Twin Wild + Standing Like Statues

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http://www.twinwild.com/

A four piece rock band from London. "...A Stomping, hell-raising inferno fuelled by wiry guitar licks jutting out at odd angles, bluesy hooks, snarl-infested verses, slick stadium-ready vocals, and a Foals-y penchant for the unexpected" - The Line Of Best Fit

Having previously received support from Radio 1 and the online tastemakers The 405, DIY mag and Wonderland magazine to name a few and toured with Nothing But Thieves, You Me At Six, We Are The Ocean and PVRIS, Twin Wild have established themselves as one of UK's most promising new rock bands.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 29 May 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Slydigs

http://www.slydigs.co.uk

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Garage rockers, Slydigs make their first visit to Cambridge. Expect blistering riffs and emphatic vocals

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 6 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Melt-banana

http://www.melt-banana.net/

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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

Redfaces

https://www.facebook.com/redfacesmusic/

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Newly signed to RCA and with a debut single the incendiary 'Kerosene' available now, (with a limited 7 due on March 17th), RedFaces are Harry Lyon, Isaac White, Charlie Yapp and Ryan Laycock. Four lads from Sheffield treading what was once a well-worn path, these days the road less travelled.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 8 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Joe Purdy

http://www.joepurdy.com/

"Who Will be Next? sits in a tradition from Guthrie, Dylan and others, through Steve Earle up to today. Sits in that tradition, has its rightful place, is not shallow of intent but burns with conviction and a zeal for a better world. Sometimes songs should matter, sometimes they do matter. Joe Purdy matters. 9/10" Americana UK

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 9 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Airways

https://www.facebook.com/airwaysofficial/

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Airways is a recently formed indie rock group with Jake (vocals/guitar) and Alex (guitar) from Peterborough, Jamie (Bass) from Birmingham, and Brian (drums) who moved from Chicago to join the band. After releasing their second single, One Foot, the band has gained attention throughout the industry. In August 2016, One Foot was BBC Introducing Track of the Week on Radio 1. The band was then selected to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 5 Jul 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Callaghan

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The world needs more singer-songwriters like Callaghan. She truly shines through as the real deal. Her voice is original and pure and she is one of the greatest unsigned talents I've ever heard
-Shawn Mullins

Callaghan is a wonderful artist. She is beautiful, warm and hugely talented. The reaction to her music on my radio programmes has been fantastic.
-Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 6 Jul 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Whybirds

https://www.facebook.com/thewhybirds

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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

Laura Gibson

https://www.facebook.com/lauragibsonmusic

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"She addresses transformation, loss, connection and apartness in literate, finely turned pop songs centred on her sweet, pellucid voice and filled out with dreamy loops and strings." Uncut

"The pace is unhurried, and Gibson offers a cathartic tale of loss and redemption, set against a gorgeous sonic backdrop. She sounds newly confident, invigorated, and free." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 24 Aug 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Districts

http://thedistrictsband.com/

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"Though arguably more than deserving of the fame and radio play enjoyed by bands like Black Keys and Kings of Leon, The Districts likely won't end up taking that path. So far in their career, they've only just been a band: just four high school friends deciding to make music and hit the road. There are no pretensions, no chance of headline gimmicks, just four humble and incredibly young guys who are also quite talented. In many ways, their unfussy approach to being a band translates to their music. Despite some of the fuzz and purposefully lo-fi studio tricks, they let the songs speak for themselves. As A Flourish and a Spoil proves, that's all they need." Consequence of Sound

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 3 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Little Barrie

https://www.facebook.com/littlebarrieband/

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Little Barrie, a classic British power trio in the lineage of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, may not have all the answers, but they're asking all the right questions.

Made up of Barrie Cadogan (guitar/vocals), Lewis Wharton (bass) and Virgil Howe (drums), their fifth album, 'Death Express', packs a heavy punch, channelling the three members' ferocious musical chops into a raw, DIY response to today's atmosphere of confusion and division.
There's no political message, just lyrical food for thought, and some of the tautest, most incendiary grooves you'll ever hear, enticing even dancefloor-shy listeners to hip-shake away their cares. High-octane meditations on surveillance paranoia ('Copter'), devious policing at mass protests ('Molotov Cop') and greed ('Vulture Swarm') have rarely felt so irresistible to body movement.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 12 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Aquilo

http://aquilomusic.com/

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Having released their debut album 'Silhouettes' at the head of 2017, Aquilo today share the title track as their new single accompanied by a live video of the same track and news of their forthcoming UK headline tour this autumn. The live video will also be released as an audio track alongside the single.

Evolving from a spacious piano ballad to a powerful crescendo across its four minutes, 'Silhouette' is a tour de force of stirring balladry, cinematic sonic textures and immersive dynamics.

Listen HERE
Watch the live version HERE

Aquilo have been flying the UK flag over in North America these past few weeks criss-crossing the country on tour which took them via SXSW and a sold out shows in NYC and LA. They also made their TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers - you can view the performance HERE.

It's clear that the duo of Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher are continuing to grow their already far-reaching fan base globally. To date they have amassed a whopping 80 million streams on Spotify.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 19 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Micah P Hinson

https://www.facebook.com/micahphinson/

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Micah P. Hinson's new album Presents The Holy Strangers is described by the artist as being a modern folk opera. Telling the story of a war time family, going from birth to love, to marriage and children, to war and betrayal, murder to suicide spanning all of the strange and glorious places life can lead. We follow their story, we see their decisions, we see their faults and their beauty. We live with them, we die with them.

Two years in the making, Micah wrote and recorded The Holy Strangers in Denison, Texas, incorporating ancient reel to reels, analogue keyboards, old Tascam and Yamaha desks. The recording only entered the digital realm once pre-mastering took place.

Split across two pieces of the vinyl, the 14 tracks which make up The Holy Strangers are at times sparse and haunting; at other times luscious, maybe even euphoric. From the Johnny Cash-style country single Lover's Lane, to the album's broad, spoken-word centrepiece Micah Book One,

The Holy Strangers covers a lot of ground over the course of its hour long running time, appealing to both long-time fans and new ones alike.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 29 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Lucy Spraggan

Under 14s welcome with an adult

http://lucyspraggan.com/

For Lucy Spraggan, 2017 has already been a year to remember. The singer-songwriter has already netted her fourth top 40 album and followed that success with a huge tour across the UK and Europe.

Described as 'a triumph' by The Sun, I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing was released in January 2017, charting at number 12 in the Official Top 40 Album Chart. It was the second release under her own label, CTRL Records.

Frequently recognized as one of the leading lights in the LGBT community, Spraggan has managed to build her fanbase to a new high, with more than 12,000 tickets sold for her recent Dear You tour. Lucy's festival season is looking equally busy with shows confirmed at some of the UK's leading festivals.

Lucy appeared on the X Factor in 2012, since then her audition video has been viewed more than 40 million times. She achieved the unprecedented success of securing a top 20 single (Last Night) and top 40 album (Top Room at the Zoo) while still competing on the TV show. She was also the most Googled musician of 2012,

Lucy immediately signed to Columbia and her debut album Join the Club was a top-ten success. Her next record We Are was released on her own label, after Spraggan opted to take the independent route. The album just missed out on a top twenty position.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 10 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tom Robinson

http://www.tomrobinson.com/

Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. In 1977 their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and the band's debut album Power In The Darkness which went gold in the UK and Japan.



As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman. His 14th studio album Only The Now was released in 2015 featuring guests such as Billy Bragg, John Grant and Ian McKellen. Recent festival dates include Latitude, Green Man and headlining the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2016.



As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition his support for new music artists through BBC Introducing.

To mark the 40th anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway in October 2017, Tom will be performing performing his entire Power In The Darkness album on tour in the UK. His first two shows shows at London's legendary 100 Club sold out within 4 hours a third date has just been added. In 2017 Tom's incendiary live quartet features Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, Richard Ashcroft guitarist Adam Phillips and keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons plus Tom himself on bass and lead vocals.



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Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 12 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

John Otway

http://www.johnotway.com/

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

Jolie Holland And Samantha Parton

https://www.facebook.com/thebegoodtanyas/

Under 14s welcome with an accompanying adult

Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, the two original founders of The Be Good Tanyas, have joined forces once again to create a new band. This is the first time in fifteen years that the two have led a group together. Holland and Parton will be presenting fresh arrangements of Be Good Tanyas material, as well as songs from their separate catalogs. Their new project, as always, is a page from the big book of North Americana and outsider folk. Holland cherry picked three of her sweetest, juiciest bandmates as supporting musicians for this project: Stevie Weinstein-Foner, Jared Samuel and Adam Brisbin.

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 15 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Steven James Adams & The French Drops

http://www.stevenjamesadams.com

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Former singer/songwriter with Cambridge's legendary Broken Family Band returns. In the wake of critically acclaimed solo album, 2016's intimate 'Old Magick', and several years of one man shows, Adams has a new band.

He's joined by Daniel Fordham and David Stewart, rhythm section with psych-folk oddballs The Drink, guitarist Michael Wood (Singing Adams/The Leaf Library/Hayman Kupa Band) and a rotating cast of guest musicians.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 21 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Diet Cig

https://www.facebook.com/dietcigmusic/

"The New York boy/girl duo specialize in lovesick fuzz-pop on their fantastic debut album Swear I'm Good At This. Guitar-toting firecracker Alex Luciano keeps tripping over her own reluctant sentimental streak in these sardonic modern-love vignettes as she sings, "It's hard to be punk while wearing a skirt." Even when her melodies get sugary, Luciano never wusses out as she contemplates the anxieties of youth, the terror of adulthood and the ever-astonishing lameness of the male. " Rolling Stone

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 23 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

(sandy) Alex G

https://www.facebook.com/sandyalexg/

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"...Most of the songs have one-word titles and the lyrics are both vague and evocative. These traits come together best in the haunting and sweet "Mud". For this track, Giannascoli reaches beyond the pitch-shifter and gets an actual additional human being, Emily Yacina, to harmonize with him. When the pair repetitively whisper-sing, "I know something you don't know," your mind leaps to the worst conclusions of what this "something" could be, as nauseous keys creep into the arrangement and overtake the sounds of fingers skating up and down the frets of an acoustic guitar.

Some of the songs also feature the slightly atonal jangle that Pavement eventually claimed as their sound when they became a full band. What is remarkable about Beach Music is that some of these arrangements beg for you to dismiss them, the way you might have the very first time you heard Pavement, but what at first feels sloppy and clogged is actually intricate upon closer inspection. Complicated arrangements and gorgeous melodies reveal themselves to you as rewards for your patience. Over time, even the alien voices begin to sound natural, even inviting. " Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 25 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Lovely Eggs

https://www.facebook.com/thelovelyeggs/

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"First lines are important. A strong incipit should command attention instantly. But there are strong opening gambits, and then there's the brash hilarity of people are twats. Difficult to argue with, huh? The Lovely Eggs are That Sort Of Band.

Naturally, their splendidly oddball lyrics are the hook, incorporating subjects as universally important as obsessive worrying, crappy jobs and agreeing to another pint even though it's late and you're up early for work the next day. No-one likes a smartarse, of course, but these engagingly witty songs are packed full of enough punchlines and razor-sharp non-sequiturs to have Half Man Half Biscuit quaking in their Dukla Prague away kits. Like the Wirralian wonders, the Eggs are too clever and too damn good to be written off as a comedy act.

The music itself is pretty great, in any case. There are splashes of rickety old indie, a dash of US punk rock and even a whiff of cuddlecore bands like Cub, resulting in a sound that's frequently off-kilter yet never unsettling. Holly Ross' wide-eyed delivery helps, of course her insistent yelp on the garage rush of 'Don't Look At Me (I Don't Like It)' is more paint-stripper than polish, and weirdly beguiling with it.

The Lovely Eggs cut directly to the same part of your brain that knows that finding a forgotten fiver is better than spending a fortune, that Emo Philips is funnier than Bill Hicks, and that Shonen Knife understand pop music better than Kings Of Leon ever possibly can. They'll make you grin and laugh so hard that you'll spray every mouthful of beer over the back of whoever's unfortunate enough to stand in front of you, before that guy turns round, nods in understanding and cackles right back atcha. Not convinced? Hey, every story's gotta start somewhere." The Fly

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 30 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Ghostpoet

https://www.facebook.com/ghostpoetfb/

Immigrant Boogie marks the first new material from Ghostpoet since the release of his third and much lauded, Mercury-nominated Shedding Skin album in 2015. The track also heralds news of a full UK / Irish tour in the Autumn see below for full itinerary.

Swathed in post-punk virtuosity, Immigrant Boogie is a narrative only too pertinent in 2017.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 2 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Martin Simpson

http://www.martinsimpson.com/

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

https://www.facebook.com/UKSubs/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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