John Bramwell

As the singer in I Am Kloot from 1999 to 2014, John Bramwell achieved a Mercury Prize nomination for 2010's "The Sky At Night", a Top 10 chart position for 2013's "Let It All In", numerous UK and European tours and a triumphant farewell at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with an orchestra in 2014. Now, as a solo artist, he's travelling a very different path, his stunning new album "The Light Fantastic" is almost a complete U-turn from his Kloot days. Darker clouds have been banished, there are strings and four-part harmonies (a warming development, since Kloot never had any backing vocals) and a dozen gloriously exhilarating, beautifully crafted and observed songs about life, humanity, the universe and everything.

As John puts it, "It's been great to find the joy of making music once again. These are the most uplifting songs of my career."

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Thu, 18 Jul 2024 at 7:30pm buy tickets

John Bramwell

As the singer in I Am Kloot from 1999 to 2014, John Bramwell achieved a Mercury Prize nomination for 2010's "The Sky At Night", a Top 10 chart position for 2013's "Let It All In", numerous UK and European tours and a triumphant farewell at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with an orchestra in 2014. Now, as a solo artist, he's travelling a very different path, his stunning new album "The Light Fantastic" is almost a complete U-turn from his Kloot days. Darker clouds have been banished, there are strings and four-part harmonies (a warming development, since Kloot never had any backing vocals) and a dozen gloriously exhilarating, beautifully crafted and observed songs about life, humanity, the universe and everything.

As John puts it, "It's been great to find the joy of making music once again. These are the most uplifting songs of my career."

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Fri, 19 Jul 2024 at 7:30pm SOLD OUT

Angélica Garcia

'Gemelo' is the new album from songwriter and pop auteur Angélica Garcia. Its title is a reference to the twin self ' the idea of a second, more intuitive self within. It's a vibrant, prismatic hybrid-pop record that soundtracks a journey through the different stages and forms of grief. Angélica explores its inherent loneliness, beauty, and tension, eventually finding liberation. 'Gemelo' also expertly deconstructs facets of universal themes like religion, spirit, heritage, womanhood, and ancestral veneration.

Born in East LA with Mexican and Salvadoran lineage, Angélica embodies the essence of contemporary America, a cultural landscape continually evolving through its fusion with
rich Hispanic influences. In a reflection of modern America itself, 'Gemelo' also marks Garcia's first album sung almost entirely in Spanish, inviting listeners to reconsider what
they think an American record can be. 'Gemelo' was produced by Carlos Arévalo of LA-based rock band Chicano Batman, his first time working in such a role. Sequenced with extreme intent, the album progresses from a delicate, tender entry on Side A which serves almost like a meditation, to the visceral intensity of Side B, which immerses into the difficult, at times terrifying work of healing. With growth and exploration like wind behind her, Garcia arrives at her clearest and most fully realized vision of self on 'Gemelo'.

'Gemelo' is the anticipated follow-up to her 2020 breakthrough 'Cha Cha Palace', which featured on several year-end lists and brought Angélica to NPR's Tiny Desk.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 24 Jul 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Arrested Development

For the last twenty years, Arrested Development has performed sold-out concerts in literally every part of the world. In September, 2019, the band was given an award at the Black Music Honors Awards. This award acknowledges Artists who have made a significant contribution to African-American Music. The band continue to release new music and find new success in different corners of the globe. Their shows are a celebration of life. Experiencing an Arrested Development concert is an uplifting and spiritual event wrapped into one big party. They continue to release new music (Craft & Optics) and Speech has released two documentaries. "The N*gga Factory" (mini doc) featuring Chuck D, David Banner, Dr. Umar Johnson and more! "The N Factory" is
hailed as a MUST SEE by Boyce Watkins (Your Black World) and the powerful full length doc "16 Bars" where Speech goes into a jail for 10 days to write music with inmates has won numerous film festival awards!

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 8 Aug 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Shiny New Model Launch Party: Lemondaze

Swirling guitars, cascading drums, combined with a strong stance on cis and non-cis genders and sexualities - Cambridge quartet Lemondaze have fast become one of the most intriguing and exciting bands to emerge from the U.K. underground. Their transcendental brand of shoegaze has won them fans in the form of members from Ride, Wolf Alice and Lush, thanks to a hushed female vocal layered over a distorted backdrop that has been likened to artists ranging from Deftones to My Bloody Valentine.

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Sat, 10 Aug 2024 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Xcerts

Searing Scottish indie band making heavy soul-fuelled rock influenced by the likes of The Smiths and The Clash. With a punky, psychedelic feel to their music, The Xcerts sound is both truly original and consistently passionate. Expect fervent live shows and arena-sized tunes.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 19 Aug 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Robyn Hitchcock
acoustic

With a career now spanning six decades, Robyn Hitchcock remains a truly one-of-a-kind artist: surrealist rock 'n' roller, iconic troubadour, guitarist, poet, painter, performer. An unparalleled, deeply individualistic songwriter and stylist, Hitchcock has traversed myriad genres with humour, intelligence, and originality over more than thirty albums and seemingly infinite live performances. From The Soft Boys' proto-psych-punk and The Egyptians' Dadaist pop - to solo masterpieces like 1984's milestone "I Often Dream of Trains" and 1990's "Eye" - Hitchcock has crafted a strikingly original oeuvre rife with sagacious observation, astringent wit, recurring marine life, mechanized rail services, cheese, Clint Eastwood, and innumerable finely drawn characters real and imagined.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 6 Sep 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Robyn Hitchcock
electric

With a career now spanning six decades, Robyn Hitchcock remains a truly one-of-a-kind artist: surrealist rock 'n' roller, iconic troubadour, guitarist, poet, painter, performer. An unparalleled, deeply individualistic songwriter and stylist, Hitchcock has traversed myriad genres with humour, intelligence, and originality over more than thirty albums and seemingly infinite live performances. From The Soft Boys' proto-psych-punk and The Egyptians' Dadaist pop - to solo masterpieces like 1984's milestone "I Often Dream of Trains" and 1990's "Eye" - Hitchcock has crafted a strikingly original oeuvre rife with sagacious observation, astringent wit, recurring marine life, mechanized rail services, cheese, Clint Eastwood, and innumerable finely drawn characters real and imagined.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 7 Sep 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Shiny New Model - Dream Wife, Porij, Opus Kink, Ugly And Many More
featuring DREAM WIFE, PORIJ, OPUS KINK, UGLY, NIGHT TAPES, THE OOZES, LEMONDAZE, plus more...

Green Mind and Cambridge Junction have been working together to bring you some of the freshest artists in the music industry.

We're excited to announce a special one-day event across all three of our spaces showcasing bands that are new, raw, and boundary pushing. 

Don't miss out on your opportunity to discover some of the most thrilling live acts on the scene.  

Welcome to Shiny New Model.

Featuring:

DREAM WIFE
PORIJ
OPUS KINK
UGLY
NIGHT TAPES
OOZES
LEMONDAZE
THE NONE
HEADCHECK
GRACE CALVER
SEAN TRELFORD

and more to be announced!

Cambridge Cambridge Junction 1, 2 & 3, Sat, 7 Sep 2024 at 1:00pm buy tickets

Melt-banana

Japanese noise legends Melt-Banana make a very welcome return to Cambridge in September! Over the last 30 or so years they've ploughed their own distinct furrow and played with bands such as Wire, Mr.Bungle, Fantomas, Tool, MGMT, Napalm Death etc.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 18 Sep 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The John Martyn Project

The John Martyn Project is a special project comprised of Blythe Pepino, Kit Hawes, Pete Josef, Sam Brookes, John Blakeley and Jon Short, six artists coming together to celebrate the music of John Martyn. Each brings their own story and connection to John's music which adds to the fabric of the overall experience of the project.

In the wake of a special one off, sold out show in 2018 at the Camden Jazz Café, the group decided to take the project on tour and the warm reception its received has inspired them to continue. Since then they have regularly toured the UK and mainland Europe as well as bringing John's music back to the festival circuit. Each tour they continue to introduce more of John's back catalogue from obscure live recordings to classic favourites reworked and presented with rich harmonies and diverse instrumentation.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 19 Sep 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dominie Hooper

Simmering memory and unspoken truth righteously seethe in songs with tenderness, anger and startling leaps of joy and optimism. To see it live is to truly feel it. Dominie Hooper, long-time session musician, collaborator and multi-instrumentalist, takes flight in the centre of a stage wrapped in musical alchemy with bandmate mainstays Phil Self and Dave Hamblett.

Her folk-steeped debut EP "Anno" was described as "beautiful, challenging, fruitful... captivating" (Liverpool Sound & Vision), and "confident and impressive" (Fatea Magazine), and was triumphantly celebrated with a sell-out debut headline tour in June 2022.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 23 Sep 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Ryley Walker

Ryley Walker began his career in the early 2010s, after moving from Illinois' provincial town of Rockford, and settling into Chicago's independent scene. After a slew of cassette and vinyl releases, Tompkins Square put out his debut album in 2014, which was then followed up by the Dead Oceans-released "Primrose Green" a year later. His most recent album, "Course in Fable", was released on his own Husky Pants Recordings label in 2021.

Having toured with the likes of Richard Thompson, and with a supporting slot for Dinosaur Jr. forthcoming - as well as a tremendous Bert Jansch tribute show behind him, wherein his hero Anne Briggs called him the 'c word' - Walker has rubbed shoulders with the very best.

While, in the past, his desire to be as great as his influences may have dogged and hindered him from bringing his own personality to his music, now, Walker's music is undeniably his. A mix of Twitter and sobriety may be partially responsible. "Music is an exciting thing I get to do because I'm alive and well. I take every opportunity I'm given very seriously; I've gotta pay tribute to that by staying alive and being as good to the people who love me as I can," he said.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 25 Sep 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Elles Bailey

After recently coming out of the traps with a superb new single and forthcoming album, award-winning UK based genre-blending roots singer songwriter Elles Bailey today announces her biggest headline tour to date.

Of the tour, Elles explains; "I feel so incredibly excited to finally be able to take my upcoming album on tour this autumn with my incredible live band. This is by far my biggest tour to date, playing bucket list venues as a headline artist. I'm so grateful for my fans for supporting me on my journey so far and can't wait to share with them these new stories. Oh, the adventures we shall have. Sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride!"

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 27 Sep 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tom Mcrae

Tom's 9th studio album is an album of duets with some of his favourite French artists. McRae decided to collaborate on these 11 new songs with various artists as a way of acknowledging his deep love of French music, and deepen his relationship with mainland Europe, following Britain's disastrous decision to leave the EU.

Tom's debut album went Gold in France in 2001, selling over 60,000 copies, and he has divided his time between Paris and Wiltshire since 2021. Says Tom: "I grew up being intrigued by classic French songs. Before streaming services made all music readily available, only the huge crossover pop songs made it across the channel, but while my friends were listening to Vanessa Paradis, I was listening to Serge Gainsbourg. It seemed exotic, adventurous, and to be from another planet, let alone a country only 21 miles away from my own."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 2 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sivu (full Band Show)
+ Tape Runs Out

Sivu recently released his incredible album Wild Horse Running, alongside trailer single Apollo, where his more acoustic leanings mixed with influences like Wild Beasts, Hot Chip, SBTRKT and Beck to devastating effect. While recording the album he assembled a crack team of musicians to bring the album to life and he's bringing this home for the first time for the Green Mind 23rd birthday!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 4 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Andrew O'neill
presents "GEBURAH"

"We have to kill the king."

Fresh from acting opposite John Hamm in Good Omens 2, cult comedian and nonbinary whirlwind Andrew O'Neill presents an act of symbolic, magickal regicide.

A critical smash-hit at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe, GEBURAH is a surreal, occult, political stand-up comedy show with a hopeful and practical message. And yeah, we kill the king at the end.

Andrew O'Neill is a veteran of the comedy circuit. Their unique approach to standup has seen them work alongside Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Stewart Lee, and Amanda Palmer.

"In their own extraordinary way, O'Neill in one of the most powerfully, radically political comics in Edinburgh" - The Scotsman

"No show at this year's Fringe has made me laugh harder... a dizzyingly eclectic set" - The Telegraph

"Edinburgh Fringe 2023's most exciting and uniquely creative comedy experience" - one4review

"An hour of colossal scope. Their comedy shows are hilarious, wide-reaching affairs that have no peers" - Chortle

Plus support from Shona Hoey

Cambridge The Blue Moon, Sat, 5 Oct 2024 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Tom Robinson Band

The Tom Robinson Band (TRB) first became known in 1977 as vocal supporters of Rock Against Racism. A year later they performed for 80,000 people at their Carnival Against The Nazis in Victoria Park, London alongside Steel Pulse, The Clash and X-Ray Spex. The band featured Robinson on bass and vocals, with drummer Dolphin Taylor, keyboardist Mark Ambler and the trademark incendiary guitar playing of Danny Kustow.

TRB's Top 5 debut 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the era's landmark singles and was followed by their Rising Free EP featuring Robinson's LGBT anthem Sing If You're Glad To Be Gay. The EP reached #18 in the UK singles chart, despite Radio 1 banning the song.

Their album Power In The Darkness went Top 5, resulted in the singles Up Against The Wall and Too Good To Be True, and was certified gold in the UK and Japan in 1978. The followup TRB TWO was produced by Todd Rundgren on which the lead single Bully For You was co-written by Robinson with Peter Gabriel.

The original TRB lasted only two years before breaking up, fighting (as Robinson puts it) "like cats in a sack".

Tom later co-wrote songs with both Peter Gabriel and Elton John and had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio. His 15th studio album Only The Now (2015) included guest appearances by Billy Bragg, Nadine Shah, John Grant, Ian McKellen, TV Smith, Lisa Knapp and Martin Carthy.

Tom's current band toured the entire Power In The Darkness LP in 2018 to mark its 40th anniverary ending with a sold-out show at Shepherds Bush Empire.
As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts two shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music. He also served for 10 years on the Ivor Novello Awards committee and was awarded a fellowship of LIPA in recognition of his support for new music with BBC Introducing.

Norwich Green Mind @ Norwich Arts Centre, Wed, 9 Oct 2024 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Tom Robinson Band

The Tom Robinson Band (TRB) first became known in 1977 as vocal supporters of Rock Against Racism. A year later they performed for 80,000 people at their Carnival Against The Nazis in Victoria Park, London alongside Steel Pulse, The Clash and X-Ray Spex. The band featured Robinson on bass and vocals, with drummer Dolphin Taylor, keyboardist Mark Ambler and the trademark incendiary guitar playing of Danny Kustow.

TRB's Top 5 debut 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the era's landmark singles and was followed by their Rising Free EP featuring Robinson's LGBT anthem Sing If You're Glad To Be Gay. The EP reached #18 in the UK singles chart, despite Radio 1 banning the song.

Their album Power In The Darkness went Top 5, resulted in the singles Up Against The Wall and Too Good To Be True, and was certified gold in the UK and Japan in 1978. The followup TRB TWO was produced by Todd Rundgren on which the lead single Bully For You was co-written by Robinson with Peter Gabriel.

The original TRB lasted only two years before breaking up, fighting (as Robinson puts it) "like cats in a sack".

Tom later co-wrote songs with both Peter Gabriel and Elton John and had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio. His 15th studio album Only The Now (2015) included guest appearances by Billy Bragg, Nadine Shah, John Grant, Ian McKellen, TV Smith, Lisa Knapp and Martin Carthy.

Tom's current band toured the entire Power In The Darkness LP in 2018 to mark its 40th anniverary ending with a sold-out show at Shepherds Bush Empire.
As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts two shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music. He also served for 10 years on the Ivor Novello Awards committee and was awarded a fellowship of LIPA in recognition of his support for new music with BBC Introducing.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 10 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Lotusbliss

lotusbliss is made up of brothers Josh, Seth and Adam Gauton, who ditched sibling-rivalries to come together under one musical moniker, developing a sonic identity that fuses their small-town Canterbury roots with an ambitious cinematic soundscape. They've already grabbed the attention of BBC 6Music's Tom Robinson and BBC Introducing's Abbie McCarthy who has made them her "Record of The Week" twice now. lotusbliss have also received praise from the likes of Wonderland, Under The Radar, Atwood Magazine and EUPHORIA to name a few.

Their dedication reaps great rewards. Taking this new release slower than their previous three EPs, gathering up melodies and songs that predate even the formation of the band as each member stored their best work away for a project like this - "Deafening And Silent" is the result of a band that finally feel ready for take-off.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 12 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Divorce

It might seem as though things happened very quickly for Divorce. The Nottingham four-piece, who once described themselves as "Wilco meets Abba", formed in the pandemic and played their first gig supporting TV Priest in October 2021. That led to them becoming label-mates at Hand in Hive (alongside the likes of Dama Scout and Tancred) who released their debut single in February 2022, the on-edge country-punk escape anthem "Services". Their debut EP, "Get Mean", arrived that December: less an intentionally curated collection than a breathless attempt at containing their first four singles, in and of itself a portrait of a band developing in real time - and one that earned them BBC Radio 6 playlisting and acclaim across the UK music press.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an early show, with doors at 5pm, and an expected finish of 9pm.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 13 Oct 2024 at 5:00pm buy tickets

Ariel Posen

Ariel Posen's music occupies the space between genres. It's a rootsy sound that nods to his influences - heartland rock & roll, electrified Americana, blue-eyed soul, R&B, Beatles-inspired pop - while still moving forward, pushing Posen into territory that's uniquely his own. He turns a new corner with Headway, a solo album that finds the songwriter taking stock of his personal and musical progress.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 14 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Afro Celt Sound System

Afro Celt Sound System are among the pioneers of the contemporary world music scene. Their ground-breaking fusion of African, Gaelic and Bhangra influenced sounds has won the hearts and minds of audiences since the group's beginnings over 25 years ago. With album sales now topping more than one and a half million, two Grammy nominations to date and tours all around the world, they are the legendary Afro-Celtic band bringing spirits and music from different cultures together to a breath-taking show.

In 1995, the first Afro Celt Sound System album was released to great critical acclaim. To quote Real World Records:

The world's press waxed superlative: "a hurricane let loose" declared Q Magazine. "Hearing is believing," announced Mojo. "Heady, heartfelt music," proclaimed the Wall Street Journal. Word of mouth spread. A host of imitators soon began crossing cultural boundaries, bent on embracing the future without losing sight of the past. None of them, of course, caught the essence of Afro Celts. Much copied, they were never surpassed.

In March 2023, ACSS founder Simon Emmerson sadly passed away after prolonged illness. Simon founded the ground breaking group and was the driving force in its innovative genre defying recordings and live shows. His loss will be felt for many years by both the band and their fans alike. Simon was steadfast in his belief that the band should continue after his passing, and had been working on the next album for some time.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 16 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jon Gomm

Jon Gomm is a singer-songwriter and acoustic solo performer based in Yorkshire, UK, known for his once-seen-never-forgotten virtuoso guitar style. This involves slapping, tapping and retuning as he plays, producing a huge, multi-layered sound filled with bass, drums and near-orchestral depth and complexity from a single guitar.

His songs are often deeply emotive, whether with or without his soft, affecting voice. And his live performances are intimate and powerful, but always punctured by his natural North Of England wit and self-deprecation.

In 2020 Jon was voted "Best Acoustic Guitarist In The World" in the largest online poll of its type, conducted by MusicRadar / Guitar World.

Ibanez guitars launched the JGM10 and JGM5 Jon Gomm Signature Model guitars in 2021. He's the 3rd guitarist ever to design a signature acoustic with Ibanez, the previous two being Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

In 2023, Jon's song Passionflower was placed 6th in Total Guitar's "50 Greatest Acoustic Guitar Songs Of All Time", just behind The Beatles' Blackbird and Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton.

Jon is also a passionate advocate for mental health and neuro-diversity.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 18 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Bodega
+ Gift

Sometimes you have to move backwards to move forwards. Just ask punk cultural commentators BODEGA, whose new album sees them carve a new future from fuzz-soaked, consumerism-skewering shards of their past. "It's something we've been wanting to do for years," guitarist and vocalist Ben Hozie explains of "Our Brand Could Be Yr Life"; a collection of catchy indie-rock ruminations on the slow-creep of corporate-think into youth culture, first written eight years ago. Then known as BODEGA BAY, the Brooklyn group recorded those songs as a paradoxical double album.

Now, BODEGA - completed by lead guitarist Dan Ryan, bassist Adam See and drummer Adam Shumski - have reinterpreted "Our Brand Could Be Yr Life" for 2024. "We thought of it like a director remaking one of their old films, like when Hitchcock remade the Man Who Knew Too Much, or when Yasujiro Ozu re-did The Story of Floating Weeds," says Hozie, who it's never a surprise to hear talking about music through a cinematic lens. After all, this is a creative who, in addition to his work in BODEGA, moonlights as a celebrated indie filmmaker (PVT Chat, his 2020 drama about online sex work, won rave reviews).

"When you're older and better at your craft, you can revisit the same material but do different things with it."

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 21 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Lovely Eggs

The Lovely Eggs are a two piece, indie rock band from Lancaster, England.

They consist of married couple Holly Ross and David Blackwell. Ross was formerly the lead singer and guitarist in the girl band, Angelica. Blackwell is also guitarist in Lancaster drone band Three Dimensional Tanx, who have performed at Tate Britain with the artist Linder Sterling and also have been sound carriers for Damo Suzuki (ex Can).

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 22 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Los Bitchos
+ Faux Real

Los Bitchos is back and better than ever! Since the launch of their much-loved debut album, "Let the Festivities Begin", with City Slang in February 2022, the London-based, pan-continental female instrumental four-piece has captivated audiences worldwide. They've performed over 200 shows, including legendary appearances at Glastonbury, and supporting tours with King Gizzard, and a legendary stint to Australia. Their dynamic live presence remains unparalleled.

The excitement continues with their new single, "La Bomba", setting the stage for headline shows across the US, UK, and EU starting in September through autumn 2024.

Serra Petale (guitar), Agustina Ruiz (keytar), Josefine Jonsson (bass), and Nic Crawshaw (drums) hail from various corners of the globe but were united by all-night house parties and mutual friends. Their unique sound - a retro-futuristic blend of Peruvian chicha, Argentine cumbia, Turkish psych, and surf guitars - binds them together. They've already made waves with their much-loved album, 'Let the Festivities Begin,' which cemented their status in the music world. If 'Let the Festivities Begin' was just the pre-party, then with their new single and upcoming music scheduled for 2024, the party is truly about to begin.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 28 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Michael Head And The Red Elastic Band

Static-fuzz seventies guitar riffs, cowbell and bursts of brass herald the imminent arrival of Michael Head and The Elastic Band's latest album as they release the glammed-up, Bowie and Ronson-indebted rush of "The Human Race". Aptly evoking the renewed artistic vitality of the cherished songwriter, who this year celebrated the 40th anniversary of the release of his first album with The Pale Fountains, the track came ahead of the release of the 12-track, "Loophole" album, released on Fri 17 May 2024 on Modern Sky.

As much matter-of-fact documentarian of life as it passes in front of him as he is a poet and healthy, new world-conjuring fantasist, Head's work rate has accelerated to provide fans with an unprecedented two albums inside two years. With a catalogue of well-documented missteps and blameless, release-delaying mishaps dotted through his life with not only The Pale Fountains but also later, feted bands Shack and The Strands, a sense of personal and artistic equilibrium arrives at the same time as his timely suite of beautiful new songs.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 31 Oct 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Joshua Burnell (full Band Show)

Joshua Burnell makes retro pop-rock for the modern world. His latest album, Glass Knight - which according to the Financial Times, "plays like a lost out-take from Spiders-From-Mars-era Bowie" - won over a lot of new fans upon its release in 2023. Expect hooky melodies drenched in warm, retro-synth textures, reverbing guitars, lush harmonies and words that make you think. Imagine The War On Drugs meets Genesis with "lashings of Peter Gabriel stylings" - The Guardian.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 6 Nov 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Artistic transformation is often associated with a blast of fanfare - the dramatic unveiling of a new look, or lofty announcement of the revelation that prompted such a change. In the case of Benjamin Francis Leftwich, reinvention transpires with significantly more subtlety on his latest album, "Some Things Break".

Fans of Leftwich's earlier work will associate him with a rich but pared-back acoustic singer-songwriter sound. Hit songs such as "Atlas Hands" and "Shine" - both from his Top 40 debut "Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm" - were infused with a charming wistfulness, and the yearning for sweet escape. Fans and critics alike were struck by this new artist?s disarming honesty; his lyrics were lauded for their candidness and vulnerability.

Norwich Puppet Theatre, Thu, 7 Nov 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Artistic transformation is often associated with a blast of fanfare - the dramatic unveiling of a new look, or lofty announcement of the revelation that prompted such a change. In the case of Benjamin Francis Leftwich, reinvention transpires with significantly more subtlety on his latest album, "Some Things Break".

Fans of Leftwich's earlier work will associate him with a rich but pared-back acoustic singer-songwriter sound. Hit songs such as "Atlas Hands" and "Shine" - both from his Top 40 debut "Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm" - were infused with a charming wistfulness, and the yearning for sweet escape. Fans and critics alike were struck by this new artist?s disarming honesty; his lyrics were lauded for their candidness and vulnerability.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 8 Nov 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Billy Mahonie
+ Yoke + AV Sunset

Lauded by many as one of Britain's Finest Live bands in the late 90s and early 00s, Billy Mahonie are back on tour. Taking in many of the towns and cities previously played (Glasgow, Leicester, Cambridge, London, Brighton) and some newer places, the band members have never felt so stoked to get out on the road.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 12 Nov 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Naima Bock

Most of the writing of Naima Bock's second album, "Below A Massive Dark Land", was a solitary affair. It may not sound it - it's made up of strong, purposeful arrangements with a huge host of musicians; filled with cradling space and warm light. This will also come as a surprise to anyone who has seen Naima perform in the time since the release of her 2022 debut "Giant Palm", undoubtedly a communal experience.

With a band of ten, three, or even just solo, when Naima plays there's a rare bond between the musicians on stage and the audience. In their interview with her, The Quietus declared "after every song the applause and cheering is immense, so immense in fact that it seems to be coming from a different place than the usual formalities of a live show, a link between performer and artist forged somewhere deeper and more personal."

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 14 Nov 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Nick Harper

"Earth Day Blue" Tour 2024

Recorded in Abbey Road Studio 2 on Earth Day 2024, "Earth Day Blue" is the 14th studio album release from Nick Harper, the wildly talented and much loved singer-songwriter.

With John Leckie in the producer's chair (Stone Roses, Radiohead, Muse etc.) and Tchad Blake mixing (Tom Waits, Crowded House, Peter Gabriel etc.), the album is a flash mob of high calibre talent assembled for a few hours' collaboration in a very special space.

But this was not the first time Nick and John had been in session together in Studio 2. It was way back in 1973, in the very same room, that Nick was given his 'big break' in the world of music. The duo first 'worked' together when Nick, aged 8, recorded his first ever songs with John whilst Nick's father Roy was recording his own seminal album "Lifemask" with Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. So the circle has been squared off and the journey is complete!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 28 Nov 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Daft Funk Live

Daft Funk Live are one of the world's most prestigious Daft Punk tribute bands: diligently constructing a 'live' rendition of Daft Punk's legendary performances and appearances. They incorporate their own synchronised light shows together with live instruments to give a truly immersive and unique experience. Their stage production is meticulously crafted, paying the utmost respect to the infamous and illusive Robots.

"...totally superb, an incredibly detailed performance giving you a Daft Punk explosion of sound and colour. Five stars." - Max Taylor
(Groove Armada, Mika, The Bays, Creepy Neighbour)

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 30 Nov 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Our Girl

The expression of hard-fought optimism encapsulates "The Good Kind", an album exploring themes of sexuality, relationships, community, and illness. Our Girl's trademark dynamics permeate the record, from heavy guitars and soaring lead lines to ear worm choruses and intimate vocal moments. Filled with warmth and honesty, The Good Kind is a celebration of determination - of choosing to recommit to what matters, against all opposition. "A lot of the songs are about taking setbacks and turning them into superpowers" says drummer Lauren Wilson.

"I only realised then, when I thought it out loud," begins singer/guitarist Soph Nathan on "Relief", the first single released from the album, "And I feel better now". This song is aptly named, invoking a long-awaited exhale - the feeling of finally emerging from a long and lonely period of uncertainty and self-doubt. Beginning with a single airy strum, Nathan's reverb-drenched guitar attaches itself to Joshua Tyler's grounding bass chords, as Wilson's quietly insistent drum beat throws its weight behind Nathan's words of reassurance: "You've gotta see it to believe it. Well, I see it in you already."

This song speaks honestly to the life-giving importance of queer community. From the warmth and immediacy of her delivery, Nathan could be comforting a friend. But as "Relief" builds from that cautious opening to a determinedly, driving force, it becomes clear: these aren't empty platitudes. Nathan believes in you, because she's learned to believe in herself.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 4 Dec 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Jesus And Mary Chain

One of the most influential bands of their generation and beyond, The Jesus and Mary Chain mark their 40th anniversary in 2024 with a new album, "Glasgow Eyes". This is the band's first studio album since "Damage And Joy" (2017). 2024 promises to be a bumper year for devotees of the Reids: the brothers will also unveil their autobiography, a documentary, and a world tour starting in March.

The exact point of any band's inception is hard to pin down, but for Jim, the 'wish' crystallised into reality one night in June 1984: "I always think it was the day we played our first show, because up until then the whole idea had been kind of abstract, it didn't feel real. When we played in London, there were only about six people watching, but I remember thinking, 'That's it. The band is born'."

From the moment the Reids first pressed the record button on their Portastudio in the early 1980s, the intense, sometimes brutal, often darkly romantic music they made has always felt like past, present and future smashed together, alchemising into something startling. Glasgow Eyes might mark a milestone but the Mary Chain are always looking forward. As for what fans can expect from the new release, "hopefully people will expect a Jesus and Mary Chain record," says Jim, "and that is certainly what it is."

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Sat, 14 Dec 2024 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jim Moray

Should you care to look back over the past two decades of British folk music, one musician in particular stands out for having a singular, idiosyncratic vision that has rarely wavered in style and substance. Jim Moray may have garnered initial attention for his digitally-driven approach to traditional music, but reflecting on his seven albums and numerous production credits it's clear that imagination and invention are the real cornerstones of his work. The cinematic vision of albums such as "Skulk" (2012), "Upcetera" (2016), and his game-changing debut "Sweet England" (2003) show just how far the old songs can be taken. His arrangements of traditional songs such as "Gilderoy", "Horkstow Grange" and "Fair Margaret and Sweet William" are regarded as amongst the classics of the folk genre, while his treatment of the ballad "Lord Douglas" has become a must-learn for fingerstyle guitarists.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 23 Jan 2025 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Emily Barker

Emily Barker is an award-winning singer-songwriter, best known as the writer and performer of the theme to the hugely successful BBC crime drama "Wallander" starring Kenneth Branagh.

Her last album, 2020's "A Dark Murmuration of Words", was produced by Greg Freeman and recorded at StudiOwz, a converted chapel in the Welsh countryside. Lyrically probing, by turns both dark and optimistic, Barker searches for meaning through the deafening clamour of fake news and algorithmically filtered conversation, delivering a timely exploration of the grand themes of our age. It garnered widespread acclaim, with Uncut calling it "...a kind of Australian equivalent of PJ Harvey's 'Let England Shake'".

Barker has released music and toured as a solo artist as well as with various bands and collaborations, most notably her long association with Frank Turner, and has written for TV and film, including composing the soundtrack for Jake Gavin's lauded debut feature "Hector" starring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 4 Feb 2025 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Mysterines

Formed in Liverpool, The Mysterines - frontwoman Lia Metcalfe, drummer Paul Crilly, bassist George Favager and guitarist Callum Thompson - have undergone a radical transformation over the past few years. Fresh with new purpose and reinvigorated from songwriting sessions while secluded away in the countryside (in between playing to 60,000-strong crowds while on tour with the Arctic Monkeys), the band are now about to release the best music of their career. "We can feel the difference with this album," Metcalfe says. "These songs show how far we've come. We've grown up a lot."

Testament to that is the album?s blistering first single "Stray", a superb slice of grunge-rock. "What a drag it is," Metcalfe drawls. "Look what you?ve done now. You're not the kind to make real promises." Just as you grow accustomed to that slow build of tension, the song explodes. "We're stray," Metcalfe sings in a she-wolf howl, over frenzied percussion and the shiver and snarl of the guitar. "We're stray."

"Stray" is a warning shot. The menacing instrumentation speaks to the song's theme of lessons that are learned too late, and how the wrong path can at first be made to look so beguiling. It's a venture down dark alleyways and deserted streets, all the while glancing back over your shoulder and wondering if something really did just move in the gloom.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 17 Feb 2025 at 7:00pm Tickets on sale from
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Polly Paulusma
Wildfires Tour

Polly Paulusma plays a stunning show of songs accompanied by Jon Thorne (Lamb, Yorkston Thorne Khan) on upright bass to celebrate the release of her latest album 'Wildfires'.

Together Paulusma and Thorne will bring you songs from across Paulusma?s repertoire of six studio albums to date released since 2004 on Bjork?s label One Little Independent. Her latest, 'Wildfires', is an extraordinary extended piece of work containing two hours of breathtakingly emotional songs interlaced with spoken word poetry. A truly immersive experience, the album has been produced by acclaimed record producer Ethan Johns (Laura Marling, Ray Lamontagne, Ryan Adams).

The musical connection between Paulusma and Thorne is something to behold; together they swoop and glide through songs from all of Paulusma?s albums, but especially 'Wildfires' which Thorne also recorded with Paulusma -- combining their trademark bawdy humour and anecdotes with deep songs that touch on love, loss, grief and philsophical enquiry.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 6 Mar 2025 at 7:00pm buy tickets