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Upcoming events

Andy Kyte +Pyramid Park +Jess Lee +Joe Ogborn
Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Andy Kyte +Pyramid Park +Jess Lee +Joe Ogborn

In 2019, Andy Kyte is going on a UK tour to promote his brand new album, Hope Deferred ( – and no UK tour is complete without a gig in Cambridge!

Andy and his band will take to the stage, celebrating the truth of the Gospel, creating a party atmosphere where everyone is welcome. Bring your dancing shoes and some strepsils (your voice will be hoarse by the end!)

Wanna hear more? Listen to this live track from the band’s last gig –




Pyramid Park is the artist name of alt pop songwriter Pete McAllen. In September 2017 Pyramid Park released his debut album Vulnerability. Since the release of Vulnerability Pyramid Park has toured extensively in the UK and Europe.


Influenced by the likes of John Mayer, Brooke Fraser and the Civil Wars, Jess’ debut EP ‘Out of Dust’ was released at the start of this year and her lead single ‘Arms Wide Open’ was named pick of the uploader on BBC Music Introducing in Cambridgeshire.


Joe Ogborn is a singer-songwriter from Cambridge. His piano-led songs offer a blues-jazz-style reflection on personal stories, relationships and observations of life.
When he’s not working as a freelance writer, he can be found at his piano as the resident “piano man” at De Luca bar in Cambridge.

Note: Under 18’s are allowed into the venue but must be accompanied by an adult.

This event is run by Rawr Like a Lion Records –

ARU Student showcase
Mar 25 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Dynamic and electrifying performances by students from Anglia Ruskin University’s Popular Music degree programme.

This evening’s show is your opportunity to come along and listen to our rising stars before they graduate and make their mark on the world of music.

Private event in venue
Mar 26 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Private event in venue, pub open as usual

SOLD OUT: Green Mind presents BODEGA
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
SOLD OUT: Green Mind presents BODEGA

under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Bodega released their debut album Endless Scroll earlier this year to rave reviews from the likes of Observer, Guardian, Independent, Financial Times, The Times, DIY, Uncut and more. Recalling the rich history of New York’s musical heritage whilst keeping its sight on the future, Endless Scroll revitalizes the rock and roll vocabulary under the influence of post punk, contemporary pop, hip-hop, kraut rock, and folk-derived narrative songwriting.

Endless Scroll was recorded and produced by Austin Brown (Parquet Courts) on the same Tascam 388 tape machine used for their LP Light Up Gold.

CSVPA Student performance night
Mar 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
CSVPA Student performance night

End of term performance, featuring students from the CSVPA popular music program.

The Portland Comedy Club
Mar 29 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Our monthly night of comedy featuring top acts from the circuit.


After making his TV debut with Channel 4’s ‘Danny Does Tricks’ Danny toured with Victoria Wood, and was also part of the acclaimed London West End Show ‘Victoria Wood and Friends’
Danny then went on to host the BBC1 Saturday night prime time show ‘The Secrets of Magic’ and appeared frequently on television throughout the ‘noughties’ on game shows as well as offering his opinions as a talking head to Ch 5’s various ‘Talking Head’ series.
In 2011 Danny toured the UK with CH 4 star Jon Richardson.
Danny’s career has also seen him open for stars such as Paul Anka, Ricky Gervais and Bob Monkhouse.


Tickets just £6 advance from the bar or online at the link above.

Cambridge Band Comp: Under 18’s FINAL
Mar 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

SAT 23rd MARCH Strawberry Fair Presents the Under 18s FINAL of the Cambridge Band Competition 2019

The winners of the three heats and the act that got the loudest audience cheer will be competing to be the Under 18’s Competition Winner and for a place in the Grand Final at the Junction on Friday 26th April.

Prices on the door are £7 adults and £5 if you are under 18.
Advance Ticket prices are £5.50 and £3.50

PLEASE NOTE – This event STARTS at 1pm and goes on until 4.30pm

Cambridge Band Comp: Over 18’s Heat 5
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Strawberry Fair Presents Heat 5 of the Cambridge Band Competition

Four Great Acts Battle it out for a place in the final

Release The Chimps – Band
Max Bianco & The BlueHearts
Sages of the Subway
Ember Rev

Prices on the door are £7 adults and £5 if you are under 18.
Advance Ticket prices bought directly from the acts are £5 and £3.

This heat will finish at 11pm when the winners will be announced.

The Winner of the heat will go through to the Final which is at the Junction in Cambridge on the evening of Friday 26th April.

In addition to the heat winners – the act that has the loudest recorded audience cheer for their performance compared to all other acts will also go through to the Finals – so we strongly encourage you to come and cheer on your favourite act!

The judges rate each act according to the following criteria
• Technical ability – how well they play their instruments or sing
• Innovation & originality – song writing skills – are they doing something new and exciting within their genre or are they too much of a sound-a-like?
• Stage Presence – How do they command the stage – do they captivate the audience or do they look like they’d rather be in the crowd?
• The Strawberry Factor – have they got that undefined something that will help them to make a sustainable career out of music and would they go down well at Strawberry Fair?

Meena charity fundraiser day (TBC)
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

We are planning a fun filled family friendly day featuring live music, face painting and other actives, arts and crafts, stalls and merchandise. We hope to raise money for the Meena Centre, which supports disadvantaged women and children, after their building was broken into and heavily vandalised.

Please come along and show your support!

Private event
Apr 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Venue closed for private event.

Mayflower Folk Club
Apr 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Mayflower Folk Club

Jim Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith

Green Mind presents PENELOPE ISLES + special guests
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents PENELOPE ISLES + special guests

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Hailing from the Isle of Man, Penelope Isles is the sounds of Jack and Lily Wolter, with the help of friends Becky Redford and Jack Sowton. Currently based between Brighton and Cornwall, the band perform melodic fuzz pop with dynamics that will transfix and satisfy. Hypnotic, chiming bedroom pop music. For the lovers of Radiohead, The Magic Numbers and Deerhunter.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 3 Apr 2019 at 7:30pm

Keston Cobblers Club
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Keston Cobblers Club

Keston Cobblers Club return after a two year Hiatus with a special, intimate UK headline tour to celebrate the release of their fourth studio album ‘Siren’. Join them on the 4th of April at The Portland arms for a night of foot tapping and Rambunctious folk.

“What a fantastic discovery” Bob Harris, BBC / legend
“Rambunctious folk and joyous elemental pop” The Guardian
“Ear-worm melodies” Financial Times
“Wondrous….hugely accomplished” fRoots
“Every song is an absolute killer…They’re terrific” Dermot O’Leary, BBC Radio 2
“One of the best new discoveries I’ve made” Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music

Green Mind presents PIROSHKA (members of Lush, Elastica, Moose…)
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents PIROSHKA (members of Lush, Elastica, Moose...)

Piroshka is the Hungarian for Little Red Riding Hood, and gives a subtle nod to a certain red hairdo that stood out in the 1990s Brit-guitar-pop scene. It’s also the alter ego of four notable talents – Miki Berenyi (Lush), KJ ‘Moose’ McKillop (Moose), Mick Conroy (Modern English) and Justin Welch (Elastica).

Making gorgeous bittersweet, euphoric pop that is much more than the sum of the four parts, Piroshka’s music combines physical force with sublime delicacy and lyrics that reflect the brutal times we are currently living under. The band will be making their live debut in November 2018.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 5 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm

The Lancashire Hotpots – Highway To Hull Tour
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Lancashire Hotpots - Highway To Hull Tour

Get ready for music and laughs galore with The Lancashire Hotpots.

Since exploding onto the scene in 2007, The Lancashire Hotpots have become a Nationwide sensation touring with Paddy McGuinness, playing Glastonbury Festival twice as well as playing sessions for BBC Radio 6 Music. With a cavalcade of some of daftest and catchiest songs imaginable (Chippy Tea, I Fear Ikea and Shopmobility Scooter to name but a few) the lads have gained a well-earned reputation for being the biggest party starters on the circuit.

Expect a night full of raucous comedy songs, congas, and mad-cap singalonga fun!

“Every home should have a Lancashire Hotpots record” Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music
“Go and watch them, they’re hilarious” Shaun Keaveny, BBC Radio 6 Music
“what Snow Patrol would sound like fronted by the bloke from Scrappers” The Guardian
“St Helens’ finest…they’ll bring a smile to your face” Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music
“You simply cannot fail to smile, or howl…Just brilliant.”

With support from Stu Penders & Spladoosh.

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