Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

"Pigsx7's is a world of downtuned doom in which no riff is too monolithic, no chord progression too bludgeoning. They sound as if they should be caught between the conflicting urges to hit a massive bong or go out on choppers. In fact, they're a perfectly unbikery-looking quintet from Newcastle upon Tyne, longtime participants in that city's music scene (two of them play live with the brilliant Richard Dawson) who have suddenly and unexpectedly broken the surface with this project, in which 70s heavy metal is played both straight and as some kind of art project." The Guardian

Support from BLACK HELIUM

Stowmarket John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Fri, 18 Oct 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Lamb

https://lambofficial.com/

Mancunian electronic duo Lou Rhodes and Andy Barlow who defy classification with a sound encompassing injections of jazz, classical, blues, techno and hip hop. With baffled breakbeats, juddering technoid pulses, sweeping strings and disturbing electronic ambience, they remain an uncompromising act both live and on record.

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 20 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Barns Courtney

https://www.barnscourtney.com/

Fresh from his European headline tour, global rising star, Barns Courtney today announces his second studio album '404' which is set for release on September 6th via Virgin EMI. To mark the news, Barns has unveiled a brand new single and video called 'You & I'. In addition to this, a huge UK and Europe tour has been announced for October to celebrate the release.

The album will feature 10 new tracks and will explore his transition into adulthood with conflicted feelings of loss, frustration and optimism. Fans can expect to hear his deep vocals bringing adding an energy to a mixture of intense rock grooves and softer melodic sounds. Recorded in the middle of the night, the vocals were recorded in only one take and are largely improvised. It is perhaps Barns' most raw and intimate work yet as he invites listeners into some of his deepest thoughts.

Support from WILL AND THE PEOPLE

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

https://www.facebook.com/psychedelicprncrumpets

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

In only a couple of short years, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have already been through a well-storied existence. Coming off the blocks in 2015, the band immediately made big waves in their hometown of Perth, going on to release their debut album, 'High Visceral {Part 1}'. That release saw PPC supporting the heady likes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Dune Rats, Black Mountain, Skegss and completing their first national tour. Their sophomore album 'High Visceral {Part 2}' was released in April and the band recently completed their second national tour around Australia which was met with sold out crowds.

Support from CROWS

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Gruff Rhys

http://www.gruffrhys.com

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Gruff Rhys will be releasing his new album 'Pang!' on Rough Trade Records on 13.09.2019. 'Pang' is a pop album with a couple of verses of Zulu and an English title. 'Pang!' developed unexpectedly over about 18 months. A solo album of songs by Gruff Rhys, produced & mixed by the South African electronic artist Muzi.

Recorded in Cardiff, Wales. The song Pang! was mixed by the producer Muzi in Cardiff & Johannesburg. Drums by Welsh-American psychedelic warlord Kliph Scurlock, brass by Gavin Fitzjohn and flute and percussion by the engineer Kris Jenkins. Beats, bass & ah's by Muzi with Gruff on vocals and guitar.

Gruff explains Pang! is a Welsh language song with an English title. It started life as a folk reel and soon expanded into a 'list' song, listing various reasons for pangs; hunger, regret, twitter, pain, bad design etc. Using the English word pang in a Welsh language track may appear weird but I suppose it's like using the French word 'Magazine' in an English song. In that it's slightly pretentious but completely acceptable.

Support from N'FAMADY KYUYATÉ

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Swim Deep

https://www.swim-deep.co.uk

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Birmingham grunge-pop quartet Swim Deep's own brand of fuzzy grunge influenced pop has been making waves across the UK, putting them at the forefront of the blossoming West Midlands music scene.

Support from PHOEBE GREEN

Cambridge The Salisbury Club, Tue, 22 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Kawala

https://www.kawalaofficial.com/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Starting their musical journey while studying in Leeds, North London duo Jim (vocals) and Dan (acoustic guitar, vocals) quickly developed a distinctive sound. Deriving from their joint love of close vocal harmony, and rhythmic finger-style acoustic guitar, the pair started writing songs inspired by the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Half Moon Run.

After breaks on platforms such as Mahogany sessions as an acoustic indie-folk act, they quickly moved back to London with aim of expanding their sound. Now signed to Mahogany Records and backed by a full band of Ben (drums), Reeve (bass) and Dan Lee (electric guitar), KAWALA have started making waves in the live scene, finding inspiration from a range of musical styles.

The sound has developed through the use of afrobeat-esque drums, atmospheric electric hooks and strong rhythmic bass, yet still maintaining the focus on the core indie-folk two part vocal and acoustic.

Support from SUN SILVA

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 23 Oct 2019 at 7:30pm SOLD OUT

Robyn Hitchcock

http://www.robynhitchcock.com

Under 14s must be accompanied by adult

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in 'Storefront Hitchcock' an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.

Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as 'paintings you can listen to'. His most recent album is self-titled and marks his 21st release as a solo artist. Out on April 21 2017, the album is produced by Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). Hitchcock describes it as a "ecstatic work of negativity with nary a dreary groove."

It has received rave reviews from UNCUT, Rolling Stone, Paste, Tidal and more.

"A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings..." - Rolling Stone

"These 10 gems slither, rock, roll, glide and shapeshift, coalescing around Hitchcock's typically anxious, strained but striking and immediately identifiable vocals." - American Songwriter

"Beloved of everyone from Led Zeppelin to REM, Hitchcock has only enhanced his status with this wonderful outing." - Hot Press

"Witty, moving and seriously catchy, Robyn Hitchcock is a glorious return for a man who wasn't really gone in the first place." - Paste Magazine

Please be aware that this is a seated event.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 26 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Bit Shifter

http://bit.shifter.net

Based in New York City, Bit Shifter explores high-impact, low-res music produced using primitive synthesis as a deliberate aesthetic choice. In a distillation of the less-is-more philosophy, Bit Shifter operates with a standard Nintendo Game Boy as a means of exploring the aesthetics of economy, pushing minimal hardware to its maximum.

Bit Shifter, real name Joshua Davis, has been among those leading the charge in the global underground movement known as chipmusic. When not helping run the 8bitpeoples record label or the international Blip Festival event series, Bit Shifter has released music on Astralwerks, Hymen, Mirex, and 555 Recordings, and has been fortunate enough to perform around the world.

Bit Shifter's latest album, Closed System Blues, is out now.

Support from JELLICA and RADIO WAVES GOODBYE

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge The Blue Moon, Mon, 28 Oct 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing

http://www.blamedfornothing.com

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing hail from London, UK. They sing loud punk rock songs about the Victorian era, and have been gleefully rubbing the face of present day Britain in the rotten corpse of its past since 2008, in the hope that it will learn from its mistakes (it hasn't).

They have released four critically acclaimed albums, have toured the UK and US, played festivals like Download, Glastonbury, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Green Man, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe and appeared at numerous conventions and events on both sides of the Atlantic.

TMTWNBBFN consist of Andy Heintz, Marc Burrows, Jez Miller, and comedian Andrew O'Neill.

Support from FREEDOM FACTION

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 30 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Melt Banana

http://www.melt-banana.net/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

All you need to know: One of the best live bands on the planet. That's it.

"Once they started back in 1993, Melt-Banana have remained like an eye of a hurricane that's 10 times crazier than the hurricane itself. One of the core bands to emerge from the same roiling soup that birthed art-damaged titans such as the Flying Luttenbachers and the Locust, the female-fronted Japanese group added a few twists to the genetic makeup of 90s noise rock. Japan's own rich noise tradition was little more than a touchstone for Melt-Banana, and the group's cryptic otherness elevated it above its peers." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Cc Smugglers

https://www.ccsmugglers.co.uk/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

There are buskers that will make you cry, they're so good, according to cult Americana artist Andrew Bird. And then there are buskers that will take you to a place where sound and energy merge to create a kind of spiritual ecstasy, a joyful affirmation of life itself. CC Smugglers, who have made the transition from the street to the stage with consummate ease and considerable acclaim, exemplify the latter, and then some.
The band from Bedfordshire started out as guerrilla buskers, hijacking queues waiting to see other artists, or commandeering underground trains and escalators.

They got their big break by playing outside every UK tour date of the two-time Grammy Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show. Not even a severed artery on his finger could stop frontman Richie Prynne he delayed surgery to lead the six-piece on the audacious escapade. So impressed were the Old Crow Medicine Show they invited them to share their platform on the remaining dates.

It was Richie who formed the band after busking alone for some years as a teenager. He enlisted the help of Dan Edwards (double bass) Ryan Thomas (lead guitar) and Sam Barrett (rhythm guitar and fiddle) who formed the Bedfordshire contingent of the band for several years. They were joined 18 months ago Joel Barford (drums) and more recently by Tom Seals (keys) both accomplished young jazz players their influences have really allowed us to explore more contemporary challenging arrangements said Richie.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 1 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Andrew O'neill

https://www.andrewoneill.co.uk

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Andrew O'Neill presents "I am a Rich Man and I Have Many Sons"

"An incantatory state of near-constant laughter" - List
"The very definition of Alternative - one of the funniest comedians on the circuit today" - TimeOut
"Absolutely hilarious" - Neil Gaiman

Award-winning comedian Andrew O'Neill returns with a truly magickal stand-up show that gives every audience member exactly what they want*. Also a song about grizzly bears running a photograph development lab.

(*within standard limits of legality, morality and reality.)

Support from musical improv comedian SANJ SURATI

Presented by Green Mind & Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 6 Nov 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Spector

http://www.spector.co.uk

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

At the beginning of 2013, Spector decided to cut short further touring and promotion of their debut album 'Enjoy It While It Lasts' in order to start focussing on music that they felt was a more up to date representation of their ideas. Founding members Chris Burman and Fred Macpherson had been making music in various forms since their early teens and had started Spector in order to communicate and share a series of "experiments in pop". But one album and two years into their career, as far as Burman was concerned, it was mission accomplished.

Shortly after five became four (in a continuing series of events that journalists might one day describe as "difficult"), original drummer Danny Blandy was told by doctors not to drum for six months after "doing his shoulder in", so suggested moving to keyboard: "The news came at a good time as I'd been playing a lot of piano anyway and I was happy to give my tired arms a rest." So with Jed Cullen now the sole guitarist in the group and Danny as full time keys player, the new writing core of Spector started to emerge, bolstered by bass player Tom Shickle. "I'd spent the best part of my early twenties with these guys", Fred explains "but had no idea what any of us were really capable of. The first album happened in such an entertaining haze that it took until a year after it came out for the penny to actually drop and for the band to start to making sense for the first time."

"When we started out, I almost saw writing a song as a magic trick," says Fred with typical candour. "It was just a question of doing whatever it took to further this adventure. But at some point on the journey we discovered the art of it and began taking pride in that. Other musicians put me off taking one's own work seriously, but that's something I think we're slowly starting to do." With a new found self-respect the band started to collate their final ideas locally in Hackney, at Unwound and Strongroom studios, but Dev Hynes' plans to fly to London to complete production of the album were curtailed by a house fire. Rather than delay further, the band decided to move forward with engineers Duncan Mills and Adam Jaffrey, while also handling a lot of production personally at home. The song selection was bolstered by collaborations with Hynes ('Decade of Decay' and 'Cocktail Party') and "a day making a banger" with former Craig David mastermind and Adele writer Fraser T Smith.

The live shows also had an overhaul, with new responsibilities for most of the band and the introduction of a new drummer, Yoann from Lille, France. "We're a hundred times better live now" Tom tells me, "we actually know what we're doing."

Support from THE RHYTHM METHOD

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jamie Lenman

http://www.jamielenman.com/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Jamie Lenman is best known as the singer, guitarist and songwriter for underground heroes Reuben, who toured and released relentlessly for most of the noughties. Their combination of brutal riffs, heartfelt melodies and frank, intelligent lyrics, together with their explosive live shows and innovative promo videos won them a hard core of dedicated fans and respect amongst peers and critics alike.

Eventually, the pressure of being in the band as well as running their own label and working full time jobs became too much, and they called it a day in 2008, releasing a posthumous rarities collection through Xtra Mile in 2009.

In 2011, after over a year without playing any music, Lenman began working on an ambitious double solo album of folk/blues and thrash metal, which was released on Xtra Mile in 2013 to critical acclaim. After a dazzling live tour featuring a three-piece brass section, Lenman returned again to his illustration work and began recording new music with Prodigy and Idles producer Space in his Guildford hideout.

He shortly signed with indie giants Big Scary Monsters and released his sophomore record 'Devolver' to widespread praise, following a lengthy and innovative pre-order campaign, and heralded by a sold-out mini festival entitled 'Lenmania'.

During two years of touring the UK and Europe in support of the record, Lenman released a double A side single which went to number one in the UK vinyl chart, as well as the double album 'Live At St Pancras', before returning to the studio.

The result, released in the summer of 2019 on Big Scary Monsters, is 'Shuffle' - fourteen reinterpretations of famous and not-so-famous music, movies, books games and TV.

Support from HAGGARD CAT

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Big Joanie

https://www.facebook.com/bigjoanie/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Big Joanie are a black feminist punk band. They're like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and 90s riot grrrl, with a sprinkling of dashikis.

Based in London, UK, Big Joanie formed in the summer of 2013 to play at First Timers (a gig where each band plays their set for the very first time) at the close of the year. The band also functioned as a space where its members (Stephanie Phillips, Chardine Taylor-Stone and Estella Adeyeri) could be completely themselves as black women, and within it discover their own power in creativity.

Support from SINK YA TEETH

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Soft Machine

https://www.softmachine.org/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Their work, from their earliest performances as a psychedelic band who were contemporaries of, and shared stages with, Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, all the way to being one of Europe's best known 'fusion' groups, has influenced several generations of bands, and continues to be name-checked by today's hip experimentalists.

Whilst the line-up of Soft Machine may have changed many times since the heady days of the late 1960's, the band's spirit of musical adventure, and the ease with which it freely avoids being pigeon holed and can move from powerful progressive jazz fusion to atmospheric psychedelia to free improvised jazz-rock to ambient loop music continues to make it both unique and totally contemporary.

Please be aware that this is a seated event.

Presented by Green Mind & Dictionary Pudding, in association with Cambridge Jazz Festival

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Ninth Wave

https://theninthwave.online/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

The Ninth Wave are a noisy pop group from Glasgow influenced by 80s new wave and goth pop music creating their own unique identity. Brooding synths, jagged guitars and female against male vocals carve this sound. They have been compared to the likes of Pixies and The Cure.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Low Roar

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/lowroar.music

Low Roar is the musical vision of Ryan Karazija. Born in the Bay Area, spent his formative years playing in bands around Northern California before hopping a plane to Iceland where he relocated in 2010. That year, he recorded Low Roar's self-titled debut in his Reykjavik kitchen. Quietly building buzz, he cut the critically acclaimed follow-up, 0, in a converted garage during 2014 before gracing the stages of Eurosonic, Airwaves France, The Great Escape, Iceland Airwaves and beyond.

This music turns moments of solitude into airy, ambient soundscapes materializing into anthemic melodies. No wonder that iconic Japanese video game creator Hideo Kojima was smitten by Low Roar's music when he heard 0 playing in a record store while visiting Reykjavik. Low Roar's I'll Keep Coming and Easy Way Out soundtracked the two high-profile trailers for Kojima's Death Stranding video game starring Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen and Guillermo del Toro.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Penelope Isles

https://www.facebook.com/penelopeisles/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Hailing from the Isle of Man, Penelope Isles is the sounds of Jack and Lily Wolter, with the help of friends Becky Redford and Jack Sowton. Currently based between Brighton and Cornwall, the band perform melodic fuzz pop with dynamics that will transfix and satisfy. Hypnotic, chiming bedroom pop music. For the lovers of Radiohead, The Magic Numbers and Deerhunter.

Support from LEMONDAZE

Cambridge NCI Club, Tue, 26 Nov 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Dirty Hit Tour: Beabadoobee, No Rome And Oscar Lang

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/radvxz
https://www.facebook.com/noromeworldwide
https://www.facebook.com/oscarlangtunes

London-based label Dirty Hit have today announced their second UK tour, showcasing some of the label's best and brightest new talents for twenty dates across the UK. Kicking off in November in Cambridge, the tour will feature Beabadoobee, No Rome and Oscar Lang.

£1 from each ticket sold will go to One Tree Planted, a non profit organisation that plants trees all over the world to fight climate change, protect biodiversity, empower communities and restore our planet. Their aim is to reforest the planet, one tree at a time.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 26 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dodgy - 25 Years Of 'homegrown'

https://www.facebook.com/dodgyuk/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Dodgy will play their album HOMEGROWN in full plus other hits at a handful of UK dates this Winter. Homegrown is the band's breakthrough, gold-selling second album and this tour continues the album's 25th anniversary celebrations after a hugely successful tour in the Spring.

Dodgy were together for seven years in the 90's, releasing three albums totalling over a million sales worldwide. Their 1994 album Homegrown features the hit single 'Staying Out for the Summer' which was the band's first Top 20 hit single. They quickly followed up in 1996 with album number three 'Free Peace Sweet' which spawned the hits 'In a Room', 'Good Enough' (which is officially one of the most played tracks on British radio in the last 20 years) and 'If You're Thinking of Me'.

Fast forward to 2019 and the band are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Homegrown. As well as playing the album in its entirety, Dodgy will be playing tracks from 'Free Peace Sweet', other hits and live favourites.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 29 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Echobelly - Stripped Back

http://www.echobelly.com

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

After the maelstrom years of Britpop and their ensuing success as Echobelly; a series of experiences ensued that rock'n'roll would call its own, including death, drugs, theft and high court injunctions. Glenn and Sonya came through the storm to a time of reflection, re-positioning and reality: Where to go from here when the desire to write songs is stronger than ever but the business has changed considerably? Back to what you once knew. And that's exactly what they did.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 2 Dec 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Wedding Present - Bizarro Tour

https://scopitones.co.uk/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Bizarro was the second studio album by The Wedding Present and spawned indie mega hit 'Kennedy' and also Brassneck. They'll be playing the entire album, plus other material from their extensive catalogue.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 4 Dec 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Uk Subs

https://www.uksubs.co.uk/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

It's time again for the annual UK Subs show! Punk anthems, moshing and a DIY attitude that's seen them outlast many of their peers. Unmissable!

Support from FREEDOM FACTION

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 5 Dec 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

B-sydes (full Band)

http://www.b-sydes.co.uk/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Following on from 2015's "Constant Fictions" album, Cambridge's B-SYDES returns with album #2: "Self Sabotage", released Friday 13th December on vinyl and CD via Aaahh!!! Real Records.

Like its predecessor, Self Sabotage is recorded with a band, giving a full-on indie/punk feel, similar to the likes of Tellison and Death Cab For Cutie, as well as acoustic troubadours Frank Turner, and label-mate Jake Martin.

This special hometown show sees B-SYDES take a night off from a mammoth solo tour alongside Gaz Brookfield to take to the stage as a four-piece.

This gig is also a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the first ever B-Sydes show!

Self Sabotage is available to pre-order now from http://www.real-records.co.uk

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Hot Snakes

https://www.facebook.com/HotSnakes/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Before breaking up in 2005, Hot Snakes, the band founded by former Drive Like Jehu co-leaders Rick Froberg and John Reis, kicked out an absolutely furious noise, combining Jehu's bloodthirsty, seesawing post-hardcore and the stuck-on-overdrive garage rock that Reis made with Rocket From the Crypt. Now, after 6 years away, the band that everyone thought would never come back is back...

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Wasuremono

https://www.wasuremonomusic.com/

Wasuremono is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist William Southward, who meticulously creates and records the music in his shed studio. Initially a solo project, William enlisted friends, Madelaine Ryan, and siblings Isaac and Phoebe Phillips, to complete the live band. The atmospheric pop songs filled with four part harmonies, layers of warm fuzzy synths and soundscapes, have hooky melodies and are led by Williams distinctive songwriting and vocals which soar from a warm baritone to full falsetto.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 6 Feb 2020 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Dry Cleaning

https://drycleaning.bandcamp.com/

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

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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

http://www.nadasurf.com/

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

https://kiefersutherland.net/

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 Tickets on sale from
Sat, 19 Oct 2019 at 10:00

Ben Watt

http://www.benwatt.com

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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 buy tickets

David Keenan

https://www.davidkeenan.ie/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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

Peggy Sue

https://peggywho.com/

"...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

The Night Cafe

https://www.facebook.com/nightcafeband/

"From the emphatic and high-powered 'Mixed Signals' to the somewhat softer, yet equally effectual 'Addictive', the set is a seamless display of stalwart power-pop. There's a beautifully indescribable simplicty to their performance with each track easing effortlessly into the next, despite the undeniable versatility within much of their music." Yorkshire Evening Post

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 6 Apr 2020 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Daft Funk Live

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.daftfunk.co.uk/

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

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