Feet

Spending endless days making music, FEET's journey since their debut has been a rollercoaster - one with a definite U-turn. An initial batch of songs ended up being entirely scrapped after a sobering practice room realisation that, far from sounding like a cohesive second record, "one song sounded like a covers pub band, and another sounded like Eminem could throw some bars over it," notes guitarist Callum Parker.

And so, they sat down to write a manifesto: one that would tame their overflowing pot of ideas and put some necessary parameters around what they were doing. "No guitar solos, no sailor outfits, no bringing a broom onstage," jokes singer George Haverson. All fair points. But as well as that, the band started digging into what they actually wanted to sound like, setting up their home studio and taking a bigger interest in production and the atmosphere of the tracks, trying to hit the cross-section of pop music and something a little darker that they've always loitered around.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 1 Jun 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

S-x
BRYN

S-X (born Sam Gumbley) is a Grammy nominated producer, singer and songwriter, born and raised in Wolverhampton, UK. In 2010, he released what became one of the biggest Grime tracks of all time "Woooo Riddim", this catapulted S-X to the top of the UK production scene.

After the success of producing for the likes of Childish Gambino, J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Skepta and many more, S-X transitioned into releasing tracks of his own as an artist and quickly started to gain momentum with an extremely loyal, fast growing fanbase.

S-X is a passionate about his hometown, proven by being an ambassador for the cities football club Wolves. He is also renowned for only wearing shorts.

S-X produced and featured on KSI's hit "Down Like That" alongside Lil Baby & Rick Ross. The song peaked at #10 in the official UK chart and has amassed over 100 million streams to date. S-X performed the song at the KSI v Logan Paul boxing event, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to a sold out arena and millions worldwide. The event was dubbed the biggest in internet history.

Cambridge Mash, Thu, 2 Jun 2022 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Bob Vylan
+ Grove

"There's a lot of artists working right now in the shredded space between rap and noise, but their take is a little different" - Noisey

There aren't many bands that blur the lines between punk and grime as effectively as London duo Bob Vylan. Outspoken and engrossing in equal measures, their lyrics convey the angst and discrimination at the hand of a corrupt system while sonically it's like "being pelted by a downpour of razor sharp arrows" (NME).

2019 saw Bobby (vocals and production) and Bobb13 (drums and spiritual guidance) generate significant hype with guest appearances on Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes Radio 1 session for Annie Mac, supporting Gallows at their triumphant comeback show at House of Vans and collaborating with Massive Attack alumni Tricky on his new album.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 2 Jun 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Roxanne De Bastion
+ My Girl The River

By her own admission, Roxanne de Bastion was a "weird kid". Smiling at the memory today, she recalls, "Being really frustrated with myself around the age of seven or eight and saying to my musician dad 'but when am I going to write a song?' and he would just say, 'You'll write a song when you've got something to say.' Take your time, it's fine." These words of reassurance are set to be proven prophetic with the release of Roxanne's second album, "You And Me, We Are The Same", a record that sees the now London-based singer-songwriter finding her authentic voice, while channelling the pain of her father's death last year.

For Roxanne, it's been an arduous journey to this point, and one that's required her to keep courage in her convictions in order to succeed. Brought up between Berlin and the West Midlands, she grew up obsessed with The Beatles and Alanis Morissette, and was soon determined to become a musician like her father. To those ends, she left Berlin for London straight from high school and - with no financial support and no contacts in the city - got by balancing hospitality and admin work with the 90-odd solo gigs she played per year across the UK and Europe. To date, Roxanne has played over 600 gigs, including two USA tours in 2017 and 2018.

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Mon, 6 Jun 2022 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's 2005 self-released ground breaking debut album is hailed as one of "The 50 Most Important Recordings Of The Decade" by NPR.

In the ensuing years, Ounsworth has continued pushing himself creatively, releasing further acclaimed CYHSY full-lengths (for which he again wrote all of the music and lyrics) issuing two solo projects and touring all over the globe.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 7 Jun 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Stephen Fretwell
+ Later Youth

Stephen Fretwell's long-awaited third album, Busy Guy, is set for release on Dan Carey's Speedy Wunderground label this summer. Described by Fretwell himself as 'a song cycle of sorts' Busy Guy examine the seasons of a life, exploring fatherhood, grief and rebirth, with Fretwell's trademark eloquence and wit.

Preceding the album's release are two singles, 'Oval' and 'Embankment'. 'Oval', the fourth song on the album, will be released first. It is heady with sensuous images - 'a harvest pear in silk' ' and heavenly bodies ' the moon and the sun', as well as those lying on beds. But, as in so many of the songs on Busy Guy, all is not well. There is a deep sense of unease: tropical heat at twilight. Beyond the innocent curves of 'Oval', images of opposites clash and collide; celebration sours to disappointment. The longed-for sun can be a thing that burns. The birthday becomes a sultry disco.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 9 Jun 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Laura Veirs

"My Echo" is Laura Veirs' eleventh studio album, and includes appearances and features from Jim James, Bill Frisell, Karl Blau, Matt Ward and others. Laura says: "My Echo is my songs-knew-I-was-getting-divorced-before-I-did album."

"My conscious mind was trying as hard as I could to keep my family together but my subconscious mind was working on the difficult struggles in my marital life. I was part of a 'Secret Poetry Group' that met and wrote poems monthly for a year during the writing of this record."

"Many of my poems turned into songs for this album. By the time the album was being mixed last fall, my ex-husband/producer Tucker Martine and I had decided to go our separate ways. We were a great musical team for many years but we struggled to be compatible in our marriage and family life and that struggle is reflected in this album. In this new batch of songs I imagine escaping from some sort of prison or cage."

"Advancing age, the confines of domesticity, our oppressive government and the threat of the apocalypse permeate these songs. In these songs my heart craves certainty and permanence but none is to be found. It's an album about disintegration. It reveals my artist's intuition at work."

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 11 Jun 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sorry
+ Wunderhorse

Centred around Asha Lorenz and Louis O'Bryen, two 22-year-old childhood best friends, Sorry were signed by Domino after developing a reputation as the most thrilling new band on London's underground circuit. Sorry's lineup is completed by Lincoln Barrett on drums and bassist Campbell Baum alongside a new addition in Marco Pini on synths.

Having spent the past couple of years releasing a string of singles and a pair of video mixtapes that won the band praise from the likes of Pitchfork, The Fader, Vice, Dazed and more, the band are preparing to announce their biggest project to date with new music right around the corner.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 16 Jun 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

We Are Scientists
+ support

We Are Scientists have always held the winning formula for guitar pop hits with perfect hooks. But on new album Huffy they?ve outdone themselves in how to keep it fresh and exciting.

From lead single 'Contact High' to their euphoric slice of summary indie pop 'Sentimental Education', it?s an album that doesn't let up from start to finish. The crunching riffs of 'Fault Lines' and the classic lockdown smash 'I Cut My Own Hair' stand as some of the biggest sounding rock songs of their 15 year career, yet the album still finds time to take some playfully unexpected turns on tracks like 'Bought Myself A Grave' - a Dolly Parton meets Daft Punk delight.

Now touring to support the album, expect a riotous and funny show from one of our favourite bands.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 26 Jul 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Naming your band after a small griddle cake eaten in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Australia would probably be a bit too out there for most bands. But then Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are far from your typical psych rock group.

Formed in 2014, the Perth experimental quintet have quickly become one of Australia's hottest prospects, uncovering all kinds of weirdness and psychotic fuzz in their deceptively concise and punchy sonic warfare. Debut album "High Visceral Part 1" set the bar incredibly high from the off, quickly followed by "Part 2" a year later, with landmark release "And Now for the Whatchamacallit" hitting the shelves in 2019 and racking up millions of streams on Spotify in very little time.

Fourth full-length "Shyga! The Sunlight Mound", released January 2021, marks the biggest step in their evolution yet; melding all manner of quizzical and heart-palpitating sounds into their uncompromising orchestra of noise.

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 21 Aug 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Natalie Bergman

Bergman comes to this material naturally. Her first musical loves were church songs, especially the sing-song-y, repetitive hymns. "I've always written songs about Jesus," she says. "I'm not afraid of it; this album is my take on gospel music." Her voice really works the upper registers in a manner occasionally similar to 1930s blues vocalists, or perhaps Badu. But there's nothing retro about the way she multi-tracks her voice and self-harmonizes in sweet, lofty chords.

"I was raised by musical parents who encouraged their children's artistry. My mother would recite George Gershwin on the piano; she taught me how to play my favorite standards. My father loved to sing his own renditions of Dylan and Mavis Staples. He met Mavis on several occasions, and she asked him to marry her, twice. He was drawn to music with a moral compass, a backbone. My father was a student of the Bible, and had a passion for great songwriting. He valued the importance of song itself. I often found myself in discussion with him about my own music. He liked to wrestle with words. He was a master of language. He taught me a great deal about mercy."

Natalie made this record because she absolutely had to.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 24 Aug 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Andrew O'neill
Unironically Sings Some Songs They Like (plus work in progress!)

Andrew O'Neill is an award-winning comedian, punk-rock musician and best-selling writer. A psychedelic non-binary whirlwind, they combine surrealism, polemic and good old-fashioned stagecraft to produce uniquely counter-cultural stand-up.

Andrew has performed in over a dozen different countries, at over a hundred different festivals and is equally at home in rowdy comedy clubs as performing to their own cult following.

This show sees them "unironically singing some songs they like" as well as work in progress material.

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records & Green Mind Gigs

Cambridge The Blue Moon, Sat, 17 Sep 2022 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Scott Matthews

If there's one quality that defines the career of Scott Matthews it's this: evolution.

The singer/songwriter has challenged himself creatively during a career that has been characterised by rare quality. As Matthews gears up for the release of his seventh studio album, new horizons loom into view as he finds different ways to cast a spell.

The quality of Matthews' craft is a given. The Ivor Novello-winning artist is part of a lineage that includes such greats as Buckley and Drake, John Martyn and Paul Simon. With guitar in hand and a voice that conveys raw emotion, he has long been established as one of the world's foremost purveyors of song.

Introspective and reflective, combining blues and folk, mixing the ethereal with the empyrean, Matthews is a musical alchemist who transforms base metal to gold. He has expanded his sonic palette while making his new record, introducing new moods and musical textures as he addresses universal truths.

Stowmarket John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Fri, 23 Sep 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Robyn Hitchcock

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 humor, 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.

Norwich Puppet Theatre, Fri, 23 Sep 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sam Russo
+ Harrison Rimmer + James Hull

SAM RUSSO is a Haverhill-based singer-songwriter, who has been travelling the world since the 2012 release of his début album "Storm".

Having found himself sharing stages and cars with the likes of The Lawrence Arms, Lucero, Tim Barry and Alkaline Trio's Dan Andriano; Russo has honed his sound into a perfect blend of Billy Bragg-esque punk, Bruce Springsteen-esque rock, and Steve Earle-esque Americana.

York's HARRISON RIMMER is a singer-songwriter who combines the energy of a full-on rock band with the heartfelt reflection of a folk singer. 2022 saw the release of his début album "Larkholme", of which Paul Barry from Hyve Music said:

"For all the floor fillers on the album, there's an underlying darkness and longing within the words, which gives Larkholme it's spine."

JAMES HULL is a Lewisham-based singer-songwriter, fresh off appearances at Manchester Punk Festival.

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge The Blue Moon, Sat, 24 Sep 2022 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Scott Matthews

If there's one quality that defines the career of Scott Matthews it's this: evolution.

The singer/songwriter has challenged himself creatively during a career that has been characterised by rare quality. As Matthews gears up for the release of his seventh studio album, new horizons loom into view as he finds different ways to cast a spell.

The quality of Matthews' craft is a given. The Ivor Novello-winning artist is part of a lineage that includes such greats as Buckley and Drake, John Martyn and Paul Simon. With guitar in hand and a voice that conveys raw emotion, he has long been established as one of the world's foremost purveyors of song.

Introspective and reflective, combining blues and folk, mixing the ethereal with the empyrean, Matthews is a musical alchemist who transforms base metal to gold. He has expanded his sonic palette while making his new record, introducing new moods and musical textures as he addresses universal truths.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 27 Sep 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Luke Sital-singh

Luke Sital-Singh has unveiled the title track to his upcoming new album "Dressing Like a Stranger", a song inspired thematically and musically by his move halfway across the globe from London to Los Angeles just before the pandemic. Pondering the ways that experience changed him as a person, or perhaps the ways he expected it would and didn't, Sital-Singh penned "Dressing Like a Stranger" on a rubber-bridge guitar he got from Silver Lake's Old Style Guitar Shop fresh after arriving in his adoptive hometown.

In the months ahead, the instrument would become a comforting musical companion for the typically-collaborative songwriter as the world remained shut down, as well as the key that unlocked the sound of the new record.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 29 Sep 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Dears
+ Perfect Son

Formed in 1995, The Dears released their first, ultra lo-fi album, End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story, in 2000. The orchestral, dark pop sound and dramatic live shows cemented The Dears at the foundation of the then-emerging Canadian indie-rock renaissance.

In 2001 and 2002, they released two separate concept EPs, "Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique" and "Protest", respectively. In 2003 they released their second full-length album "No Cities Left" in Canada, and a string of highly anticipated shows at SXSW '04 prompted the international release of "No Cities Left" with Bella Union. "Gang of Losers" came in 2006. In 2008 the group partnered with Dangerbird Records to release "Missiles", followed by "Degeneration Street" (2011), "Times Infinity Volume One" (2015) and "Times Infinity Volume Two" (2017). In 2019, Murray A. Lightburn released his solo record, "Hear Me Out".

The Dears have toured the world over, including performances on Letterman (twofold), Jimmy Kimmel, Jonathan Ross and at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Wireless, Montreal Jazz Fest, Siren Festival, Coachella, Austin City Limits, V Fest, Reading and Leeds, Les Inrocks (France), Montreux Jazz Fest, Istanbul Jazz Fest, Pop Montreal, CMW, NXNE and countless appearances at SXSW. They have shared stages with Spiritualized, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Daniel Lanois, Rufus Wainwright, Zemfira, Bloc Party, Keane, Morrissey, The Tragically Hip, Metric and Death From Above, to name a few.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 30 Sep 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Subways

The band have released four albums to date. Their sophomore, "All Or Nothing" (2008), was recorded in LA with heavyweight producer Butch Vig and, is "Buoyed with emotional heft and supernova guitar riffs, wired around a maturing song craft" (Mojo). The tracks were written at a time when Billy was battling to save his voice following surgery to remove nodules from his vocal cords

"Money and Celebrity" followed in 2011, filled with "brilliantly anarchic punk-pop vignettes; each being a big musical finger that sticks it to financial greed, the mediocre mainstream and the fame fetishists" (Rock Sound) and included the Radio 1 A-listed single "We Don't Need Money to Have a Good Time". Their self-titled 4th album saw the emergence of singer and songwriter Billy Lunn as a producer, as he took control of engineering and mixing duties and is "On par with the best things they have ever written... and finds the band energized, focused and battle-ready" (Q Magazine).

Cambridge Mash, Fri, 30 Sep 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Nerina Pallot

A classically trained pianist, Pallot was born in London and raised between Jersey and India, where her mother was born. Aged 21, she signed a development deal with EMI, but no one really attempted to develop her. She worked as a waitress, and at banks, and sang in restaurants, eventually signing to Polydor in 2000. But the team around her envisioned her as another Sophie Ellis Bextor or Lily Allen, failing to recognise her unique songwriting style and folk-leaning sound, and she was uncomfortable around fellow artists who would, it appeared, do just about anything to be famous. Shortly after a notorious incident where she was pushed unceremoniously off a sofa by Steps singer Faye Tozer on live TV, Pallot was dropped by her label. Honestly? It was probably the best thing that could have happened to her.

Some art comes to its creator like a crack of thunder: a strike of inspiration out of the blue. Other projects require nurturing; they need to be coaxed out of their hiding places like shy creatures. In the case of Nerina Pallot's magnificent seventh album, "I Don't Know What I'm Doing", it turned out to be a case of the latter. This record is the product of more than three years of songwriting and studio sessions, resulting in what is undoubtedly one of her finest works to date. It is filled with memories of childhood, strange tales of fate and coincidence, and beautifully realised reflections of self. It's about making mistakes, learning from them, and celebrating life for as long as we have breath in our bodies.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 8 Oct 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Courting

Courting are a Liverpool based post punk band who write witty, jagged songs about everything from awful public transport to Take That reunions.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 18 Oct 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Mik Artistik's Ego Trip

Hugely popular Leeds-based trio Mik Artistik's Ego Trip are well known for their unique live performances and madcap antics deeming every performance not just a gig, but a truly momentous event. So much so that they have been entertaining the Glastonbury Festival for the last 11 years. Some say Glastonbury hasn't really started until they've seen one of Mik's multiple performances.

Mik spouts poetic verse, creates chaos, plays air-crook lock (!), and all-out entertains over the top of an exquisite layer of rock, soul, funk, and punk created by multi-instrumentalist Jonny Flockton on electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele.

In December 2019 no-less than rock icon and 6Music presenter Iggy Pop endorsed Mik's anthem of hope 'Sweet Leaf of the North' as his favourite song of the last DECADE!, Iggy continues to support the band at every opportunity.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 22 Oct 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Aoife O'donovan
+ Donovan Woods

Recognised for her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Aoife O'Donovan is also known for her collaborations. Called "a vocalist of unerring instinct" by the New York Times, O'Donovan is one of the most sought after vocalists and songwriters of her generation and her career has allowed her to collaborate with some of the most eminent names in music across a wide variety of genres.

The most recent example is I'm With Her, the band comprised of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and O'Donovan. Their debut album See You Around, released in February 2018, has garnered praise from NPR, who instantly hailed the collection as "willfully open-hearted", and The Guardian called their sound both "ethereal and purposeful".

As a solo artist, O'Donovan has released two studio albums. In the Magic Hour (2016), a 10-song album full of the singer's honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds: splashing cymbals, airy harmonies, and the leisurely baritone musings of an electric guitar. Mojo described the record as "exhilarating and exploratory," while the New York Times named "The King of All Birds" one of the Best Songs of 2016. Aoife toured 2016 in support of the album and ended that year releasing a live album Man In A Neon Coat: Live From Cambridge with her touring band. Her debut solo album, 2013's Fossils, is a moody collection of original songs with a country lilt. The record received critical acclaim and was featured on a number of "Best of 2013" lists including NPR Music, American Songwriter, New York Magazine, and No Depression. In 2018, Aoife contributed an original song titled "Are You There" to the film What They Had, an official selection at both Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals.

O'Donovan spent the preceding decade as co-founder and front woman of the string band, Crooked Still. She is the featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile and its one-third of the female trio Sometimes Why. Throughout her career, she has also collaborated with artists such as Alison Krauss and jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, and is currently a member of the house band on the radio variety show Live From Here.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 31 Oct 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Bug Club

To say that the exuberant appeal of The Bug Club's live performances and songmanship has been spread by word of mouth is a bit of a contradiction, as you could never sum up the music produced by these three groovy peas in a far-out pod (musically and lyrically interesting, deliciously individual, stripped-back garage pop songs, which shimmy, bounce and slide from joyfully frenetic guitar riffs to melodious harmonies) in anything like one word.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 4 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

B-sydes (full Band)

B-Sydes has released two full-length albums - 2015's "Constant Fictions" and 2019's follow up "Self-Sabotage" - and regularly tours up and down the UK, alongside artists and contemporaries such as Gaz Brookfield and Jake Martin.

Whilst primarily performing as a solo act, tonight sees a rare outing for the B-Sydes Full Band; adding a new element to Sydes' performance.

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 5 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Plastic Mermaids

They're surfers, they build their own effects pedals and they once sketched out the designs for a synthesiser played entirely by pigeons; but on their second full-length album, the endlessly inventive Isle Of Wight five-piece Plastic Mermaids are facing their dark side.

At the heart of Plastic Mermaids is the creative force of two brothers, Douglas and Jamie Richards, sons of a Gurnard boat-builder, who approach life like an art project, putting as much love into their band's visual concepts and staging as they have into their unique brand of psych-rock and electronica.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 6 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tv Priest
+ Modern Woman

TV Priest announce new album "My Other People" out 17th June 2022 via Sub Pop Records, which is the follow up to acclaimed debut "Uppers".

Frontman Charlie Drinkwater says of the album, "My Other People is a more 'open' set of songs, both musically and in our themes; in the process of writing we found ourselves talking about things other than anger or aggression. We wanted to discuss love, loss and joy too. It's a record about personal disintegration and destruction, but also rebuilding again after this. It's also heavily rooted in place, the music being a very direct response to Britain and England in 2021, but in a more abstract and textural sense. A muddy field viewed from a train window between cities, a patch of wild flowers growing next to a motorway, sticky carpets in a suburban flat roof pub, pissing rain on an August bank holiday and the smell of diesel in an out of town supermarket car park. An angry, hopeful, shitty, beautiful island."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 7 Nov 2022 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 Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 11 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Waydown Wanderers

Often referred to by fans as one of the hardest-working, hardest-touring bands on the circuit today, the 5-piece Illinois-based act not only proves that classification with their jam-packed tour schedule but also on stage every night, with youthful exuberance and a lively stage show, as reliable as it is infectious.

High energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience for fans that has sold out shows across the UK and the United States, filling the front rows with fans not just singing along to one tune, but singing along to all of them. "Everybody says it. We'd be nothing without our supporters. Yeah, they buy tickets and of course we love that, but when we've been on the road for 10 hours and walk onto a stage road weary and we see familiar faces singing along, it's hard to describe. It's everything, really. There's a whole lot of love there."

Music enthusiasts are not the only ones taking note. Critics and tastemakers alike have awarded the young artists an impressive number of accolades ranging from official showcases at AmericanaFest (2018) and International Bluegrass Music Association (2016) to Whitstable UK Session of the Year (2017), a BBC Scotland Session (2017) as well as Finalist, International Song Writing Competition (2015 & 2016), Chicago's Best Emerging Artist, Deli Magazine (2014) and Songpickr's Best Songs Spotify Playlist (2016) among others.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 17 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Gaz Brookfield
+ Heartwork

Following on from his successful post-pandemic return to touring earlier in 2022, Gaz Brookfield takes to the road once more.

Gaz will be playing songs from his recent album "Idiomatic" - which reached number 10 on the Official Downloads Chart - as well as plenty of old favourites, from his massive discography.

Support comes from Aaahh!!! Real Records' own Heartwork.

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 24 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Heartless Bastards

On the new album "A Beautiful Life", Heartless Bastards share a wide-eyed and radiant vision for harmonizing a broken world. The Ohio-bred and Texas-transplanted band's first new music since 2015's Restless Ones, "A Beautiful Life" affirms frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom as a songwriter with the power to profoundly influence our state of mind, often by alchemising her idealism into viscerally potent rock-and-roll songs. With its delicate coalescence of so many eclectic touchstones - French pop and Celtic folk, space rock and symphonic pop, Disney scores and post-punk - the result is an album that immediately lures the listener into a more receptive mindset, one that leads to deeper generosity, greater compassion, and a restored sense of possibility.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 30 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Daft Funk Live
+ Linq

Daft Funk Live are a Daft Punk tribute-band based in the UK. Embracing the live aspect of DP's performances, they incorporate their own custom light shows, including a three-meter high LED pyramid, and use live instruments to give an immersive and dynamic show. Their stage production is meticulously crafted, paying the utmost homage to the infamous and illusive Robots.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 2 Dec 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jesca Hoop

California-born but now based in Manchester, Jesca Hoop is what you'd call a musician's musician. Discovered by Tom Waits, and brought on tour by Peter Gabriel to sing in his band, it was a phone call from Elbow's Guy Garvey that saw her move to the UK. Her most recent album "Stonechild" - produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding, This is the Kit) - received huge acclaim from fans and critics alike, and it's easy to see why: her beautiful songs, rooted in the folk tradition are intricately detailed, acoustic-led pieces that teem with ideas.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 8 Dec 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Grant-lee Phillips

I'm drawing on the urgency of the moment,' reflects Grant-Lee Phillips. 'The things that eat away in the late hours...' That urgency inspired the headlong rush of Widdershins, in which Phillips invests the insight, nuance, and wit that has distinguished his songcraft over the past three decades in a riveting dissection of today's fraught social landscape. With more than two decades' experience first as frontman of the acclaimed Grant Lee Buffalo then and accomplished solo artist, Phillips awakens comfort and hope by shining light into darker corners. 'I hope to express my faith in people, my faith in the good ideas we're capable of, and that regardless of what opposition we face, the fact that we can surmount these things,' he concludes.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 31 Jan 2023 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Shonen Knife - 40th Anniversary Uk Tour

Shonen Knife - from Osaka, Japan - formed in 1981 by sisters Naoko and Atsuko. Long before terms like 'riot girrrl' entered the lexicon, the all-female trio were happily snapping guitar strings to the sound of imported Ramones covers. Like fellow cult Japanese girl group The 5,6,7,8s, Shonen Knife have weathered decades of musical change by adhering to what they know best: belting out their own infectious brand of feelgood pop-punk.

Over the last 40 years they might not have packed out out stadiums but have been credited as a huge influence on alt rock acts from Sonic Youth to Nirvana. Despite years on the road, their enthusiasm for live performances remains a joy to see as they delve into an extensive back catalogue ranging from solid thrash rock through to hit parade melodies.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 14 Apr 2023 at 7:00pm buy tickets