Gruff Rhys
+ Audiobooks

Gruff Rhys returns to Storey's Field Centre in support of his new album. In Gruff's own words:

Hello everyone! I have news of a new album. "Seeking New Gods" is being released on 21st May by Rough Trade Records and the first single "Loan Your Loneliness" is out today in all the places you'd expect to hear it. You can also watch the Mark James directed video too.

I made this record following a US tour with the Babelsberg band - Kliph, Osian and Steve, plus additional vocals by Lisa and Mirain and was mixed in LA with Mario C who also mixed "Candylion" and "Hotel Shampoo".

It started out as the biography of an east Asian mountain - Mount Paektu, but eventually the album became more personal. I think it's about memory and time. It's still a biography of a mountain, but now it's a Mount Paektu of the mind.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 22 Oct 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Goldblume + Lemondaze
+ Armton

Co-headline show with the headliner picked on the night! Goldblume are Cambridge's premier math-grungers, drawing influence from acts are diverse as Biffy Clyro and Throwing Muses.

Lemondaze are longstanding favourites of ours. Sounding both like they could be drawn out of the haze of 90s shoegaze and noise bands, but with a very modern feel to stop it being a nostalgia fest. For fans of Slowdive, Wolf Alice, My Bloody Valentine and Beabadoobee.

Support comes from brand new act Armton, who add a bit of gentleness and fragility to proceedings, with some acoustic indie pop loveliness. For fans of Cavetown and Belle and Sebastian.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 23 Oct 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

King Charles

King Charles is an extraordinary man. He doesn't look like anyone you know, he doesn't think like anyone you know and he doesn't make music like anyone you know. How often, in these days of near fatal over saturation, days where you feel that, perhaps, there's just nothing new out there to spark your imagination, can you say that?

Glorious psychedelic folk from this highly rated indie-folk solo act.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 2 Nov 2021 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Avalanche Party

"The most exciting rock & roll band in the UK right now" - BBC Radio 1

"A tsunami of mega riffs and eardrum-popping bass lines. Definitely don't want to wear your Sunday best to one of their raucous gigs" - NME

Avalanche Party is feral garage-punk rock & roll from the North Yorkshire Moors. Their sound is intense and immediate, so new yet so familiar, brimming with an urgency that explodes off the stage like the front lines of a war you didn't even realise was being fought. Every note played through white knuckles, every word spat through gritted teeth.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 4 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jesus Jones

Jesus Jones formed at the end of 1988, and quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting and innovative acts of their time. They were one of the first bands to successfully blend rock and dance music, using samples and beats over catchy, commercial pop songs. Catching the mood of the time perfectly, it wasn't long before they started to enjoy worldwide success, signing to EMI, via the newly founded Food Records - later to be home to Blur.

Their first album, 1989's "Liquidizer" with its singles "Never Enough" and "Info Freako" saw them tour the UK and Europe, wowing critics and fans with a high-energy live show that was to become the band's trademark. Within a year, things really started to happen. When it was first released, at the start of 1991,their second album "Doubt" quickly became a phenomenon. It entered the UK charts at number one, and gave the band their first gold disc. It would also see massive sales around the world, including Canada (where it went platinum), as well as Japan and Australia. However, perhaps the album's greatest success was in the US, where it went platinum, selling well in excess of a million copies. This was driven by the single "Right Here, Right Now", which was a huge MTV hit (it was, at the time, the longest-running video on their playlist, ever), and was on constant rotation at virtually every radio station across the country. The single reached number one, and still remains an anthem to this day.

The album also spawned a number of other huge worldwide hits, including "International Bright Young Thing", and "Who? Where? Why?" and the band were awarded an MTV award for "Best New Artist", as well as being nominated for a Grammy.

Bury St Edmunds The Hunter Club, Fri, 5 Nov 2021 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Willy Mason

Magic, miracles, ghosts, world leaders; these days it seems there is little left to believe in. Lies outweigh truth and even truth can be dangerous. Raising everyone's spirits "Already Dead" - the fourth album and the first for nine years from Willy Mason - explores honesty and deception, anonymity in the digital age, good intentions with unexpected consequences, freedom, colonialism, love, god, and purpose because, its storyteller says, now is the time to restore some much-needed faith.

"Already Dead is a spiritual state to aspire to; it is freedom from the trappings and inhibitions of one's ego, culture, and mythology. It is freedom and love and freedom to love in the face of death," tells Willy of the philosophy behind the writing. "It's about the necessary destruction of one's mythology; mythology of species, sex, race, nation, self. It's about the pain and tragedy that comes with such destruction, but also about the freedom, possibility and opportunity for reconciliation; reconciliation with the natural world and with each other."

"Already Dead" arrives at a time when certain words must be said. It is a quest for love in a society which fears and discourages it; for truth and justice in a society which prioritises convenience and profit. "I ended up diving so deeply into this record because it felt at the time, like the only way I could hope to do some good for somebody," Willy says. "All the concern and care I have for people, fear, frustration and sadness, all came pouring out."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 5 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

This Is The Kit
+ The Magic Lantern

This is the Kit is the musical project of Paris-via-Bristol singer/songwriter Kate Stables who sings and plays banjo and guitar, sometimes solo and other times in other guises: duo, psychedelic rock-formation, 4-4-2, unplugged acoustic gigs, choir workshops, home shows, busking etc.

If you thought you didn't like the banjo, This Is The Kit will prove you wrong as Kate rips forward with a hypnotic twang pattern and a voice of rare beauty, accompanied by a backing band of minimal psychedelia.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 9 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Eliza Shaddad
+ Naomi Randall

Raised across seven countries, Eliza Shaddad is the daughter of a Sudanese astrophysicist and a Scottish diplomat. A multi-linguist with a philosophy degree, Eliza studied Jazz at London's Guildhall before self-producing her first EP, recorded with Clean Bandit's Jack Patterson. Eliza has released three EPs and one LP working with independent UK labels Beatnik Creative, Big Indie, and German label FerryHouse Productions and her work has received critical acclaim from The Times, The Independent, The Fader, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, MOJO Magazine, Refinery 29, CMU, Clash, The Skinny, She Shreds and Bandcamp Daily.

Her reputation for powerful live shows has seen her touring extensively, playing dates in the UK, EU, and USA with the likes of Bedouine, Kae Tempest, Lucy Rose, Oh Wonder, Max Jury, Keane and Turin Brakes. She has collaborated with award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou, contemporary jazz group Hansu-Tori, and Grammy-winners Clean Bandit, and is a founding member of ten-year-strong female arts collective Girls Girls Girls, which works to empower women within the arts, and to raise awareness and funding for the anti-female genital mutilation charity Orchid Project.

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Wed, 10 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Snapped Ankles
+ Mermaid Chunky

Snapped Ankles return to the forest, but it's not as they left it. Trees planted in neat rows. A well-ordered monoculture with access roads and heavy machinery. The smell of greenwashed money in the air. There's no sign of the ancient woodland they emerged from on debut album, Come Play The Trees. And it's far cry from the gentrified East London they found themselves hawking on Stunning Luxury. All is not well in the face of progress. Welcome to the Forest Of Your Problems.

Forest Of Your Problems runs the gamut of modern woodwose emotions. In this neat human approximation of the forest, it's an increasingly knotted affair. Despite all of this, Snapped Ankles haven't lost their innate ability to make you want to move your feet - their Teutonic forest rhythms are still shot through with post-punk lightning.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 11 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Mark Morriss

Mark Morriss is a singer songwriter who famously made his name fronting English indie outfit The Bluetones. Mark fronted the four piece over a successful and fruitful 15 year period, scoring 14 top ten singles and 3 top ten albums, whilst touring the UK, Europe and Japan, before temporarily disbanding in 2011.

After releasing "Memory Muscle" in 2008, Mark banded together The Mummys and hit the road. He spent the best part of that year touring Memory Muscle while The Bluetones took a short sabbatical, often with his bandmates in tow, either sharing touring duties or joining him in the studio for the odd overdub.

After returning to The Bluetones to record their "A New Athens" swan song, Mark re-focused his attention on his solo career. In 2013 he recorded "A Flash of Darkness", raising the recording funds via a successful Pledge Music campaign.

The album was then given a general release by Acid Jazz Records the following year, whilst Mark continued to tour both as a solo acoustic artist and with an ever changing line up behind him. The various members of The Magical Sex Band.

In the summer of 2015 Mark recorded and released "The Taste of Mark Morriss" for Acid Jazz. Intended as a companion to "A Flash of Darkness", the album comprised a collection of cover versions of songs that had informed the writing of its predecessor.

At the same time as producing and touring his own solo material, Mark has produced Theme and Chapter music for the audio versions of David Walliams' successful series of children's books, from "The Boy in the Dress" right through to his latest, "The Midnight Gang", all released on Harper Collins.

Bury St Edmunds The Hunter Club, Sat, 13 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Declan O'rourke
+ Richard Walters

Declan O'Rourke is an artist known as a consummate performer who captivates audiences time and time again the world over whether commanding the stage alone with a guitar and a microphone, accompanied by a 50 piece orchestra, or surrounded by a band. Having performed extensively in the US, Europe and Australia, O'Rourke's growing status is one of a significant global artist.

From his début, "Since Kyabram" (2004), O'Rourke has been praised by songwriting giants such as John Prine ("a great songwriter") and Paul Weller ("he writes the sort of classic songs that people don't write anymore"). His work, meanwhile, has been covered by world-class artists such as Christy Moore, Camille O'Sullivan, Eddi Reader, and Josh Groban.

O'Rourke has released seven acclaimed albums, an expressive body of work ("proffering reassurance in the face of inevitable sorrow" - New York Times' music writer, Jon Pareles) that catches the light in many ways. His latest (seventh) album, "Arrivals", (April 2021) is assuredly his most distinctive yet. Emerging at a time when the world is in a phase of serious flux, "Arrivals" is more present than past, however, and is also his most humanitarian.

"Produced by Paul Weller, "Arrivals" features emotionally potent songs that summon the atmosphere of some of the great folk records that influenced the developing artist and musician as a younger, aspiring writer." - Tony Clayton Lea, Irish Times

"The Pawnbroker's Reward", O'Rourke's forthcoming literary début, has been announced for release 29 Oct 2021 on Gill Books; a work of historical fiction, the much-anticipated novel comes in the wake of the artist's widely acclaimed, award-winning record "Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine".

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 13 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Ren Harvieu
+ Robert Chaney, Felix Holt

"Accessibly sumptuous... between easy-listening seductress and torch-song belter, her voice is soulful and dreamy with just a tang of something muskier in its sweetness." - The Daily Telegraph

"Hers is an arresting voice, soft and sweet, but dark in hue and sharp with melancholy, like a vinegar smoothie." - NME

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 15 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Black Midi
+ O.

If the throbbing hellscape of 2021 is supposedly causing many young bands to whimper in existential fear and lick their numerous wounds, no one passed this bleak memo on to black midi. No second album syndrome and no sophomore slump for Britain's most exciting and challenging young rock band, no matter what obstacles have been strewn in their path. The follow up to Schlagenheim is a dynamic, hellacious, inventive success. Cavalcade, their second studio album for Rough Trade, scales beautiful new heights, reaching ever upwards from an already lofty base of early achievements.

The meaning of the word cavalcade is a procession of people, such as a royal parade, and black midi picture their new album as a line of larger than life figures - from a cult leader fallen on hard times and an ancient corpse found in a diamond mine to legendary cabaret singer Marlene Dietrich - strolling seductively past them. The album art - again, another intricate collage created by David Rudnick - brings this idea colourfully to life, drawing the listener inexorably into this mysterious world, reinforcing the idea that Cavalcade is a glorious collection of stories just waiting to be dived into.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 15 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Pozi
+ Speedboat

Pozi come steeped in the lineage of the very best weirdo British indie pop. The trio of drummer/vocalist Burroughs, violinist/vocalist Rosa Brook and bassist/vocalist Tom Jones have a skittish, restless energy.

Despite drawing on influences such as Devo, Wire and Television, there are no guitars in POZI and the space afforded by the lack of this potentially domineering component is refreshing. Instead, there's Brook's violin that by turn swells and stresses, either buoying proceedings along or collapsing them into discord. Jones' rough, scruffy basslines hold each song tightly together as all great bassists should do. Then there's Burroughs' sparsely-filled but frantically driven rhythmic repetition and his capital city yelp, words tumbling out as though desperately trying to get out of the way of the ones behind.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 18 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Lice

Formed in Bristol in 2016, LICE first rose to acclaim with performances alongside The Fall, Fat White Family, Giant Swan, Shame and more, débuting a wiry brand of art-punk in their 2017 single "Human Parasite".

In 2018 the band's arch-advocates IDLES, who took LICE on the "Brutalism" and "Unity" tours, released LICE's 'early years' collection on their label Balley Records as the Double EP "It All Worked out Great, Vol. 1+2". This led to support from radio tastemakers such as BBC 6Music's Steve Lamacq and critical praise from the likes of The Guardian, The Quietus and Loud and Quiet, who declared them "the most exciting, inspiring, and genuinely deranged new guitar band in the country".

The band followed this with international touring and festival appearances, including a French tour (with Drahla), Festival Transfer, Le Guess Who, Hop Pop Hop, Swn Festival, Left Of The Dial, Simple Things, Tramlines, Live At Leeds, 2000 Trees, headlining the DIY Hello 2019 tour, and supporting IDLES at Brits Week.

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Fri, 19 Nov 2021 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Drug Store Romeos

When Drug Store Romeos first got together they would spend long weekends writing songs together in their teenage bedrooms. It was a joyous period and one they never wanted to leave. In many ways they haven't. The bedroom days came soon after the group formed following Charlie Henderson and drummer Jonny Gilbert pinning an ad on the wall at their college looking for a bassist. Sarah Downie replied and, despite not playing bass, was welcomed into the fold. Not only did the time spent in their bedrooms result in new music, mainly pulled from long, zig-zagging jam sessions, the three also became friends while shut away from the rest of the world. Holed up in the commuter town of Fleet, a town perhaps best known for those who have passed through it rather than making a home there, they'd trade stories, share obsessions, and pull up beloved YouTube clips. A band and new friendships formed in real time. Naturally, by the time they came to record their debut album, all three members of the band were keen to hold onto that wide-eyed energy for as long as possible.

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Sat, 20 Nov 2021 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Fenne Lily
+ Katie Malco

In a time of over-production and over complication, Fenne Lily brings a rawness and open honesty to the equation which is both refreshing and compelling in equal measure.

Fenne wrote and recorded the material that would form her debut album "On Hold" between the ages of 15 and 20, while touring the continent with and lending her dulcet tones to the releases of rising alt-stars such as Aldous Harding, Charlie Cunningham, and Marlon Williams. Leaving school to spend her formative teenage years on the road, Fenne walked an uncertain path, playing truant from art college to immerse herself in a life of self-taught musicianship.

The result is a tapestry of heartache and comprehension, realised in record form with the help of friend and musical ally Tamu Massif, members of Champs and legendary producer John Parish. The latter helped add permanence to "Brother", a song written in a drunken black-out and nearly lost to the ether, devoted to the one boy who's never let her down. This intimacy in the album has resonated strongly with the global online community and has received over 100 million streams, despite being self-released.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 22 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Peggy Sue

"...a record of soulful depths and heady, emotional highs. From the haunting, melancholic gospel of 'Come Back Around' to the campfire simplicity of 'How Heavy The Quiet That Grew Between Your Mouth And Mind,' the band's pace and drive never let up. The sultry doo-wop of 'Longest Day Of The Year Blues', meanwhile, may well be the catchiest tune you hear this winter." - NME

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 23 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Shame
+ Wu-Lu, The Goa Express

"Drunk Tank Pink triumphs. Five stars." - Uncut

"Drunk Tank Pink is the sound of a band pushing themselves to discover new sonic and emotional terrain. Four stars." - MOJO

"The hollered climax is a total thrill." - The Guardian

"The Londoners' new single is explosive, assured, groovy and accompanied by an excellent video." - The i Paper

"Though a whole scene of acerbic, post-punk luminaries have sprung up in the time shame have been away, none of them have anything to lay a finger on this." - DIY

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Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 23 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Wedding Present: Seamonsters Tour

The Wedding Present have had eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles. Not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry's game. That was back in 1985 when David Lewis Gedge boarded a National Express coach in London with 500 records packed into a pair of his mother's suitcases. In this fashion, the debut single "Go Out and Get 'em, Boy" was collected from the pressing plant, delivered to the distribution company, and The Wedding Present was born. That pioneering spirit has been at the core of the band's philosophy ever since. From "George Best" (which NME called "an unmitigated delight"), the first full-length release on their own Reception Records onwards, the band has charted an appealing, if often eccentric, course of its very own.

In 1991 with characteristically twisted Wedding Present logic, was to enlist noise-mongering - and, at that point, relatively unknown - sound engineer Steve Albini's aid at a time when everyone else was releasing 'Madchester' dance mixes. The resulting "Seamonsters", recorded in the snowy wilds of Minnesota in just 11 days, suggested a more thoughtful Wedding Present. The Guardian newspaper noted that: "Albini has given The Wedding Present considerable weight, with Gedge's voice trickling between banks of scowling guitars". Indeed, the singing ranged from sensual whispering to feverish screams.

The band will be playing the album in its entirety, alongside other material.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 24 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Penelope Isles
+ Holiday Ghosts

Hailing from the Isle of Man via Brighton, Penelope Isles is the collaboration of brother and sister Jack and Lily Wolter.

The band mix waves of ambient delays and fuzz guitar noise, sonic dynamics and melodic pop hooks entwined with girl-boy harmonies. Their self-produced home recordings portray an honest lo-fi approach when capturing their own music. Their live set is hypnotic, captivating and moving, smeared with glistening psych, dreamlike chimes, and potency that will transfix and satisfy.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 25 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Space

Space have sold over 5 million records worldwide with albums 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 including "Neighbourhood", "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 disc status from the BPI. The band continue to write gritty edgy pop songs that captive the imagination of the listener.

Bury St Edmunds The Hunter Club, Fri, 26 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Martin Simpson

We're delighted to welcome folk legend and fingerpicking genius Martin Simpson to the Hunter Club for the first time. Originally this was a socially distanced event, but with the relaxation of restrictions this will now be a normal capacity seated show

Bury St Edmunds The Hunter Club, Sat, 27 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Chubby & The Gang
+ Micromoon

West London five-piece Chubby and the Gang are balanced by two energies: a casual 'f**k it' on one side, and an active 'f**k off' on the other. For every moment of punk imperfection, there's an intricate flurry of detail.

Made up of musicians from across the consistently thriving and criminally overlooked UK hardcore scene (including The Chisel, Big Cheese and more), Chubby and the Gang marinate its characteristic speed and sick-of-it-all energy in a mixture of 50s pop sounds. The result is a prickly take on the older, more melodic genres that punk derives from, chewing them up and spitting them out into something mangled but revitalised.

Through sheer force of strength, their debut album "Speed Kills" pummelled its way out of the local hardcore scene and across the Atlantic, where it was met with a landslide of critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 27 Nov 2021 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, Sun, 28 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Black Country, New Road
+ Ethan P. Flynn

Black Country, New Road sound like a proper filthy juggernaut of a band, a real experience to behold. At times, colossal metal riffs mangle with frenetic jazz freakouts; occasionally film noir string motifs are motored into the urgent present with a razor-tight rhythm section

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 30 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Black Foxxes

Over the course of two albums (2016's "I'm Not Well" and 2018's "Reidi"), Black Foxxes main-man Mark Holley established his band as a potent creative force, carving out a signature spot on the emotive rock 'n' roll map backed by strong, growing support from fans and media alike.

With singles / videos such as "Husk", "I'm Not Well", "JOY" and "Manic In Me", the clip for which was filmed in Iceland, a key source of influence for Album 2, it became increasingly clear that Holley is an artist prepared to shed protective layers - an artist with plenty to say and a particular way of tapping into thoughts, feelings and fears.

And now, with Album Number 3, the Bristol-based singer / songwriter / guitarist has done even more to bind music and personal message into a cohesive body of work - nine compelling tracks recorded quickly with a brand new rhythm section (drummer Finn McClean and bassist Jack Henley, a longstanding friend), plus a trusted team member in producer / mixer Ade Bushby, who helmed the desk on both previous outings.

From the very start, the intention was to keep instinct, musical integrity and the chemistry between the players right at the fore, with no second-guessing of the market and no attempt to stem or to edit the musical flow - a flow that takes in synths, distorted vocals plus a battery of left-field sounds (inspired by Bristol's alternative DIY culture), along with a broader range of lyrical subject matter.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 30 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Mumble Tide

Mumble Tide are a Bristol duo-come-couple who met through Gumtree.

Gina Leonard put in an advert for a bassist to which cartoon-obsessed Ryan Rogers responded to. Together from their bedroom in Bristol, they make music that represents the freedom they feel around each other. As displayed on the recently acclaimed single "Sucker", nothing is too silly, nothing is too corny - Mumble Tide is a judgement free zone. They throw together the 90s guitar-hooks of their childhood, Leonard's sugar-sweet vocals and Rainbow-Road-esque synths all the while Furbs the Furby nods approvingly from her pedestal in the room's centre.

The snarly single "Sucker" - the first in a host of new music for 2021 - is chaotic and endearingly vengeful, Leonard flicking the 'V' as she sings "so long, so long, sucker" over blistering, garage-infused guitars. It follows their debut EP "Love Thing" which saw Lauren Lavern, Steve Lamacq and tastemaker blogs come aboard the Mumble bandwagon.

An entirely self-constructed world, Mumble Tide produce, make their own videos and make their own artwork and announced their entry to the live circuit with sold out shows in Bristol and London.

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Tue, 30 Nov 2021 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Ditz
+ Beau Vine Presents: The Motor Show

Since their inception, the band have released music at irregular intervals in their own inimitably uncompromising way, with a series of singles in 2018 launching them into public consciousness. Gigging regularly in their hometown of Brighton and across Europe, they've been sharpening their skills and growing together as a unit under the radar until now, touring the likes of France, Germany and the Netherlands alongside the likes of Heavy Lungs and Surfbort.

DITZ are best known by their steadily-growing following for delivering accomplished shows full of substance and organic excitement. Influenced by the hardcore punk and noise rock of the 80s and 90s, the band are set sharply apart from their peers in the UK post-punk scene. As a result, their music is taut and erratic, melodic and urgent, but always with an acute sense of dynamics. Vast arrays of guitar effects infuse their punk sound with a more experimental approach, which reaches its freeform apex at the end of the band's thrilling live sets.

On their new material, DITZ further explore their signature sound by mixing stark minimalism with explosive bursts of noise. "This song touches on the general public's reaction to LGBTQ+ individuals on a day to day basis, both positive and negative," comment the band on the single's lyrical content.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 4 Dec 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Uk Subs
+ Roadkill Drive-Thru (ex Freedom Faction)

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.

The Subs will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of "Brand New Age" on this tour.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 9 Dec 2021 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Broken Witt Rebels

"One of the best new live bands in the country, it's a matter of time before they explode onto the big stages" - This Feeling

"There's something about this type of music that feels raw, Southern, and whiskey-soaked. I can't get enough" - Indie Shuffle.

The arrangement of James Tranter's dominant, layered guitar work, Danny Core's strong and unique vocals, Luke Davis's muddy harmonic bass playing and James Dudley's drumming groove are the framework of a band that's enchanting and irresistible.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 10 Dec 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Cavetown
+ Claud, Sara Kays

Since the age of 14, Cavetown has created self-produced songs both intensely diaristic and touched with offbeat imagination. Now 22, the Cambridge-based artist otherwise known as Robin Skinner has built a global following based on that outpouring, forging a connection so personal he's taken to keeping a cupboard full of letters he receives from fans. On his new EP Man's Best Friend, Cavetown expands on the beautifully detailed bedroom-pop that's brought him immense success in recent years (including headlining sold-out shows around the world), ultimately arriving at one of his most vulnerable projects yet.

The follow-up to 2020's "Sleepyhead" (his Sire Records debut), "Man's Best Friend" took shape from a period of enormous change for Cavetown. Prior to releasing Sleepyhead, he'd found himself unmoored by the demands of his growing fame. With the album dropping right as the world went into lockdown, Skinner slipped into what he now refers to as "a very toxic place, mentally speaking," and eventually stepped back from working on music to focus on his mental health. As he began writing again, what soon emerged was the raw introspection of Man's Best Friend, a body of work made in deliberate solitude.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 10 Dec 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Daft Funk Live

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 Portland Arms, Sat, 18 Dec 2021 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Childcare

CHILDCARE were formed in 2016 by Ed Cares, formerly one of west London's most in-demand male nannies. Overheard humming a song he had written years before, Ed was persuaded by Katie, then aged six, to form a band. He enlisted local musicians Emma Topolski (bass), Rich Le Gate (guitar) and Glyn Daniels (drums). The band has now been together for several years, performing successfully under the only logical moniker in the circumstances: CHILDCARE.

Enthused with the energy of punk, the infectiousness of The Police and a by-numbers approach to songcraft akin to Happiness In Magazines-era Graham Coxon, CHILDCARE are a band on the up, making skewed, idiosyncratic, art-punk pop that is gaining them eager fans across the continent. Having recently sold out Omeara and releasing two critically acclaimed EPs with extensive BBC Radio 1 support and wide-spread blog coverage from the likes of Indie Shuffle and The Line of Best Fit, CHILDCARE will be babysitting their way onto a stereo near you in the future.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 13 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

John Otway And The Big Band

The man, the two hit wonder! Otway is back to Cambridge to bring all the headbutts, bunsen burners and more.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 15 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Surfing Magazines

Consisting of one half of Slow Club and two thirds of The Wave Pictures, The Surfing Magazines' primary influences are Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground and all the great surf guitar music of the 1960s. They burst onto the scene with their eponymous debut album in 2017, a lauded LP described by Record Collector magazine as "a vintage-yet-modern rock'n'roll classic".

Marking their first release since 2017, "Sports Bar" combines rumbling bass, slick vocals and witty lyricism to masterful effect. In typically mischievous fashion, the band describe it as "Like The Modern Lovers if Marc Bolan had sung lead vocals instead of Jonathan Richman, with a bridge ripped out of Pavement, only better than any of those people's music" and in doing so strike a curious balance of self-deprecation and self-belief - a quality that permeates their music as well as their description of it.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 21 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Coach Party

Coach Party grew up on the Isle of Wight ("it's only a matter of time until you meet pretty much everyone else on the Island," says Eastwood) and eventually crossed paths as avid music fans - working in venues, playing together and meeting at the same gigs. Coach Party eventually formed after Eastwood and guitarist Steph Norris decided to start playing music together; quickly realising that there was something special about the pair's songwriting and bond, guitarist Joe Perry and drummer Page joined the ranks. Musically, Coach Party are inspired by a broad palate of artists, but always find themselves drawn back to Nirvana, Sonic Youth and The Strokes, and contemporary artists like Wolf Alice, The Big Moon and Tame Impala. Ultimately though, Coach Party's primary drive to write and perform music comes from "the often entertaining struggle of real life."

The band still live and work on the Isle of Wight (Jess at a farm park, Guy in a music studio and Steph and Joe in cafes), and describe life on the island as going "through pretty distinct phases of being a great, and a really frustrating place to live." The opening of new venue Strings two years ago has raised the energy of live music in the area and provided the impetus for Coach Party's breakout first offering 'Oh, Lola' in 2019.

The band's debut 6-track Party Food EP sparked their increasingly exciting association with Chess Club - a label famed for breaking new talent, where recent exciting signings include Alfie Templeman and Phoebe Green, and past successes include Jungle and Wolf Alice. Upon the EP's release, Coach Party found themselves subject to acclaim all over UK radio with fans, including BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac, Clara Amfo, Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens (single 'Bleach' was even added to the station's playlist as Introducing Track Of The Week), BBC Radio 6 Music's Steve Lamacq, Radio X's John Kennedy, and more.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 22 Jan 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, Mon, 24 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

S-x

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 Portland Arms, Tue, 25 Jan 2022 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Lucero

Like the great river that flows through Memphis, the music of Lucero keeps rolling on, twisting and turning through the years, the same dark and brooding steadiness always at work.

Since forming in late the 90s, this group of Memphis road-dogs has mixed heartfelt lyrics with the sounds of early rock and roll, classic punk, country-folk, and deep-fried Southern soul. It's a sound that stands on the pillars of American music, born more of feeling than technique, delivered night after night to legions of fans in dive bars and theatres, and on stages as august as Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Ryman. In short, it's music that is built to last, impervious to trends.

For their tenth studio album, "When You Found Me", the band continues its natural evolution, this time tapping into a more atmospheric, widescreen vision (one that wouldn't seem out of place on a Reagan-era FM dial) while still staying tethered to its roots.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 27 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Conchúr White

Indicative of his raconteur nature, Conchúr (pronounced Conor)'s lyrical influences include the likes of Father John Misty, Lana Del Rey, Alex Turner, and Charles Bukowski and there's a dream-like surrealism in his musical storytelling which he delivers with understated theatrical manner. "Dreamers EP" follows on from Conchúr's 2020 debut EP "Bikini Crops". Hailing from Co Armagh, Conchúr previously fronted the band Silences who achieved notable success in Ireland.

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Fri, 28 Jan 2022 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Daft Funk Live

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.

Bury St Edmunds The Hunter Club, Sat, 29 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Toby Jepson: Digital Busker Live

Toby Jepson found fame as the frontman/singer/songwriter in British rock band Little Angels who achieved significant success in the UK, Europe and Japan between 1989 and 1995.

Between 2007 and 2017 Toby fronted Eddie Clarke's (Motörhead) vehicle Fastway across the globe, sang for Scottish rock band GUN, and then once again on a global scale fronting Dio's Disciples: a band made up of the late great Ronnie James Dio's final line up.

Toby's new band Wayward Sons have been hailed as one of the key bands at the forefront of the UK hard rock scene. Their debut album "Ghosts Of Yet To Come" was ranked eighth by Planet Rock Radio's listeners in 2017?s Top 20. Wayward Sons also went on to be voted Best New Band in the station's 2018 Rocks Awards. The sophomore album "The Truth Ain't What It Used To Be" was released in October 2019 to critical acclaim.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 29 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jane Weaver
+ Hyperdawn

Abusing, evading, and obliterating 20 years of whimsical pop trends, Jane Weaver's experience as a truly independent and resilient songwriter and sound-carrier commands respect and inspiration in equal measures.

Set for release in 2021, new album "Flock" is the record that she always wanted to make, the most genuine version of Jane Weaver, complete with unpretentious Day-Glo pop sensibilities, wit, kindness, humour and glamour.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Mon, 31 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm 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, Thu, 3 Feb 2022 at 7:00pm 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, Sat, 5 Feb 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, Sat, 5 Feb 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Gaz Brookfield
+ Jake Martin, B-Sydes

Following a two year hiatus from live touring, Gaz Brookfield returns to the road with is biggest tour to date, in celebration of the release of his 8th studio album, "Idiomatic".

Joined by the other two thirds of The Original Trilogy, B-Sydes and Jake Martin, the three busketeers will be taking their brand of acoustic folk, punk-drunk, daftness to as many parts of the UK as possible.

If the last two years have taught us anything it's that we should not take live music, or indeed anything for granted. So, get yourself a ticket, get your friends, get a drink, and we'll see you at the bar!

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 23 Feb 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Roxanne De Bastion

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

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, 2 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in "Storefront Hitchcock" an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.

Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as "paintings you can listen to". His most recent album is self-titled and marks his 21st release as a solo artist. Out on April 21 2017, the album is produced by Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). Hitchcock describes it as a "ecstatic work of negativity with nary a dreary groove."

It has received rave reviews from UNCUT, Rolling Stone, Paste, Tidal and more.

"A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings..." - Rolling Stone

"These 10 gems slither, rock, roll, glide and shapeshift, coalescing around Hitchcock's typically anxious, strained but striking and immediately identifiable vocals." - American Songwriter

"Beloved of everyone from Led Zeppelin to REM, Hitchcock has only enhanced his status with this wonderful outing." - Hot Press

"Witty, moving and seriously catchy, Robyn Hitchcock is a glorious return for a man who wasn't really gone in the first place." - Paste Magazine

Seating is unreserved.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 17 Mar 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, Tue, 22 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Roddy Woomble

Roddy Woomble is widely regarded as one of Scotland's finest songwriters.

Known for his enigmatic lyrics, warm baritone voice and consummate gift for a tune, Roddy has released five solo albums to date - 'My Secret Is My Silence' (2006), 'Before The Ruin' (2008, with Kris Drever and John McCusker), 'The Impossible Song & Other Songs' (2011), 'Listen To Keep' (2013), and 'The Deluder' (2017). Roddy's first poetry collection 'Instrumentals' was released in 2016.

For the past two decades Roddy has also been the frontman of much loved Scottish alternative rock band Idlewild, releasing eight studio albums, and touring worldwide as a headline act, but also in support to R.E.M., Pearl Jam and U2 amongst others.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 23 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Enola Gay

Belfast based Irish noise rock/post-punk 4-piece formed in late 2019. With socially aware vocals and a bed of reverb-soaked buzz-saw guitar layered on top of a driving rhythm that draws as much inspiration from left-field electronica as it does from post-punk heroes of the late 70s / early 80s. Enola Gay have already crafted a unique sound that has drawn widespread acclaim from key industry figures and music fans around the globe, culminating with them being chosen to perform at IMW, ESNS, and SXSW for their 6th, 7th and 8th performances ever.

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

The Mysterines: Reeling Tour

When it comes to pivotal life moments, having the mighty Nick Cave snatch a balloon out of your hands when you're seven years old before smirkingly stomping on it is going to make you do one of two things: 1) run off crying and forever commit to a quiet life or 2) decide to be just like the big tall man who gets a kick out of scaring little kids. When it happened to Lia Metcalfe, she wisely decided to do the latter.

Still only 20 years old, the Mysterines' imposing frontwoman melds together more than her lifetime's worth of experiences with the kind of deep, impassioned vocal you won't forget in a hurry. In her songs and stagecraft you?ll see and hear everything from PJ Harvey's raw and ragged stomp to the crazed carnival energy of Tom Waits and eviscerating poetics of Patti Smith. The first great British rock band of the post-pandemic era, the Mysterines let us in on Lia's unfiltered look at life, the universe and everything, complete with serious riffs and an unflinching honesty.

Though currently based in Manchester, Lia was raised in Liverpool, born to parents only just out of their teens who raised her on the road and in and out of festival VIP areas; hence that unforgettable run-in with Nick Cave. Both were - and still are - music obsessives, bringing her up to the sounds of Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, The Strokes, Motown classics and Bob Dylan, who remains her song-writing icon.

PLEASE NOTE EARLY STAGE TIMES. Doors open at 18:30 and this event will be finished by 21:30 at the latest.

Cambridge Mash, Sat, 26 Mar 2022 at 6:30pm buy tickets

Bodega

Bodega's new album was inspired by a book club. In the early months of 2020, the Brooklyn art-punk incendiaries gathered together with close friends to study the works of a wide range of philosophers. Passionate debates lasting long into the night became a regular occurrence, motivating the band to become as ideologically unified as the weighty tomes they were reading. "Broken Equipment" is Bodega's attempt to interrogate the external factors that make them who they are, propelling existential quandaries with tongue-in-cheek humour, highly personal lyrics, and irresistible grooves.

In the album's opening moments, vocalist Nikki Belfiglio urges listeners to "watch the thrown." She is joined by fellow founding member Bodega Ben, who details various ways his personality is constantly influenced, or 'thrown', by phenomena such as 'big rock ads' or 'the itch on my back.' This opening song - "Thrown" - serves as a thesis statement for the record's multi-faceted exploration of how ideology and identity are shaped, but never fixed.

Since Bodega's formation in 2016, Ben and Nikki (who previously played together in the band Bodega Bay) have experienced a rare meteoric rise. The duo double as filmmakers, earning acclaim for their 2020 erotic drama PVT Chat starring Peter Vack, Julia Fox, and other recognizable faces from the Safdie brothers' cinematic universe. When the pandemic forced them to hit pause, they used the opportunity to regroup with drummer/performance artist Tai Lee, bassist/philosophy professor Adam See, and lead guitarist Dan Ryan.

"Broken Equipment" was produced by Ben himself with Bobby Lewis, Bodega's NYC live sound mixer. The record was mixed by Bryce Goggin, whom the band sought out for his work with Pavement, and Adam Sachs (Wives).

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 28 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm Tickets on sale from
Tue, 26 Oct 2021 at 10:00

Sunflower Bean

New York trio Sunflower Bean - Julia Cumming (she/her), Nick Kivlen (he/him), and Jake Faber (she/they) - released their second album "Twentytwo in Blue" in 2018, which skyrocketed to the UK?s Top 40, and quickly followed it with 2019's "King of the Dudes EP" (which included the Radio 1 playlisted "Come For Me") and stand-alone single "Moment In The Sun" in 2020. Since then, the band opened for Bernie Sanders and The Strokes in New Hampshire, Cumming appeared on Yves Tumor's "Strawberry Privilege" and Manic Street Preachers "The Secret He Had Missed", and the band toured extensively with the likes of Beck, Cage the Elephant, Interpol, Courtney Barnett, and more, while also playing countless festivals internationally.

Now the band returns with their first new material of 2021. Alongside the announcement of new UK tour dates Sunflower Bean release a new song entitled "Baby Don?t Cry", premiered by Radio 1's Clara Amfo as the 'Hottest Record In The World'. Written by the band, produced and mixed by UMO's Jacob Portrait, co-engineered by Jake Faber and Portrait, and recorded between Electric Lady and Sunflower Bean Studios, "Baby Don?t Cry", out now via Lucky Number, is an exciting taste of what's to come from Sunflower Bean in 2022.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 30 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dream Wife
+ Lucia and the Best Boys

"New wave structure meets punk blatancy and 21st-century gender fluency" - New York Times

"[Dream Wife] combine sticky pop flourishes and bruising sounds with brazen self-assurance....extending the continuum of uncompromising feminist musical statements with refreshing directness." - NPR Music

"Part It's Blitz!-era Yeah Yeah Yeahs, part long-lost Cardigans B-side, their second track of the year is a strawberry-sweet, hazy ode to times gone by" - The Guardian on 'Hasta La Vista'

"Punk rock trio Dream Wife make music that flips a middle finger to convention." - The Fader

"The art-school project that's evolved into one of indie-rock's most politically dynamic emerging acts" - Entertainment Weekly

"Dream Wife just want to dismantle the patriarchy. The U.K. art punks make music that's roiling with feminist rage and Spice Girls attitude" - Rolling Stone

"The girl gang proving there's force in femininity. Dream Wife create pop anthems for the Instagram generation" - Dazed

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 2 Apr 2022 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Bambara
+ Deep Tan

One thing you won't be able to avoid on Bambara's "Stray" is death. It's everywhere and inescapable, abstract and personified - perhaps the key to the whole record. Death, however, won't be the first thing that strikes you about the group's fourth - and greatest - album to date. That instead will be its pulverising soundscape; by turns, vast, atmospheric, cool, broiling and at times - on stand out tracks like "Sing Me To The Street" and "Serafina" - simply overwhelming.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 8 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Mystery Jets

It's hard to believe that it's been ten years since Mystery Jets broke surface with their debut album, Making Dens. Of all the acts that sprang into life in The Libertines' Fagin-like wake, Mystery Jets were always the hardest to pin down. A Syd Barrett-enthralled troupe fashioning delightfully skewed, potting shed psychedelia out of playful wonky pop and unashamedly proggy flourishes from their Thameside hideout of Eel Pie, the South London island that played midwife to the British R&B boom in the early '60s.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 11 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Lovely Eggs

With observational and often surreal lyrics about life The Lovely Eggs have a powerful raw sound that creates the sonic illusion of a band twice their size. The result is a mix of heavy psych, pop and strangeness and they have become known for their ferocious yet joyous live performances.

The single "This Decision" preceded full-length "I am Moron" which was produced by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, MGMT, Tame Impala, Mogwai).

With 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.

They are selling out bigger and bigger venues and more eggheads are joining them in their crusade against bullsh*t.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 11 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

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, 15 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Kristin Hersh Electric Trio
+ Fred Abong

Influential songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kristin Hersh, leader of the indie rock band Throwing Muses and the noise rock power trio 50 Foot Wave, is back on the road with her highly acclaimed Throwing Muses release, "Sun Racket".

The touring trio is a hard-hitting super group: Fred Abong, bass player from Throwing Muses (who opens solo, promoting his new LP, "Yellow Throat") and Rob Ahlers, drummer of 50 Foot Wave. These electric trio shows are loud, tight and intense, featuring material from across Kristin's thirty-year career.

"Lean, Immersive, and groove-heavy, tapping the vein of hardscrabble psychedelia that defines their best work." - Pitchfork

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 22 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

José González

Few people have managed to become quite so celebrated worldwide, quite as quietly as José González has. "Local Valley", his long awaited fourth album, serves as a relieving reminder that you don't have to be loud to be heard.

Since his debut single "Crosses" back in 2003, both he and his music have remained dependably quiet and unassuming. "Local Valley" calmly exhibits his singular ability to communicate with such modesty and power. Beginning with the sun-dappled "El Invento", the first song he's recorded in Spanish (the native tongue of his Argentinian heritage), and ending with the intimate yet rhapsodic "Honey Honey". Along the way it engages in his signature melodic and metrical hypnotism, showcasing his remarkable fingerpicking skills, while there's further evidence of his love for music from around the world (he references an inspiring jam session in Gothenburg with Niger artist Bombino) and for the first time, the introduction of a drum machine on a few songs, further widening José's musical spectrum.

The record, full of his trademark bittersweet pastoralism, includes what González considers "my most accomplished songs to date". While continuing his tradition of reinterpreting songs by other artists, with "Line Of Fire" he picks one written for Junip, the band he formed with friends in 1998. That the original version has now been streamed some 60 million times suggest it, like other songs he's covered, is now part of the songwriting canon.

"Local Valley", González cheerfully acknowledges, "is similar to my other solo albums in sound and spirit, a natural continuation of the styles I've been adding through the years both solo and with Junip. I set out to write songs in the same vein: short, melodic and rhythmical, a mixture of classic folk singer songwriting and songs with influences from Latin America and Africa. It's more outward looking than my earlier works, but no less personal. On the contrary, I feel more comfortable than ever saying that this album reflects me and my thoughts right now."

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 28 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sleeper
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After hibernating for twenty years (where did the time go!?) Britpop favourites Sleeper are back on the road, performing live. Original members: Louise Wener (vocs, guitar), Jon Stewart (guitar) and Andy Maclure (drums) are newly joined by Kieron Pepper (previously of The Prodigy) on bass.

The band enjoyed huge critical and commercial success in the mid 90's: achieving eight Top 40 singles across three Top 10 albums with well over 1,000,000 sales. The band also had two tracks featured on the era defining soundtrack to "Trainspotting"; named as one of the best film soundtracks of all time by the likes of Rolling Stone. Sleeper garnered front covers across the music press and appeared numerous times on key music shows of the time like TFI Friday, Jools Holland and Top Of The Pops: an episode of which Louise Wener presented. Together, the band played the main stages of Reading, Glastonbury, V etc along with sold out touring across all of the UK and a support slot with REM at Milton Keynes Bowl.

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Osees (oh Sees)

"At their best, Oh Sees songs evoke matter in flux. Their music hints at lurking violence, a lazy simmer always threatening to boil over. They've honed this sound for about 15 years under a series of similar monikers: as OCS, The Ohsees, and Thee Oh Sees, among others, with about an album a year since 2006's Grave Blockers.

Despite dabbling in krautrock, psychedelia, and punk, they've remained remarkably consistent. This is to say: They sound unfailingly like themselves...raucous, driving, and atmospheric, a heady brew of weeded-out insouciance and wah pedals." Pitchfork

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 9 May 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tom Robinson

Although many of Tom Robinson's 70s contemporaries such as The Jam, Elvis Costello and Ian Dury have spawned tribute bands, to the best of his knowledge no such act has ever attempted to cover his own back catalogue. Which of those songs, he wondered, would a Tom Robinson tribute band choose to assemble a full-on crowdpleasing set?

There'd have to be the songs co-written with Elton John and Peter Gabriel. Also those unexpected comeback hits of the 1980s such as War Baby and Atmospherics. Not to mention the stone-cold punk-era classics that launched his career: Motorway, Power In The Darkness, Up Against The Wall, Too Good To be True and of course the anthemic Glad To Be Gay.

In May 2020 the veteran broadcaster and songwriter will mark 70 years on the planet by embarking on a month-long tour with his incendiary live band playing highlights from his own 45 year career in music. There may not have been a Tom Robinson tribute act until now - but as the chorus of his debut single puts it: "2-4-6-8... ain't never too late".

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 14 May 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Darwin Deez

New Yorker Darwin Deez is influenced by other New York artists such as The Strokes and The Mouldy Peaches. Darwin Deez began his career by performing at open-mic nights in New York, in the same cafes where Regina Spektor and Adam Green would often play. Deez has followed his own quixotic path and has quickly become a bona fide pop star on his own terms. He continues on his one man mission to improve the world through his particular streak of curiously addictive pop songs and bursts of gloriously unfettered synchronized dancing.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 17 May 2022 at 7:00pm 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

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

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