The Besnard Lakes

Under 18s welcome when accompanied by an adult

"Album opener 'The Bray Road Beast' begins with soft percussion like that of a steam engine, whilst above a beautiful amalgamation of plucked guitars and Lasek's melancholic falsetto offer a hint of fantasy. Synthesisers whirl in and out before deeper, reverberated guitar sounds enter. It's an opener that exhibits the very best of The Besnard Lakes, their ability to create hypnotic, expansive psych-rock that draws you into a sonic world unlike anything else. Their sound is so thick, so densely textured that it's like being enveloped in a cocoon of sounds. So much so that it makes the moments of silence, or quiet middle eights all the more affecting."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 18 Aug 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Petrol Girls + The Baby Seals + Perkie

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Feminist post-hardcore / punk rock from South East London. Fresh off dates with the likes of Capdown, H20 and Refused.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 30 Aug 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Hot 8 Brass Band

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

New Orleans Hip Hop-Jazz legends make a welcome return after last year's rammed show.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 31 Aug 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Travis Waltons + Superstars Of Track And Field + Stinebeck


Formerly Cambridge based - but now in Bristol - powerful two-piece playing indie-rock in the vein of Tellison or the Get Up Kids.


Cambridge foursome, playing 90s slacker indie rock influenced by Buffalo Tom and Sugar.


New Londonders with ex members of 8 Lives Left, Britishteeth and Rivalries.

Cambridge The Cornerhouse, Sat, 10 Sep 2016 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Standing Like Statues

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Cambridge premier pop punk act hit the Portland again for another rammed show. Expect sing-a-longs, crunchy riffs and hooks galore.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 23 Sep 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Natalie Mccool

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Excelling in razor-sharp alt-pop production developed with Dave Berger from seminal alt-pop band Outfit, Natalie McCool's recordings have every hallmark of great pop music with a fresh twist of modern alternative influences.

Mesmerising lilt-pop gem.
The Sunday Times Hottest Track

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 26 Sep 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Coal Porters


The Coal Porters claim to be the world's first "alt-bluegrass" act, demonstrating the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with four-part harmonies and memorable melodies. They have taken this sound around the world being featured on NPR's Morning Edition in the USA and having recorded a live session for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2.

The Coal Porters have five albums available. Their most recent, Find The One, was produced by folk-rock legend John Wood, producer of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Squeeze and Beth Orton.

"Not your average fish & chips bluegrass, the Coal Porters have expanded their music with broad strokes and fearless execution."
Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros)

"Sid Griffin was playing Americana long before it was called that with his Long Ryders and his pioneering spirit lives on in his work with the Coal Porters."
Billy Bragg

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 29 Sep 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Joanna Gruesome

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Between the bright riffs and the squalls of feedback, a deep instability rests at Joanna Gruesome's core. There's more than just anger in their screams and the quick slams of the bass drum; there's a nervousness too, a sense that anything you could ever hold on to is always on the verge of slipping away. "I know that life would be alright if I hadn't met you," Williams and McArdle sing on "Separate Bedrooms", as if seeing into a parallel universe and preemptively trying to reconcile the loss. Even the sub-two-minute tracks, like "Jerome (Liar)", seem to argue with themselves, switching modes from "everything is fine" to "nothing will ever be okay again" in the blink of an eye." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 2 Oct 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Wild Beasts

"They came on the scene at a time when the Arctic Monkeys ensured that lad-rock would continue to constitute the UK's musical ruling class, and so their early, theatrical scene-chewing was seen as the epitome of drama club elitism. And while they've relocated from northern farming town Kendal to London and occupy their own sweet spot between the top of the pops and the basement, Wild Beasts still side with the have-nots without condescending. " Pitchfork

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 3 Oct 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Cc Smugglers

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 7 Oct 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sorority Noise

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

I don't want to be in an emo band anymore, proclaims SORORITY NOISE frontman Cameron Boucher. But I have no problem with people calling us that, because in the strictest of senses, we are an emotionally driven band.

That, is Sorority Noise in a nutshell: part of a movement, but also discrete and determined to break free from the pack. Truth be told, the Connecticut-based quartetBoucher, guitarist/vocalist Adam Scuff Ackerman, bassist/vocalist Ryan McKenna and drummer Charlie Singerhave always operated a little differently than most of their peers.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 11 Oct 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Raglans are an Irish indie rock band based in Dublin, Ireland. Officially formed in 2011, they consist of Stephen Kelly, Conn O'Ruanaidh, Rhos Horan and Brendan McGlynn. Their self-titled debut album was released in March 2014 through IRL Records, and reached no.5 in the Irish Album Chart and no.1 in the Irish Indie Chart.

They have toured extensively worldwide, as well as providing support to bands such as The Strypes, Twin Atlantic, Haim, The Courteeners, The Fray, The Libertines and Lifehouse.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 25 Oct 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets


Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Teleman finally step up to to the Junction after all those sweaty Portland gigs!

I don't know if other bands do this, says Tommy Sanders, Teleman's singer and guitarist, but in our rehearsal room we had a white board, and for each song we'd write the chords up on the white board, write the structure out. We've got different colour pens and stuff. It's very professional.

The art of songwriting has been the driving force behind Teleman's second album Brilliant Sanity: the process of crafting of the immaculate pop song, the dogged pursuit of the perfect hook. The result is an album that appears fastidiously and impeccably made, but also charged with joy.

The band's first record, 2014's Breakfast, was a quite different affair. Put together largely in the studio, with drummer Hiro Amamiya only joining the band a couple of songs into the session, Sanders recalls how We recorded the songs before we knew how to play them, in a very bitty way, building them track by track, rather than just getting in a room and playing them.

Since then, both the band and their songs have solidified. Now a four-piece made up of Sanders, his brother Jonny on synths, Amamiya on drums, and Pete Cattermoul on bass, the process of touring has honed them into a spectacular a live act, fleshing out those studio-forged tracks, so that by the end of the touring cycle, Sanders says, We'd made up our minds that we wanted to record our next record in a very different way. Just us, in a room, playing together, to each other, in a very live and spontaneous way.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 26 Oct 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Dodgy were originally together for seven years and in that time, released three albums totalling over a million sales worldwide and had 12 Top 40 singles, including Staying Out For The Summer, If You're Thinking Of Me and Good Enough. Dodgy sold out the Brixton Academy for three nights in a row and were awarded an unprecedented 90-minute Saturday evening slot on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 6 Nov 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Wave Pictures

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

With a new LP out, the Wave Pictures, one of our favourite alt-story tellers and masters of the guitar solo, are hitting the road for some more dates. Expect this to sell out, so book soon.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 7 Nov 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Jesus Jones

Under 18s welcome when accompanied by an adult

90s dance rock heroes, responsible for hits such as Right Here, Right Now, Real Real Real and Info Freako return to Cambridge for the first time in a couple of decades.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 21 Nov 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Wonk Unit + Mc Ipod

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Wonk Unit are arguably the future of punk rock; I fully accept that that's a bold statement, but having had 'Nervous Racehorse', the fourth full length album from the London outfit on rotation for the past week I feel they entirely justify the claim Louder than war

One of the most unique bands in modern punk rock. Wonk Unit are a fresh breath of life in the London punk scene. They're fun, weird, poetic and utterly compelling all at once, a must-see. Art Rocker

(Wonk Unit) have managed the almost impossible task of having found their own sound.It's punk son, but not as we know it. Big Cheese

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 28 Nov 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Uk Subs + Freedom Faction

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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

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

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 1 Dec 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Little Barrie

Notts based rock/R 'n' B who wrote the theme for Better Call Saul

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 4 Dec 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Dunwells

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

There may only be two members with the same surname, but The Dunwells are very much a band of brothers. Consisting of two siblings and two close school friends, the hardworking quartet from Leeds is preparing to release their new EP, LUCKY ONES, which Record of the Day has called big, bold and even, at times, heroic both inspiring and anthemic,adding [The Dunwells] have the tenacity and spirit to become a very big band.

Indeed, that tenacity and spirit have brought the band members a long way since their school days. Joe Dunwell and his elder brother Dave grew up in a musical household and fondly recall flipping through their dad's Bob Dylan and Beatles records, as well as hearing their mum singing along to Motown. Bassist Rob Clayton has been Dave's best friend since childhoodin fact it was the Dunwell brothers' dad who taught Rob how to play bass. Drummer Adam Taylor met Joe at college, where they bonded over their love of music. Joe explains, When you put us together, our music becomes bigger than the four of us. There are moments when it stops being about how to put a song together, and we get a sudden feeling that something magical is happening around us.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 15 Dec 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets