Charles Watson (slow Club, Surfing Magazines) + Sivu

https://www.facebook.com/HelloCharlesWatson/

Charles Watson is a member of Slow Club and garage-punk sorts The Surfing Magazines, who has now settled down to focus on something a little different. with his solo project.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 21 May 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jesus Jones

https://www.facebook.com/jesusjonesband/

Under 14s welcome with an accompanying adult

90s indie-starlets, who produced a string of UK hits including Real Real Real, International Bright Young Thing' - and a US number 1 with Right Here, Right Now.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 23 May 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Lovely Eggs

https://www.facebook.com/thelovelyeggs/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"One of the country's most beloved underground bands- NME

You won't hear another band like this anywhere between now and the the end of the millenium. The Lovely Eggs are just brilliant!- Huw Stephens, Radio One


The Lovely Eggs are an underground surreal-psych punk rock duo from northern England.
They have a fierce ethos that music should have no rules.

For Holly and David being in a band is a way of life. True to this, they live the way they play. Fiercely, constantly in search of the good times.

With 8/10 thumbs up from the NME and much support from BBC 6 Music and Radio One the band continues to sell out gigs across the UK without the help of management, booking agent or record label support.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 29 May 2018 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Avi Buffalo + Lowpines

https://www.facebook.com/avibuffalomusic/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Sub Pop signings Avi Buffalo are essentially the work of guitarist Avi Zahner-Isenberg. They blend slacker Indie-Rock with elements of psychedelia, with a sound that falls somewhere between the likes of Modest Mouse and MGMT.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 31 May 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Crows

https://www.facebook.com/crowsband/

'The quartet are one of the UK's most brutal and brilliant live bands, guitarist Steve Goddard, bassist Jith Amarasinghe and drummer Laurence Rushworth deploying throbbing garage-psych while frontman James Cox eyeballs the crowd with a fierce intensity that feels like he's staring into your soul.' NME

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Fri, 1 Jun 2018 at 8:00pm buy tickets

October Drift

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/octoberdrift/

'Selling out some of the best small venues in Britain thanks to a flourishing reputation for live shows' The Independent

'Sugar coated power-rock' Q Magazine

'Bellowing bluster of guitars and thumping instrumentation that should act as a vehement and fully-charged bridge in to wherever they might head next' Gold Flake Paint

When October Drift appeared at the start of 2015 with their beefy yet melodic sound, they had the confidence to win over audiences.

Ever since then, from multiple sold out tours up and down the UK, to growing online hype around their sparse but eloquent releases, they've done just that, becoming a major success story on the independent circuit.

Despite the early success of their incendiary debut singles receiving support from Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy and Q magazine to name but a few - and string of sold-out gigs, this band still remain something of an enigma.

October Drift's music is similarly ambiguous, characterised by their signature wall of sound guitars, soaring, ponderous vocals and driving, urgent drums.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 4 Jun 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sean Mcgowan

https://www.facebook.com/seanmcgowanmusicuk/

You can sum up the journey of Seán McGowan, the son of the smith, with the title of his first EP on Xtra Mile: Graft & Grief. Work and stress. Life at the anvil and hammer, bearing the brunt of life's weight. Since 2009 he's been at that grindstone, gathering stories and carving melodies while working late nights in bars between shows armed with just an acoustic guitar. Somehow the perpetual new artist, even as others adorned with that title come and go, and Seán is still at it allowing the songs to pour forth like the finest lager.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 7 Jun 2018 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Boy Azooga

https://www.facebook.com/BoyAzooga/

'Boy Azooga, the psych-flecked musical vehicle for Cardiff's Davey Newington multifarious musical mission.

A prodigous musical talent, Davey Newington is a young man with much musical heritage. One of his granddads was a jazzer who played drums for the Royal Marines. Davey's dad (violin) and his mum (clarinet) both played, and met, in the BBC National Orchestra Of Wales. Davey himself took up drums at the age of six and also enjoyed orchestral engagement, playing in various Welsh Orchestra's and Jazz bands as a teenager.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 12 Jun 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Cw Stoneking

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

C.W. Stoneking has been hiding out since his last live full band shows in July last year, where he performed a run of headline dates and culminated in a rousing set at Newport Folk Festival. Rumour has it he's busy crafting songs for his full length album, his first since 2014's ARIA Award winning, Gon' Boogaloo.

However, the road continues to call and, following successful solo dates in Australia & The USA recently, C.W is returning to UK, IE & NL stages in June for a limited series of intimate performances. These will be his first solo performances in the UK in 10 years.

Released in May 2015, Gon Boogaloo saw C.W. embark on multiple jaunts across Australia, the US and Europe with his band in tow.

Fans can expect songs old and new, Favourites performed as never heard before and perhaps a few surprises too.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 20 Jun 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Wave Pictures

To find the venue (it's very new!) use this link: https://tinyurl.com/ybhyoh89

As one of the UK's most prolific and beloved bands, it has become expected nay, the fans have demanded - that The Wave Pictures release several albums a year. This year, they are releasing two albums and they're kindly letting us know well in advance, so that we can set our calendars and save our pennies in anticipation. Starting with the spontaneous, recorded in one-day, minor-key, epic masterpiece that is Brushes with Happiness in June, the trio of Jonny Helm (drums), Dave Tattersall (guitar & vocals) and Franic Rozycki (bass), will be following up with Look Inside Your Heart in October.

Brushes with Happiness sees The Wave Pictures in contemplative and expansive mood. Mellower and more reflective than last year's rock'n'roll surf-garage-rock collaboration with Slow Club, as new band The Surfing Magazines, or 2016's blues driven Bamboo Diner in the Rain or 2015's Billy Childish produced Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon. This album is more akin to 2016's acoustic release A Season in Hull, which, like Brushes With Happiness, was recorded live in one room in a single January day.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 23 Jun 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Kristin Hersh + Fred Abong

https://www.kristinhersh.com

ALL SEATED EVENT

Kristin Hersh is known for her solo work and with her rock bands Throwing Muses and 50FootWave. She has released ten solo albums. Her guitar work and composition style ranges from jaggedly dissonant to traditional folk. Hersh's lyrics have a stream-of-consciousness style, reflecting her personal experiences.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 28 Jun 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Josh Rouse

https://www.facebook.com/joshrouse/

Like a baseball player who quietly hits 30 home runs every year or a golfer who regularly finishes in the Top Ten, Josh Rouse's continued streak of excellence is easy to ignore and maybe even downplay a little -- Tim Sendra, Allmusic.com

You don't have to work hard to enjoy Rouse's music. His songs present themselves to you with an open heart, an innate intelligence and an absolute lack of pretension. They are clear-eyed, empathetic and penetrating. Without pandering, they seek to satisfy both your ear and your understanding. The verses draw you in with telling detail, both musical and thematic, and the choruses lift and deliver. They resolve without seeming overly tidy or pat.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 11 Jul 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees are the latest incarnation of songwriter, singer and guitarist John Dwyer's group. Dwyer, who hails from Providence, RI, has been active on the San Francisco indie scene since the late '90s, working with several bands, including the Coachwhips, Pink & Brown, Yikes, Up Its Alive, and Swords & Sandals, among others, and he formed OCS initially as a vehicle for the experimental instrumentals he was producing in his home studio.

In time, OCS morphed into an actual band and worked under the usual flurry of names, most notably as the Oh Sees or the Ohsees, and eventually as Thee Oh Sees, featuring Dwyer on guitar and vocals, Brigid Dawson on vocals and tambourine, Petey Dammit on guitar, and Mike Shoun on drums.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 13 Jul 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Kolars

https://www.facebook.com/kolarstheband/

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 mesmerizing 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, Tue, 17 Jul 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Natalie Merchant


A SUMMER EVENING WITH NATALIE MERCHANT



Natalie Merchant has announced 'An Evening With' summer tour of intimate and historic venues across the UK. More than three decades after her first UK concert with 10,000 Maniacs, and two years after her sold out Royal Albert Hall show marking the 20th anniversary of her solo debut Tigerlily, this will be a unique opportunity to see the celebrated singer play towns and cities chosen by Merchant herself and not usually included on her tours. She will be joined by her longtime guitarist Erik Della Penna, who has been playing with her for 20 years, performing material from the past 35 years of Merchant's career. I have always enjoyed performing in the UK but have rarely played outside of the major cities. There's so much of Britain I've never seen; I expect this summer's tour will satisfy my desire to explore those historic and scenic regions."

nataliemerchant.com

Presented by Green Mind and Splendid Events

Cambridge Emmanuel United Reform Church, Sat, 28 Jul 2018 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Space

https://www.facebook.com/spacethebandofficial/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Space have sold over 5 million records worldwide with titles including Spiders, Tin Planet Suburban Rock and Roll and Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab along with ten top 40 singles and a host of other single releases to-date with titles including Neighborhood, Female of the Species, Me and You Vs. The World, Avenging Angels, Dark Clouds and Begin Again.

Their Albums Spiders and Tin Planet have both been awarded double platinum discs from the BPI. The band continue to write gritty edgy pop songs that capture the imagination of the listener.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 14 Sep 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Lost Horizons (simon Raymonde - Cocteau Twins/bella Union)

https://www.facebook.com/losthorizonsband/

Currently celebrating 20 years piloting his revered record label Bella Union, Simon Raymonde has scaled another personal peak, a new collaboration with drummer Richie Thomas. They're called Lost Horizons, and their stunning debut album, Ojalá, released 3rd November on Bella Union, is a rare sighting of two gifted musicians who, for different reasons, have been largely absent from music-making for the last 20 years. Yet the record is proof of a telepathic relationship through music, established when the pair first became collaborators and friends in the eighties.

Ojalá also incorporates a heady cast of guest singers. Some are signed to Bella Union, such as Marissa Nadler, former Midlake frontman Tim Smith, Cameron Neal (Horse Thief), others are long-time favourites of Raymonde's (Liela Moss of The Duke Spirit and Ghostpoet), or newer discoveries (Beth Cannon, Hilang Child, Gemma Dunleavy and Phil McDonnell). And then there is the incomparable Karen Peris of The Innocence Mission, one of Raymonde's most beloved artists, in her first collaboration outside of The Innocence Mission and solo recordings.

Together, the Lost Horizons ensemble has created an hour of exquisite, expansive and diverse spellcasting, from facets of soul ('Bones', featuring Cannon, and 'Reckless', featuring Ghostpoet) to dreamier invocations like 'She Led Me Away' (featuring Smith) and Ojalá's lengthiest trip, 'The Engine' (featuring Hilang Child). There's the odd louder, faster detour, like 'Life Inside A Paradox' (featuring Neal, with Sharon Van Etten on backing vocals), but the dominant mood is a deep, rich melancholia.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 21 Sep 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Wedding Present - The Tommy Tour

The Wedding Present released the album Tommy in 1988. Tommy is a compilation by The Wedding Present gathering their first four singles, their B-sides and selected tracks from two early radio sessions. It was released on their own record company, Reception Records.

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Storey's Field Centre is Cambridge's newest venue and is located on the Eddington development, off Huntingdon Road in Cambridge. Stagecoach buses that stop near it include the Citi 5 and 6 (stops on Huntingdon Road), the Uni 4 and Guided Bus route U.

A map of how to find it can be found here - https://tinyurl.com/ybr38cfb

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Wed, 3 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Nightingales + Very Special Guests

https://thenightingales.org.uk

The Nightingales was formed by former members of Birmingham's original punk group The Prefects. With an ever fluctuating lineup, based around lyricist / singer Robert Lloyd, the band recorded a bunch of singles, three albums and many radio sessions for John Peel before it stopped working in the late 80s.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 4 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Vanilla Pod (last Ever Cambridge Gig)

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

King's Lynn skate punk stalwarts VANILLA POD are calling it a day having formed all the way back in 1995.

The past 20+ years have seen the band share stages with pretty much any punk band you can think of - No Use For a Name, Less Than Jake, Bouncing Souls and Samiam, to name but four - as well as countless festivals and worldwide tours.

http://www.facebook.com/VanillaPodRock

Support from MILLOY and GRIEVING

http://www.facebook.com/Milloy-18732999918/
http://www.facebook.com/GrievingBand

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records, Debts and Booze & Ababoonsass

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 5 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hunter And The Bear

https://www.facebook.com/HunterAndTheBear/

The heroes British rock needs right now - The Huffington Post

Hunter & The Bear go into 2018 as they left 2017.. with throttle open and foot down.

Ending a massive year of touring and festivals last year with a sold out 15 date UK tour and the release of the crowd enchanting 'Skin Tight' in November, the band quickly got to work challenging themselves to raise their songwriting game once more. The first that their ardent fans will hear of their efforts will be new single 'Charlotte St' released on March 30th - a gritty and powerful pean to boy meets girl with an anthemic chorus and thunder in the rhythm section.

March sees the band play a sold out show at The Garage in London on March 2nd - their biggest headline show to date and Glasgow King Tuts on March 29th, a gig that sold out in less than four hours.

A summer of festivals and an eight date UK tour in October ensures that Hunter & The Bear will take another huge leap forward this year.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 9 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dawn Landes

https://www.facebook.com/dawnlandes/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Through four full-length albums, Dawn Landes has blazed her own path with songs that are as fresh as they are timeless. Still, there's no mistaking that strains of Nashville reside in her voice and in her musical soul, and now, with her fifth album, Landes is finally bringing them to centre stage.

Meet Me At The River is Landes' self-described Nashville record, and she has assured its pedigree by enlisting the production skills of Fred Foster, the Country Music Hall of Fame member who played a pivotal role in the careers of Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, and Kris Kristofferson.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 17 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

https://www.facebook.com/clapyourhandssayyeah/

'Clap Your Hands traffics in melodic, exuberant indie rock that pairs the shimmering, wafting feel of Yo La Tengo with a singular vocal presence that sounds like Paul Banks attempting to yodel through Jeff Mangum's throat. Or imagine the Arcade Fire if their music were more fun-loving and less grave.' - Pitchfork

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 18 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Fickle Friends

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

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

Cambridge The Junction, Sat, 20 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Goat Girl

https://www.facebook.com/goatgirlofficial/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Straight out of south London and determinedly DIY, Goat Girl are feisty, furious and fearless. Their incendiary rock, with shades of mid-noughties Cat Power and Medway garage girls Thee Headcoatees, challenges everything from national apathy in to the perils of public transport on Creep on the Train. The latter features the refrain I really want to smash your head in, and while singer and guitarist Lottie's vocals are delivered deadpan, the firestorm of sharp riffs, pounding rhythms and defiant bass make the anger palpable." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 22 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Haley (haley Bonar)

http://www.haleybonar.com/

Having followed up her hugely acclaimed album Impossible Dream with an exclusive Record Store Day 7 release Bratt, HALEY (FKA Haley Bonar) returns to the UK for a series of intimate shows this November.
HALEY was first discovered by Low's Alan Sparhawk who spotted her at a local open mic club in Duluth, Minnesota and was so impressed he immediately invited her to join them on tour. Which is how, a week later, nineteen-year-old Haley was transformed from college student to ambitious dropout, crammed into a Honda Civic with a guitar and a drummer for company, touring the US opening for Low.

In the decade since Haley has released a succession of recordings, each of which have garnered more praise than the last, and has seen her collaborate with the likes of Andrew Bird (with whom Haley occasionally plays live) and Justin Vernon (who contributed guest vocals to the Last War album). Her most recent album, Impossible Dream picked up wild acclaim from the UK music press, followed by two sold out UK tours, and her debut appearance on Later with Jools Holland.

She chose International Women's Day 2017 to announce that she would officially adopt her mother's maiden name (McCallum, a Scottish name meaning a person of peace) and now performs and releases under the moniker HALEY, the first fruits of which were the single Bratt, released for Record Store Day 2018. She says of the single:
These two songs are kind of the last ones I wrote with lyrics in them, at least, for the time being. "Bratt" was intended to be sung from a teenage perspective, appropriating that unsentimental attitude while simultaneously looking back at yourself at that age, all of the insecurities that went along with it, letting go of your self-judgement on the past."

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 9 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Yazmin Lacey

After her storming show in March we had to get her back. Soul meets jazz meets good times.

"Yaz is a beautiful soul, a poet and an engineer of the sweetest melodies. Her knack for shaping phrases gives her the subtle genius of a legend in the making. Do not sleep on this girl" - Acoustickle

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Part of Cambridge Jazz Festival - www.cambridgejazzfestival.info

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 14 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sunflower Bean

https://www.facebook.com/SunflowerBean/

Under 14s welcome when accompanied by an adult

Marked by two vocalists who often take turns within a song, Sunflower Bean is an indie pop trio out of Brooklyn. Formed in August 2013 with singer/guitarist Nick Kivlen, singer/bassist Julia Cumming, and drummer Jacob Faber (all teenagers at the time), they quickly earned attention for their alternately rock-edged and dreamy guitar tunes, and were invited to open on tours for the likes of DIIV and The Vaccines.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 30 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Uk Subs + Freedom Faction

https://www.facebook.com/UKSubs/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

It's December so we've got the mighty UK Subs back for their annual Christmas show. Expect attitude, moshing and all your favourite punk anthems.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 6 Dec 2018 at 7:30pm buy tickets