronted by singer-songwriter and founding Catfish and the Bottlemen lead guitarist Billy Bibby has been keeping busy in 2016 with the release of a debut EP, a follow-up single, and over 50 gigs and festival appearances including Focus Wales, Dot to Dot Manchester, Kendal Calling, Coastline, Blackfest, TFest, and Southsea Fest. In addition to building up a solid grassroots following through touring, the band has caught the attention of industry tastemakers such as Adam Walton of BBC Introducing Wales, Clint Boon, Phil Clifton, and Jo Good of Radio X, Tim Cocker of Virgin Radio UK, Jim Gellatly of Amazing Radio, NME, and over 100 other radio and media outlets in the UK and abroad.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 17 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Chris T-t: 20th Anniversary 'best Of' Uk Tour


***Please note there will be no bar, so bring your own refreshments. Please respect the church***

Chris is a long time friend of Green Mind, having played some of our earliest shows and many more times over the years. He's revisiting his extensive back catalogue, right back to his album Panic Attack At Sainsburys (featuring the nearly hit, Injured Popstars), so no matter what your favourite is, chances are he'll be playing it.

Cambridge Unitarian Church, Fri, 19 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Mad Mary


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Acoustic led, keyboard infused, harmony drenched pop rock from Cambridge.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 20 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets



Echobelly are back with a new album planned for release in May 2017. In 2016 the band went back in the studio to record their fifth album, ANARCHY AND ALCHEMY with producer Ian Grimble. The band have released the first eponymously titled single to critical acclaim and spot radio plays on UK radio including, BBC radio 2 and 6 and plan to release a second single and album in 2017 with a tour in May to coincide.

After the maelstrom years of Britpop and their ensuing success as Echobelly , a series of experiences insued that rock'n'roll would call its own, including death, drugs, theft and high court injunctions, Glenn and Sonya came through the storm to a time of reflection, re-positioning and reality: Where to go from here when the desire to write songs is stronger than ever but the business has changed considerably? Back to what you once knew. And that's exactly what they did. A handful of acoustic shows took place in 2010 and two acoustic mini albums were released in 2011 and 2012, with a full album planned to follow soon afterwards.

Before that could happen, however, Sonya and Glenn found themselves longing once again for the full-band experience and in 2015 Echobelly was resurrected. With a new-look line-up in place, a live show at London's Scala was announced. It sold out and was quoted by fans as being one of the best ever Echobelly shows. A proper return was in the pipe-line.

Echobelly debuted in 1993 with their debut EP, Bellyache, on the independent Pandemonium label. The favourable response including gushing press reviews and sold out gigs ensured the securing of a recording contract with Epic via their subsidiary, Rhythm King. Their first single, was Insomniac and the album, Everyone's Got One, reached number 8 in the Uk Album charts.

Norwich Open, Sun, 21 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dan Wilde + Jordan Mackampa + Kerry Devine


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engrossing and charismatic Folkwords

Dan Wilde has been performing his own brand of richly observant folk both in the UK and around the world for the past five years. And in that time, he's developed a growing fan-base and a reputation amongst those who know as a fantastic songwriting talent who without a doubt will deserve and demand your attention Eclectically Challenged


"Rising talent Jordan Mackampa has a fastidious approach to his art. Nothing is released until it is perfect, until it matches his own high standards - so new cut 'Open Arms' is just a bit special. A slice of folk, a dash of soul, Jordan Mackampa fuses a number of ingredients together to get a sound that is wonderfully fresh and new." Clash Music


Kerry has been gigging like mad over the last few years and has honed her craft beautifully. Introspective and haunting alternative folk.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 22 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Twin Wild + Standing Like Statues

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A four piece rock band from London. "...A Stomping, hell-raising inferno fuelled by wiry guitar licks jutting out at odd angles, bluesy hooks, snarl-infested verses, slick stadium-ready vocals, and a Foals-y penchant for the unexpected" - The Line Of Best Fit

Having previously received support from Radio 1 and the online tastemakers The 405, DIY mag and Wonderland magazine to name a few and toured with Nothing But Thieves, You Me At Six, We Are The Ocean and PVRIS, Twin Wild have established themselves as one of UK's most promising new rock bands.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 29 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets



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Garage rockers, Slydigs make their first visit to Cambridge. Expect blistering riffs and emphatic vocals

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 6 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets



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All you need to know: One of the best live bands on the planet. That's it.

"Once they started back in 1993, Melt-Banana have remained like an eye of a hurricane that's 10 times crazier than the hurricane itself. One of the core bands to emerge from the same roiling soup that birthed art-damaged titans such as the Flying Luttenbachers and the Locust, the female-fronted Japanese group added a few twists to the genetic makeup of 90s noise rock. Japan's own rich noise tradition was little more than a touchstone for Melt-Banana, and the group's cryptic otherness elevated it above its peers." Pitchfork

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

Joe Purdy


"Who Will be Next? sits in a tradition from Guthrie, Dylan and others, through Steve Earle up to today. Sits in that tradition, has its rightful place, is not shallow of intent but burns with conviction and a zeal for a better world. Sometimes songs should matter, sometimes they do matter. Joe Purdy matters. 9/10" Americana UK

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 9 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets


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The world needs more singer-songwriters like Callaghan. She truly shines through as the real deal. Her voice is original and pure and she is one of the greatest unsigned talents I've ever heard
-Shawn Mullins

Callaghan is a wonderful artist. She is beautiful, warm and hugely talented. The reaction to her music on my radio programmes has been fantastic.
-Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 6 Jul 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Whybirds


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The Whybirds are a four-piece rock 'n' roll band from Bedford, England.

All three members (Dave Banks, Ben Haswell and Luke Tuchscherer) are singer/songwriters - giving the group a diverse range of songs and vocal styles - but without straying from The Whybirds' sanguine brand of rock 'n' roll.

Classic Rock journalist Derek Oliver said: "The Whybirds have it all; songs, musicianship and a sense of maturity that most acts of this kind can't even comprehend. These guys are the real deal, you'll be hearing more of The Whybirds some time soon."

According to Americana UK, The Whybirds "...sound like Pearl Jam having a fist fight with The Allman Brothers in Don Henley's back yard. But what's more important is that The Whybirds might just be the hardest working and hardest rocking band in Britain right now - a band destined for greatness".

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

Laura Gibson


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"She addresses transformation, loss, connection and apartness in literate, finely turned pop songs centred on her sweet, pellucid voice and filled out with dreamy loops and strings." Uncut

"The pace is unhurried, and Gibson offers a cathartic tale of loss and redemption, set against a gorgeous sonic backdrop. She sounds newly confident, invigorated, and free." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 24 Aug 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Districts


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"Though arguably more than deserving of the fame and radio play enjoyed by bands like Black Keys and Kings of Leon, The Districts likely won't end up taking that path. So far in their career, they've only just been a band: just four high school friends deciding to make music and hit the road. There are no pretensions, no chance of headline gimmicks, just four humble and incredibly young guys who are also quite talented. In many ways, their unfussy approach to being a band translates to their music. Despite some of the fuzz and purposefully lo-fi studio tricks, they let the songs speak for themselves. As A Flourish and a Spoil proves, that's all they need." Consequence of Sound

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 3 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm Tickets on sale from
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Having released their debut album 'Silhouettes' at the head of 2017, Aquilo today share the title track as their new single accompanied by a live video of the same track and news of their forthcoming UK headline tour this autumn. The live video will also be released as an audio track alongside the single.

Evolving from a spacious piano ballad to a powerful crescendo across its four minutes, 'Silhouette' is a tour de force of stirring balladry, cinematic sonic textures and immersive dynamics.

Listen HERE
Watch the live version HERE

Aquilo have been flying the UK flag over in North America these past few weeks criss-crossing the country on tour which took them via SXSW and a sold out shows in NYC and LA. They also made their TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers - you can view the performance HERE.

It's clear that the duo of Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher are continuing to grow their already far-reaching fan base globally. To date they have amassed a whopping 80 million streams on Spotify.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 19 Sep 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

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

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

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



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

Martin Simpson


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

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