United Cambridge is proud to present


After a short run of dates last year - including our show at the Portland - Maths are properly back with a new EP on Tangled Talk. Intense and chaotic hardcore.


Cambridge The Cornerhouse, Wed, 27 May 2015 at Doors at 8.00pm buy tickets

Funeral For A Friend

Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult

Funeral For A Friend is one of the last remaining bastions of the British hardcore scene that exploded into the mainstream at the turn of the century. Bursting out of Bridgend, South Wales, in 2001, Funeral For A Friend were hailed as the saviours of rock music from a young age and given the task of re-energising a scene in desperate need of fresh blood. They are veterans, in many ways, but fourteen years after their formation and the band still packs as much punch and purpose as they started with, if not more.

Peterborough The Met Lounge, Fri, 29 May 2015 at 7.45pm doors SOLD OUT

The Nightingales + Ted Chippington + Biscuits For Bears

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, 1 Jun 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Eddie Argos (art Brut) - The Spoken Word Tour

The show in Eddie's own words:

"I've recently had it pointed out to me that actually all Art Brut shows are spoken word as my singing voice is not very different than my speaking voice, but these spoken word shows won't have any musical backing, it'll just me talking at you.

The show I've written is called Formed A Band it is about forming a band, specifically me forming Art Brut and how I went about it. Some of it will be funny because I am an idiot and did quite a few stupid things.

However there is a vaguely serious reason for me performing this show and I'm afraid when I tell you it I'm going to sound self important and a little bit like a grumpy old man, but I'm going to say it anyway.

So, without wanting to sound too much like Jake Bugg, here we go...

I'm not really a fan of those TV shows where people try and get famous by singing/performing in front of judges, I think it is detrimental to music and art and that the pop charts are much worse because of it.

I recently became worried that nowadays people think those shows are the only way to become a performer so to show there is another path, I have decided to tell my tale of starting a band which is full of happenstance, hoover playing and pretending you can sing like Aretha Franklin.

Luckily no judges were involved.

I'm not telling my story in front of Simon Cowell or Ricky from The Kaiser Chiefs with a tear in my eye, hoping to win a very short lived record contract and a mawkish christmas single, I'm telling it upstairs at the Hen and Chicken and in a tent on Jersey. You should come.

That has made the show sound a bit grumpier than it is, I promise I wont shout at you (well no more than usual)"

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 3 Jun 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets


United Cambridge and Green Mind are proud to present


Indie/rock foursome currently residing in London, Tellison are about to unleash their third album on the ever-fantastic Alcopop Records.


Lincoln-based folk-punk/indie four piece with their latest EP out on Paper and Plastick Records, and about to play this year's Groezrock Festival.


Cambridge The Cornerhouse, Thu, 4 Jun 2015 at Doors at 7.30pm buy tickets

Andrew Jackson Jihad

Under 18s welcome with an adult

Comprised of core members Sean Bonnette (acoustic guitar) and Ben Gallaty (upright bass), Andrew Jackson Jihad is a folk-punk outfit from Phoenix, Arizona. The Jihad formed in 2004, when frontman Bonnette was still a teenager, and the duo quickly began writing humorously explicit music with macabre themes.

Early topics ran the gamut from self-sacrifice to childhood drug addiction, all sung in a frantic manner with acoustic instrumentation. Their self-released debut, Candy Cigarettes & Cap Guns, was released in 2005 after which, a number of self-released demos and EPs attracted the attention of Plan-It-X Records, which issued a split release with Andrew Jackson Jihad and the similarly styled Ghost Mice in 2007.

On September 11 of the same year, Asian Man Records released The Jihad's second full-length album, People That Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World. Another EP followed in 2008 and in 2009, Asian Man released the band's third album Can't Maintain. They spent several years touring the U.S. and Europe before the 2011 release of their fourth LP Knife Man. The following year Bonnette and Gallaty were joined by second guitarist/keyboardist Preston Bryant and drummer Deacon Batchelor, expanding the lineup for a fuller band sound. Their touring schedule and profile increased in 2013 and in 2014 the band signed with L.A. indie Side One Dummy Records to release their fifth album, Christmas Island.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 18 Jun 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Membranes

Under 18s welcome when accompanied by an adult

The highly influential UK underground band, The Membranes recently reformed. In the 80s they developed a dark and discordant and wild music that was at the forefront of the 'Death To Trad Rock' UK underground scene documented in the recent 'Death To trad Rock' book

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 3 Jul 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets

Young Guns


Over the course of the past few years, the London-based YOUNG GUNS have emerged as one of the UK's most electrifying new bands, garnering heavy radio play and UK chart success, while playing to packed-house crowds all across Europe, including a main stage performance at the Reading Festival, where they tore up the stage as part of a lineup that included Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, Guns N' Roses and Modest Mouse.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 9 Jul 2015 at 7.30pm doors buy tickets

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart + Lunacre

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

From fuzzy indie rock to nuggets of synth pop gold, TPOBPAH are a technicolour rush.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 21 Jul 2015 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Random Hand (final Tour)

United Cambridge and Green Mind are proud to present


Long time stalwarts of the punk/ska world, Random Hand are "going on hiatus" after this tour and their new album. Musically, Random Hand play a ferocious mix of ska, punk and metal; and have been touring the world solidly for the past decade.


King's Lynn ska punks who have played Cambridge many times in the past. Taking equal parts Two-Tone era ska and more modern ska punk, Faintest Idea can always get the crowd moving.


Reunion show for this Cambridge pop-punk foursome, who take as much influence from the likes of Anti Flag as they do Zebrahead.

PLEASE NOTE: Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 24 Aug 2015 at Doors at 7.30pm buy tickets

Steve Ignorant's Slice Of Life

Under 18s welcome with an adult

As a member of Crass he helped champion the nascent DIY punk scene and also did a pretty good job of scaring the s**t out of the american intelligence services (who thought htis was the handiwork of the Russians) when they spliced recordings of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan so it appeared that they were calling for the bombing of Germany while discussing the Falklands. They also released a slew of ace agit-punk, whose effects were felt in bands like Chumbawumba, Subhumans, Conflict and, in more recent times, the likes of Flats.

Steve Ignorant's Slice Of Life is an acoustic project, but expect no less fury and rage at the state of politics and society in general.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 4 Sep 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets

Will Hoge

GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Will Hoge catapulted into the national spotlight with the release of his top-selling single Strong which is featured on his newest album NEVER GIVE IN. Breaking into mainstream country, the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter has penned Lady Antebellum's Better Off Now (That You're Gone), and co-wrote the Platinum-selling No. 1 smash Even If It Breaks Your Heart, recorded by the Eli Young Band. His stage shows are equal parts sweat, charisma and rock & roll revival which has landed him coveted opening slots for Dierks Bentley, John Mellencamp, Pistol Annie's, Shinedown and ZZ Top.The Nashville native is currently on the road playing headline shows nationwide and recently released his new single "Middle of America."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 11 Sep 2015 at 7pm buy tickets

Stealing Sheep

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"A bold and creative leap into future-folk... Over 10 mini-masterpieces the trio craft odd, brilliant and utterly English pop music... Truly, a class act."
MOJO - 4 Stars ****

"A new visionary adventure... Herein are fabricated, fantastical and wildly colourful imaginings about the future and the universe."
The Guardian - 4 Stars ****

"Not Real catapults the Liverpool-based trio into a shiny, silver-suited, synth-pop future."
NME - 8/10

"An accomplished set that charms and unsettles in equal mesaure, and proves the breadth of these girls' talents."
Metro - 4 Stars ****

"A new eureka moment every sixty seconds."
DIY - 4 Stars ****

"Not Real moves the trio into dreamier, more intriguing territory, with more electronics and experimentation. They pull off shifts in mood and tone with routine aplomb... A triumph."
Uncut - 7/10

"An interesting hybrid of accessible but surreal, metronomic pop, while the band's choral vocal harmonies are sounding better than ever."
Loud & Quiet - 7/10

"They take 1960s folk, 1970s krautrock and 1980s synthpop, place them all in a musical blender and press the button marked "psychedelic"... A charming album."
Sunday Times

"Freak-folk femmes go synth-pop,"
Q Magazine

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 1 Oct 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Steven James Adams

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

House Music, the new album from Steven James Adams, was originally conceived as a stripped-back home recording, but soon grew into something more textured and far-reaching, showcasing both Adams's songwriting prowess and his perceptive lyrics. The cover features an original work by acclaimed artist Dan Hillier.

With musical contributions from Vancouver 's JUNO award-winning Dan Mangan, rising stars John Smith and Emily Barker, Justin Young of The Vaccines and Scottish musical luminaries Martin Green (from three-time BBC Folk Award winners Lau) and Inge Thomson and more, the resulting record is ambitious, beautifully conceived and graceful.

He says of House Music "I've had such a good time doing this. It was an opportunity to make music exactly the way I wanted, with people I love dearly and no compromises. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out".

House Music is Steven's first 'solo' album. He started out in 2001 as frontman and principal songwriter in the much-lauded Broken Family Band - who released seven albums over the course of eight years - and more recently released two albums with his band Singing Adams.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 2 Oct 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Rae Morris

Thanks to her humble charm, she's attracted a wealth of like-minded, young British singer-songwriters with a similar commitment to their own independent flair, and considers herself part of a loosely-termed 'collective'. This explains why you'll likely clock eyes on singer-guitarist Lucy Rose, Brit Award winner Tom Odell (who invited her on tour with him, and sings on her album track 'Grow'), producer and electronic marvel Ben Garrett (aka Fryars, co-producer on 'Cold'), or Bombay Bicycle frontman and sometime touring partner Jack Steadman backstage in the dressing room after one of her headline shows. Her reputation as a 'musician's musician' makes sense of the numerous guest appearances on her forthcoming debut 'Unguarded'. Yet, Rae is anything but a collaborator-for-hire - she's stuck to her own creative vision, so she can carve a path for herself that's distinct from all the other noise surrounding the current musical spectrum. Put it plainly, there is nobody else in the
UK right now who sounds quite like Rae.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 6 Oct 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets



Ethereal vocals blended with intertwining lo-fi guitars that recall the best of american 90s indie rock. If you saw them at any of their support slots last year you'll know how good they are.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 14 Oct 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets

Carthy, Hardy, Farrell And Young

All Seated Show. Under 14s welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Eliza Carthy, twice nominated for the Mercury Prize, is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Bella Hardy's soaring and captivating voice inhabits her characters and spins her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. Kate Young has an intoxicating passion and drive captured as her soaring voice and fiddle dance together to create a uniquely diverse and poignant sound. Lucy Farrell's exploration of traditional and contemporary song has touched the hearts of audiences well beyond the folk world, her beguiling and crystal clear singing style crafting stories with spellbinding skill.

Together, they are Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young.

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 15 Nov 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets

Uk Subs + Freedom Faction + Beverley Kills

UK punk legends, UK Subs, make a welcome return to The Portland Arms after their rammed show last year.

One of the first wave of UK punks, the band have pursued a singular path over the last 4 decades. See you down the front!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 3 Dec 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets