Sweet Crisis is a modern rock band in which the roots and the music run deep.
Singer Leo Robarts, guitarist Piers Mortimer and drummer Dave Cullen first met when they were school kids in the early 2000s, and as Leo says of Sweet Crisis in 2018: “This band is all about soulful, emotional songs.”
There influences are wide-ranging, from The Verve and Paolo Nutini to Massive Attack, Arcade Fire and the classic soul and rock music of the ’70s in artists such as Free, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway. “Our sound is kind of hard to pin down,” Piers says. “But the connection in everything we do is that it’s really earthy music. It’s about creating a cool vibe, with songs that speak to people and stir emotions in them.”
Sweet Crisis formed in Cambridge in 2015, and after a number of line-up changes an album was recorded in 2017 but then discarded. “It was very frustrating,” Leo recalls. “We spent a year making that album, and then realized we didn’t like any of it. So we ditched it.”
As Piers explains: “We knew we could do better. It was fun playing loud rock’n’roll, and Leo has got a really powerful rock voice, but it was like we were hiding behind these big guitar riffs. We realized we had to write really good songs first and foremost. And we wanted to bring out more of the soul in Leo’s voice.”
Treading In Deep Water, the bands first single off there debut album, is out 9th November. Sweet Crisis is a band reaching its potential. “We went into this as if it was the last record we would ever make,” Piers says. “We put everything we had into it. And I think you can feel it.”
“Skam are a classic power-trio ballsy, big, loud but that doesn’t mean they have to be mindless. Third album, The Amazing Memoirs of Geoffrey Goddard, is a bit more ambitious than the usual new British rock. A concept album about atest pilot from 1935 who is a
victim of strange forces that jolt him through time the album artwork, videos and booklets
will help tell his tale as he battles to return home and at times, for his very sanity.”
͟-Classic Rock Magazine
Hailing from the heart of England on the edge of the National Forest, Burton-on-Trent three-piece, THEIA, bring the world their blend of hard rock n roll. It’s a classic rock feel for the modern era, played with a smile on its face.
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
Tony Wright is best known as the singer for Bradford rock band Terrorvision. However, when he’s not touring with Terrorvision, he writes, records and tours under his own name with a setlist made up of songs he has written on his acoustic guitar – some upbeat, some melancholic, but all thought-provoking.
To say Tony is a busy man would be an understatement. In addition to his three albums with his post-Terrorvision band ‘LaikaDog’, he has now released two solo albums to date with a third one in the works. ‘Thoughts ‘n’ All’ is just Tony and his acoustic guitar. The follow up, ‘Walnut Dash’, released last year brought the evolution of Tony with his acoustic guitar and a full band.Tony will be out and about picking up inspiration anywhere he can find it in preparation for the new release. Be sure to catch him on the road because you never know – you might just end up being the subject of one of his songs.
SBCC Presents the finest of the rising rock scene! 4th Labyrinth kick the night off in flamboyant style with their unique take on 70s inspired prog, before local favourites False Hearts deliver modern rock at its very best. Finally the incredible Gin Annie head straight from Planet Rockstock to make their first ever appearance at a Cambridge venue; the perfect mix of heavy guitars and attention-grabbing hooks, you don’t want to miss out on this one!
Gin Annie: Gin Annie are a hard/melodic rock 5-piece from Wolverhampton UK, delivering heavy guitar driven songs whilst maintaining a melodic vocal style complete with hook-laden choruses. Following the release of their debut EP, New Bad Habit, the Black Country rockers introduced a new guitarist (Brian Green) and bassist (Phill ‘Hammer’ Burrows) to beef up their already huge sound.
False Hearts: Delivering modern rock with a fiery finesse, False Hearts united in 2016 and soon took the Cambridgeshire music scene by storm thanks to their unique and compelling take on passion-driven, female-led rock. With experience in ventures ranging from rock bands to music studios to full-blown orchestras, False Hearts’ unrelenting drive and multifaceted approach to the art of music has captured the hearts of audiences and critics alike, carrying them from stage-to-stage at some of the country’s most-beloved venues and festivals.
4th Labyrinth: Known for their engaging and witty live shows, 4th Labyrinth’s highly approachable rock sound makes them incredibly versatile, keeping the listener’s attention throughout. From heavy guitar riffs to the most delicate heartfelt ballads, from progressive rock monsters to future sing along classics, the band is on a mission to bring 70s inspired rock music back to where it deserves to be.
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THE MIGHTY ARMS OF ATLAS
“audacious, indulgent, throbbing stoner rock”
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DOORS OPEN 7:30pm
LIVE MUSIC ‘TIL MIDNIGHT
FREE mulled wine for anyone who shows up early enough!
FREE compilation of local music for everyone who attends!
Artwork courtesy of the one-and-only Karina Sawyer
Kris Barras is one of the U.K’s most exciting Blues-Rock Guitarists. His blend of soul-wrenching melodies with blistering technique has thrilled audiences worldwide for the past 13 years. The band’s unique mix of foot-stomping riffs and catchy tunes have made them one of the ‘must-see’ Blues bands of 2018.
Kris was voted in the Top 15 Blues Guitarists in the world by the reader’s of Music Radar/Total Guitar Magazine.
Kris has signed a multi-album deal to legendary Blues record Label, Provogue/Mascot Label Group. He joins a roster with artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Walter Trout.
“Jack Lukeman has had great success over the years with themed albums – not least his early interpretations of the work of Jacques Brel and latterly, with “The 27 Club”.
The Kildare man’s latest album strips away the novelties and lays 12 new and mostly effective tracks on the line.
His voice remains his strongest selling point, booming across the swinging, strutting brass of The King of Soho and crooning a dark lullaby on Diamond Days.
It also ties together the hotchpotch of styles, from the omnipresent string section to Sweet as Freedom’s 1970s era Elton John pomp and Sky News Blues, a twangy, tongue-in-cheek blues-pop number.” Irish Times
6 USA TOURS Multiple tours in INDIA, DUBAI, FRANCE, HOLLAND, BELGIUM, ROMANIA, IRELAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, MALTA, ITALY, SLOVENIA, HUNGARY, PORTUGAL, GERMANY, GREECE, NORWAY, BAHRAIN, MEXICO.
THE ONLY GNR TRIBUTE TO PLAY LIVE WITH 4 DIFFERENT MEMBERS OF GUNS N ROSES.
TV & RADIO APPEARANCES ON : ‘BBC’ Culture Show 2007 Question Of Sport 2008 The One Show 2016 Even Better Than The Real Thing 2017 Radio 2, Radio 5 ‘ITV’ Tipping Point ‘CHANNEL 5′ Fifth Gear TOTAL ROCK RADIO
GUNS 2 ROSES ARE THE LONGEST RUNNING, CLOSEST LOOKING AND MOST INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED GN’R TRIBUTE IN THE WORLD. ONE OF THE FEW TRIBUTE BANDS OF ANY TYPE TO CROSS OVER FROM THE MERE TRIBUTE BAND CIRCUIT TO MAINSTREAM MEDIA AND CLOSE ASSOCIATION WITH THE REAL GUNS N’ ROSES.
Packing venues out up and down the UK, this is sure to be a busy one – Advance tickets highly advised!
“The pig has several connotations. Most civilisations and cultures have seen them as arbiters of fertility, virility, strength and abundance. The Buddhist tradition swings the other way, seeing the pig as ignorant, illusory, greedy, lustful. Other religions see them as unclean. Then there is the Celtic fable of Manannan, who owned a herd of pigs that never dwindled – they were forever replenishing their numbers.
I could go on. The point is that the pig is multifaceted and almost indefinable – a shifting construct for people to hang their hopes and fears on. It is also a heave bag of flesh that wallows in mud and s*** all day until taken to the slaughterhouse. A myriad of strong, indelible, contradictory images, fit for a Newcastle heavy psych band that can’t reign in their swine (although they have reined in members of likeminded noisemongers Khunnt and Blown Out).” The Quietus