Stella Donnelly

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Stella Donnelly has forged her way to the forefront of the new guard of songwriters in Australia. She has most recently achieved her own identity with the release of her first critically acclaimed EP Thrush Metal. The first song from the EP, Mechanical Bull, has spread like wildfire since Stella was recently Triple J's Unearthed Feature Artist. Her brutally honest lyrics combined with jazz-folk sensibilities will leave you feeling like you've known Stella all your life.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 21 Aug 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Slow Crush

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"Slow Crush play true shoegaze in its heaviest form, the way it's meant to be, the best way. The band's name goes a good distance toward describing their sound. There is a slowness to this music; a transcendent, diaphanous beauty. However, quite plainly, it will crush you. It may not have quite so immediate a physical effect as that of MBV, but it is music that is meant to be played at 10 and thusly absorbed. Mixed by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Bosse-De-Nage), Aurora is one of the best shoegaze debuts I've heard in a good long time. It's one of the best shoegaze albums I've heard in a good long time. It's f***** phenomenal, evidently, and I'm happy to have it premiering here on Stereogum today, in advance of its official release. Listen." Stereogum

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 29 Aug 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets


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From their sudden and deliberate first chord on Love Keeps Kicking, beloved British punk collective Martha announce their intent to kick back. Across 11 tracks, these daughters and sons of Pity Me, England, show that, while our world might be in spiral, there is still plenty worth fighting for.

In many ways Love Keeps Kicking is a breakup record, with each song inhabiting different parts of the process. This year blew my world apart sings guitarist/vocalist Daniel Ellis on album opener Heart is Healing. With lush vocal harmonies (and one of the best riffs in Martha's discography) Healing explores the uncomfortable period between love's end, and when the heart is ready to move on.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 3 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Portland Brothers (steven Adams - Broken Family Band, Timothy Victor - Folk Orchestra)

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Portland Brothers is Steven Adams and Timothy Victor.

"First EP" consists of four songs reflecting their shared love of folk, country and classic pop.

Adams and Victor first met in the summer of 2001 at The Portland Arms, Cambridge. Adams had just formed The Broken Family Band, who would go on to be one of the city's best-loved bands, whilst TV was playing with Chris T-T and fronting his own,'country and eastern' London outfit The Folk Orchestra.

Over the next few years the two became good friends, with Victor producing the first two Broken Family Band albums and performing live with the group as the unofficial 'fifth member' until they split in 2009. They collaborated on the 2005 album 'Problems', played a few sweaty London club shows with a short-lived rock band, and sang together as part of an unaccompanied vocal group, wearing false beards.

Since then, Adams has released two albums with breezy indie-rock outfit Singing Adams and two solo records ("House Music" and "Old Magick"), as well as last year's politically-charged "Virtue Signals" (as Steven Adams and The French Drops). TV has continued to perform with The Folk Orchestra, as well as writing music for television and doing 'something with computers'.

Portland Brothers is a genuine collaboration, with both players sharing writing and performing duties equally. They even started their own record label. There have been virtually no arguments so far.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 6 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Pale White

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The Pale White are a Newcastle based Alternative Rock band.
Comprising of brothers Adam (lead vocals, guitar) and Jack Hope (drums) and long time friend Tom Booth (bass), the group first came together when Adam returned home from London to the North East armed with a handful of demos and a fierce determination to start a band. Things very quickly took shape when the band adopted the name, which - "alludes to the bright light people claim to see before they die", aptly reflecting the dark streak that runs through the bands sound. With early support slots opening for Maximo Park and Band of Skulls in their hometown, sold out headline shows soon became a formality, with the band graduating from venue to bigger venue across the city and developing a solid word of mouth following.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 10 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Pale White

Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

The Pale White are a Newcastle based Alternative Rock band.
Comprising of brothers Adam (lead vocals, guitar) and Jack Hope (drums) and long time friend Tom Booth (bass), the group first came together when Adam returned home from London to the North East armed with a handful of demos and a fierce determination to start a band. Things very quickly took shape when the band adopted the name, which - "alludes to the bright light people claim to see before they die", aptly reflecting the dark streak that runs through the bands sound. With early support slots opening for Maximo Park and Band of Skulls in their hometown, sold out headline shows soon became a formality, with the band graduating from venue to bigger venue across the city and developing a solid word of mouth following.

Peterborough The Met Lounge, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 at 7:45pm buy tickets

Flint Moore

Rock folk band Flint Moore don't believe in doing music by halves it must be ferocious and raw, or delicate and emotional. When people try and describe their sound, they reach for many different names from Pearl Jam to Mumford and Sons, Audioslave to Dave Matthews Band. Whatever their choice, it always speaks volumes of Flint Moore's powerful and honest performances.

In 2018 with their last EP 'Reign', they toured across the country and played at some of the UKs most notable festivals. Now they're back again putting on their biggest Cambridge show to date, featuring brand new never before heard songs.

Flint Moore is grassroots in their attitude and grounded in their worldview. They believe music is best experienced when everyone in the room feels fully connected. If you've seen them before, it's never been like this; if you haven't, this is the time.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 13 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Damo Suzuki

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Japanese musician Kenji Suzuki, better known as Damo Suzuki, is best known for his work with the pioneering German group Can. He is a vocalist and improvisational musician whose creative wanderlust has taken him around the world, performing with a dizzying variety of collaborators.

Suzuki had little experience as a musical performer before joining Can in 1970, but his bold, theatrical style and abstract lyrical sensibility put its stamp on three of the group's most memorable albums (1971's Tago Mago, 1972's Ege Bamyasi, and 1973's Future Days) before he left the group in 1973. A

After a decade away from music, Suzuki returned in 1983, shunning the recording studio in favor of improvised live performances, a number of which have been recorded and released, among them 2000's Seattle, 2002's P.R.O.M.I.S.E., and 2007's The Fire of Heaven at the End of the Universe. Working with established groups as well as 'sound carriers' he often has never met before walking on-stage, Suzuki's music in the 21st century has found him relentlessly exploring the boundaries of spontaneous creativity.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Andrew O'neill

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Andrew O'Neill presents "I am a Rich Man and I Have Many Sons"

"An incantatory state of near-constant laughter" - List
"The very definition of Alternative - one of the funniest comedians on the circuit today" - TimeOut
"Absolutely hilarious" - Neil Gaiman

Award-winning comedian Andrew O'Neill returns with a truly magickal stand-up show that gives every audience member exactly what they want*. Also a song about grizzly bears running a photograph development lab.

(*within standard limits of legality, morality and reality.)

Support from Sanj Surati

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 21 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets


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It's fair to say 2018 was a remarkable year for Kyan, boasting a euphoric COLORS session, backing from Nile Rodgers and support from Ebro (Beats 1).

2019 promises much, as Kyan continues to release tracks from his upcoming self-written and produced visual album 'Nothing Beyond'.
Kyan delivers an atmospheric retro futuristic soul soundscape, packed full of genre bending artistry. Spine-tingling vocals and musicianship make for live shows that captivate.

Rebellion pulses beneath the surface of Kyan's music, from its raw instrumentation to its experimental orchestral interludes and powerful, conscious visuals.

A defiant spirit with a strong independent streak, Kyan crowdfunded to ensure full creative freedom and control over his sound. At once expansive and crushingly intimate, full of poeticism, piano melancholy and passionate moments of explosive melody, Kyan is one of Britain's most exciting and enigmatic emerging talents.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 23 Sep 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Johnny Lloyd

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Stripped back, raw and showing just a hint of English blues, Johnny Lloyd's songs which have emerged thus far have something intangibly special about them.

Take EP title track, 'Pilgrims', which has shades of 80s songcraft in there, with the lyrics - "take me driving like you used to do" - almost nodding towards the influence of Springsteen.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 24 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jeffrey Lewis And The Voltage

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Its very exciting to be able to tell you that Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts will be making a return visit...Lewis is one of our all-time favorite songwriters and performers and previous shows have always been such an evening of sheer joy.

Its hard to know where to begin when describing New York born and based Jeffrey Lewis's creative activities. As a musician and songwriter he has been active for such a long time, both solo and with an array of bands, performing and recording with Los Bolts since 2015 [same bandmates now re-named The Voltage, for the new album!]. In addition to this Jeffrey Lewis both writes and illustrates graphic novels, having published his comic book, Fuff, since 2004 and incorporates artwork and storytelling into his live sets to magical effect.

In addition to writing, performing and recording under his own name, Jeffrey Lewis also collaborates with Peter Stampfel of 60s legends The Holy Modal Rounders and they released their second album, "Hey, Hey its The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band," in 2013. A third Stampfel/Lewis album and a new album withThe Voltage are both in the pipeline.

Jeffrey Lewis has attracted a great deal of praise from contemporaries such as Jarvis Cocker (Pulp), Dave Berman (Silver Jews), Paul Banks (Interpol) and Will Oldham. The latter said of Lewis, "Really great and impressive and inspiring and exciting... There's not a lot of people that can tell a story and use language like that in music."

The Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts 2015 album, Manhattan, is a work of utter genius, an original take on life in the Big Apple by that rare individual, a genuine artist still living in the city despite increasing gentrification and is a lyrical, beautiful and sublime record.

Live, Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts (Brent and Mem) are an absolute blast and with such an impressive back catalogue who knows where they might take the audience at any given time. Rest assured though, it will be a genuinely special experience. - Beat Generator

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 25 Sep 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Pulled Apart By Horses

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Pulled Apart By Horses are less a gang and more one big f**ed-up dysfunctional family. The Leeds quartet are a tightly-knit rock band who make music that thrills and menaces, their songs armed with suckerpunch riffs and zinging choruses. They formed in 2008 out of the ashes of various bands in Leeds. Since then they have existed in their own chaotic ecosystem, embarking on relentless tours around the world and stopping only to make 2010's punkily infectious self-titled debut and its snarling 2012 follow-up 'Tough Love' (produced by Gill Norton - Pixies/Foo Fighters etc.) . Everything they've done has been drenched in a sense of youthful recklessness, of all or nothing ardour. With third album 'Blood' they took things a step forward with wider musical and lyrical themes, embracing their love of psychedelic cinema and developing as a band whilst retaining the thrilling 'Horses' sound.

But life doesn't come with a user manual. Amid the constant noise, clamour and confusion of the Information Age, sometimes - as with much of the technology which surrounds us human beings work best after simply being switched off, unplugged, reconnected and switched back on again or more accurately, the band felt a simple desire to fall in love all over again with the pure joy of making music.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 26 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Bill Ryder-jones

The Yawny Yawn Piano Tour.

Entirely self-recorded and self-produced, Yawn is Bill Ryder-Jones' fourth album, rewarding the listeners' attention with motifs and melodies that play hide and seek but never fail to deliver.

Cambridge Unitarian Church, Sat, 28 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Black Country, New Road

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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 razortight rhythm section

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 29 Sep 2019 at 6:30pm buy tickets

Ferris & Sylvester

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Ferris & Sylvester are songwriters - with clear references in their catchy setup to the mid-60s sounds of Greenwich Village combined with their meatier blues tones, the pair sit somewhere between Jack White and First Aid Kit.

The pair met three years ago and have since won over the nation with their ever-growing live presence and songwriting, selling out their debut headline UK tour. In 2018, the duo released their highly anticipated EP 'Made In Streatham' which they self-produced in their South London flat. Released through their own label 'Archtop Records', the EP has clocked up millions of streams and received widespread praise across the board.

With their eyes fixed on their debut album, the duo have expanded their sound into deeper and darker places. Ferris & Sylvester uncover the depths of human relationships in their writing and continue forward as proudly independent songwriters and performers.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 30 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Murray A Lightburn

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"as if Brian Wilson had borrowed [Curtis] Mayfield and the Impressions for the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. Rolling Stone

MURRAY A. LIGHTBURN is a composer, musician, performer and music producer. He is best known as the lead singer and principal songwriter of internationally-known Montreal chamber rock band, The Dears.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 2 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sophie & The Giants

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I've learned a lot from making big mistakes, says Sophie & The Giants' magnetic singer Sophie Scott. When you're younger you think you know how the world works But you fucking don't."

Welcome to the world of Sophie & The Giants, practitioners of forward-looking, left-leaning emotional pop: a fresh, raw fusion of the band's collective influences which range from Siouxsie and Debbie Harry to Radiohead and Jamie T. The band formed at music college in the spring of 2017 Sophie (vocals and guitar), Chris Hill (drums), Bailey Stapledon (bass) and Toby Holmes (guitar), moving to their adopted hometown of Sheffield shortly afterwards; more recently they've been taking their intense, life-affirming and rapidly expanding set of songs on tour with the likes of Tom Grennan, Yonaka and Reverend and The Makers.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 3 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jesca Hoop

Jesca Hoop is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, a Californian who is now an adopted daughter of Manchester. Her career has spanned five albums of finely crafted song writing, sung from a unique intelligence and an unparalleled voice, culminating in 2017's hugely acclaimed 'Memories are Now'.

Having spent much of the last eighteen months on tour, highlights of which include a triumphant sold out show at Union Chapel, appearances at Glastonbury and Latitude Festivals amongst many others, and appearing as special guest at Jose Gonzales' Royal Albert Hall show, Jesca is currently working with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, This is the Kit, Aldous Harding) on her next collection of songs. With her much anticipated follow up to 'Memories are Now' set for release in the summer of 2019, Jedca Hop heads out round the UK and Europe in October, including her biggest headline show to date at the Barbican Centre, London

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 5 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Night Cafe

"From the emphatic and high-powered 'Mixed Signals' to the somewhat softer, yet equally effectual 'Addictive', the set is a seamless display of stalwart power-pop. There's a beautifully indescribable simplicty to their performance with each track easing effortlessly into the next, despite the undeniable versatility within much of their music." Yorkshire Evening Post

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 7 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Lucy Spraggan

First coming to main prominence in 2012 with her self-composed song 'Last Night' on ITV's The X Factor, Lucy went on to reach 9th place in the competition, and 2nd place in her category. Since then she's continued to grow a devoted fanbase through her busy live schedule and four top 40 chart albums. With a unique style of acoustic folk and pop, Lucy mixes humour, talent and honesty to create her own fresh sound.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 10 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

October Drift

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An immersive wall of distortion envelopes the powerful fragility of frontman Kiran Roy's vocals, while he paints a verbal landscape of introspection, despair and hope amid a sonic palette that evokes both the driving, spacious absorptivity of My Bloody Valentine and the poetic, visceral honesty of Nick Cave's lyricism.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 10 Oct 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

John Otway And The Big Band

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

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 11 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Chance Mccoy (old Crow Medicine Show)

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Chance McCoy is a Grammy Award winning Indie Folk musician from West Virginia.

It can be scary to step away from something that's been so successful, says Chance McCoy, but it's important to follow your passion. I really believe in the music that I'm making right now, so it feels like the right time for me as an artist to get off the main road and explore the path less trodden.

A virtuoso fiddler, guitarist, and banjo player, McCoy is best known as a member of GRAMMY-winning Americana powerhouse Old Crow Medicine Show, but 'Wander Wide,' his debut solo album, reveals a remarkable depth and versatility far beyond anything we've heard from him yet. Captivating in its cross of the traditional and the progressive, the record shows little regard for the conventional boundaries of genre and decade, blending old-school bluegrass melodies with modern rock and roll arrangements and rich, atmospheric production.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 12 Oct 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

David Ford

As an artist Ford still defies classification or comparison. Singer-songwriter doesn't begin to cover it. He writes and performs with fluency across multiple genres, plays every instrument on the stage and even invents new ones to create truly unique recordings and performances. Every live show is different. Ford's trademark one-man loop machine circus grows more complex and audacious every year, but then he is just as likely to show up with a six-piece band, a string quartet, jazz drummer or a choir and his most recent UK tour proved he can be equally compelling sat in an armchair, playing acoustic guitar and telling stories. The result is a live spectacle described by The Guardian as unmissable.

Cambridge Unitarian Church, Sat, 12 Oct 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets


Special all seated intimate church show!

"Lissie's voice in its lower register sounds husky and vulnerable but when she lets rip on huge choruses, such as those of Hero and Wild West, it's quite a fearsome instrument." The Guardian

Cambridge Emmanuel United Reform Church, Sun, 13 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT


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"Why: Rhythmic and emotive, the latest track from German producer/composer Josin is truly enveloping. Crafting a sound that is both intense and seductive, 'Feral Thing' swirls and sways through its five minute running time. Building with consideration and an adept subtleness, the song flowers into a melancholic and, frankly, beautiful piece of steadily expanding delicateness."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 14 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Snapped Ankles

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"The band's wild, kinetic post-punk is as much a visual offering as it is an auditory one. They are strange and they are odd, producing frenzied, unsettled krautrock that is somehow danceable, and they've developed a reputation for their costumed attire and penchant for putting on brutal live performances." Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 16 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT


A genre-defying tribal pop/experimental worldbeat outfit with roots in both England and Bahrain, Flamingods' dizzying blend of traditional African and Middle Eastern music, psych-folk, and prog falls somewhere in between the Avalanches, Konono Nº1, Animal Collective, and Goat.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 17 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

"Pigsx7's is a world of downtuned doom in which no riff is too monolithic, no chord progression too bludgeoning. They sound as if they should be caught between the conflicting urges to hit a massive bong or go out on choppers. In fact, they're a perfectly unbikery-looking quintet from Newcastle upon Tyne, longtime participants in that city's music scene (two of them play live with the brilliant Richard Dawson) who have suddenly and unexpectedly broken the surface with this project, in which 70s heavy metal is played both straight and as some kind of art project." The Guardian

Stowmarket John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Fri, 18 Oct 2019 at 7:30pm SOLD OUT

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, Sun, 20 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets


Mancunian electronic duo Lou Rhodes and Andy Barlow who defy classification with a sound encompassing injections of jazz, classical, blues, techno and hip hop. With baffled breakbeats, juddering technoid pulses, sweeping strings and disturbing electronic ambience, they remain an uncompromising act both live and on record.

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 20 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Barns Courtney

Fresh from his European headline tour, global rising star, Barns Courtney today announces his second studio album '404' which is set for release on September 6th via Virgin EMI. To mark the news, Barns has unveiled a brand new single and video called 'You & I'. In addition to this, a huge UK and Europe tour has been announced for October to celebrate the release.

The album will feature 10 new tracks and will explore his transition into adulthood with conflicted feelings of loss, frustration and optimism. Fans can expect to hear his deep vocals bringing adding an energy to a mixture of intense rock grooves and softer melodic sounds. Recorded in the middle of the night, the vocals were recorded in only one take and are largely improvised. It is perhaps Barns' most raw and intimate work yet as he invites listeners into some of his deepest thoughts.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

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In only a couple of short years, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have already been through a well-storied existence. Coming off the blocks in 2015, the band immediately made big waves in their hometown of Perth, going on to release their debut album, 'High Visceral{Part 1}'. That release saw PPC supporting the heady likes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Dune Rats, Black Mountain, Skegss and completing their first national tour. Their sophomore album 'High Visceral {Part 2}' was released in April and the band recently completed their second national tour around Australia which was met with sold out crowds.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Gruff Rhys

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Gruff Rhys will be releasing his new album 'Pang!' on Rough Trade Records on 13.09.2019. 'Pang' is a pop album with a couple of verses of Zulu and an English title. 'Pang!' developed unexpectedly over about 18 months. A solo album of songs by Gruff Rhys, produced & mixed by the South African electronic artist Muzi.

Recorded in Cardiff, Wales. The song Pang! was mixed by the producer Muzi in Cardiff & Johannesburg. Drums by Welsh-American psychedelic warlord Kliph Scurlock, brass by Gavin Fitzjohn and flute and percussion by the engineer Kris Jenkins. Beats, bass & ah's by Muzi with Gruff on vocals and guitar.

Gruff explains Pang! is a Welsh language song with an English title. It started life as a folk reel and soon expanded into a 'list' song, listing various reasons for pangs; hunger, regret, twitter, pain, bad design etc. Using the English word pang in a Welsh language track may appear weird but I suppose it's like using the French word 'Magazine' in an English song. In that it's slightly pretentious but completely acceptable.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Swim Deep

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Birmingham grunge-pop quartet Swim Deep's own brand of fuzzy grunge influenced pop has been making waves across the UK, putting them at the forefront of the blossoming West Midlands music scene.

Cambridge The Salisbury Club, Tue, 22 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets


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Starting their musical journey while studying in Leeds, North London duo Jim (vocals) and Dan (acoustic guitar, vocals) quickly developed a distinctive sound. Deriving from their joint love of close vocal harmony, and rhythmic finger-style acoustic guitar, the pair started writing songs inspired by the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Half Moon Run.

After breaks on platforms such as Mahogany sessions as an acoustic indie-folk act, they quickly moved back to London with aim of expanding their sound. Now signed to Mahogany Records and backed by a full band of Ben (drums), Reeve (bass) and Dan Lee (electric guitar), KAWALA have started making waves in the live scene, finding inspiration from a range of musical styles.

The sound has developed through the use of afrobeat-esque drums, atmospheric electric hooks and strong rhythmic bass, yet still maintaining the focus on the core indie-folk two part vocal and acoustic.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 23 Oct 2019 at 7:30pm 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

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 26 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Melt Banana

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All you need to know: One of the best live bands on the planet. That's it.

"Once they started back in 1993, Melt-Banana have remained like an eye of a hurricane that's 10 times crazier than the hurricane itself. One of the core bands to emerge from the same roiling soup that birthed art-damaged titans such as the Flying Luttenbachers and the Locust, the female-fronted Japanese group added a few twists to the genetic makeup of 90s noise rock. Japan's own rich noise tradition was little more than a touchstone for Melt-Banana, and the group's cryptic otherness elevated it above its peers." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Cc Smugglers

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There are buskers that will make you cry, they're so good, according to cult Americana artist Andrew Bird. And then there are buskers that will take you to a place where sound and energy merge to create a kind of spiritual ecstasy, a joyful affirmation of life itself. CC Smugglers, who have made the transition from the street to the stage with consummate ease and considerable acclaim, exemplify the latter, and then some.
The band from Bedfordshire started out as guerrilla buskers, hijacking queues waiting to see other artists, or commandeering underground trains and escalators.

They got their big break by playing outside every UK tour date of the two-time Grammy Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show. Not even a severed artery on his finger could stop frontman Richie Prynne he delayed surgery to lead the six-piece on the audacious escapade. So impressed were the Old Crow Medicine Show they invited them to share their platform on the remaining dates.

It was Richie who formed the band after busking alone for some years as a teenager. He enlisted the help of Dan Edwards (double bass) Ryan Thomas (lead guitar) and Sam Barrett (rhythm guitar and fiddle) who formed the Bedfordshire contingent of the band for several years. They were joined 18 months ago Joel Barford (drums) and more recently by Tom Seals (keys) both accomplished young jazz players their influences have really allowed us to explore more contemporary challenging arrangements said Richie.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 1 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

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, Tue, 5 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Alice Jemima

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Signed to Sunday Best, Rob da Bank's independent record label, Alice Jemima merges sultry sweet vocals with contemporary electronic production, creating catchy yet intelligent pop that speaks of universal emotions. Alice has so far amassed over 17 million plays on Spotify, and released her debut album on March 3rd 2017.

Alice has had major support from Radio 1, Amazing Radio, Virgin and Radio X in the UK while also being playlisted in Australia on Triple J and in Germany on Radio Eins.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets


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At the beginning of 2013, Spector decided to cut short further touring and promotion of their debut album 'Enjoy It While It Lasts' in order to start focussing on music that they felt was a more up to date representation of their ideas. Founding members Chris Burman and Fred Macpherson had been making music in various forms since their early teens and had started Spector in order to communicate and share a series of "experiments in pop". But one album and two years into their career, as far as Burman was concerned, it was mission accomplished.

Shortly after five became four (in a continuing series of events that journalists might one day describe as "difficult"), original drummer Danny Blandy was told by doctors not to drum for six months after "doing his shoulder in", so suggested moving to keyboard: "The news came at a good time as I'd been playing a lot of piano anyway and I was happy to give my tired arms a rest." So with Jed Cullen now the sole guitarist in the group and Danny as full time keys player, the new writing core of Spector started to emerge, bolstered by bass player Tom Shickle. "I'd spent the best part of my early twenties with these guys", Fred explains "but had no idea what any of us were really capable of. The first album happened in such an entertaining haze that it took until a year after it came out for the penny to actually drop and for the band to start to making sense for the first time."

"When we started out, I almost saw writing a song as a magic trick," says Fred with typical candour. "It was just a question of doing whatever it took to further this adventure. But at some point on the journey we discovered the art of it and began taking pride in that. Other musicians put me off taking one's own work seriously, but that's something I think we're slowly starting to do." With a new found self-respect the band started to collate their final ideas locally in Hackney, at Unwound and Strongroom studios, but Dev Hynes' plans to fly to London to complete production of the album were curtailed by a house fire. Rather than delay further, the band decided to move forward with engineers Duncan Mills and Adam Jaffrey, while also handling a lot of production personally at home. The song selection was bolstered by collaborations with Hynes ('Decade of Decay' and 'Cocktail Party') and "a day making a banger" with former Craig David mastermind and Adele writer Fraser T Smith.

The live shows also had an overhaul, with new responsibilities for most of the band and the introduction of a new drummer, Yoann from Lille, France. "We're a hundred times better live now" Tom tells me, "we actually know what we're doing."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Big Joanie

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Big Joanie are a black feminist punk band. They're like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and 90s riot grrrl, with a sprinkling of dashikis.

Based in London, UK, Big Joanie formed in the summer of 2013 to play at First Timers (a gig where each band plays their set for the very first time) at the close of the year. The band also functioned as a space where its members (Stephanie Phillips, Chardine Taylor-Stone and Estella Adeyeri) could be completely themselves as black women, and within it discover their own power in creativity.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Soft Machine

In association with Dictionary Pudding and Cambridge Jazz Festival

Their work, from their earliest performances as a psychedelic band who were contemporaries of, and shared stages with, Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, all the way to being one of Europe's best known 'fusion' groups, has influenced several generations of bands, and continues to be name-checked by today's hip experimentalists.

Whilst the line-up of Soft Machine may have changed many times since the heady days of the late 1960's, the band's spirit of musical adventure, and the ease with which it freely avoids being pigeon holed and can move from powerful progressive jazz fusion to atmospheric psychedelia to free improvised jazz-rock to ambient loop music continues to make it both unique and totally contemporary.

Please be aware that this is a seated event.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Low Roar

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Low Roar is the musical vision of Ryan Karazija. Born in the Bay Area, spent his formative years playing in bands around Northern California before hopping a plane to Iceland where he relocated in 2010. That year, he recorded Low Roar's self-titled debut in his Reykjavik kitchen. Quietly building buzz, he cut the critically acclaimed follow-up, 0, in a converted garage during 2014 before gracing the stages of Eurosonic, Airwaves France, The Great Escape, Iceland Airwaves and beyond.

This music turns moments of solitude into airy, ambient soundscapes materializing into anthemic melodies. No wonder that iconic Japanese video game creator Hideo Kojima was smitten by Low Roar's music when he heard 0 playing in a record store while visiting Reykjavik. Low Roar's I'll Keep Coming and Easy Way Out soundtracked the two high-profile trailers for Kojima's Death Stranding video game starring Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen and Guillermo del Toro.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Penelope Isles

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Hailing from the Isle of Man, Penelope Isles is the sounds of Jack and Lily Wolter, with the help of friends Becky Redford and Jack Sowton. Currently based between Brighton and Cornwall, the band perform melodic fuzz pop with dynamics that will transfix and satisfy. Hypnotic, chiming bedroom pop music. For the lovers of Radiohead, The Magic Numbers and Deerhunter.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 26 Nov 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Dodgy - 25 Years Of 'homegrown'

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Dodgy will play their album HOMEGROWN in full plus other hits at a handful of UK dates this Winter. Homegrown is the band's breakthrough, gold-selling second album and this tour continues the album's 25th anniversary celebrations after a hugely successful tour in the Spring.

Dodgy were together for seven years in the 90's, releasing three albums totalling over a million sales worldwide. Their 1994 album Homegrown features the hit single 'Staying Out for the Summer' which was the band's first Top 20 hit single. They quickly followed up in 1996 with album number three 'Free Peace Sweet' which spawned the hits 'In a Room', 'Good Enough' (which is officially one of the most played tracks on British radio in the last 20 years) and 'If You're Thinking of Me'.

Fast forward to 2019 and the band are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Homegrown. As well as playing the album in its entirety, Dodgy will be playing tracks from 'Free Peace Sweet', other hits and live favourites.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 29 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Wedding Present - Bizarro Tour

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Bizarro was the second studio album by The Wedding Present and spawned indie mega hit 'Kennedy' and also Brassneck. They'll be playing the entire album, plus other material from their extensive catalogue.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 4 Dec 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Uk Subs

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

It's time again for the annual UK Subs show! Punk anthems, moshing and a DIY attitude that's seen them outlast many of their peers. Unmissable!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 5 Dec 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

B-sydes (full Band)

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Following on from 2015's "Constant Fictions" album, Cambridge's B-SYDES returns with album #2: "Self Sabotage", released Friday 4th October on vinyl and CD via Aaahh!!! Real Records.

Like its predecessor, Self Sabotage is recorded with a band, giving a full-on indie/punk feel, similar to the likes of Tellison and Death Cab For Cutie, as well as acoustic troubadours Frank Turner, and label-mate Jake Martin.

This special hometown show sees B-SYDES take a night off from a mammoth solo tour alongside Gaz Brookfield to take to the stage as a four-piece.

This gig is also a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the first ever B-Sydes show!

Self Sabotage is available to pre-order now from

Special guests to be confirmed.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Daft Funk Live

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Daft Funk Live are no tedious tribute. They take the songs of Daft Punk and bring 7 grand of constumes and lighting to bring a completely convincing take on the disco house masters.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 18 Apr 2020 at 7:30pm buy tickets