Steve Lamacq - Going Deaf For A Living

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DJ and journalist Steve Lamacq celebrates 30 years in the music industry with a new, intimate one man -show of anecdotes and observations, clocked up over three decades of championing new music.

Since swapping his fanzine for a job at the New Musical Express in 1987, the music obsessive has seen more than 5,000 gigs, banged on endlessly about music he's found (as his friends and colleagues will dolefully testify) and occasionally been coerced into manning a one man band's merch stand.

But Going Deaf For A Living isn't just his story; it's a fond exploration of the life of all music fans from the first record you buy to the best gig you've ever seen; how bands you love will let you down; and how knowing the catalogue numbers of the Rough Trade label won't necessarily win you friends at dinner parties.

Expect frontline stories from his NME days (including the lunchtime spent interviewing Nirvana in a Shepherds Bush B&B in 1990) and about life at Radio 1 and BBC 6Music, where, over 20 years he's booked sessions for numerous Next Big Things; interviewed Noel Gallagher 17 times; and, in 2013, was awarded the prestigious radio gong, the Sony Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cambridge University Centre Wine Bar, Fri, 24 May 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Dreadzone

https://www.facebook.com/dreadzone/

One of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, Dreadzone have steadily been releasing albums and progressively bettering, refining and perfecting their own unique and inimitable take on dub since their inception in 1993. Still going strong after 25 years in the game they have also long been and still are, one of the best live bands around.

In 2018, Dreadzone move forward as a 5 piece, after parting ways with their guitarist after 10 years, and are focusing more on the electronic and dub elements of their stage show - a sound they developed in earlier years of Dreadzone. Their old skool dread sound comes bubbling to the surface on new album 'Dread Times' which digs deep into their dub and reggae roots whilst still keeping the beats fresh and the textures electronic.


In 2018, Dreadzone move forward as a 5 piece, after parting ways with their guitarist after 10 years, and are focusing more on the electronic and dub elements of their stage show - a sound they developed in earlier years of Dreadzone. Their old skool dread sound comes bubbling to the surface on new album 'Dread Times' which digs deep into their dub and reggae roots whilst still keeping the beats fresh and the textures electronic.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 25 May 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Pip Blom

https://www.pipblom.com/

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If you asked a cross-section of people to name things that were musically naff, the Eurovision Song Contest would likely rank pretty highly across the board. If you were to then ask what qualities one would need to succeed at said venture, a lifelong love of Blur and The Breeders would probably swoop to the opposite end of the scale.

That's likely why Amsterdam-born singer Pip Blom's childhood dreams of competing in the cheesy pop spectacle never really got off the ground (an adolescent attempt at penning a tune with her best friend, in her own words, sucked). But TV's loss is the indie world's gain: now 21 and with a full band in tow, Pip's honing a sweetly scuzzy sound that'll trounce the competition with ease.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 29 May 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Yonaka

https://www.facebook.com/weareYONAKA/

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English quartet Yonaka combine heavy riffs, melodic hooks, and on-stage punk furor like the wild spawn of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Royal Blood. The Brighton-based band, comprising vocalist Theresa Jarvis, guitarist George Edwards, bassist Alex Crosby and drummer Robert Mason, met in college while each member played in different bands. They got together in 2014 and quickly gained a reputation for their formidable live shows.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Fonda 500

https://www.facebook.com/fonda500/

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Governments rise and fall, seasons wax and wane, fashions change, millions die and millions are born, but two things remains constant: Fonda 500 keep churning out nuggets of pop gold and vocalist and keyboard wrangler Simon Stone is still welded into a bear hat.

For the uninitiated, take Super Furry Animals sense of the surreal and way round a pop hook, the chugging guitars of Weezer and the twinkly keys of Grandaddy. Make them part of your life.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 14 Jun 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

William Crighton

https://www.williamcrightonmusic.com.au/

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Combining traditional music with unexpected and progressive experimentation William Crighton is a fiery punk folk balladeer who's reputation as a "must see" live act is growing quickly throughout the world. He has released two albums since 2016 with his latest album, Empire (2018), acclaimed for its visceral mix of evocative lyrics, and rock'n'roll sparks.

"William Crighton delivers the years best album, Australian or international, with the charged rock and heartfelt lyrics of Empire" - Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus), The Saturday Paper.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 25 Jun 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Focus

http://www.focustheband.com/

With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the '70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits Hocus Pocus, House of The King and Sylvia, as well as critically acclaimed albums 'Moving Waves', 'Focus 3' and 'Hamburger Concerto', the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their tenth album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans!

After a comeback in the early 2000's, which resulted in the well-received albums 'Focus 8' and 'Focus 9', the band regrouped with a fantastic new line-up. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is famed Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album 'Moving Waves' in 1972. Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Bassist Bobby Jacobs, who comes from a well-acclaimed Dutch musical family and guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, complete the band's current line-up. Recently, Focus's biggest hit "Hocus Pocus" was used in a 4-minute Nike commercial before the World Cup broadcast. Focus music can be regularly heard on Top Gear and Saxondale on TV in the UK.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 27 Jun 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Acid Mothers Temple

http://acidmothers.com/

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"Part Can, part Hawkwind, part metal monsters and entirely formidable live, Acid Mothers Temple have in their two-decade existence recorded far more head-melting music than any sane person would know what to do with.

They may be playing the hits tonight. I have no idea. In a non-stop stream of thrilling noise, they segue from supercharged stomp-rock, through doomy choral chanting and frazzled go-go, to a thundering melee of atonal freakouts. Then on to a pulsating, echo-drenched disco-rock groove, which morphs into a motorik rhythm too rapid even for the autobahn, works itself into a squalling frenzy, breaks cover as a kind of galloping, syncopated, Underworld-with-rabies affair, and flows into a long, chiming trance number climaxing in a collective instrumental howl.

Here is the joy of seeing a really tasty chewy, even band, utterly committed to and in full mastery of their idiom, from two feet away, in a small, hot, crowded room with a low riser for an unbarricaded stage. Music seldom feels more alive than this. Kawabata and company don't just look like wizards. By the end, I believe that's what they are." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 29 Jun 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Kolars

http://www.kolarsband.com

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Kolars is a Los Angeles duo that blends rockabilly, disco, glam, and mod sounds with modern rock through minimal instrumentation: guitar and a tap-dancing drummer. As Rob Kolar sings and strums his rollicking guitar, Lauren Brown uses her whole body as a percussive instrument, tapping out the hi-hat rhythm with her feet atop a bass drum while simultaneously playing a stand-up kit, using dance to transform rhythms into natural extensions of her movement. It's quite the workout and undeniably mesmerising to watch.
 
We wanted to create dance music that combines all the genres of music we love, but with our own original twist, says Kolar. It's that idea of taking a pop song and getting people to move to it. To listen but also feel it in their bones. The result is a kinetic, pulsing sound anchored in vintage style with a modern sensibility towards production.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 30 Jun 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Part Chimp

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https://www.facebook.com/partchimpofficial/

"There is something about London's bruised cultists Part Chimp that has always harboured both jaw-shattering awe and tightrope-teetering ridiculousness. The unapologetic, from-the-bowels-of Hell sludge they have dredged up over the last seventeen years comes at you in a myriad of ways: it's archaic, like pre-dawn pagan guttural mantras; it's Herculean, David vs Goliath iconography etched in sledgehammer noise and funereal riffs; it's anarchic, making the walls sweat blood before imploding in a Poltergeist twist of pinprick white light; yet it is also at times simplistic, base, even (dare I say it) silly.

Yet it is next-level cathartic washed clean in the hot scree of white noise. Tim Cedar, Joe McLaughlin, Iain Hinchcliffe and Jon Hamilton take their brand of searing cerebellum strippers very seriously - but at the same time it has always been double-dipped in a sense of beating the fun back into you. Walking the blade-thin line between raw ferocity and sly, deceptive laconicism has been done by quite a few noise bands over the years, but very few (like The Melvins or Cows) are able to make it a tectonic statement of infinite appeal. And while they are nowhere as prolific as the former their last, the brilliantly destructive Thriller, came out in 2009 - they haven't been dormant either. A show last year in a crypt in Camberwell threatened to wake the dead and kill the tympanic membrane of the living." The Quietus

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 4 Jul 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Girlpool

https://girlpoool.bandcamp.com/

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"Weaving in and out of concrete, direct, indie-rock songwriting and meditative, impressionistic dream pop, the record takes up more space than any of Girlpool's previous music. Guitar chords tend to land with a hefty crunch, bleeding distortion across the field of sound rather than keeping clean and tightly wound. A few songs skirt Girlpool's usual rock instrumentation in favor of drum machines and synth organs. The record crests and falls, agitated on one track, melancholic and serene on the next." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 10 Jul 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hot 8 Brass Band

http://www.hot8brassband.com/

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An extraordinary, raw and funky brass band from the streets of New Orleans. The Hot 8 are famous for playing all day in the sun, then hopping to a club gig and playing through the night. But even more than their boundless energy, what makes them special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn horns. Just listen to their recordings for a sampling of the rich harmonies and the magical, sweet tone that make it impossible to mistake this band for any other.

"Marching music for modern times... incendiary" - The Guardian.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 15 Jul 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Murder Capital

https://themurdercapital.com/

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"The band's mix of businesslike dress and improvised choreography on stage is echoed in their music. Visually and sonically, it's a thug's pantomime, delivered with delicacy. It's never just pure punk noise. Some songs reach back to Joy Division's drum tattoos, interlocking with surging, wave-break bass. Pixies' quiet-loud-quiet trick is in there, as are Shame and Savages, while PJ Harvey and the Bad Seeds infest tracks such as Green and Blue. But these are just reference points on a map of their own making. Mostly they thrust forward into the darkness." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 15 Jul 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Catenary Wires

Under 18s are welcome when accompanied by an adult

http://www.catenarywires.moonfruit.com

The Catenary Wires are Rob Pursey and Amelia Fletcher. They specialise in emotive indie duets, capturing the spirits of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot, and releasing them into modern Britain. In their previous lives, Amelia and Rob featured in indie bands Talulah Gosh, Heavenly and Tender Trap. Live, The Catenary Wires become a five-piece, with musical heavyweights Andy Lewis (Paul Weller Group, Spearmint) on bass and cello; Fay Hallam (Makin' Time, Prime Movers) on Hammond organ and backing vocals, and Ian Watson (Death in Vegas) on drums. The new Catenary Wires LP, 'Til the Morning' is available on Tapete Records from June 14th.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 17 Jul 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Malcolm Middleton

https://www.malcolmmiddleton.com/

Malcolm Middleton is back, again, with his seven-hundredth studio album BANANAS, this time on the much beloved TRIASSIC TUSK RECORDS. The guitarist and songwriter is best known for his work with Aidan Moffat in Scottish rock legends ARAB STRAP, as well as for his string of DPR$$N-CORE smash hit singles F*** It, I Love You", "We're All Going To Die" and "Balled Of F*** All.

On BANANAS Malcolm has teamed up with the acclaimed not-jazz trio JEANSY, JONES & SMILLIE (David Jeans DRUMS, Stevie Jones DOUBLE BASS and Graeme Smillie PIANO) to produce an album that is both scathing and nice. With new songs like BUZZ LIGHTYEAR HELMET, LOVE IS A MOMENTARY LAPSE IN SELF-LOATHING and PISS OFF LIFE, JUST KILL ME NOW (that last one is a joke), Malcolm continues to report back from the depths of the everyday whilst attempting to monetise HELL. Adding a dose of saccharine to the mix, the Samaratinesque choir of Kenny Anderson (KING CREOSOTE), Jenny Reeve (BDY_PRTS) and Dan Wilson (WITHERED HAND) courageously manage to pull Malcolm back from the brink of many a teetering jont just as he's about to disappear up his own proverbial.

Norwich Green Mind @ Norwich Waterfront Studio, Wed, 17 Jul 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Kiefer Sutherland

https://kiefersutherland.net/

Kiefer Sutherland has been a professional actor for over thirty years, starring in movies like 'Stand By Me', 'The Lost Boys', 'Young Guns', Flatliners', 'A Few Good Men', 'A Time to Kill', 'Dark City', 'Melancholia' and most recently, a western called 'Forsaken,' as well as the TV series '24.'

But unknown to many during the course of his career, he has taken on other vocations with the same kind of dedication and commitment. The first one, beginning around 1992, was that of a cattle rancher and competitive cowboy (roper) in the USTRC team roping circuit. He ran a successful ranch with partner John English for almost a decade. During that timeframe, Sutherland won numerous roping events around the country including Phoenix, Indio and the Los Angeles Open.

In 2002, Sutherland, with his music partner and best friend Jude Cole, began a small record label called Ironworks. The goal of this label was to record local musicians and distribute their music at a time when the music industry was going through a monumental shift. Some of their artists included Rocco DeLuca and the Burden, HoneyHoney and Billy Boy On Poison. In 2009, Sutherland left the label to recharge and figure out what he was going to do next.

In early 2015 Sutherland played Cole two songs he had written and wanted to record as demos for other artists to record. Cole responded positively to the songs and the album grew organically from those recordings. Two songs became four and four grew into six, until Cole suggested that they make a record. Their collaboration resulted in Kiefer Sutherland's upcoming debut album: 'Down In A Hole'.

Bury St. Edmunds Green Mind @ The Apex, Thu, 25 Jul 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Stella Donnelly

https://www.stelladonnelly.com

Stella Donnelly has forged her way to the forefront of the new guard of songwriters in Australia. She has most recently achieved her own identity with the release of her first critically acclaimed EP Thrush Metal. The first song from the EP, Mechanical Bull, has spread like wildfire since Stella was recently Triple J's Unearthed Feature Artist. Her brutally honest lyrics combined with jazz-folk sensibilities will leave you feeling like you've known Stella all your life.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 21 Aug 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Martha

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http://marthapunx.com

From their sudden and deliberate first chord on Love Keeps Kicking, beloved British punk collective Martha announce their intent to kick back. Across 11 tracks, these daughters and sons of Pity Me, England, show that, while our world might be in spiral, there is still plenty worth fighting for.

In many ways Love Keeps Kicking is a breakup record, with each song inhabiting different parts of the process. This year blew my world apart sings guitarist/vocalist Daniel Ellis on album opener Heart is Healing. With lush vocal harmonies (and one of the best riffs in Martha's discography) Healing explores the uncomfortable period between love's end, and when the heart is ready to move on.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 3 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Damo Suzuki

http://www.damosuzuki.com

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Japanese musician Kenji Suzuki, better known as Damo Suzuki, is best known for his work with the pioneering German group Can. He is a vocalist and improvisational musician whose creative wanderlust has taken him around the world, performing with a dizzying variety of collaborators.

Suzuki had little experience as a musical performer before joining Can in 1970, but his bold, theatrical style and abstract lyrical sensibility put its stamp on three of the group's most memorable albums (1971's Tago Mago, 1972's Ege Bamyasi, and 1973's Future Days) before he left the group in 1973. A

After a decade away from music, Suzuki returned in 1983, shunning the recording studio in favor of improvised live performances, a number of which have been recorded and released, among them 2000's Seattle, 2002's P.R.O.M.I.S.E., and 2007's The Fire of Heaven at the End of the Universe. Working with established groups as well as 'sound carriers' he often has never met before walking on-stage, Suzuki's music in the 21st century has found him relentlessly exploring the boundaries of spontaneous creativity.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Andrew O'neill

https://www.andrewoneill.co.uk

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Andrew O'Neill presents "I am a Rich Man and I Have Many Sons"

"An incantatory state of near-constant laughter" - List
"The very definition of Alternative - one of the funniest comedians on the circuit today" - TimeOut
"Absolutely hilarious" - Neil Gaiman

Award-winning comedian Andrew O'Neill returns with a truly magickal stand-up show that gives every audience member exactly what they want*. Also a song about grizzly bears running a photograph development lab.

(*within standard limits of legality, morality and reality.)

Support from Sanj Surati

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 21 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Johnny Lloyd

https://www.facebook.com/johnnylloydmusic/

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Stripped back, raw and showing just a hint of English blues, Johnny Lloyd's songs which have emerged thus far have something intangibly special about them.

Take EP title track, 'Pilgrims', which has shades of 80s songcraft in there, with the lyrics - "take me driving like you used to do" - almost nodding towards the influence of Springsteen.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 24 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Murray A Lightburn

https://murraylightburn.com/

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"as if Brian Wilson had borrowed [Curtis] Mayfield and the Impressions for the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. Rolling Stone

MURRAY A. LIGHTBURN is a composer, musician, performer and music producer. He is best known as the lead singer and principal songwriter of internationally-known Montreal chamber rock band, The Dears.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 2 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jesca Hoop

https://www.facebook.com/JescaHoopMusic/

Jesca Hoop is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, a Californian who is now an adopted daughter of Manchester. Her career has spanned five albums of finely crafted song writing, sung from a unique intelligence and an unparalleled voice, culminating in 2017's hugely acclaimed 'Memories are Now'.

Having spent much of the last eighteen months on tour, highlights of which include a triumphant sold out show at Union Chapel, appearances at Glastonbury and Latitude Festivals amongst many others, and appearing as special guest at Jose Gonzales' Royal Albert Hall show, Jesca is currently working with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, This is the Kit, Aldous Harding) on her next collection of songs. With her much anticipated follow up to 'Memories are Now' set for release in the summer of 2019, Jedca Hop heads out round the UK and Europe in October, including her biggest headline show to date at the Barbican Centre, London

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 5 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Night Cafe

https://www.facebook.com/nightcafeband/

"From the emphatic and high-powered 'Mixed Signals' to the somewhat softer, yet equally effectual 'Addictive', the set is a seamless display of stalwart power-pop. There's a beautifully indescribable simplicty to their performance with each track easing effortlessly into the next, despite the undeniable versatility within much of their music." Yorkshire Evening Post

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 7 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

John Otway And The Big Band

http://www.johnotway.com/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 11 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Chance Mccoy (old Crow Medicine Show)

https://www.facebook.com/chancemccoymusic

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Chance McCoy is a Grammy Award winning Indie Folk musician from West Virginia.

It can be scary to step away from something that's been so successful, says Chance McCoy, but it's important to follow your passion. I really believe in the music that I'm making right now, so it feels like the right time for me as an artist to get off the main road and explore the path less trodden.

A virtuoso fiddler, guitarist, and banjo player, McCoy is best known as a member of GRAMMY-winning Americana powerhouse Old Crow Medicine Show, but 'Wander Wide,' his debut solo album, reveals a remarkable depth and versatility far beyond anything we've heard from him yet. Captivating in its cross of the traditional and the progressive, the record shows little regard for the conventional boundaries of genre and decade, blending old-school bluegrass melodies with modern rock and roll arrangements and rich, atmospheric production.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 12 Oct 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

David Ford

http://davidfordmusic.com

As an artist Ford still defies classification or comparison. Singer-songwriter doesn't begin to cover it. He writes and performs with fluency across multiple genres, plays every instrument on the stage and even invents new ones to create truly unique recordings and performances. Every live show is different. Ford's trademark one-man loop machine circus grows more complex and audacious every year, but then he is just as likely to show up with a six-piece band, a string quartet, jazz drummer or a choir and his most recent UK tour proved he can be equally compelling sat in an armchair, playing acoustic guitar and telling stories. The result is a live spectacle described by The Guardian as unmissable.

Cambridge Unitarian Church, Sat, 12 Oct 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Josin

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https://www.facebook.com/josinmusic/

"Why: Rhythmic and emotive, the latest track from German producer/composer Josin is truly enveloping. Crafting a sound that is both intense and seductive, 'Feral Thing' swirls and sways through its five minute running time. Building with consideration and an adept subtleness, the song flowers into a melancholic and, frankly, beautiful piece of steadily expanding delicateness." Overblown.co.uk

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 14 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Snapped Ankles

https://www.snappedankles.com/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"The band's wild, kinetic post-punk is as much a visual offering as it is an auditory one. They are strange and they are odd, producing frenzied, unsettled krautrock that is somehow danceable, and they've developed a reputation for their costumed attire and penchant for putting on brutal live performances." Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 16 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Flamingods

https://www.flamingods.com

A genre-defying tribal pop/experimental worldbeat outfit with roots in both England and Bahrain, Flamingods' dizzying blend of traditional African and Middle Eastern music, psych-folk, and prog falls somewhere in between the Avalanches, Konono Nº1, Animal Collective, and Goat.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 17 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

"Pigsx7's is a world of downtuned doom in which no riff is too monolithic, no chord progression too bludgeoning. They sound as if they should be caught between the conflicting urges to hit a massive bong or go out on choppers. In fact, they're a perfectly unbikery-looking quintet from Newcastle upon Tyne, longtime participants in that city's music scene (two of them play live with the brilliant Richard Dawson) who have suddenly and unexpectedly broken the surface with this project, in which 70s heavy metal is played both straight and as some kind of art project." The Guardian

Stowmarket John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Fri, 18 Oct 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Peggy Sue

https://peggywho.com/

"...a record of soulful depths and heady, emotional highs. From the haunting, melancholic gospel of 'Come Back Around' to the campfire simplicity of 'How Heavy The Quiet That Grew Between Your Mouth And Mind,' the band's pace and drive never let up. The sultry doo-wop of 'Longest Day Of The Year Blues', meanwhile, may well be the catchiest tune you hear this winter." NME

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 20 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Barns Courtney

https://www.barnscourtney.com/

Fresh from his European headline tour, global rising star, Barns Courtney today announces his second studio album '404' which is set for release on September 6th via Virgin EMI. To mark the news, Barns has unveiled a brand new single and video called 'You & I'. In addition to this, a huge UK and Europe tour has been announced for October to celebrate the release.

The album will feature 10 new tracks and will explore his transition into adulthood with conflicted feelings of loss, frustration and optimism. Fans can expect to hear his deep vocals bringing adding an energy to a mixture of intense rock grooves and softer melodic sounds. Recorded in the middle of the night, the vocals were recorded in only one take and are largely improvised. It is perhaps Barns' most raw and intimate work yet as he invites listeners into some of his deepest thoughts.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Robyn Hitchcock

http://www.robynhitchcock.com

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in 'Storefront Hitchcock' an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.

Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as 'paintings you can listen to'. His most recent album is self-titled and marks his 21st release as a solo artist. Out on April 21 2017, the album is produced by Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). Hitchcock describes it as a "ecstatic work of negativity with nary a dreary groove."

It has received rave reviews from UNCUT, Rolling Stone, Paste, Tidal and more.

"A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings..." - Rolling Stone

"These 10 gems slither, rock, roll, glide and shapeshift, coalescing around Hitchcock's typically anxious, strained but striking and immediately identifiable vocals." - American Songwriter

"Beloved of everyone from Led Zeppelin to REM, Hitchcock has only enhanced his status with this wonderful outing." - Hot Press

"Witty, moving and seriously catchy, Robyn Hitchcock is a glorious return for a man who wasn't really gone in the first place." - Paste Magazine

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 26 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Cc Smugglers

https://www.ccsmugglers.co.uk/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

There are buskers that will make you cry, they're so good, according to cult Americana artist Andrew Bird. And then there are buskers that will take you to a place where sound and energy merge to create a kind of spiritual ecstasy, a joyful affirmation of life itself. CC Smugglers, who have made the transition from the street to the stage with consummate ease and considerable acclaim, exemplify the latter, and then some.
The band from Bedfordshire started out as guerrilla buskers, hijacking queues waiting to see other artists, or commandeering underground trains and escalators.

They got their big break by playing outside every UK tour date of the two-time Grammy Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show. Not even a severed artery on his finger could stop frontman Richie Prynne he delayed surgery to lead the six-piece on the audacious escapade. So impressed were the Old Crow Medicine Show they invited them to share their platform on the remaining dates.

It was Richie who formed the band after busking alone for some years as a teenager. He enlisted the help of Dan Edwards (double bass) Ryan Thomas (lead guitar) and Sam Barrett (rhythm guitar and fiddle) who formed the Bedfordshire contingent of the band for several years. They were joined 18 months ago Joel Barford (drums) and more recently by Tom Seals (keys) both accomplished young jazz players their influences have really allowed us to explore more contemporary challenging arrangements said Richie.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 1 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Penelope Isles

https://www.facebook.com/penelopeisles/

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Hailing from the Isle of Man, Penelope Isles is the sounds of Jack and Lily Wolter, with the help of friends Becky Redford and Jack Sowton. Currently based between Brighton and Cornwall, the band perform melodic fuzz pop with dynamics that will transfix and satisfy. Hypnotic, chiming bedroom pop music. For the lovers of Radiohead, The Magic Numbers and Deerhunter.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 26 Nov 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Dodgy - 25 Years Of 'homegrown'

https://www.facebook.com/dodgyuk/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Dodgy will play their album HOMEGROWN in full plus other hits at a handful of UK dates this Winter. Homegrown is the band's breakthrough, gold-selling second album and this tour continues the album's 25th anniversary celebrations after a hugely successful tour in the Spring.

Dodgy were together for seven years in the 90's, releasing three albums totalling over a million sales worldwide. Their 1994 album Homegrown features the hit single 'Staying Out for the Summer' which was the band's first Top 20 hit single. They quickly followed up in 1996 with album number three 'Free Peace Sweet' which spawned the hits 'In a Room', 'Good Enough' (which is officially one of the most played tracks on British radio in the last 20 years) and 'If You're Thinking of Me'.

Fast forward to 2019 and the band are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Homegrown. As well as playing the album in its entirety, Dodgy will be playing tracks from 'Free Peace Sweet', other hits and live favourites.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 29 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Wedding Present - Bizarro Tour

https://scopitones.co.uk/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Bizarro was the second studio album by The Wedding Present and spawned indie mega hit 'Kennedy' and also Brassneck. They'll be playing the entire album, plus other material from their extensive catalogue.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 4 Dec 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Uk Subs

https://www.uksubs.co.uk/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

It's time again for the annual UK Subs show! Punk anthems, moshing and a DIY attitude that's seen them outlast many of their peers. Unmissable!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 5 Dec 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets