Little Barrie + The Schizophonics

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

Standing Like Statues + Grieving + Canons + Asbestos

Under 18s welcome with an accompanying adult


Cambridge's premier riffy punk pop kids. Sing-a-long choruses, big rock shapes and more.


Post-hardcore par excellence. One for fans of Fugazi, Sunny Day Real Estate, Braid and more


Polished Emo vibes from London and Cambridge


Frenetic punk pop

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 16 Dec 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Treatment

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult


Cambridge's rock heroes make a welcome return for a Christmas show at the venue that started it for them. Having supported everyone that matters in rock and metal, while garnering a massive following of their own, we know you'll be as pleased as us to welcome them back!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 18 Dec 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Prison Whites + The Bodies

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Two of the best bands that Cambridge has to offer come together for a Christmas party of a post punk bent.


Post punk meets post hardcore. For fans of Dinosaur Jr., Fugazi, Eagulls and stagediving.


Crashing post punk for fans of Magazine and Savages

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 19 Dec 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Mad Mary + Matthew Hammond + Honeywitch

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Acoustic folk indie from Cambridge

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 20 Dec 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Nervous Conditions

Under 18s welcome with an adult

Cambridge's snarling 10 legged post-punk beast awakens for a post Christmas comedown party.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 28 Dec 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Goldblume (ep Launch)

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult


Off-kilter, fuzzy, three piece from Cambridge taking influence from the likes of Reuben, Pulled Apart By Horses and the Pixies. Celebrating the release of their "Go Figure" EP, out in January on Aaahh!!! Real Records.


Peterborough/Cambridge based math rock threesome.


Psych and grunge influenced indie.


Alt-pop-punk five piece from the Midlands.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 6 Jan 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton (founding Members Of The Be Good Tanyas)

Under 18s must be accompanied by an 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 Portland Arms, Mon, 16 Jan 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hope And Social

Under 18s welcome when accompanied by an adult

Folk/Rock heroes from Leeds who take influence from the likes of Deus, The Frames and Led Zep. Their gigs are uplifting and life affirming events. Just do it.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 27 Jan 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Rival Sons

Rival Sons is an American rock band from Long Beach, California. Rival Sons was formed in 2009 from the ashes of guitarist Scott Holiday's previous band Black Summer Crush (which featured Michael Miley on drums and Robin Everhart on bass). The band took shape when singer Jay Buchanan was persuaded to come in as vocalist on the re-recording of Before the Fire. The band currently features bassist Dave Beste after Robin Everhart left in August 2013. They are currently signed to Earache Records.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 1 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

City Roots: Steven James Adams Band

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, Fri, 3 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Menace Beach

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Like many of Leeds' buzziest rock bands, Menace Beach have ties to Hookworms leader Matthew "MJ" Johnson, who produced their album at his increasingly busy Suburban Home Studios. Johnson also serves as a sometimes member of the band, but little of Hookworms' psychedelic menace carries through Ratworld. The only hints come from the warped organs piped into "Dig It Up" and "Fortune Teller", and even those songs are so bombastically poppy that they go down easier than anything in Hookworms' playbook. Johnson is smart to stay in the background, rather than risk interrupting the simple, sugary chemistry between Needham and Violet. They co-wrote the album together, and Ratworld reaches puppyish levels of excitement every time one of its choruses unites them. Theirs is the rare lead vocalist/backing vocalist dynamic that feels like an equal partnership, with Violet's injections propelling these songs nearly as much as their rubbery bass lines or pogoing guitars." Pitchfork

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

Ben Watt

Under 18s welcome with an adult

with Rex Horan

Following sell-out shows with his band in 2016, Ben Watt returns for more UK dates in early 2017, this time changing things up with a stripped-back approach. He performs a string of new shows on guitar and piano, accompanied only by double-bassist and current band-member, Rex Horan (Neil Cowley Trio, Laura Marling) who features on Watt's acclaimed recent album 'Fever Dream' (9/10 Uncut, 4/5 Mojo, 4/5 Guardian). The pair successfully road-tested the idea as a duo with shows in Holland and Germany last year.

'I am always looking at new ways to present the songs,' says Watt. 'As a band or solo, as a guitar duo with Bernard Butler or now as a different kind of duo with Rex - I like them all. All bring something different. It keeps it fresh and alive, and allows for newness each night. Rex not only brings great warmth and soul but adds top vocal harmonies too.'

Expect songs and stories from 'Fever Dream' and its award-winning predecessor 'Hendra' (2014) plus selections from Watt's early career as a solo artist and as longstanding writer-performer with Everything But The Girl.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 11 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Little Comets + Eliza And The Bear

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

A strident five piece from the glorious coast of North East England; Robert, Michael and Matt have been making music together since 2008 with additional pulsing now added by drummer Nathan and a second Matt - the utiliser. From early releases on larger labels, the band now favour a model of total self-reliance - illustrated by being the only act inside the top 200 to self-produce, record, release, market, distribute and publish an album: a task which simultaneously illustrates both a tireless work ethic and love of the craft of song-writing.

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


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Pinegrove's debut LP Cardinal recalls some of the most consistently likeable rock bands of the past 20 years in their most easygoing phases: There's the rootsy shamble of early Wilco, the wiggly guitar solos and general guilelessness of pre-prog Built to Spill. But beneath the amiable surface is an intense work about one of the most important things imaginable: how to make our friendships really matter." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 26 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tall Ships

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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, Tue, 28 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets


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"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

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

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


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 buy tickets

Ferocious Dog

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 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

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