Dry Cleaning


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Dry Cleaning are a 4-piece from South London channelling post-punk and new wave pop with a side order of low slung Americana. Their upcoming 6-track EP 'Sweet Princess' is a kaleidoscope of images pieced together, where the everyday collides with the profound.

Support from POZI

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 20 Feb 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Green Mind 19th Birthday: Pins

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Another year, another birthday party for us, this time with Manchester's finest, PINS, who've played for us loads over the years. Prime clanging garage rock, played with style and swagger. Come join us down the front.


Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 22 Feb 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Nada Surf


Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

'Progressive post-grunge rockers Nada Surf sardonically shake the alternative rock tree with their witty, highly stylised vocals and driving guitar licks. Nada Surf present a sort of cross-section of modern rock, teetering on the edge of progressive icons Pavement while remaining within the pop-rock sounds of Weezer.' (Rolling Stone)

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 25 Feb 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Kiefer Sutherland


Kiefer Sutherland has been a professional actor for over thirty years, starring in movies like 'Stand By Me', 'The Lost Boys', 'Young Guns', Flatliners', 'A Few Good Men', 'A Time to Kill', 'Dark City', 'Melancholia' and most recently, a western called 'Forsaken,' as well as the TV series '24.'

But unknown to many during the course of his career, he has taken on other vocations with the same kind of dedication and commitment. The first one, beginning around 1992, was that of a cattle rancher and competitive cowboy (roper) in the USTRC team roping circuit. He ran a successful ranch with partner John English for almost a decade. During that timeframe, Sutherland won numerous roping events around the country including Phoenix, Indio and the Los Angeles Open.

In 2002, Sutherland, with his music partner and best friend Jude Cole, began a small record label called Ironworks. The goal of this label was to record local musicians and distribute their music at a time when the music industry was going through a monumental shift. Some of their artists included Rocco DeLuca and the Burden, HoneyHoney and Billy Boy On Poison. In 2009, Sutherland left the label to recharge and figure out what he was going to do next.

In early 2015 Sutherland played Cole two songs he had written and wanted to record as demos for other artists to record. Cole responded positively to the songs and the album grew organically from those recordings. Two songs became four and four grew into six, until Cole suggested that they make a record. Their collaboration resulted in Kiefer Sutherland's upcoming debut album: 'Down In A Hole'.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 26 Feb 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Ben Watt


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Ben Watt first appeared in London in 1981 as a young nineteen-year-old experimental songwriter-singer-guitarist. 1982's 5-track EP Summer into Winter featured Robert Wyatt. His early work culminated in his sparse atmospheric debut album North Marine Drive (1983, UK Independent Album Chart, No 9).

In 1983 he put solo plans on hold to perform and write full-time with Tracey Thorn in their recently-formed duo Everything But The Girl. The band stayed active until 2000, delivering twelve UK Top 40 singles, two platinum and seven gold UK Top 20 albums and one gold US album. 1995's global hit Missing reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Top 100. The 1994 album Amplified Heart and the 1996 album Walking Wounded - for which Watt was nominated as Best Producer at the Q Awards - each sold over a million copies.

The duo's career was dramatically interrupted for a year in 1992 by Watt's drawnout hospitalisation and near-death experience with a rare auto-immune disease Churg-Strauss Syndrome (aka EGPA) with which he now still lives - a period documented in his acclaimed 1996 memoir, Patient (New York Times Notable Book of the Year; shortlisted for the Esquire Non-Fiction Award; Sunday Times Book of the Year)

Everything But The Girl quit on a high in 2000. Watt moved out of the mainstream into record production (Beth Orton), remixing (inc Sade, Maxwell, Meshell Ndegeocello), DJing and clubland. He co-launched the influential London day-night Sunday party and compilation series Lazy Dog (1998-2003) and was creative director, resident DJ and part-owner at west London night clubs Cherry Jam and Neighbourhood (2001-2003) before starting his own award-winning electronic record label and club night Buzzin' Fly in 2003. He was nominated for Outstanding Contribution to Dance Music at the DJ Magazine Best of British Awards 2009, and as Best Deep House DJ four years running (2008-2011) at the global DJ Awards. He was a resident DJ on BBC 6Music's flagship electronic music show 6Mix from 2011-2014.

In 2013 he put Buzzin' Fly and his DJ career on hold and returned to his earliest roots in singer-songwriting to record 2014's award-winning solo album, Hendra - his first for thirty-one years - released on his new imprint Unmade Road, through Caroline International. The same year Bloomsbury published his second memoir, Romany and Tom - a searing but tender portrait of his parents' marriage - nominated for the UK's highly prestigious Samuel Johnson Non-Fiction Prize 2014 (now the Baillie Gifford Prize).

His third solo album Fever Dream followed in 2016. Uncut posted a lengthy 9/10 review. The Guardian commented: 'In his early fifties, he is making some of the best music of his career.'

2019 saw the recording of a new solo album, Storm Damage, for release on Unmade Road through Caroline International in January 2020.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 6 Mar 2020 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

The Estevans

The Estevans start off 2020 releasing their third single Wrong Idea which
was recorded as a collaboration between Gus Oberg (The Strokes producer) and Boe Weaver (the bands long term producers) at Studio Humbug in the Isle of Wight.

The 19 year olds had a busy summer of playing festivals such as Isle of
Wight Festival, Truck Fest, YNOT, The Great Escape and Tramlines. Touring up and down the UK in October.

Their second single Gotta Know You was playlisted on Radio X, was chosen as This Feelings track of the week and was spun on BBC Introducing.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 10 Mar 2020 at 7:30pm buy tickets

David Keenan


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As he embarks on his biggest European tour to date, opening for fellow countryman Hozier; David Keenan is thrilled to announce his first European headline tour for spring 2020.

The young Irishman, who counts Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol) and Glen Hansard (The Frames) among his growing legion of followers, has been busy. Putting the finishing touches to his debut album, due for release early in the new year, as well as delighting festival-goers - both at home and in Europe - with his spell-binding storytelling and arresting song-craft.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 15 Mar 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Broken Witt Rebels

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"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, Mon, 23 Mar 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Peggy Sue


"...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, Tue, 24 Mar 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets



A truly unique and rare talent proclaims Rick Wakeman upon presenting Tensheds with the House Of Lords Discretional Rock Award, at a ceremony held at the prestigious London location. This recognition of the highest order came after the release of his 3rd - and most ambitious album 'The Dandy Pink Prince'. A gritty Alternative Blues record, recorded entirely on his near 200 year old grand piano.

Praise didn't stop there for The Dandy Punk Prince, with Classic Rock declaring You'll Believe His Hype and Vive Le Rock, Louder Than War & Penny Black Music hailing him a Creative Genius.

Tensheds has been captivating audiences since the release of his debut studio album Crazy Beautiful back in 2010. His unmistakable unique style and rare ability to blend gritty alternative blues with soft tender ballads has won him fans far and wide as well as numerous awards, critical acclaim and even an invitation to open the Isle Of Wight Festival.

A true innovator and a relentless pusher of boundaries, the multi-instrumentalists absolute refusal to pigeonhole his music sees him constantly evolving. Producing all his records himself and forever exploring ways to bring the piano into the 21st Century, while blending his gritty punk blues with elements of his classical heritage having trained as a classical pianist at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music.

Tensheds real magic lies in his live performances. His audacious showmanship and Rachmaninoff style piano skills, deftly delivers his brand of gritty, edgy alternative blues. Honing his craft in the time-honoured tradition, hoboing the road. A true road dog, so much so that when the legendary Hazel O'Connor offered him 5 full UK tours supporting her, he actually moved into a campervan for the next 2 years to make it happen. He has since gone on to supports artists such as: John Mayall, Mick Taylor, Jeffrey Lewis, Blockheads, Spear Of Destiny, Paul Kelly, Manfred Mann, and not forgetting a recent tour with Bad Seeds drummer Jim Sclavunos and his 27 date 2019/20 tour supporting cult folk hero Beans On Toast.

Plus support from MOONSTRIPS and OLD MAN BOOM

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge The Blue Moon, Fri, 27 Mar 2020 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Milk Teeth

"The band's mixture of light/dark, sweet/sour, melody/noise echoes those early 90s reference points Pixies, The Breeders, Dinosaur Jr but adds something distinctly British" - Clash Magazine

"Creating their own blend of 90's emo and grunge fused with their punk inspirations they create dual-vocal fueled perfection both in the form of mayhem in their live set and crafting their songs for the studio" - Alt-Corner.com

Support from POTTY MOUTH and KOJI

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 3 Apr 2020 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Waydown Wanderers


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Often referred to by fans as one of the hardest-working, hardest-touring bands on the circuit today, the 5-piece Illinois-based act not only proves that classification with their jam-packed tour schedule but also on stage every night, with youthful exuberance and a lively stage show, as reliable as it is infectious. High energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience for fans that has sold out shows across the UK and the United States, filling the front rows with fans not just singing along to one tune, but singing along to all of them. Everybody says it. We'd be nothing without our supporters. Yeah, they buy tickets and of course we love that, but when we've been on the road for 10 hours and walk onto a stage road weary and we see familiar faces singing along, it's hard to describe. It's everything, really. There's a whole lot of love there.

Music enthusiasts are not the only ones taking note. Critics and tastemakers alike have awarded the young artists an impressive number of accolades ranging from official showcases at AmericanaFest (2018) and International Bluegrass Music Association (2016) to Whitstable UK Session of the Year (2017), a BBC Scotland Session (2017) as well as Finalist, International Song Writing Competition (2015 & 2016), Chicago's Best Emerging Artist, Deli Magazine (2014) and Songpickr's Best Songs Spotify Playlist (2016) among others.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 6 Apr 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Alzheimer's Research Uk Fundraiser: Sugarbeat + Shoot The Pianist

Support Alzheimer's Research UK, the country's leading dementia research charity, and enjoy two brilliant bands at the same time. Jude Clarke is running the London Marathon for the charity, and all profits will go to her fundraising account. Until we find a cure, one in three people born today will go on to develop dementia. Help make breakthroughs possible and have a great evening at the same time.


A covers band - but much cooler than that implies - Cambridge five-piece Sugarbeat play the songs that you actually loved across the last four decades, not just the ones that your nan likes to dance to at a wedding. From spiky 70s post-punk to perky Britpop bangers, impeccable indie rock to the most glorious bits of glam, genre is less important than greatness in their brilliantly-curated playlist. You'll sing along till you're hoarse, you'll clap and cheer and you'll dance. Just not like your nan.

Shoot the Pianist

Having come of age during the punk and new wave era, Shoot the Pianist celebrate this period by bringing you high-energy classics from a vast array of bands that first performed them: hard-edged sounds of the time, delivered with passion and commitment. The Clash, The Jam, The Rezillos, Iggy, The Ramones, Joy Division, The Buzzcocks, Roxy, Bowie, The Blockheads get the picture?

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 12 Apr 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets



Mumm-ra formed in the 00s indie explosion, fighting for airtime alongside such epoch-making outfits as Pigeon Detectives and the Maccabees, and touring with the likes of The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs and The Horrors, with the band's long and rich history beginning at school in and around Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex.

Fast forward almost twenty years since a plan hatched in P.E class came off. Mumm-Ra come back out of the shadows with an April 2020 tour. Over 12 years has passed since the release of These Things Move in Threes, variously described as the most wide-eyed, giddy and yearning indie-pop album of the year by the NME and a thrilling roller-coaster ride by Drowned In Sound.

The album's breakout track She's Got You High featured in the film 500 Days of Summer and has since become something of a torch song, clocking up over 16 million Spotify plays and inspiring let's-hug-each-other joy at weddings and indie clubs across the land.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 13 Apr 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Lovely Eggs


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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 MARK WYNN and DOG DAISIES

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 15 Apr 2020 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Daft Funk Live

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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, 18 Apr 2020 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Lanterns On The Lake


In the Green Mind office Beings was in the top 5 albums of 2015/16 and we're delighted to be able to bring them back 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." - Drownedinsound.com

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

Support from HILANG CHILD

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 24 Apr 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Ren Harvieu


Accessibly sumptuousbetween 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, Sun, 26 Apr 2020 at 6:30pm buy tickets

Mystery Jets


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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, Fri, 1 May 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets



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, Mon, 4 May 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tom Robinson - 70th 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, Fri, 15 May 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets


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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 Portland Arms, Mon, 18 May 2020 at 7:30pm buy tickets



Pinegrove's new album begins with a breath and ends with a shimmering exhalation. In between is Marigold, an urgent, multivalent meditationand an expanded take on the blend of alt-country, indie rock and cerebral humanism that's inspired the band's ardent fan community. Marigold marks their Rough Trade Records debut, offering what songwriter Evan Stephens Hall calls a heart-first perspective.

Those familiar with Pinegrove will recognize signature elements of the band's sound: literary yet conversational lyrics, geometrically interlocking guitars, the dynamic shifting shadows of rhythm and structure. But this effort marks the most spacious, bold, and well defined iteration of the project yet

Formed in 2010 by childhood friends Evan and drummer Zack Levine, Pinegrove have released three previous albums Everything So Far (2015), Cardinal (2016), and Skylight (2018) to massive critical acclaim, garnering them a widespread and devoted listenership. They've described their sound as variously as introspective party music, or energetic music in the folk tradition; in any case they have combined catharsis and inventive structures with irrepressible melodies, resonant lyrics and emotive twang. Marigold finds the band expanding into the latter, spreading out over varying tempos and swelling pedal steel. But in surprising moments, the album can suddenly unfold into the band's heaviest, most unbound offerings yeta cavalier disregard of genre in favour of something honest and unique.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 22 May 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Grant Lee Phillips


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, 13 Oct 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets