The Wedding Present

In May 2016, The Wedding Present will embark on a bank-holiday weekend mini-tour of England to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Saturnalia, the band's fifth studio album.

Saturnalia was the band's first officially 'self-produced' album and was released to a flurry of critical approval in 1996. The NME exclaimed that David Gedge has just written one of the best pop albums of the year while The Melody Maker noted that in the new recordings, which were completed in the London studios belonging to The Cocteau Twins, you could hear an experimentalism that would send half of New York back to the lab.

In the sleeve notes of a four-disc 'expanded edition' of Saturnalia released by Edsel Records in 2014, writer Keith Cameron describes the album as brooding, funny, surprising and inspired... familiar yet fresh.

At these three concerts in May The Wedding Present will perform Saturnalia along with 40 minutes of other music from their extensive catalogue plus new songs that will feature on their next album, which is scheduled for release in the autumn of 2016.

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 29 May 2016 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Beach Slang

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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"No band shows more belief in punk rock as an agent of social change, but Beach Slang's punk is the apolitical kind where the right song can unshackle you from self-doubt and pity to get you out of the house and be a part of the world. Their shout-along full-length debut delivers on the promise of their early EPs." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 15 Jun 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Nick Harper

http://www.harperspace.com/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"One of the finest guitarists of his generation, his soaring vocal range and propensity for epic song place him somewhere between Rufus Wainright and Jeff Buckley."
- Mojo

"If anything Nick Harper is the closest thing we've got to Lewis Carroll. His songs are the musical equivalent of Carroll's Looking Glass, peer through and you find a fantastical, magical world. Not always sugar sweet but forever different."
- Maverick

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 18 Jun 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Trembling Bells + Naomi Randall

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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"A glorious collage of musical artistry, drawing from darker regions than did any of its predecessors, it's a work of extraordinary ambition, integrating aspects of Classical Greek tragedy, unorthodox religious imagery and some of the more jagged, acid-tinged pastoralism of drummer-vocalist Alex Neilson's late 1960s psych-folk heroes the Incredible String Band.

Freighted with disparate ideas, the album convinces through its willingness to thrust forward without losing sight of a song's considered structure, and also through insisting on a disciplined cohering of the elements. Thus, the swirling Farfisa sound in "Killing Time in London Fields" adds a decided rhythmic strength rather than providing merely colourful atmospherics. The band is determined to delve into a range of pasts, and if lead vocal Lavinia Blackwell sometimes calls to mind Grace Slick's soaring flights of fancy, she does so without any affectation and always with an emphatic and appropriate sense of musical purpose." The Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 20 Jun 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Night Beats + Moonstrips

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Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Texan trio Night Beats are one of the most exciting bands to come out of America since the heady days of grunge. Their brand of 13th Floor Elevator-esque psych R&B has been turning heads on the underground in the UK ever since the release of their critically acclaimed second studio album, 'Sonic Bloom', was released in 2013. Pockets of the US have been wise to their reputation for feral live performances since their formation in 2009. But 'Sonic Bloom' is where they really made their mark and went on a world tour." Clash Magazine

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 21 Jun 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Hard Skin + Beverley Kills + The Domestics

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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It's Hard Skin, they're the FACKIN' George mate. Oi! Oi!

Presented by United Cambridge & Green Mind

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 3 Aug 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Besnard Lakes

http://www.thebesnardlakes.com/

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." thefourohfive.com

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

Hot 8 Brass Band

http://www.hot8brassband.com/

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

Natalie Mccool

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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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

UNDER 18S MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT

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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

Wild Beasts

http://wild-beasts.co.uk/

"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

Sorority Noise

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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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

Teleman

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

Jesus Jones

http://jesusjones.com/

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

Uk Subs + Freedom Faction

http://www.uksubs.co.uk/

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