Aug
2
Fri
Bootleg Boss
Aug 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

BOOTLEG BOSS – Bruce Springsteen tribute band

Bootleg Boss are a UK based seven-piece band that perform the classic songs of Bruce
Springsteen & The E Street Band. Formed in 2012 this accomplished and exciting Live Band
feature Kev Jamieson as the vocal-singing, guitar-playing, harmonica-blowing, band-leading,
audience-engaging, dance-inducing, singalong-inspiring Boss. If you were born to run down
backstreets, across badlands and to go dancing in the dark in a brilliant disguise, Bootleg Boss is
the band you need to see.

Aug
10
Sat
The Alley Club Vs. It’s The P.I.T.S, Man
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

*The Alley Club Vs. It’s The P.I.T.S, Man – DJs playing 60’s Orientated vinyl

Featuring Jay’s shoebox shuffle.

https://www.alleyclub.co.uk/

*This is a change to the previously advertised line-up. Tickets already purchased are valid for this show and you are eligible for a partial refund to the new price or a full refund if you no longer wish to attend

Aug
17
Sat
Provisional Catfish
Aug 17 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Aug
24
Sat
The Grey +Old Horn Tooth +Helve +Goat Monsoon
Aug 24 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

CAMBRIDGE CREW!!!
Please join us on Saturday 24th August for this monumental Hometown Throw-down with the fam;

Old Horn Tooth.
Heavy Doom Power Trio & proud members of the London Doom Collective.
London based Doom//Stoner Metal//Noise trio playing slow, heavy, fuzzed out riffs and hypnotic vocals with a sinister undercurrent of noise.
http://oldhorntooth.bandcamp.com

HELVE
5 piece Post-Metal/Doom band based in Leeds.
Helve’s incorporate the heavier elements of Sludge/Doom genres mixed with more ambient/soundscape sections akin to the Post-Metal bands such as Rosetta, Cult of Luna, ISIS.
Their first full length album ‘To be forgotten’, has been a labour of love to try and encapsulate the live sound and feel they have honed over the years. There is a strong emotional feel to the lyric content, drawing on personal experiences accompanied by carefully constructed music that rises and falls to create a journey.
“Dense and often dirty post metal that gnaws at your flesh while at the same time comforting you through its spirited and soul-stirring breakdowns. It’s harsh and its melancholic and it’s bloody brilliant”.
http://helveband.bandcamp.com

Goat Monsoon.
5-piece Stoner/Sludge/Groove metal band from Essex.
They have destroyed stages with the likes of Orange Goblin, Paradise Lost, Crowbar, Godthrymm, Nebula, and Conan, as well playing Bloodstock to critical acclaim.
http://goatmonsoon.bandcamp.com

Aug
31
Sat
Lonesome +WREX +Tape Runs Out
Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
LONESOME LIVE AT THE PORTLAND ARMS

Support from WREX and Tape Runs Out
Doors 7:30pm
Tickets: £10 online, £12.50 on door
Sep
1
Sun
Ringo Deathstarr +Blushing
Sep 1 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

“Ringo Deathstarr” is a dynamic, introspective psychedelia, multi-layered album with Frazer and bassist Alex Gehring’s trademark, gorgeous, duel harmonies. ‘Nagoya’ opens with cinematic ambience before the groove-laden gothic allure of ‘God Help The Ones You Love’ and ‘Gazin’. An upbeat, more direct shoegaze bristling with a precision and confidence that’s rarely captured with such energy, and the 90s seeped ‘Once Upon A Freak’ as well as ‘Be Love’ elevate the bands now iconic sound pallet.
Elsewhere the reverb-soaked and dark 80s post-punk of ‘In Your Arms’ and ‘Heaven Obscured’ continue to show a band unwilling to stick to the rule book, with poppier sensibilities, while ‘Lazy Lane’ and ‘The Same Again’ showcase their more lo-fi and garage-rock leanings. And in true Deathstarr fashion album closer ‘Cotton Candy Clouds’ sees us out with a climatic cacophony of guitar work and riotous power from drummer Daniel Coborn.

Ringo Deathstarr began in Austin TX in 2005, but really came together in 2007 after Elliott recorded the first EP and recruited Alex. After a couple of tours and losing another drummer, Elliott’s high school friend Daniel joined up.
Over the band’s lengthy career they’ve seen support from the likes of The Guardian, The Line Of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound, NME, VICE, Pitchfork, NPR, KEXP, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1 and many more.

Special guest support comes from Austin band BLUSHING – Considering Austin’s long love affair with boundary-pushing alt rock, it comes as little surprise that it would produce a band like Blushing. Formed in 2016 and consisting of the double husband & wife pairs of Christina & Noe Carmona and Michelle & Jacob Soto, Blushing’s unique brand of dreampop-infused indie rock hearkens back to the halcyon days of college radio. With a diverse array of influences including Elastica, Curve, Veruca Salt, Lush, The Breeders, and Smashing Pumpkins, Blushing manages a deftly executed eclecticism that recalls the best elements of alt rock’s past while retaining a vitality and immediacy that tethers them firmly to the present.

After releasing the Philip Odom engineered EPs Tether (2017) and Weak (2018), the band partnered with Ringo Deathstarr’s Elliott Frazier to produce their self-titled 2019 debut LP on Wallflower Records and their 2022 followup, Possessions, on Kanine Records. Across their discography, the group’s ever-expanding scope and increasing refinement is easily chartable, culminating in the swirling but propulsive shoegaze of Possessions. Boasting collaborations with Miki Berenyi of Lush and Mark Gardener of Ride, Possessions channels the dreamlike qualities of 4AD’s most ethereal bands paired with the guitar-forward approach of early 90s American indie rock. The result is an astoundingly effective synthesis of forms that is as dynamic as it is comfortingly familiar.

Between their recent Japan tour with Softcult, extensive stateside touring, multiple appearances on live-session staples like LEVITATION, SXSW showcases, and sharing stages with Snail Mail, Blonde Redhead, Beabadoobee and countless others, Blushing’s mastery of their craft is hardly mysterious. Buying a Fender Jaguar and an analogue reverb pedal is one thing; Knowing what to do with them is another matter entirely. Blushing is a band who understands that fact acutely, and they continue to demonstrate it with an adroit, genre-bending versatility that only seems to sharpen with each new effort.

Sep
8
Sun
(Provisional) Indifferent Engine
Sep 8 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Indifferent Engine is a post-hardcore band from Cambridge, UK.

The band are inspired by early hardcore, art punk, post-rock, ambient music, pulp science fiction and outdated electronics. Started as a solo project of front man Adam Paul, Indifferent Engine have been operating as a full band since 2019. Indifferent Engine have gigged extensively since, featuring the largest rig of obsolete CRT TVs still in regular use in the UK live scene.

Bathed in the soft glow of TV static, cut open by Adam’s stage presence – part Mark E. Smith-esque monologue, part fitful screams – the band vents a nervous energy designed to unsettle the audience. Sets are a weaving of ambient synths and samples between frantic post-hardcore tracks. All of this leads to an intense and engaging live show with a critical visual component, more akin to a piece of performance art or a real-time therapy session.
The band’s latest release (Canis EP, 2021) was recorded in a derelict farmhouse between the lockdowns of 2020 and released in January 2021. A combination of nervous DIY hardcore and introspective post-metal, Canis serves as a mission statement for the bands future output.

Indifferent Engine’s obsession with obsolete technology has led to the production of DIY pedals, cassette worship, and hacked electronics. This includes a fully open-source, 3D printable tape delay which has captured the attention of musicians and producers across Instagram.

Sep
13
Fri
Mardy Bums – Arctic Monkeys Tribute
Sep 13 @ 8:15 pm – 11:00 pm

Mardy Bums are an established Arctic Monkeys tribute band. Brought together by their shared passion for the music of Alex Turner & co, they have been busy building a reputation on the live venue and festival scenes. With their raw energy and authenticity, their sensational live performances have been rocking crowds of all ages all over the UK with the best hits from the AM extensive back catalogue.
With true dedication for the creation of an authentic Arctic Monkeys experience and playing all of your favourites with a few B sides thrown in for good measure….
Mardy Bums are coming. You’d better get on your dancing shoes!

Links:
www.themardybums.com
https://www.themardybums.com/videos
Facebook: MardyBumsUK/
Twitter/X: @mardybums2

Sep
20
Fri
The Routine +Crowned Hyenas +Grace Calver
Sep 20 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Cambridge rock outfit The Routine sees Liam Palmer (vocals/rhythm guitar), Ben Taylor (lead guitar), Ben Nunn (bass) and Mark Thomson (drums) join forces to create a sound somewhere between Foo Fighters and Franz Ferdinand. Chugging guitars mingle with melodic harmonies, forging a rocktail of alternative styles.

Crowned Hyenas – 8:15 PM
Grace Calver – 9:00 PM
The Routine – 9:45 – 10:45 PM

Sep
26
Thu
Maiden Anglia (Iron Maiden tribute)
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Maiden Anglia – East Anglia’s premier Iron Maiden tribute band are making their Cambridge debut at the Portland Arms!

Bringing you two hi-octane sets of classic Maiden, performed with passion, precision and reverence for the source material.

Support: Planet Fatale

Oct
3
Thu
Mary Spender
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Combining her sultry voice and electric guitar to create rock songs infused with blues and soul, Mary Spender’s songwriting showcases her virtuosic style of guitar playing as well as her wide vocal range.

Mary has amassed over 79 million views on her YouTube channel with over 690k subscribers watching her weekly videos on life as a 21st century musician. Predominantly targeted towards guitarists and singer/songwriters, she both shares her own experiences and interviews prominent artists such as Cory Wong, Santana, KT Tunstall and James Valentine of Maroon 5. Mary has found an interactive community who are incredibly supportive of her work and allow her to release music as an independent artist – no label, no middlemen, just true fans.

In March 2021 Mary wrote, recorded and released John Mayer’s new track ‘Last Train Home’ before he did, responding to a snippet he released on Instagram. The video went viral and caught the attention of Mayer himself, who invited Mary to hear the finished track before anyone else.

In 2022 she released ‘Songbook Volumes 1 & 2’, a double album of new material funded by fans through Patreon.

A fully produced studio album of fan favourites, titled Super. Sexy. Heartbreak was released in October 2023.

Oct
19
Sat
Back to the 70s Glamrock
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Back to the 70s Glamrock

All Glammed Up – 70’s Glamrock night

Oct
24
Thu
Christian Smith Album Launch
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Christian Smith Album Launch

Album Launch.

Nov
2
Sat
Foo Fighterz
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Nov
3
Sun
Gorilla Riot
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Gorilla Riot

On sale 9th July.