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

Hooton Tennis Club + Sweat

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"If it's sex, scandal and sordidness you're afte"r, then look no further. Heavenly signings Hooton Tennis Club not only take their name from a road sign for a tennis court in north-west Cheshire, they've also made an album on which even the most mundane detail is considered newsworthy, from changing the wallpaper on their iPhones to tackling the crossword.

On occasion, its literal lyrics can sound like a Lonely Island parody of Pavement, such as the stream of consciousness found on Kathleen ("Even if you're lonely we can go for a walk in the park or - maybe go swimming?"). Such nonexistent social lives breed pretty beautiful music, however - such as on Jasper, as mellifluous and meandering as slacker rock gets - and much like Real Estate's endless suburban summer of boredom, here too is a provincial, balmy afternoon-ready record." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 3 Nov 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dodgy + Emily Capell + Matthew Falloon

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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

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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


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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, Thu, 10 Nov 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jesus Jones

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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

The Pop Group

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Legendary post punk provocateurs The Pop Group will be performing their new studio album 'Honeymoon On Mars' on a seven date UK tour in November 2016, following its release on October 28th. Dub titan and producer of their seminal album 'Y' and co-producer of Honeymoon On Mars, Dennis Bovell, will be joining the band on tour for a special live mix.

With Honeymoon On Mars The Pop Group open another chapter at a time when their iconoclastic contention is needed now more than ever. It's a record that finds the band unwaveringly incensed and resolute in their mutative sense of innovation, as Stewart elaborates: it's a stand against manufactured hate, a hypersonic journey into a dystopian future full of alien encounters and sci-fi lullabies.

Recorded and mixed in various studios in early summer of 2016, working with Bovell and Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy, Bomb Squad) the band realised a dream twofold collaboration, as Stewart concludes: We've at last fulfilled a double fantasy to work with our two favourite sonic assassins, Dennis 'Blackbeard' Bovell and Hank Shocklee. We're in awe as Dennis, the Captain Kirk of dub is taking us on a hyper sound voyage into the future, and Hank, as always tears up the rules totally upholding our faith in the absolute value of noise. We've gone completely off the map.

Talking about working with The Pop Group, Shocklee highlighted the band's abiding lack of compromise: "The Pop Group sound has a level of freedom, fun and creative musicianship in their recordings that is a special and rare find in today's world. Their uncompromising spirit to be themselves and not worry about fitting into a musical box, sets them apart.

Long-time collaborator Bovell added: It's been a great pleasure to be working with the guys again. They are truly beyond good and evil.

The Pop Group upheld their reputation for incendiary spectacle during last year's extensive worldwide tour which witnessed performances in Japan, Australia, United States and Europe as well as emphatic gigs on home turf, including Banksy's Dismaland.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 22 Nov 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Lanterns On The Lake + Ciaran Lavery

In the Green Mind office their last album Beings was in the top 5 albums of 2015/16 and we're delighted to be able to bring them to the intimate confines of The Portland. This is going to be special.

"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."

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

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 26 Nov 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Future Of The Left

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Future of the left are a rock band from Cardiff, Wales. They were formed in 2005 as part of a plea agreement following their involvement in an arms deal which left an actor playing Tony Blair dead, or at least pretending really well. They are made up of Andrew Falkous, Jack Egglestone and Julia Ruzicka and have also included Kelson Mathias and Jimmy Watkins in their history.

The forthcoming record will be their fifth studio album and the second to be released on their own label, Prescriptions.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 27 Nov 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Wonk Unit + Mc Ipod

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''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

Honeyblood + Pins

After their sold out Portland Arms show, Honeyblood are back with a new record and a bigger show at Junction.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 28 Nov 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Uk Subs + Freedom Faction

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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 + 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

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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 + In Division

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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


Throaty screamo from Suffolk.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 16 Dec 2016 at 7:00pm Tickets on sale from
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The Treatment + Massive

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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!


Assembled from parts lying around Melbourne in 2012, Massive are a volatile macho-rock engine fueled on adrenaline, lager and a determination to party hard. Known to travel thousands of miles across the baking desert between gigs, these riot-starting, fist swinging road dogs mean business.

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

Hope And Social

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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

Menace Beach

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"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

Little Comets

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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


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"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

Ferocious Dog

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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

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