Idles + Gaffa Tape Sandy + Paint Nothing

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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

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

The Sherlocks + Jordan Allen

Under 14s welcome with an adult

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

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

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

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

Scott Matthews

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

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

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

Keltrix + Lunacre + Aleister Kelman

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

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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

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

Roddy Woomble

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

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

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

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Under 14s welcome with an adult

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

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

The Amazons + Otherkin


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

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 14 Mar 2017 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Hannah Lou Clark + Mammoth Penguins

Hannah Lou Clark is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist known for her own introspective indie rock, as well as for alt bands Arthur and Foe. Arthur was initiated in 2005 in Fleet, England by lead singer Clark and some of her schoolmates. She soon adopted the pseudonym Hannah Shark, a name she also used for early solo material. The teens self-released three EPs before disbanding in 2009, when Clark opted for the theatrical dance rock of her project Foe. The debut Foe EP, Hot New Trash, appeared in 2011, followed a year later by the full-length Bad Dream Hotline before Clark set out to record under her own name. She released the first Hannah Lou Clark EP, the sparser but still rock-buttressed Silent Type, in late 2014 on her and her sisters' Quatre Femme Records. She followed it with another EP, It's Your Love, in the spring of 2016.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 29 Mar 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tim Kasher (from Cursive, The Good Life) + Sh Davidson (from Tellison)

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"As the prolific leader of Cursive and The Good Life, Tim Kasher specializes in sardonic, literate lyrics that seldom flinch from brutally unflattering self-awareness. Over the course of Cursive's catalogue in particular, Kasher seems no more at home than when sinking his hooks into seething anguish, from the dissolution of his marriage (2000's Domestica) to the soul-sucking realities of life in a small town (2006's Happy Hollow). It speaks to his talent as a songwriter that Kasher can convert that into excellent music instead of insufferable material.

Considering his past, it's unsurprising that Kasher crafted his bleakest album when left to his own devices. The title of his solo debut gives it away: Kasher has frequently explored sexual politics, but here, he careens into some of the most uncomfortable places he's ever explored. Beneath the snappy hooks and horn melodies, Cold Love is a grim catalogue of a moribund relationship. A similar sound shrouds an especially discomfiting trip into his id, Bad, Bad Dreams. Other songs, like The Prodigal Husband and There Must Be Something I've Lost, have fewer accoutrements to soften the blows.

But it all works. Thirteen years and 11 albums into his career, it's never been more obvious that misery suits Tim Kasher. It'd be good if things improved for him, but not if it meant he'd have to stop writing such good songs." AV Club

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 30 Mar 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Jesus And Mary Chain

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

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

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

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

Jesca Hoop

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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

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

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

Hannah Peel

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"Consistently, Peel has won praise for innovative deconstructions of popular tracks and experimental indulgences within her music. She's a connoisseur of fine music boxes not a common thing, most will agree but on Fabricstate, that idiosyncrasy, which piqued the attention of many, is (at least mostly) locked away. Instead, she welds together Juno synths, strings (of various styles), layered vocals and sampled 'found' percussion to create a kind of steampunk folktronica it's mechanical, futuristic to a degree, but frequently warm, organic and blessed by nature." The Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 4 Apr 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Ferocious Dog + Adrian Nation

Under 18s are welcome when accompanied by an adult

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

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 7 Apr 2017 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

The Wytches

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"The Wytches mesh of sound is the musical embodiment of sixties surf dressed in severe Halloween costumes, and their ability to turn such agitation into something that is, against all odds, listenable, is a testament to this band's grasp on their own sound." No Ripchord

"They never really embrace as much lyrical darkness as they did on their debut album, though, and they don't exactly reach for the occasional glimpse of light either. As a result, All Your Happy Life is a lightswitch that keeps awkwardly flickering, intentionally making the mise-en-scène as unsettling as possible." The Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 19 Apr 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Rusty Shackle

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

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

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

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

Tall Ships + Goldblume

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

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 3 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets


"'X' is a gorgeous track musically and vocallyScarlet is a talented musician you must keep a keen eye on." RECORD OF THE DAY

"left us absolutely spellbound with her incredible voice"

"I loved the sentiment behind the track, the assured composition, and Scarlet's entirely gorgeous voice. I hate to be greedy, but more of this would make my day." AIMLESS SKYLARKING

Cambridge The Blue Moon, Sat, 6 May 2017 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Magic Gang + Abattoir Blues + Paris Youth Foundation

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

The slacker-rock quartet have spun up a neat formula of chugging Weezer college rock and languid, lilting Mac Demarco guitar lines bound to get you singing along drunkenly into your mates face.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 8 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Rifles

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

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

Sam Brookes

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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

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

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


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Fresh off supporting Busted, Natives bring their melody drenched pop rock to Cambridge for a headline show.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 10 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Post War Glamour Girls

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Leeds' much loved post-punk quartet Post War Glamour Girls have announced details of their third album 'Swan Songs' which will be released on Hide & Seek Records on the 17th of April. 'Swan Songs', the follow up to 2015's acclaimed 'Feeling Strange' and their outstanding debut album, 2014's 'Pink Fur' is musically reminiscent of The Pixies and Wild Beasts with the dual vocals of James and Alice evocative of Mark E. Smith trading off against Kim Gordon.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 16 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles + Tom Lumley

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles are a four-piece band composed of Billy Bibby, Rob Jones, Matt Thomas, and Mike Pearce. This new musical venture fronted by singer-songwriter and founding Catfish and the Bottlemen lead guitarist Billy Bibby has been keeping busy in 2016 with the release of a debut EP, a follow-up single, and over 50 gigs and festival appearances including Focus Wales, Dot to Dot Manchester, Kendal Calling, Coastline, Blackfest, TFest, and Southsea Fest. In addition to building up a solid grassroots following through touring, the band has caught the attention of industry tastemakers such as Adam Walton of BBC Introducing Wales, Clint Boon, Phil Clifton, and Jo Good of Radio X, Tim Cocker of Virgin Radio UK, Jim Gellatly of Amazing Radio, NME, and over 100 other radio and media outlets in the UK and abroad.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 17 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

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

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

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

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


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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, Wed, 7 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Whybirds

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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

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

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

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

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

John Otway

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

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

Martin Simpson

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

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

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

Uk Subs

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Back for their yearly visit to The Portland, punk legends UK Subs are always vital and always superb. See you down the front!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets