The Night Cafe

https://www.facebook.com/nightcafeband/

"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, 14 Sep 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Peggy Sue

https://peggywho.com/

"...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, Wed, 23 Sep 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Egyptian Blue

https://www.facebook.com/egyptianblueinc/

Egyptian Blue make music that is uncompromising yet uplifting. They channel modern anxieties and nervous energy into razor sharp guitar lines and post-punk grooves. Crafted originally above a jeweller's shop in Colchester, the band then decamped to Brighton (UK) to develop their sound. Egyptian Blue are signed to Yala! Records.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 30 Sep 2020 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Happyness

http://www.facebook.com/HappynessMusic

The ever evolving HAPPYNESS return. Founded in 2013, the group - consisting of core members Jonny Allan and Ash Kenazi - have acquired consistency in the ways they express their creativity; be it the standard album release formula (their two LPs 'Weird Little Birthday' and 'Write In' have each accrued critical acclaim) or through Kenazi's recurring South London based drag clubnight 'BDE'. Their now signature alt-rock stylings are laden with vulnerable vocals and charmingly laid-back guitar riffs, treading similar paths to that of predecessors Yo La Tengo and Grandaddy.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 8 Oct 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

October Drift

https://www.facebook.com/octoberdrift/

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, Mon, 12 Oct 2020 at 7:30pm buy tickets

King Charles

https://www.kingcharlesmusic.com/

King Charles is an extraordinary man. He doesn't look like anyone you know, he doesn't think like anyone you know and he doesn't make music like anyone you know. How often, in these days of near fatal over saturation, days where you feel that, perhaps, there's just nothing new out there to spark your imagination, can you say that? Glorious psychedelic folk from this highly rated indie-folk solo act.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 14 Oct 2020 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Bambara

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/BAMBARA.band/

One thing you won't be able to avoid on Bambara's Stray is death. It's everywhere and inescapable, abstract and personified - perhaps the key to the whole record. Death, however, won't be the first thing that strikes you about the group's fourth - and greatest - album to date. That instead will be its pulverising soundscape; by turns, vast, atmospheric, cool, broiling and at times - on stand out tracks like 'Sing Me To The Street' and 'Serafina' - simply overwhelming

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 19 Oct 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

S-x

S-X is a singer, songwriter and producer, born and raised in Wolverhampton. In 2010, S-X shot to the top of the UK production scene after releasing one of the biggest Grime instrumentals of all time, 'Woooo Riddim'.

With a Grammy nomination and production credits for Childish Gambino, J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Skepta and many more, S-X is now an artist releasing tracks such as 'Plans' and 'Still I Get'.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Braids

https://www.facebook.com/braidsmusic/

Braids began teasing their new album last fall with the release of "Eclipse (Ashley)," a song dedicated to Standell-Preston's best friend that sinks deep into a feeling of reverie for nature, the love found in friendship, and the vital essence of personal reflection. It was praised by Pitchfork, Stereogum, Paste, and The New York Times who stated "Raphaelle Standell-Preston sings with openhearted earnestness."

A luscious and expansive release, Shadow Offering leads us through a sonic tapestry of narrative. With heartbreaking honesty and precision, listeners traverse a nuanced and complicated world: one full of beautiful contradiction. Although the album directs itself at the failures of people to love and be loved, it also seeks to restore justice and attain blissful union. Its arc crests through the dark towards the light and learns how to dance with the dizzying rhythms of the heart. The songs bubble, sustain, dissolve, expand, and retract.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 12 Nov 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Oh Sees

"At their best, Oh Sees songs evoke matter in flux. Their music hints at lurking violence, a lazy simmer always threatening to boil over. They?ve honed this sound for about 15 years under a series of similar monikers?as OCS, The Ohsees, and Thee Oh Sees, among others?with about an album a year since 2006?s Grave Blockers. Despite dabbling in krautrock, psychedelia, and punk, they?ve remained remarkably consistent. This is to say: They sound unfailingly like themselves, and Face Stabber further solidifies their identity?raucous, driving, and atmospheric, a heady brew of weeded-out insouciance and wah pedals." Pitchfork

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 15 Nov 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Dears

http://www.thedears.org

Formed in 1995, The Dears released their first, ultra lo-fi album, End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story, in 2000. The orchestral, dark pop sound and dramatic live shows cemented The Dears at the foundation of the then-emerging Canadian indie-rock renaissance.

In 2001 and 2002, they released two separate concept EPs, Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique and Protest, respectively. In 2003 they released their second full-length album No Cities Left in Canada, and a string of highly anticipated shows at SXSW '04 prompted the international release of No Cities Left with Bella Union. Gang of Losers came in 2006. In 2008 the group partnered with Dangerbird Records to release Missiles, followed by Degeneration Street (2011), Times Infinity Volume One (2015) and Times Infinity Volume Two (2017). In 2019, Murray A. Lightburn released his solo record, Hear Me Out.

The Dears have toured the world over, including performances on Letterman (twofold), Jimmy Kimmel, Jonathan Ross and at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Wireless, Montreal Jazz Fest, Siren Festival, Coachella, Austin City Limits, V Fest, Reading and Leeds, Les Inrocks (France), Montreux Jazz Fest, Istanbul Jazz Fest, Pop Montreal, CMW, NXNE and countless appearances at SXSW. They have shared stages with Spiritualized, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Daniel Lanois, Rufus Wainwright, Zemfira, Bloc Party, Keane, Morrissey, The Tragically Hip, Metric and Death From Above, to name a few.

'The Dears don't disappoint.' - The Independent

Support from PERFECT SON

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 19 Nov 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Ren Harvieu

https://www.facebook.com/renharvieu/

'Accessibly sumptuous...between easy-listening seductress and torch-song belter, her voice is soulful and dreamy with just a tang of something muskier in its sweetness.' - The Daily Telegraph

'Hers is an arresting voice, soft and sweet, but dark in hue and sharp with melancholy, like a vinegar smoothie.' - NME

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 26 Nov 2020 at 6:30pm buy tickets

Daft Funk Live

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.daftfunk.co.uk/

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, 28 Nov 2020 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Penelope Isles

https://www.penelopeisles.com/

Hailing from the Isle of Man via Brighton, Penelope Isles is the collaboration of brother and sister Jack and Lily Wolter.

The band mix waves of ambient delays and fuzz guitar noise, sonic dynamics and melodic pop hooks entwined with girl-boy harmonies. Their self-produced home recordings portray an honest lo-fi approach when capturing their own music. Their live set is hypnotic, captivating and moving, smeared with glistening psych, dreamlike chimes, and potency that will transfix and satisfy.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 2 Dec 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Uk Subs + Freedom Faction

Doors 7.30pm
Freedom Faction 8pm
UK Subs 9pm

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

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

It's December so we've got the mighty UK Subs back for their annual Christmas show. Expect attitude, moshing and all your favourite punk anthems.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 3 Dec 2020 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Mystery Jets

https://www.mysteryjets.com/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

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, Mon, 7 Dec 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Green Mind: The Event That Never Happened

Help us through the Covid-19 crisis by buying tickets for #TheEventThatNeverHappened - an event that, you guessed it, will never happen!

Buy as many tickets as you like at the prices below and your donation will be helping us survive this difficult period.

WeGotTickets have been supporting grassroots and independent events for almost 20 years and hope to be able to do so for at least 20 more. By paying a small booking fee during this period of uncertainty you're helping to ensure they are here for your favourite venues and promoters after all this madness ends.

'Tickets' for The Event That Never Happened are Donations made to the event organiser. Booking references generated for The Event That Never Happened Donations do not offer right of admission to any events and are non-refundable.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 1 Jan 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Green Mind: The Event That Never Happened

Help us through the Covid-19 crisis by buying tickets for #TheEventThatNeverHappened - an event that, you guessed it, will never happen!

Buy as many tickets as you like at the prices below and your donation will be helping us survive this difficult period.

WeGotTickets have been supporting grassroots and independent events for almost 20 years and hope to be able to do so for at least 20 more. By paying a small booking fee during this period of uncertainty you're helping to ensure they are here for your favourite venues and promoters after all this madness ends.

'Tickets' for The Event That Never Happened are Donations made to the event organiser. Booking references generated for The Event That Never Happened Donations do not offer right of admission to any events and are non-refundable.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 1 Jan 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Green Mind: The Event That Never Happened

Help us through the Covid-19 crisis by buying tickets for #TheEventThatNeverHappened - an event that, you guessed it, will never happen!

Buy as many tickets as you like at the prices below and your donation will be helping us survive this difficult period.

WeGotTickets have been supporting grassroots and independent events for almost 20 years and hope to be able to do so for at least 20 more. By paying a small booking fee during this period of uncertainty you're helping to ensure they are here for your favourite venues and promoters after all this madness ends.

'Tickets' for The Event That Never Happened are Donations made to the event organiser. Booking references generated for The Event That Never Happened Donations do not offer right of admission to any events and are non-refundable.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 1 Jan 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Lovely Eggs

http://www.thelovelyeggs.co.uk/

The Lovely Eggs are back on the road in 2020 as they announce a string of tour dates around the UK!

With observational and often surreal lyrics about life The Lovely Eggs have a powerful raw sound that creates the sonic illusion of a band twice their size. The result is a mix of heavy psych, pop and strangeness and they have become known for their ferocious yet joyous live performances.

Their new single This Decision is out on January 10 followed by their new album I am Moron produced by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, MGMT, Tame Impala, Mogwai) in the Spring.

With much support from BBC 6 Music and Radio One the band continues to sell out gigs across the UK without the help of management, booking agent or record label support.

They are selling out bigger and bigger venues and more eggheads are joining them in their crusade against bullsh*t.

Support from THICK RICHARD and DOG DAISIES

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Black Country, New Road

https://www.facebook.com/BlackCountryNewRoad/

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 The Junction, Thu, 18 Feb 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Lanterns On The Lake

https://www.facebook.com/LanternsOnTheLake

"Listening to Beings though makes one thing abundantly clear: Lanterns on the Lake are one of Britain's most crucial bands of the present moment." - Drownedinsound.com

"(Beings) dwells in a cloudy blend of dreams and creeping nightmares, unsettling yet captivating." - All Music

Support from HILANG CHILD

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Wed, 24 Feb 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Grant Lee Phillips

https://www.grantleephillips.com/

I'm drawing on the urgency of the moment,' reflects Grant-Lee Phillips. 'The things that eat away in the late hours...' That urgency inspired the headlong rush of Widdershins, in which Phillips invests the insight, nuance, and wit that has distinguished his songcraft over the past three decades in a riveting dissection of today's fraught social landscape. With more than two decades' experience first as frontman of the acclaimed Grant Lee Buffalo then and accomplished solo artist, Phillips awakens comfort and hope by shining light into darker corners. 'I hope to express my faith in people, my faith in the good ideas we're capable of, and that regardless of what opposition we face, the fact that we can surmount these things,' he concludes.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 2 Mar 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dream Wife

https://dreamwife.co

?New wave structure meets punk blatancy and 21st-century gender fluency? - New York Times

"[Dream Wife] combine sticky pop flourishes and bruising sounds with brazen self-assurance....extending the continuum of uncompromising feminist musical statements with refreshing directness.? - NPR Music

"Part It?s Blitz!-era Yeah Yeah Yeahs, part long-lost Cardigans B-side, their second track of the year is a strawberry-sweet, hazy ode to times gone by? - The Guardian on ?Hasta La Vista?

"Punk rock trio Dream Wife make music that flips a middle finger to convention.? ? The FADER

"The art-school project that?s evolved into one of indie-rock?s most politically dynamic emerging acts" - Entertainment Weekly

"Dream Wife just want to dismantle the patriarchy. The U.K. art punks make music that?s roiling with feminist rage and Spice Girls attitude" ? Rolling Stone

"The girl gang proving there?s force in femininity. Dream Wife create pop anthems for the Instagram generation" - Dazed

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 22 Apr 2021 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Tom Robinson - 71st Birthday Tour

Although many of Tom Robinson's 70s contemporaries such as The Jam, Elvis Costello and Ian Dury have spawned tribute bands, to the best of his knowledge no such act has ever attempted to cover his own back catalogue. Which of those songs, he wondered, would a Tom Robinson tribute band choose to assemble a full-on crowdpleasing set?

There'd have to be the songs co-written with Elton John and Peter Gabriel. Also those unexpected comeback hits of the 1980s such as War Baby and Atmospherics. Not to mention the stone-cold punk-era classics that launched his career: Motorway, Power In The Darkness, Up Against The Wall, Too Good To be True and of course the anthemic Glad To Be Gay.

In May 2020 the veteran broadcaster and songwriter will mark 70 years on the planet by embarking on a month-long tour with his incendiary live band playing highlights from his own 45 year career in music. There may not have been a Tom Robinson tribute act until now - but as the chorus of his debut single puts it: "2-4-6-8... ain't never too late".

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 15 May 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Broken Witt Rebels

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/BrokenWittRebel/

"One of the best new live bands in the country, it's a matter of time before they explode onto the big stages" This Feeling

'There's something about this type of music that feels raw, Southern, and whiskey-soaked. I can't get enough' Indie Shuffle.

The arrangement of James Tranter's dominant, layered guitar work, Danny Core's strong and unique vocals, Luke Davis's muddy harmonic bass playing and James Dudley's drumming groove are the framework of a band that's enchanting and irresistible.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 22 May 2021 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Broken Witt Rebels

https://www.facebook.com/BrokenWittRebel/

"One of the best new live bands in the country, it's a matter of time before they explode onto the big stages" This Feeling

'There's something about this type of music that feels raw, Southern, and whiskey-soaked. I can't get enough' Indie Shuffle.

The arrangement of James Tranter's dominant, layered guitar work, Danny Core's strong and unique vocals, Luke Davis's muddy harmonic bass playing and James Dudley's drumming groove are the framework of a band that's enchanting and irresistible.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 22 May 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets