Arcane Roots + Black Peaks + Gallery Circus

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"They've pulled it off brilliantly..The five main tracks here tie together perfectly to create a sprawling work that's a joy to explore and get lost in. The end result is a beautiful, breathless and brutal mind fuck." [Kerrang]

"There are so many genres blended together on this new album from...Arcane Roots that it's almost impossible to describe their sound...One thing's for sure; the quality rarely dips and the delivery is captivating".[Rocksound]

Arcane Roots sound so fresh, special, and deliciously unpredictable. Wherever they go next... It's sure to be a fascinating listen. [Rocksound] 8/10

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 30 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Strypes

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"(Mystery Man) opens the album with a snarling howl of feedback which tips over into a pell-mell rush of riffing guitar and wailing blues-harp, and things never let up from that point. Blue Collar Jane, the single about a girl who never wears her hair up 'cos she's always dressing down, continues in similarly taut, edgy vein, its impact brutal. (The album is produced by Chris Thomas, who rendered the Sex Pistols with such surly power, so the sound of Snapshot comes at you like a tiger.)

It's one dizzying burst of energy after another: She's So Fine bursts in like a car careering out of control, while the hurtling momentum of their cover of Bo Diddley's You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover is punctuated with tiny little guitar fills that are like sonic exclamation marks, just one element of guitarist Josh McClorey's arsenal of techniques. On I Can Tell, he emulates the choppy, bitten-off rhythm style of the Feelgoods' Wilko Johnson, while the calm fluidity of his work on the slower blues Angel Eyes brings to mind Peter Green." The Independent

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 4 May 2015 at 7.30pm SOLD OUT

The Strypes

Second date, after their record breaking sellout for their first date.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 5 May 2015 at 7.30pm doors SOLD OUT


Lunacre split their time between Cambridge and London, the countryside and the city.

A new but ambitious project, the group fuse a lust for breaking electronics to a need to hone in on classic songcraft.

Somewhere between those two poles, Lunacre emerge. Compared to Vondelpark and Mount Kimbie, there's also a sense of the Bristol sound in here; the intensity of those early Portishead records, for example.

New EP 'Engine' is out this month, with a release show party packed fans into London venue the Sebright Arms. Clash aired title track 'Engine', and it's a curiously slowburning beast.

The band's Ben explains: The song is about motives and discovery. Generally speaking, I wanted to evoke the feeling of redefining something in your mind after having taken it for granted for a long time. It was written in quite vague terms and I hope people can relate to the ideas as well as find their own meaning in it.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 9 May 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Winter (album Launch!) + Ian Jeffs

Take gorgeous autumnal harmonies, reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel and Fleet Foxes, some delicate guitars, a smattering of well poised drums and bass and you've got the joy of Winter. This gig celebrates the release of their debut album, In The Dark.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 15 May 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

We Are The Ocean

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We Are the Ocean are a 5 piece post-hardcore band from Loughton, Essex, England. The band has played hundreds of shows since their formation, including several festivals during 2008 such as Slam Dunk, Offset Festival, Middlesbrough Music Live, and Taste of Chaos. They have supported bands such as You Me at Six, The Used, The Blackout, Fightstar, Funeral for a Friend, Underoath and My American Heart, as well as playing alongside Kids in Glass Houses, From First to Last, The Medic Droid, Brigade, Saving Aimee, Tonight Is Goodbye and Furthest Drive Home.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 17 May 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Francisco The Man + Daisy & The Dark

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Francisco The Man deal in a driven and frenetic take on shoegazing indie rock, where soft vocals soar and distorted bass weaves around walls of guitar. Pretty essential, we'd say.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 18 May 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Bohicas

The Bohicas signed to Domino are part of a new wave of gritty, very exciting bands to emerge over the past year or so. The band are already reknowned for a ferocious live show, and pop hooks to match. They supported fellow Domino act (and Field Day alumni) Franz Ferdinand at Ibiza Rocks last year, and you can sense some of that band's smart, angular nature in The Bohicas. Debut single XXX/Swarm (which also has its own neat, combined video) is a real winner.

"Able to grow up without the pressure of conforming to a specific scene, The Bohicas are able to pick and choose as they please, plundering rock's heritage to form their own identity." Clash Magazine

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 21 May 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets


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After a short run of dates last year - including our show at the Portland - Maths are properly back with a new EP on Tangled Talk. Intense and chaotic hardcore.


Cambridge The Cornerhouse, Wed, 27 May 2015 at Doors at 8.00pm buy tickets

Funeral For A Friend

Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult

Funeral For A Friend is one of the last remaining bastions of the British hardcore scene that exploded into the mainstream at the turn of the century. Bursting out of Bridgend, South Wales, in 2001, Funeral For A Friend were hailed as the saviours of rock music from a young age and given the task of re-energising a scene in desperate need of fresh blood. They are veterans, in many ways, but fourteen years after their formation and the band still packs as much punch and purpose as they started with, if not more.

Peterborough The Met Lounge, Fri, 29 May 2015 at 7.45pm doors SOLD OUT

The Nightingales + Ted Chippington + Biscuits For Bears

Described in John Robb's definitive book on 'post punk' (Death To Trad Rock) as "The misfits' misfits" and comprising an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early '80's as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them - "Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980's to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans".

The group recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed singles (Almost always 'Single Of The Week' in the music press) and three albums, plus many radio sessions for their great supporter Peel. They also regularly toured the UK and Northern Europe, as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 1 Jun 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Eddie Argos (art Brut) - The Spoken Word Tour

The show in Eddie's own words:

"I've recently had it pointed out to me that actually all Art Brut shows are spoken word as my singing voice is not very different than my speaking voice, but these spoken word shows won't have any musical backing, it'll just me talking at you.

The show I've written is called Formed A Band it is about forming a band, specifically me forming Art Brut and how I went about it. Some of it will be funny because I am an idiot and did quite a few stupid things.

However there is a vaguely serious reason for me performing this show and I'm afraid when I tell you it I'm going to sound self important and a little bit like a grumpy old man, but I'm going to say it anyway.

So, without wanting to sound too much like Jake Bugg, here we go...

I'm not really a fan of those TV shows where people try and get famous by singing/performing in front of judges, I think it is detrimental to music and art and that the pop charts are much worse because of it.

I recently became worried that nowadays people think those shows are the only way to become a performer so to show there is another path, I have decided to tell my tale of starting a band which is full of happenstance, hoover playing and pretending you can sing like Aretha Franklin.

Luckily no judges were involved.

I'm not telling my story in front of Simon Cowell or Ricky from The Kaiser Chiefs with a tear in my eye, hoping to win a very short lived record contract and a mawkish christmas single, I'm telling it upstairs at the Hen and Chicken and in a tent on Jersey. You should come.

That has made the show sound a bit grumpier than it is, I promise I wont shout at you (well no more than usual)"

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 3 Jun 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Ren Harvieu

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"Like Lana Del Rey, this 21-year-old singer has a touch of David Lynch about her style; the red drape in front of which she performs could have been taken from the nightclub in Twin Peaks. Yet Harvieu never looks more comfortable than when on stage, sliding up and down the microphone, head rocking back, eyes closed in rapture.

The songs have a timeless quality; inspired by old Disney movies and kitchen-sink dramas, Harvieu is the kind of Salford lass you can imagine a young Morrissey raving about. Inevitably, there will be comparisons with the current crop of retro female soul singers, but tonight Harvieu showcases a subtlety that places her voice streets ahead of the more foghorned end of the Adele spectrum. It's a voice that can lend sadness to the country-flavoured Do Right By Me, but pack a punch when surrounded by the soaring strings of closing track Open Up Your Arms." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 4 Jun 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets


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Indie/rock foursome currently residing in London, Tellison are about to unleash their third album on the ever-fantastic Alcopop Records.


Lincoln-based folk-punk/indie four piece with their latest EP out on Paper and Plastick Records, and about to play this year's Groezrock Festival.


Cambridge The Cornerhouse, Thu, 4 Jun 2015 at Doors at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Godfathers

Celebrating their 30th anniversary with a massive tour to celebrate, The Godfather land in Cambridge.

Legendary British rock & roll group The Godfathers were formed in 1985 by brothers Peter Coyne (vocals) & Chris Coyne (bass/vocals) from the ashes of their previous band The Sid Presley Experience. The Godfathers toured extensively & quickly earned a serious reputation for their electrifying brand of primal rock & roll & their incendiary live shows around the world.

Forming a recording partnership with famed producer Vic Maile The Godfathers released 4 critically acclaimed, smash hit independent singles on their own Corporate Image label ('Lonely Man', 'This Damn Nation', 'I Want Everything' & 'Love Is Dead') which alongside a brutal cover of Lennon's 'Cold Turkey' were compiled into their seminal debut album release 'Hit By Hit' in '86 & signing a worldwide deal with Sony/Epic records in '87.

The Godfathers unleashed the storming rocker 'Birth School Work Death' as a single in '87 & scored a US Billboard top 40 hit after massive college radio airplay & heavy MTV rotation. Then the classic 'Birth School Work Death' album was released in '88 (includes the 'hit' anthem title track, & singles 'Cause I Said So' & a re-recorded 'Love Is Dead') & was celebrated with extensive tours of the UK, Europe & U S A & they cemented their reputation as one of the best live acts of the period.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 10 Jun 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Andrew Jackson Jihad

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Comprised of core members Sean Bonnette (acoustic guitar) and Ben Gallaty (upright bass), Andrew Jackson Jihad is a folk-punk outfit from Phoenix, Arizona. The Jihad formed in 2004, when frontman Bonnette was still a teenager, and the duo quickly began writing humorously explicit music with macabre themes.

Early topics ran the gamut from self-sacrifice to childhood drug addiction, all sung in a frantic manner with acoustic instrumentation. Their self-released debut, Candy Cigarettes & Cap Guns, was released in 2005 after which, a number of self-released demos and EPs attracted the attention of Plan-It-X Records, which issued a split release with Andrew Jackson Jihad and the similarly styled Ghost Mice in 2007.

On September 11 of the same year, Asian Man Records released The Jihad's second full-length album, People That Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World. Another EP followed in 2008 and in 2009, Asian Man released the band's third album Can't Maintain. They spent several years touring the U.S. and Europe before the 2011 release of their fourth LP Knife Man. The following year Bonnette and Gallaty were joined by second guitarist/keyboardist Preston Bryant and drummer Deacon Batchelor, expanding the lineup for a fuller band sound. Their touring schedule and profile increased in 2013 and in 2014 the band signed with L.A. indie Side One Dummy Records to release their fifth album, Christmas Island.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 18 Jun 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Membranes

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The highly influential UK underground band, The Membranes recently reformed. In the 80s they developed a dark and discordant and wild music that was at the forefront of the 'Death To Trad Rock' UK underground scene documented in the recent 'Death To trad Rock' book

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 3 Jul 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets

Random Hand (final Tour)

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Long time stalwarts of the punk/ska world, Random Hand are "going on hiatus" after this tour and their new album. Musically, Random Hand play a ferocious mix of ska, punk and metal; and have been touring the world solidly for the past decade.


King's Lynn ska punks who have played Cambridge many times in the past. Taking equal parts Two-Tone era ska and more modern ska punk, Faintest Idea can always get the crowd moving.


Reunion show for this Cambridge pop-punk foursome, who take as much influence from the likes of Anti Flag as they do Zebrahead.

PLEASE NOTE: Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 24 Aug 2015 at Doors at 7.30pm buy tickets

Steve Ignorant's Slice Of Life

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As a member of Crass he helped champion the nascent DIY punk scene and also did a pretty good job of scaring the s**t out of the american intelligence services (who thought htis was the handiwork of the Russians) when they spliced recordings of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan so it appeared that they were calling for the bombing of Germany while discussing the Falklands. They also released a slew of ace agit-punk, whose effects were felt in bands like Chumbawumba, Subhumans, Conflict and, in more recent times, the likes of Flats.

Steve Ignorant's Slice Of Life is an acoustic project, but expect no less fury and rage at the state of politics and society in general.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 4 Sep 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets

Will Hoge

GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Will Hoge catapulted into the national spotlight with the release of his top-selling single Strong which is featured on his newest album NEVER GIVE IN. Breaking into mainstream country, the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter has penned Lady Antebellum's Better Off Now (That You're Gone), and co-wrote the Platinum-selling No. 1 smash Even If It Breaks Your Heart, recorded by the Eli Young Band. His stage shows are equal parts sweat, charisma and rock & roll revival which has landed him coveted opening slots for Dierks Bentley, John Mellencamp, Pistol Annie's, Shinedown and ZZ Top.The Nashville native is currently on the road playing headline shows nationwide and recently released his new single "Middle of America."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 11 Sep 2015 at 7pm buy tickets

Stealing Sheep

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"A bold and creative leap into future-folk... Over 10 mini-masterpieces the trio craft odd, brilliant and utterly English pop music... Truly, a class act."
MOJO - 4 Stars ****

"A new visionary adventure... Herein are fabricated, fantastical and wildly colourful imaginings about the future and the universe."
The Guardian - 4 Stars ****

"Not Real catapults the Liverpool-based trio into a shiny, silver-suited, synth-pop future."
NME - 8/10

"An accomplished set that charms and unsettles in equal mesaure, and proves the breadth of these girls' talents."
Metro - 4 Stars ****

"A new eureka moment every sixty seconds."
DIY - 4 Stars ****

"Not Real moves the trio into dreamier, more intriguing territory, with more electronics and experimentation. They pull off shifts in mood and tone with routine aplomb... A triumph."
Uncut - 7/10

"An interesting hybrid of accessible but surreal, metronomic pop, while the band's choral vocal harmonies are sounding better than ever."
Loud & Quiet - 7/10

"They take 1960s folk, 1970s krautrock and 1980s synthpop, place them all in a musical blender and press the button marked "psychedelic"... A charming album."
Sunday Times

"Freak-folk femmes go synth-pop,"
Q Magazine

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 1 Oct 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Steven James Adams

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

House Music, the new album from Steven James Adams, was originally conceived as a stripped-back home recording, but soon grew into something more textured and far-reaching, showcasing both Adams's songwriting prowess and his perceptive lyrics. The cover features an original work by acclaimed artist Dan Hillier.

With musical contributions from Vancouver 's JUNO award-winning Dan Mangan, rising stars John Smith and Emily Barker, Justin Young of The Vaccines and Scottish musical luminaries Martin Green (from three-time BBC Folk Award winners Lau) and Inge Thomson and more, the resulting record is ambitious, beautifully conceived and graceful.

He says of House Music "I've had such a good time doing this. It was an opportunity to make music exactly the way I wanted, with people I love dearly and no compromises. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out".

House Music is Steven's first 'solo' album. He started out in 2001 as frontman and principal songwriter in the much-lauded Broken Family Band - who released seven albums over the course of eight years - and more recently released two albums with his band Singing Adams.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 2 Oct 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Rae Morris

Thanks to her humble charm, she's attracted a wealth of like-minded, young British singer-songwriters with a similar commitment to their own independent flair, and considers herself part of a loosely-termed 'collective'. This explains why you'll likely clock eyes on singer-guitarist Lucy Rose, Brit Award winner Tom Odell (who invited her on tour with him, and sings on her album track 'Grow'), producer and electronic marvel Ben Garrett (aka Fryars, co-producer on 'Cold'), or Bombay Bicycle frontman and sometime touring partner Jack Steadman backstage in the dressing room after one of her headline shows. Her reputation as a 'musician's musician' makes sense of the numerous guest appearances on her forthcoming debut 'Unguarded'. Yet, Rae is anything but a collaborator-for-hire - she's stuck to her own creative vision, so she can carve a path for herself that's distinct from all the other noise surrounding the current musical spectrum. Put it plainly, there is nobody else in the
UK right now who sounds quite like Rae.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 6 Oct 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Uk Subs + Freedom Faction + Beverley Kills

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, 3 Dec 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets