Seafret + Ian Jeffs + Alicia Catling

Under 18s welcome when accompanied by an adult

Acoustic, heartfelt songs of love, loss and heartache.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 30 Mar 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Tom Copson

Just occasionally, amidst all the dodgy Beatles cover versions and taped backing music, you come across a busker who's so good, you have to stop in your tracks to listen. If that sounds familiar, you may have been lucky enough to stumble upon 29-year-old Cambridgeshire singer-songwriter Tom Copson.

Armed with a an incredible four-octave range, a sense of humour, as well as a guitar and omnichord, it's no surprise that Tom's performance style, as well as his songwriting ability, has led him to prestigious stages (Cambridge Folk Festival, Hop Farm, Proud Galleries Camden), famous fans (Tom Robinson, Seasick Steve, Ezio) and, in 2012, the release of his debut album 'Woven'.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 2 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Keltrix Album Launch Party

The award winning Keltrix brings the launch for Between & Beyond Storms, their long awaited third album. This live show will be an eclectic mix of the band's roots and producer driven Electro-live crossover, plus visual arts and dance. Expect foot-stomping electro folk, interwoven with ambient and acoustic moments with seriously infectious beats. These impressive shows have led to the group supporting the likes of Dreadzone, Alabama3, The Levellers and The Wonderstuff, as well as playing festival slots at Bestival and The Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fayre amongst many others.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 3 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Courtney Barnett

Australia's answer to Jeffrey Lewis, Courtney Barnett has been a firm favourite around here for a while now and her sold out Portland Arms show last year was a sweaty, celebratory joy. Her songs are quirky, funny and maudlin in equal measure. She has recently been made Zane Lowe's Hottest Record in the world and rightly so.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 7 Apr 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets

Damon And Naomi (ex-galaxie 500)

Their new album FORTUNE is out now! Watch a video single, "A Shining Dream" at

They will be performing the entire album, alongside Naomi's film of the same name at this show.

Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang started playing music together as the rhythm section, co-songwriters, and sometime singers in Galaxie 500. When that band ended, they continued as a duo, first recording for Shimmy Disc and then on a series of albums for Sub Pop Records. In 2005, they formed their own label (20/20/20) and have since released three further Damon & Naomi albums - The Earth Is Blue, Within These Walls, and False Beats and True Hearts - alongside reissues of their own and the Galaxie 500 back catalogue.

In addition to their work as musicians, Damon & Naomi are the publishers of Exact Change, a small press dedicated to avant-garde literature and artists' writings. Individually, Damon is a writer (books, blog, articles for Artforum and others), and Naomi is a visual artist (photography, video, and graphic design).

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 8 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Marika Hackman

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Cinnamon is a blurry, fuzz-tinged salvo, reminiscent of the math-pop and kook of alt-J (funnily enough, they share Charlie Andrew as a producer) in its utterly delicious incoherence. It flits from low-key bucolics with dreamy-shoe synths, to a rhythmic pot-pourri draped in primitive perucssion and jangly strums. It winds between the surreal and the real, deviating into psycho-intimacy and an abundance of glitches. Bloody lovely stuff." The Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 14 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets


Our favourite fuzzy merchants of slacker-core, Forest, make a welcome return. Expect indie rock tuneage influenced by Pavement, Best Coast, Dinosaur Jr. etc.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets


Drawing influence from all over the place, but with their roots definitely in RAWK, Turbowolf make a welcome return to Cambridge.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 20 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Xcerts

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Scotland's knack for producing incredible power trios continues with The Xcerts, who were last in Cambridge supporting Twin Atlantic. Two Scots and one Brightonian have taken the emo pop template and run with it. After some impressive independent demos and releases, Xtra Mile snapped The Xcerts up to release their d├ębut album, In The Cold Wind We Smile, which showcased infectious choruses and eloquent lyrics, while brave follow-up Scatterbrain upped the dynamic and textural tempo. The Xcerts can, and will, move in any direction they want and continue to spread their frenetic, fuzz-laden rock.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 21 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Ltnt + Waste + This Broken Empire

"Laying on the fuzz, you'd have a hard time cleaning up their dirty riffs with a lifetime's supply of domestos, but when they're as exciting as those on Body Blood and Great Entertainment, why would you want to? Mmm, nasty." Kerrang

The first thing that hits you when you listen to this EP, on opener and single 'Body Bloody' is just how massive the guitars sound. Like Faith No More meets Biffy Clyro. They should be huge Big Cheese

A wayward musical path between grunge, alt. rock and blues! Metal Hammer

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 22 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Arcane Roots + Black Peaks + Gallery Circus

Under 18s welcome with an adult

"They've pulled it off brilliantly..The five main tracks here tie together perfectly to create a sprawling work that's a joy to explore and get lost in. The end result is a beautiful, breathless and brutal mind fuck." [Kerrang]

"There are so many genres blended together on this new album from...Arcane Roots that it's almost impossible to describe their sound...One thing's for sure; the quality rarely dips and the delivery is captivating".[Rocksound]

Arcane Roots sound so fresh, special, and deliciously unpredictable. Wherever they go next... It's sure to be a fascinating listen. [Rocksound] 8/10

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 30 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Strypes

Under 18s welcome when accompanied by an adult

"(Mystery Man) opens the album with a snarling howl of feedback which tips over into a pell-mell rush of riffing guitar and wailing blues-harp, and things never let up from that point. Blue Collar Jane, the single about a girl who never wears her hair up 'cos she's always dressing down, continues in similarly taut, edgy vein, its impact brutal. (The album is produced by Chris Thomas, who rendered the Sex Pistols with such surly power, so the sound of Snapshot comes at you like a tiger.)

It's one dizzying burst of energy after another: She's So Fine bursts in like a car careering out of control, while the hurtling momentum of their cover of Bo Diddley's You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover is punctuated with tiny little guitar fills that are like sonic exclamation marks, just one element of guitarist Josh McClorey's arsenal of techniques. On I Can Tell, he emulates the choppy, bitten-off rhythm style of the Feelgoods' Wilko Johnson, while the calm fluidity of his work on the slower blues Angel Eyes brings to mind Peter Green." The Independent

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 4 May 2015 at 7.30pm SOLD OUT

The Strypes

Second date, after their record breaking sellout for their first date.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 5 May 2015 at 7.30pm doors SOLD OUT

Stealing Sheep

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Stealing Sheep's debut album is a delightful bag of pick'n'mix. You can hear the twang of a Velvet Underground guitar here, a buzz of Ladytron synth there, often atop their fondness for creepy Wicker Man vocal harmonies. Yet the Liverpool trio of Becky Hawley, Emily Lansley and Lucy Mercer have made a debut album that never feels incoherent, or as though it's reciting influences out loud for credibility. If anything, the psychedelic influences and lo-fi aesthetic position this record outside current trends. "

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 8 May 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Winter (album Launch!)

Take gorgeous autumnal harmonies, reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel and Fleet Foxes, some delicate guitars, a smattering of well poised drums and bass and you've got the joy of Winter. This gig celebrates the release of their debut album, In The Dark.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 15 May 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

We Are The Ocean

Under 18s welcome with an adult

Pop rockers We Are The Ocean undertake a small venue tour in May, doing the sort of rooms they've long since left behind. Book early!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 17 May 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Francisco The Man

Under 18s welcome with an adult.

Francisco The Man deal in a driven and frenetic take on shoegazing indie rock, where soft vocals soar and distorted bass weaves around walls of guitar. Pretty essential, we'd say.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 18 May 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Bohicas

The Bohicas signed to Domino are part of a new wave of gritty, very exciting bands to emerge over the past year or so. The band are already reknowned for a ferocious live show, and pop hooks to match. They supported fellow Domino act (and Field Day alumni) Franz Ferdinand at Ibiza Rocks last year, and you can sense some of that band's smart, angular nature in The Bohicas. Debut single XXX/Swarm (which also has its own neat, combined video) is a real winner.

"Able to grow up without the pressure of conforming to a specific scene, The Bohicas are able to pick and choose as they please, plundering rock's heritage to form their own identity." Clash Magazine

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 21 May 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets


United Cambridge is proud to present


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


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

Funeral For A Friend

Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult

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

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

The Nightingales + Ted Chippington + Biscuits For Bears

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

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

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 1 Jun 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Eddie Argos (art Brut) - The Spoken Word Tour

The show in Eddie's own words:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luckily no judges were involved.

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

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

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

Ren Harvieu

Under 18s welcome when accompanied by an adult

"Like Lana Del Rey, this 21-year-old singer has a touch of David Lynch about her style; the red drape in front of which she performs could have been taken from the nightclub in Twin Peaks. Yet Harvieu never looks more comfortable than when on stage, sliding up and down the microphone, head rocking back, eyes closed in rapture.

The songs have a timeless quality; inspired by old Disney movies and kitchen-sink dramas, Harvieu is the kind of Salford lass you can imagine a young Morrissey raving about. Inevitably, there will be comparisons with the current crop of retro female soul singers, but tonight Harvieu showcases a subtlety that places her voice streets ahead of the more foghorned end of the Adele spectrum. It's a voice that can lend sadness to the country-flavoured Do Right By Me, but pack a punch when surrounded by the soaring strings of closing track Open Up Your Arms." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 4 Jun 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Godfathers

Celebrating their 30th anniversary with a tour playing 30 songs over two 15 song sets, The Godfather land in Cambridge.

Legendary British rock & roll group The Godfathers were formed in 1985 by brothers Peter Coyne (vocals) & Chris Coyne (bass/vocals) from the ashes of their previous band The Sid Presley Experience. The Godfathers toured extensively & quickly earned a serious reputation for their electrifying brand of primal rock & roll & their incendiary live shows around the world.

Forming a recording partnership with famed producer Vic Maile The Godfathers released 4 critically acclaimed, smash hit independent singles on their own Corporate Image label ('Lonely Man', 'This Damn Nation', 'I Want Everything' & 'Love Is Dead') which alongside a brutal cover of Lennon's 'Cold Turkey' were compiled into their seminal debut album release 'Hit By Hit' in '86 & signing a worldwide deal with Sony/Epic records in '87.

The Godfathers unleashed the storming rocker 'Birth School Work Death' as a single in '87 & scored a US Billboard top 40 hit after massive college radio airplay & heavy MTV rotation. Then the classic 'Birth School Work Death' album was released in '88 (includes the 'hit' anthem title track, & singles 'Cause I Said So' & a re-recorded 'Love Is Dead') & was celebrated with extensive tours of the UK, Europe & U S A & they cemented their reputation as one of the best live acts of the period.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 10 Jun 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Andrew Jackson Jihad

Under 18s welcome with an adult

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

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

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

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

Random Hand (final Tour)

United Cambridge and Green Mind are proud to present


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


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


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

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

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

Rae Morris

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

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