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

Amber Arcades

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

'Fading Lines is a sustained exercise in restraint, De Graaf's airy voice anchored by backing from assorted US indie luminaries, who provide just enough muscle without overwhelming her.' The Guardian

'Ripe with subtle nuance, Fading Lines is an exquisite debut. Seemingly simple yet running far deeper than cursory listens reveal, it's a record that sticks with you long after the closing notes of the aptly titled 'White Fuzz' fade out.' Clash Music

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 26 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

Haley Heynderickx

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.haley-heynderickx.com/

"Loner that she is, Heynderickx tends to turn her incisive gaze inward, writing from the feelings in her heart and the visions in her head. When other people do surface in her songs, they appear almost as faceless silhouetteslike in the aptly titled No Face, where an aloof partner leaves Heynderickx to wonder what about her is so wrong. Jo names its subject, but captures her in uncertain terms, with only the tense of the lyrics suggesting that she's no longer around. Heynderickx demurs when it comes to the specifics, instead using metaphorical language to capture Jo through the fuzzy, romantic lens of memory: Her kindness was like honeycomb holding the bee in the folds.

More animate are the characters Heynderickx invents to keep herself company. In her Untitled God Song, she imagines her creator as a vision in knockoff Coach, conjuring sunsets when she forgets to shut off her headlights. Heynderickx writes here with an expansive, inclusive understanding of feminine perfection that feels uplifting, even if the theism that frames it is inaccessible to some listeners. The specimens that populate The Bug Collector are among her most imaginative: a vindictive centipede, a priest reincarnated as a praying mantis, and a grumpy millipede, personified by brass voices that banter with Heynderickx's spry guitar as she tries to remove them from her home, lest they ruin her loved one's perfect morning." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 22 Aug 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Willy Mason

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

http://willymasonmusic.com

Willy Mason is returning to the UK for a national tour in September 2018. He will be performing new and released material with a number of musical guests. After selling out his 32 show tour of the UK and Ireland in March he is returning with a fresh batch of new songs as his fourth album nears completion.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 12 Sep 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

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

Scott Matthews

http://www.scottmatthews.uk/

"John Martyn's true musical heir, Wolverhampton-born Scott Matthews' studio albums have always featured an array of top-flight musicians, Robert Plant among them. Expanding from the largely acoustic Passing Stranger to a fuller sound, his early live work was always about just him and a guitar, accentuating the blues veining his folk inclinations. For The Great Untold, his sixth, he's gone back to that basic approach, recording the ten tracks at home and in various rural churches. There is no orchestration, no layered instrumentation, just, for the most part, sparse, minimal piano and acoustic guitar accompaniment and that glorious grainy, otherworldly falsetto weaving a pervasive atmosphere throughout what he describes as a lot of soul searching, but also addressing universal concerns and truths." Folk Radio

Cambridge Unitarian Church, Thu, 20 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 + Near Jazz Experience + Stewart Lee

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 SOLD OUT

Blaenavon

http://blaenavon.com/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Hampshire trio Blaenavon have delighted fans with news that their sophomore record is nearly complete. The band are currently working with Catherine Marks (Foals, Wolf Alice, St. Vincent), who was recently voted the prestigious Music Producer Guild's Producer of the Year.

Today Blaenavon announce a run of intimate shows across the UK where they'll be showcasing the new material live for the first time, taking in towns and venues that the band has never visited before.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, 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

Mahalia

http://mahaliamusic.co.uk/

"Mentored by Ed Sheeran and recruited for guest vocals by Rudimental, Mahalia Burkmar has paid her dues since signing to Atlantic Records at the age of 13.

Celebrating her 20th birthday with a sold-out gig in front of a friendly crowd, the neo-soul singer from Leicestershire could sense her time had finally come. I talk a lot, admitted Burkmar, who gave a tearful yet triumphant speech about her journey navigating the music industry.

Her extended apprenticeship was evident in a sprawling set list ranging from sub-Sheeran soppiness to sultry grooves such as last year's single No Pressure.

While Burkmar may have shifted towards an edgier electronic sound in search of a breakthrough, she still strummed acoustic guitar and incorporated several of her earlier teenage tunes. This one I wrote about a bitch at school, she said of Silly Girl.

Recent songs such as Proud Of Me, including snapping beats and guest rapper Little Simz, were more accomplished despite a lyrical preoccupation with finding fame. Yet Burkmar's warmth and openness meant cynicism wasn't an option during a show that featured actual dad dancing when her family appeared on stage with a birthday cake. She even halted proceedings to attempt some slightly inept DJing.

The simmering soul of Sober was deemed worthy of being sung twice as well as a radical costume change, for which Burkmar ditched her blonde wig to reveal braids underneath. It was a striking statement of authenticity from an artist who seems destined to be a star by the time she's 21." Evening Standard

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 7 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

Steven Adams & The French Drops

https://www.facebook.com/stevenjamesadamsings/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Following a few years of performing and recording solo (see 2014's House Music and 2016's Old Magick), Adams has a new band - featuring members of The Drink and Absentee - and a new album; Virtue Signals (Hudson Records).

"He returns with a new band and fresh intensity, particularly on the furiously Neu!-like "Ex Future" and "Free Will"
UNCUT
"National treasure has a great new band"
THE GUARDIAN
"Indie snowflake remoaners left casting about for a smart, literate purveyor of melodic indie rock should really be taking Steven Adams to their hearts"
ECHOES AND DUST

Though the band worked on the songs for several months, the album was recorded in a little over a week, in September 2017, at Half Ton Studios in Cambridge. It was produced by Ben Nicholls, (Nadine Shah, Cara Dillon, Kings of the South Seas). Adams was initially ambivalent about having a producer on board, but Ben's head is full of music. He came to a rehearsal and started making the occasional suggestion about songs and arrangements. At first we were a bit freaked out, but everything he suggested worked. In the studio he was in charge, which was oddly liberating. The album was then mixed by acclaimed producer and engineer (and Hudson Records supremo) Andy Bell.

It's over 16 years since Adams started making music with The Broken Family Band, generating critical acclaim with each subsequent release and maintaining a dedicated cult following ever since. So, all these years later having been called a national treasure enough times to fill a pirate's chest, without ever having become an actual pop star why does Steven Adams still do it? I try not to overthink it or to feel reliant on this for anything other than what it is; sounds, words, feelings, and an excuse to hang out with good people. That's virtue signalling, in case anyone asks.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 11 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

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, Thu, 18 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Laura Veirs

https://lauraveirs.com/

"It may have been five years since her last album, 2013's Warp and Weft, but Oregon-based singer-songwriter Laura Veirs has not been idle. As well as case/lang/veirs, 2016's collaboration with kd lang and Neko Case, she has been raising two small children and hosting a regular podcast in which she discusses with her fellow musicians the trials of juggling work and family.

Veirs's 10th solo album is perhaps her most satisfying yet, the deceptively simple songs sketched out on acoustic guitar or piano (the lovely The Meadow is particularly minimalist) and subtly embellished by her band and producer husband, Tucker Martine. Lyrically, there's a theme of making the most of adversity: opener Margaret Sands is a profoundly moving lament seemingly for a friend who has died, yet whose memory lives on in the sounds of the sea (now she's married to the swell). There's a dreamlike quality to it, evoking Julia Holter. Elsewhere, When It Grows Darkest looks for glimmers of hope amid the Trump nightmare, and Heavy Petals is a salute to David Bowie. Best of all is Seven Falls, on which regret-laced childhood reminiscences are set to Jon Hyde's pedal steel." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, 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 SOLD OUT

Kiran Leonard

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/digitalsustain/

Kiran Leonard has announced a brand new album Western Culture, released 19th October 2018 on Moshi Moshi. Ahead of this, he shares its lead single "Paralysed Force".

Kiran Leonard: ""Paralysed Force" is about how insecurities you should settle within yourself often get transplanted onto other people you know. Projecting the question towards another allows you to shirk responsibility for your own wellbeing, but all this does is suspend the issue at hand, and prolong an inevitable falling back.

"There's also a sort of compulsiveness, a wanting to be suspended, that's involved in it all, because sometimes it feels good not to have to think about yourself. I suppose the song's about being caught between those two points -- basically, that even if you know you're being irresponsible (and possibly daft), there's still a desire to give yourself up."

The album Western Culture marks a huge sonic progression due, in part, to the involvement of his venerable live band (Andrew Cheetham on drums, Dave Rowe on bass and Dan Bridgewood-Hill on guitar, synth and violin) on record for the first time. It is also the first Kiran Leonard album to have been made in a professional studio.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 23 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

We Are Scientists

https://www.facebook.com/wearescientists/

Under 18s welcome with an accompanying adult

13 years since we first put them on in the Portland, we're delighted to bring them back for this intimate show. From their earliest days WAS have been both an explosively energetic indie rock band and also one of the funniest purveyors of inbetween song banter. Book early.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 24 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Her's

https://www.facebook.com/thatbandofhers/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"If there's any worth still left in going to university, it's the opportunity to meet people from other places, broaden your horizons and realise that horizons are fairly bleak no matter where you're from. Such is the story of Her's, a warped jangle-pop duo consisting of Stephen Fitzpatrick from Barrow and Audun Laading from Kristiansand, Norway, who met studying music in Liverpool and formed a bond over shared humour and coastal town life." London in Stereo

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 25 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Bc Camplight

http://bellaunion.com/artists/bc-camplight/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

BC Camplight is a name to become synonymous with star quality.' - Time Magazine. The Philadelphia singer-songwriter, falling somewhere between Ben Folds and Badly Drawn Boy, moved to Manchester UK in 2012, where he brought his brand of quirky indie-pop to new audiences.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 29 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Blinders

https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

They emit smelting loud, visceral political punk rock with enigmatic, psychedelic poetry and diverse, raw music which takes them over, live on stage, forcing them to pour everything they've got into frenzied performances, leaving only blood-stained instruments behind. This verging-on madness experience is shocking audiences out of austerity inflicted apathy, into instant obsession.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 6 Nov 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

Paul Draper (acoustic)

https://www.facebook.com/pauldraperofficial/

Ex Mansun frontman, Paul Draper, now goes it alone creating art which straddles dark pop and progressive rock at the same time.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 16 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Cavetown

https://www.cavetown.co.uk

Under 14s welcome with an adult

Robin is an 19 year old singer-songwriter born in Oxford, England, based in Cambridge, England, who has been writing and producing his own music from his bedroom studio since 2013. Coining the stage name 'Cavetown', Robin has made multiple appearances on stages around Cambridge, captivating his audience with his gentle sound, and moving some to tears with his nostalgic and introspective lyrics. From singing the Harry Potter theme flawlessly at the age of two, being first taught acoustic guitar by his Dad at the age of eight, and gradually building a YouTube following of over 300,000, Robin has always had a love of music and an ambition to share his creations with the world.



Music is a running talent in the Skinner family; his paternal Grandmother was a Country and Western singer in the 1950s and is well known in Hawaii for her appearances on the popular music magazine program Captain Honolulu. His father is a Fellow and Director of Music at Cambridge University, and founder of the award-winning early music ensemble Alamire, while his mother is a professional Baroque flautist for various orchestras, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists.



Robin has been surrounded by the arts since he was born, fuelling his passion for not only music, but creative writing and drawing. He has branched his creative skills into art and graphic design, gaining experience through the production of his own merchandise. Robin has an intuitive understanding of social media, interacting with his audience through weekly live streams on YouTube and Krue TV.

He has gone on to produce six albums of original music as well as three singles, constructing his own unique genre through experimenting with elements of folk, alternative, electronic, and hip hop sounds. Robin has also covered over 20 songs on his YouTube channel by artists such as Pinegrove, Twenty One Pilots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Joji, Peach Pit, and other musicians who have inspired his compositions over the years.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 22 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sleeper

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

After 19 years away, Britpop band Sleeper announced their return in 2017. Fronted by singer-turned-novelist Louise Wener, the band had eight UK top 40 singles between '93-'97 including the breakthrough hit 'Inbetweener', accompanied by the classic supermarket promo video starring Dale Winton, and two top 10 singles with 'Sale Of The Century' and 'Nice Guy Eddie'.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 23 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sound Of The Sirens

http://www.soundofthesirens.net

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album For All Our Sins which was released in 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a stunning debut collection. 'For All Our Sins' is out now on DMF Records on CD, Vinyl and Digital.

Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction. They have played a number of shows & festivals over the last few years garnering fans in the UK and Europe as well as supporting Rick Astley and Kiefer Sutherland on their UK tours.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 29 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

The Brass Funkeys

https://www.brassfunkeys.com/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

The Brass Funkeys draw from the traditions of New Orleans with skilled musicianship, rolling from spirited second line revelry to soulful jazz funeral marches and pumping brass driven funk. Reggae, DnB, gypsy, swing and Latin influences are exposed in an eclectic live show revealing a band bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 25 Jan 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets