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Upcoming events

Dec
15
Sat
Sugarbeat Xmas Party
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sugarbeat Xmas Party

Sugarbeat Winter Warmer, with Beverley Kills. Proceeds to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Dec
19
Wed
Provisional
Dec 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Provisional

Acts TBC

Dec
21
Fri
Christmas Is A Time To Get Really F*cked XVIII
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 22 @ 12:00 am

The granddaddy of ’em all returns for its eighteenth year:
“CHRISTMAS IS A TIME TO GET REALLY F*CKED!!”
is back for yet another night of festive intoxication and chaos!

featuring live music from:

BANSHEEVA
“return of the psychedelic wall of noise”
advanced copies of their long-awaited debut LP will be available on the night!!
Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Facebook

MOONSTRIPS
“saxually-charged psychedelic garage-rock glam-punk ‘n’ swagger”
Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Spotify | Facebook | Twitter

GOLDBLUME
“emotional alt-grunge-math-punk-rock, plus funk and cynicism”
Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Spotify | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

GRASSROOF
“future psychedelic tech-rock / indie death-pop”
Soundcloud | Spotify | Facebook

SELF-LOVE
“lo-fi art-punk noise-rock duo”
Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

THE MIGHTY ARMS OF ATLAS
“audacious, indulgent, throbbing stoner rock”
Facebook

£5 advanced tickets available exclusively from The Portland Arms’ website!
£6 on the door / £5 with a flyer or guest list
post us a “seasonal greeting” on the Facebook event page to get on the guest list for cheap entry, best post wins a free pint!
https://www.facebook.com/events/699781937071659/

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

Dec
23
Sun
Green Mind presents THE 55 + KEITH’S SHED + 24 VALVES
Dec 23 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents THE 55 + KEITH'S SHED + 24 VALVES

under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

The Portland Arms welcomes young Indie-Rock group, The 55 for their 2018 Christmas show.  For this performance, they’ll be playing a mix of their unique versions of some well known tunes, as well as debuting a handful of original new material.  If you like indie-rock, with a trumpet (and who doesn’t?), you’d better check these boys out.  Cambridge rock-royalty, Keith’s Shed return to The Portland to show these youngsters how it should be done, and support comes from the brilliant 24 Valve, so get here early.

Dec
28
Fri
Flintmoore + FES
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Flint Moore are an alt-rock/grunge/folk band. They are the winners of the Cambridge Band Competition 2017 and Twisted Melon Battle of the Bands 2017. Thanks to their philosophy of “play with, not at”, their live performances are so explosive and open you can’t help but feel swept up in the moment. They push for sound that can only be described as energetic, melodic and meaningful. Listen to them here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW1Cq6j25JQ

Joined with them are the marvelous FES, who combine Math Rock and catchy melodies which will absolutely get you moving. Listen to them here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5EsvVPwbPI

And Oscar Corney Music, who’s rich, powerful and soulful voice will engulf you and ask you if you ever truly knew what cream was.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvVezt0XSeo

Dec
29
Sat
Green Mind Xmas Party: LEMONDAZE + Maud + more…
Dec 29 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind Xmas Party: LEMONDAZE + Maud + more...

https://www.facebook.com/lemondazeband/
https://www.facebook.com/maud.cambridge/

It’s time for Green Mind’s annual indie rock christmas party!

This year’s headliner is Lemondaze who’ve been our favourite new local band by far. Pushing all our musical buttons they take the best of 90s shoegaze and twist it into new energetic shapes. For fans of My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Dinosaur Jr and more.

Maud are a sparser affair, with chorus drenched guitar and spindly bass, bringing to mind Warpaint, The XX and more.

Jan
22
Tue
Alt Rock Night
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Alt Rock Night

Bands TBC

Jan
24
Thu
Green Mind presents THE WAVE PICTURES
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents THE WAVE PICTURES

Green Mind presents THE WAVE PICTURES + supports TBC

Jan
29
Tue
Green Mind presents LIELA MOSS
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents LIELA MOSS

https://www.facebook.com/lielamoss/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

My Name Is Safe in Your Mouth more than lives up to Moss’s promise of fresh, bold adventure. Sonically spare yet sumptuous in its emotions, elemental power and expansive melodies, the record is a richly felt, vividly realised trip into the interior from the Duke Spirit singer. A serene-to-stormy series of deep dream-pop meditations on devotion and selfhood, creativity and parenthood, it treats unknown territory not as something to fear but as a seed-bed of possibility.

Jan
30
Wed
Green Mind presents ESTRONS
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents ESTRONS
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/Estrons/

On very rare occasions, from the most destructive of places, beauty can emerge. Ever since singer Tali Källström and guitarist Rhodri Daniel met as “two strangers with disparate tastes and influences,” the two have been carving out a body of work that resembles an essence of chaos and beauty; a feeling of estrangement, an expression of morbid elegance, inspired by opposing sides. The funny thing about opposites, is they need each other in order to exist – one wouldn’t be what it is without the other.

From this place of tension, Estrons found their debut album. Ultimately, the bind that ties them is their love of creating fresh, exhilarating music, and with ​You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough​, they’ve done just that.Beginning as an experiment, Estrons quickly became significantly more important than intended. They are simply aforce that cannot be forced.

With its off-kilter rhythms, angular guitar work and clashing atmospherics, the album is both arresting and thrillingly disorienting – a fitting sound for a band of “highly driven, frustrated, volatile people.”#

Vocals and instrumentals collide together throughout, creating a wild, beautiful noise – likely mirroring the self-confessed love/hate relationship between Rhodri and Tali, tied together by bassist, and long running producer,Steffan Pringle, whom they eventually convinced to join them. Despite the odds, they have captured a sound of their own. Estrons’ music “can be off-putting at first glance,” says Rhodri. “It’s only when you make your way through it that you get it. I have no time for music that doesn’t leave some sort of a mark.” And nor, evidently, does he make it.

Feb
9
Sat
The Extons + The Fifths + The Green Brothers
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The Extons + The Fifths + The Green Brothers

The Extons are already making a name for themselves, with early demo, Grown Ups, being featured as BBC introducing’s track of the week and played by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1. They have since released 3 singles including “I Won’t Leave Lonely” Which has seen consistent plays on amazing radio, acclaim from Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music & Huw Stephens on bbc radio 1. The single unapologetically hits listeners in the face and has been compared to The Strokes.

Feb
11
Mon
Green Mind presents KEVIN KRAUTER
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents KEVIN KRAUTER

https://www.facebook.com/kevinkrauterxo/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Best known as one of several guitar players, songwriters, and vocalists in the Hoosier indie-rock band Hoops, Krauter has been making music all by his lonesome for much longer. He grew up in a family heavily involved in local musical theater, even appearing in three productions of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

He played in high school bands, but didn’t get serious about writing and recording until he enrolled at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana. His first efforts – recorded in his dorm room — weren’t intended for any kind of audience, but a friend asked him to record a few tracks for a class project. Eventually those sessions became 2015’s Magnolia EP, a short collection of gentle, gauzy songs that reveal his early obsession with one of his first musical heroes, Vashti Bunyan.

It was his first taste of the music business, and the experience left a huge impression. I’d never put any music out under my name. I’d never put out a tape before. It all came together quickly.Krauter began recording and releasing music prolifically, first with Hoops and then on his own. The ChangesEP, released in late 2016, showcases his deft guitar playing, mixing soul-baring songwriting with bossa nova rhythms and intimately lo-fi production. It was supposed to be a low-key release, but Changes became a word-of-mouth hit that amassed a small but avid cult behindit. I didn’t think it was going to make any huge waves for me, but a lot of people told me they were still listening to it a year or more later. They were living with it, and I thought that was cool.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 11 Feb 2019 at 7:00pm

Feb
20
Wed
Green Mind presents SEAN MCGOWAN
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents SEAN MCGOWAN

https://www.facebook.com/seanmcgowanmusicuk/

Raised on a diet of The Clash, The Jam, Specials, Billy Bragg and other such politically-charged, punk-ignited British pop, Southampton-born troubadour Seán McGowan had been playing up and down the UK for five years, and DIY released two EPs (given away / sold on a pay what you want basis at shows), before catching the ears of the music industry at 2013’s Great Escape festival.

An appearances on Billy Bragg’s Left Field stage at Glastonbury that year saw Seán exposed to his biggest audience yet, and touring / playing shows with artists the likes of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, The Rifles, Beans On Toast and Frank Turner.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 20 Feb 2019 at 7:30pm

Feb
28
Thu
Green Mind presents JOSIN
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents JOSIN

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/josinmusic/

“Why: Rhythmic and emotive, the latest track from German producer/composer Josin is truly enveloping. Crafting a sound that is both intense and seductive, ‘Feral Thing’ swirls and sways through its five minute running time. Building with consideration and an adept subtleness, the song flowers into a melancholic and, frankly, beautiful piece of steadily expanding delicateness.” Overblown.co.uk

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 28 Feb 2019 at 7:00pm

Mar
6
Wed
Green Mind presents SHE DREW THE GUN
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents SHE DREW THE GUN

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/SheDrewTheGun/

“A voice for the voiceless, Louisa Roacher’s lyricism is poignant and powerful as she offers a critique on social norms and government actions, her words lifted higher by zero-gravity synth lines and psychedelic splashes of guitar. Spoken-word that borders on rap at times, Roacher performs poetry that challenges the status quo to create a sonic revolution; “how can one be free whilst one lives in pain,” she defiantly sings.” Clash Magazine

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