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Upcoming events

Dec
20
Thu
Scarecrow Corner at Strawberry Fair benefit gig
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Scarecrow Corner at Strawberry Fair benefit gig

STRAWBERRY FAERIES PRESENTS OUR THIRD BENEFIT GIG FOR SCARECROW CORNER AT STRAWBERRY FAIR, 2019.
A WINTER SOLSTICE WARMER!
Featuring:
The Blunders
Cara Means Friend
The Dirt
Last Gang in Town DJ’s

Admission – 6 on the door.

THE BLUNDERS
Loud, full on and in your face no-holds-barred post punk at its best – that’s The Blunders. This band take no prisoners and are getting recognition for their live gigs and on the festival circuit. Tight and danceable with biting social commentry and savage humour from this West Country 3-piece. After strong reccomendations, we are looking forward to hosting their first gig in Cambridge.
They have just released their second album, ‘No Respite’, in August, which follows the highly acclaimed ‘People Get Smaller’ from 2017.

https://www.facebook.com/theblunders/

CARA MEANS FRIEND
Acoustic Reggae/Ska/Folk/Hip-Hop/Punk and any other vibe that resonates from the dynamic singer of The Defekters. Cara, a firm favourite, performs another solo gig for us and has performed with the full band as well as solo at Strawberry Fair and at the Devil Kicks Dancehall at Boomtown Fayre. More recently she has been performing with Zion Train and Pama International.

https://www.facebook.com/CaraMeansFriend/

THE DIRT
The Dirt are a 3 piece Cambridge punk rock n roll band born of the surviving members of The Pretty Young Things, playing don’t give a shit, sleazy, gutter punk reminiscent of The Stooges.

LAST GANG IN TOWN DJ’S
Last Gang need very little introduction in Cambridge – this DIY punk collective have been constantly putting on gigs for the last 15 years and for the last 6 years have been hosting the Devil Kicks Dancehall, now Hangar 161 at Boomtown Fayre as well as DJ’ing at Strawberry Fair in Scarecrow Corner. Their own hometown gigs continue this autumn.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/125924973436/

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
22
Sat
CamCrag festive charity night
Dec 22 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Xmas charity gig/disco for the good folk of Cambridge on the Saturday before Christmas, to raise money for local refugee charity, CamCRAG (camcrag.org.uk/) to support the essential work they do supporting refugees in Europe. Last year we raised £256, we hope to beat that this year if possible so please come, have fun, and give what you can. Live bands, live electronic music, great DJs, good times, good cause.

Entry is £5 with all proceeds going to CamCRAG. Performing live on the night will be:

Ian Humberstone (Tisso Lake)
https://ianhumberstone.bandcamp.com/
Dave Oslek (Frijsfo.com)
Little Tiny Onions

plus DJs:
Harry Sword
Mister Ed

Jan
17
Thu
Green Mind presents LOUISE DISTRAS
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents LOUISE DISTRAS

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.louisedistras.co.uk/

Tipped as the voice of punk‘s next generation, Louise Distras plays a socially conscious and insightful brand of protest poetry that, in a spiritual sense, is also firmly descended from the Clash bloodline. Having released debut album ‘Dreams From the Factory Floor’ only this September, she is already gaining wide-spread acclaim, and was hailed by The Guardian as “putting punk and protest back into the mainstream”.

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

Apr
9
Tue
Green Mind presents PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS

“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

Jun
15
Sat
Keith’s Shed + Goddammit Jeremiah
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The return of the semi-legendary, melodic punk noise of Keith’s Shed. Expect Buzzcocks-like classic sing-along tunes, gratuitous swearing and general good natured craziness. A quality night is guaranteed!

“Bonkers Record of the Week” (Steve Lamacq)

“A wry set of low-budget garage punk rock spiked with sarky narcissism and some fine rickety tunes. It’s messy but then so are many sources of pleasure” (Select)

“Unashamedly silly punk. Despite their determination to arse about, they have great songs. Sounds better after consuming six pints of lager.” (E.P. Magazine)

“Punkish loonies … highly entertaining … full of Buzzcocks-style songs with loads of humour” (Cambridge Evening News)

With support from Goddamit Jeremiah, who play sweary, quirky punk about love and hate, pterodactyls and taxidermy.

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