Hope And Social


Under 18s welcome when accompanied by an adult

Folk/Rock heroes from Leeds who take influence from the likes of Deus, The Frames and Led Zep. Their gigs are uplifting and life affirming events. Just do it.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 27 Jan 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Rival Sons

Rival Sons is an American rock band from Long Beach, California. Rival Sons was formed in 2009 from the ashes of guitarist Scott Holiday's previous band Black Summer Crush (which featured Michael Miley on drums and Robin Everhart on bass). The band took shape when singer Jay Buchanan was persuaded to come in as vocalist on the re-recording of Before the Fire. The band currently features bassist Dave Beste after Robin Everhart left in August 2013. They are currently signed to Earache Records.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 1 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

City Roots: Steven James Adams & The French Drops + Mammoth Penguins


Former singer/songwriter with Cambridge's legendary Broken Family Band returns. In the wake of critically acclaimed solo album, 2016's intimate 'Old Magick', and several years of one man shows, Adams has a new band.

He's joined by Daniel Fordham and David Stewart, rhythm section with psych-folk oddballs The Drink, guitarist Michael Wood (Singing Adams/The Leaf Library/Hayman Kupa Band) and a rotating cast of guest musicians.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 3 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Menace Beach + Bruising + Grieving

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult


"Like many of Leeds' buzziest rock bands, Menace Beach have ties to Hookworms leader Matthew "MJ" Johnson, who produced their album at his increasingly busy Suburban Home Studios. Johnson also serves as a sometimes member of the band, but little of Hookworms' psychedelic menace carries through Ratworld. The only hints come from the warped organs piped into "Dig It Up" and "Fortune Teller", and even those songs are so bombastically poppy that they go down easier than anything in Hookworms' playbook. Johnson is smart to stay in the background, rather than risk interrupting the simple, sugary chemistry between Needham and Violet. They co-wrote the album together, and Ratworld reaches puppyish levels of excitement every time one of its choruses unites them. Theirs is the rare lead vocalist/backing vocalist dynamic that feels like an equal partnership, with Violet's injections propelling these songs nearly as much as their rubbery bass lines or pogoing guitars." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 9 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Ben Watt + Michele Stodart (magic Numbers)


Under 18s welcome with an adult

with Rex Horan

Following sell-out shows with his band in 2016, Ben Watt returns for more UK dates in early 2017, this time changing things up with a stripped-back approach. He performs a string of new shows on guitar and piano, accompanied only by double-bassist and current band-member, Rex Horan (Neil Cowley Trio, Laura Marling) who features on Watt's acclaimed recent album 'Fever Dream' (9/10 Uncut, 4/5 Mojo, 4/5 Guardian). The pair successfully road-tested the idea as a duo with shows in Holland and Germany last year.

'I am always looking at new ways to present the songs,' says Watt. 'As a band or solo, as a guitar duo with Bernard Butler or now as a different kind of duo with Rex - I like them all. All bring something different. It keeps it fresh and alive, and allows for newness each night. Rex not only brings great warmth and soul but adds top vocal harmonies too.'

Expect songs and stories from 'Fever Dream' and its award-winning predecessor 'Hendra' (2014) plus selections from Watt's early career as a solo artist and as longstanding writer-performer with Everything But The Girl.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 11 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Little Comets + Eliza And The Bear

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult


A strident five piece from the glorious coast of North East England; Robert, Michael and Matt have been making music together since 2008 with additional pulsing now added by drummer Nathan and a second Matt - the utiliser. From early releases on larger labels, the band now favour a model of total self-reliance - illustrated by being the only act inside the top 200 to self-produce, record, release, market, distribute and publish an album: a task which simultaneously illustrates both a tireless work ethic and love of the craft of song-writing.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 14 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Pop Group


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Legendary post punk provocateurs The Pop Group will be performing their new studio album 'Honeymoon On Mars' on a seven date UK tour in November 2016, following its release on October 28th. Dub titan and producer of their seminal album 'Y' and co-producer of Honeymoon On Mars, Dennis Bovell, will be joining the band on tour for a special live mix.

With Honeymoon On Mars The Pop Group open another chapter at a time when their iconoclastic contention is needed now more than ever. It's a record that finds the band unwaveringly incensed and resolute in their mutative sense of innovation, as Stewart elaborates: it's a stand against manufactured hate, a hypersonic journey into a dystopian future full of alien encounters and sci-fi lullabies.

Recorded and mixed in various studios in early summer of 2016, working with Bovell and Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy, Bomb Squad) the band realised a dream twofold collaboration, as Stewart concludes: We've at last fulfilled a double fantasy to work with our two favourite sonic assassins, Dennis 'Blackbeard' Bovell and Hank Shocklee. We're in awe as Dennis, the Captain Kirk of dub is taking us on a hyper sound voyage into the future, and Hank, as always tears up the rules totally upholding our faith in the absolute value of noise. We've gone completely off the map.

Talking about working with The Pop Group, Shocklee highlighted the band's abiding lack of compromise: "The Pop Group sound has a level of freedom, fun and creative musicianship in their recordings that is a special and rare find in today's world. Their uncompromising spirit to be themselves and not worry about fitting into a musical box, sets them apart.

Long-time collaborator Bovell added: It's been a great pleasure to be working with the guys again. They are truly beyond good and evil.

The Pop Group upheld their reputation for incendiary spectacle during last year's extensive worldwide tour which witnessed performances in Japan, Australia, United States and Europe as well as emphatic gigs on home turf, including Banksy's Dismaland.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 15 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Lost Volts + Catholic Action + Mad Mary


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Catholic Action are a product of Glasgow's famously fertile music scene but have won fans across the UK thanks to their peerless pop masterpieces. After a run of rapturously received gigs in their hometown the group released their long-awaited debut release for Luv Luv Luv Records (Spector, Only Real, Splashh, The Garden) earlier this year.

The four-piece band are centered around the singular talents of vocalist and guitarist Chris McCrory already known among key taste-makers as the drummer in Casual Sex, another of Glasgow's leading musical lights.

McCrory, still only 24, became a full-time producer and recording engineer straight from school after establishing his own studio. While helping many of the artists in Glasgow's burgeoning DIY scene, McCrory is also an exceptional songwriter in his own right and his group quickly became the most talked about in town.

Catholic Action were formed in 2014 by McCrory alongside Jamie Dubber on bass and Ryan Clark on drums. Andrew Macpherson later joined as lead guitarist to add extra sparkle to the group's own brand of glam noise rock.

The Glasgow band performed at a slew of this year's' tastemaker festivals including Live At Leeds, The Great Escape and Radio 1 Big Weekend and have announced a UK tour to coincide with a new single on Luv Luv Luv Records

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 18 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Green Mind 16th Birthday: Clock Opera


' a pulsing swirl of baroque synths and shape-shifting drum patterns' Clash Magazine

'If the themes are familiar then at least Clock Opera imbue them with a twisty, nervous heroism instead of indie's usual fatalist whingeing.' Q Magazine

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 22 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Pinegrove + Lomelda


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Pinegrove's debut LP Cardinal recalls some of the most consistently likeable rock bands of the past 20 years in their most easygoing phases: There's the rootsy shamble of early Wilco, the wiggly guitar solos and general guilelessness of pre-prog Built to Spill. But beneath the amiable surface is an intense work about one of the most important things imaginable: how to make our friendships really matter." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 26 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Nightingales + Nervous Conditions


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Described in John Robb's definitive book on 'post punk' (Death To Trad Rock) as "The misfits' misfits" and comprising an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early '80's as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them - "Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980's to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans".

The group recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed singles (Almost always 'Single Of The Week' in the music press) and three albums, plus many radio sessions for their great supporter Peel. They also regularly toured the UK and Northern Europe, as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 27 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tall Ships


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

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 28 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets



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"IDLES are leading the way in re-invigorating the way 'Rock' is presented. Much like Ireland's Girlband, IDLES seem vital, bringing an attitude, a stance and a fuck load of much needed directness. In the quickest thirty minutes, I am blown away and disappointed to see that they aren't set up to play a massive world tour that would surely help bring them to the consciences of masses. This time next year, it may have happened. Watch this space." Louder Than War

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 6 Mar 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Sherlocks + Jordan Allen

Under 14s welcome with an adult


The Sherlocks are a British Indie/Alternative band from Sheffield. The band consists of two sets of brothers, Kiaran (Vocals & Guitar) & Brandon Crook (Drums), Andy (Bass) & Josh Davidson (Guitar).)

New single 'Will You Be There?' has received airplay from BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac & BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq.

Head of BBC Radio 1, George Ergatoudis This band have got it. LOVE this track.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 9 Mar 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Scott Matthews


This year marks the 10th anniversary of Scott Matthews' ground- breaking debut album, Passing Stranger. The bold mix of folk, rock, blues and Eastern-inspired song-writing earned Scott serious critical acclaim, and in 2007 his first single 'Elusive' won the Ivor Novello Award for 'Best Song Musically and Lyrically'. From here Scott went on to perform on a number of international sell-out tours with respected artists such as Bert Jansch, Robert Plant, Foo Fighters and Rufus Wainwright.

Subsequently, Robert Plant came onboard for a guest contribution on Scott's follow-up album, Elsewhere, and down the line legendary double bassist Danny Thompson joined Scott on his third release What The Night Delivers, having encountered each other whilst performing in Joe Boyd's stage production of Way to Blue The Songs of Nick Drake.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 9 Mar 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Keltrix + Aleister Kelman + More (early Bird Price)


£5.50 until Feb 15th and then £6.60 (including fees) after. £7 on the door.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Cambridge's finest purveyors of dance-folk rock make a welcome return to the Portland with a new album to promote. Keltrix make their gigs inclusive and safe for all LBGTQ.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 10 Mar 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Roddy Woomble


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Roddy Woomble releases his long awaited second album' The Impossible Song & Other Songs' on March 21st. Recorded at his local arts centre, An Tobar in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, 'The Impossible Song & Other Songs' follows his acclaimed solo debut 'My Secret Is My Silence' (2006).

Roddy began writing & demoing the songs that appear on 'The Impossible Song & Other Songs' at An Tobar with local guitarist and singer Sorren MacLean in January 2010. Then in the summer of 2010, Dublin bassist Gavin Fox (a member of Idlewild from 2003-2005) and Glaswegian drummer and singer Gregor Donaldson (from the band Sparrow & The Workshop) arrived in Mull and with Sorren & Roddy, the four piece recorded the bulk of the album.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 13 Mar 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Under 14s welcome with an adult


Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a singer/songwriter from York who has the sort of voice, delivery and material that tiptoes in to your soul, makes a big old comfy featherbed and refuses to leave.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 14 Mar 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Amazons



The Amazons are a blistering, melodic rock quartet from Reading. Fusing the sheer force of Nineties punk and grunge (Nirvana and Rage Against The Machine) with the melodic sensibilities of more contemporary acts like Bombay Bicycle Club and Tame Impala, The Amazons are beauty and aggression wrapped together harmony.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 14 Mar 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Jesus And Mary Chain


Like the Velvet Underground, their most obvious influence, the chart success of the Jesus and Mary Chain was virtually nonexistent, but their artistic impact was incalculable; quite simply, the British group made the world safe for white noise, orchestrating a sound dense in squalling feedback which served as an inspiration to everyone from My Bloody Valentine to Dinosaur Jr.

Though the supporting players drifted in and out of focus, the heart of the Mary Chain remained vocalists and guitarists William and Jim Reid, Scottish-born brothers heavily influenced not only by underground legends like the Velvets and the Stooges but also by the sonic grandeur and pop savvy of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson.

In the Jesus and Mary Chain, which the Reids formed outside of Glasgow in 1984 with bassist Douglas Hart and drummer Murray Dalglish (quickly replaced by Bobby Gillespie), these two polarized aesthetics converged; equal parts bubblegum and formless guitar distortion, their sound both celebrated pop conventions and thoroughly subverted them.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 3 Apr 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jesca Hoop


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Jesca has quite the growing collection of fans in high places: Tom Waits described her music as being "like a four sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night". Peter Gabriel took her to South America to sing with him, and in recent years she has been hand picked to play as support on tour for Eels, Andrew Bird, Punch Brothers and Elbow: Elbow's Guy Garvey even had her do a stint as guest presenter on his BBC radio show in early 2012, to great reception.

The follow up to 2009's critically acclaimed Hunting My Dress, this new record displays a striking duality: light and dark, head and heart, it juxtaposes the macabre and visceral with a disarmingly candid intimacy. The resulting combination is powerfully evocative, with overarching themes of biology, nature and humanity - Hoop's stone-turning observations are mired in the equal beauty and violence of a nature that, for her, is clearly red in tooth and claw.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 3 Apr 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Ferocious Dog

Under 18s are welcome when accompanied by an adult


Ferocious Dog are the new noise on the block and are surprising everyone with their rapid ascent. There is no way they're following any hipster templates fronted by a big burly man with a mohican who sings impassioned political songs of broken Britain whilst his band seethes like a punky Levellers they are the music business's worst nightmare a great band who are going to make it without anyone's permission. John Robb, Louder Than War

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

Rusty Shackle


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Welsh indie-roots band Rusty Shackle have been tearing up stages including Cambridge Folk Festival since 2010. Brandishing their distinct folk-roots sound and armed with an electrifying mix of rampant fiddle, scorching electric guitars, pounding drums, searing trumpet and banjo, the band have built up a devoted fanbase with their captivating live shows.

Constantly evolving their sound, the band have released three albums over the last few years, each reaching the top 3 in the iTunes 'Alternative Folk/Singer Songwriter' charts. The songs are steeped in honest emotion and story telling and are born from the fires of Bruce Springsteen, Seth Lakeman, infused with the raw energy of Jack White and creativity of Tom Waits and mix it with everything in between.

Their new album DUSK takes their music into brave new areas, introducing an edginess and immediacy to their melody-driven folk credentials. DUSK trawls through the darker stations of the world whilst never forgetting to take in the lighter stops on the line.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 20 Apr 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Rifles


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

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

Sam Brookes


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

The Whybirds


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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

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

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

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

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

John Otway


The living legend, the two hit wonder himself, Mr. John Otway makes a welcome return to The Portland for a night of Headbutts and being Really Free. Turn on the bunsen burner and BURN!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 13 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Martin Simpson


Please note there will be no bar. Please bring your own refreshments.

One of the best acoustic, finger-style guitarists in the world and a multi-award winning artist, including 6 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Martin has worked with Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Steve Miller, Richard Hawley, June Tabor, Martin Taylor and more

Cambridge St Phillip's Church, Thu, 9 Nov 2017 at 7:30pm buy tickets