Jul
6
Sat
Born Gaga – Lady Gaga tribute (TBC)
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Jul
21
Sun
Through The Floorboards – Charity fundraiser
Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Connected to Hills Road project studying the effect of the loss of music venues on the communities they serve, and raising money for Ms Society, MVT and Strawberry fair, (Flying Pig stage)

Line up:
Kim and Lee
Oli Harris
29th Funktion

Jul
24
Wed
Green Mind presents ANGÉLICA GARCIA
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents ANGÉLICA GARCIA

With roots in El Monte, California, and Richmond, Virginia, Angelica Garcia’s sound formed as an amalgamation of a bicoastal Southern experience. As Garcia moved locations, her songs followed suit, sometimes switching from noise pop to the textured polyrhythms of Latin America and vocal production inspired by ambient electronica. She has previously been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk, NY Times year-end lists, and on Barack Obama’s annual best-of music list for her song “Jícama”.

Her most recent EP, 2021’s “Echo Eléctrico”, is a testament to her Salvadoran-Mexican-American heritage and an expression of her vocal study of Alternative Rock, Pop, and Ranchera styles. A completely a cappella album, “Echo Eléctrico” especially showcases the carefully constructed world of Angélica’s vocal production style.

The upcoming iteration of Garcia’s work brings her to Brooklyn, NY. After working closely with Carlos Arévalo (Chicano Batman) on her forthcoming album, to be released on Partisan Records, she eagerly experiments with closing the divide between her many identities. She released recent single “Y Grito” in conjunction with a feature in Apple’s annual keynote, followed by a feature in Apple TV’s launch of their Major League Soccer partnership. The future of her storytelling lies in harnessing the power of tradition and alchemizing it into the present, singing about the intersection of spirit and body.

Sep
5
Thu
The Pad Presents: GAYE BYKERS ON ACID +Daemonik Force
Sep 5 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

GBOA , the psychedelic electro punk pop ‘grebo’ combo from LA & the Leicester Area are coming to The Portland Arms Cambridge for the very first time on Thursday 5th September.

Gaye Bykers on Acid were formed in late 1984 by Ian Reynolds (Robber) and Ian Hoxley (Mary). They were later joined by guitarist and art student Tony Horsfall and drummer Kevin Hyde. Their first gig was at The Princess Charlotte in Leicester in mid-1985.

Their first releases – the single Everythang’s Groovy and the Nosedive Karma EP – were both recorded in Leeds with Jon Langford of The Mekons, and released on the InTape label. They then signed to Virgin Records releasing the albums Drill Your Own Hole and Stewed to the Gills. Initial quantities of the vinyl version of Drill Your Own Hole were pressed without a hole in the centre, so it was necessary to drill your own hole to play it. The album spent one week at number 95 in the UK Albums Chart in November 1987.

They also played gigs (dressed in women’s clothing) under the name ‘Lesbian Dopeheads on Mopeds’, supporting themselves, and thus getting paid twice. They also performed as a fictitious East German thrash punk band “Rektüm” (they claimed to have jumped over the Berlin Wall), recording an LP Sakredanus and an EP Real Horror Show under the name.

However management problems and poor sales meant that they were dropped by Virgin in 1989. They subsequently released the album Cancer Planet Mission on their own record label, Naked Brain. They also recycled and used the band name ‘The Purple Fluid Exchange’ (PFX) to release their dance cross-over material. It was at this time that Rocket Ronnie joined the band as DJ, sample player and dance advisor.

In 1990 they released Pernicious Nonsense, their last studio album, recorded with Jon Langford at the Stone Room Studios and at Alaska St. Studios with house engineer Chelo Zambelli. After difficult tours in the US and UK the band broke up, the final blow being when the label Rough Trade, who distributed their Naked Brain recordings, went bankrupt owing them and many other bands considerable amounts of cash.

Two compilation albums were subsequently released on the Receiver record label, From the Tomb of the Near Legendary… (1992) and Gaye Bykers on Acid (1993). A further bootleg compilation of Virgin records studio demo’s was sold by their ex-manager (Tracy Lamott) to Cherry Red Records – Everything’s Groovy (2001).

Tony and Kev collaborated in 1993 to form ‘Steroid’, releasing a CD album entitled “Jism Harvester” on Clay Records, a crazy industrial mish mash of samples and guitar riffs. 25 years later they followed it up with “Scrotox Ulcer” in May 2018 and “Baptising The Alien” in September 2018.

On 22 February 2016, it was announced that Gaye Bykers on Acid would be reforming for a final performance at Indie Daze in October 2016 however the band have continued to tour with Mary Byker spending time between big GBOA and Pop Will Eat Itself, 2 bands, 1 great frontman.

 

Guest support comes from Daemonik Fonce.

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
18
Wed
Green Mind presents MELT-BANANA
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents 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.

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.

Nov
2
Sat
Foo Fighterz
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Dec
13
Fri
The Eye provisional
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The Eye provisional

The Eye Band (TBC)

Dec
21
Sat
Sugarbeat Xmas Party
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Sugarbeat Xmas Party

Annual charity fundraiser with Sugarbeat and guests.

Jan
24
Fri
Oaysis (Oasis tribute)
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Oaysis (Oasis tribute)

OAYSIS perform tunes such as Supersonic, Don’t Look Back In Anger, Wonderwall and more with absolute accuracy.

This is the closet thing to seeing OASIS live, check their videos. They’ll bring the spirit of Knebworth to you!

Feb
8
Sat
King Awesome
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
King Awesome

80’s arena Rock covers band