Apr
25
Thu
Dizraeli
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

“Incredible… make sure you catch him live” -Gilles Peterson
“Immense vision… a fascinating artist.” -Earmilk
“It’s an exciting time for Dizraeli… tune in now” -Clash

4 years after the Worldwide Award nominated record The Unmaster, Dizraeli announces the release of his new album JOY MACHINE with a 15-date UK tour.
Recorded almost entirely in a single day at the legendary Total Refreshment Centre in London, JOY MACHINE brings together some of the most exciting musicians in London’s new jazz explosion. With vocals from Dizraeli (Worldwide Music Awards Best Album nominee), drums from Ben Brown (Alfa Mist, Mulatu Astatke), bass from UK jazz scene
favourite Daisy George, synths from Joseph Costi (Yusef Cat Stevens, Bahla) and
saxophone from free jazzer Ronan Perrett.
Ranging from the uplifting summer anthem Greek Summer to the fierce political commentary of Bored of What, JOY MACHINE is a record for our times, bursting with urgency, intensity and life, and one that cements Dizraeli’s position as a boundary-destroying wordsmith and musician.
Having spent 2023 deep in creative mode, Diz is on tour with the band around the UK across April and May 2024. Expect explosive energy, moments of tenderness and virtuoso musicianship.

Apr
26
Fri
Portland Comedy Club
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Our regular night of mirth featuring top comics from the national circuit.

Headliner: TONY COWARDS

Tony is a rapidfire gag merchant with an arsenal full of one-liners, for laughs-per-minute he’s a tough act to beat!

His quick wit has made him a sought after act and compere by comedy clubs and promoters across the UK and even for gigs worldwide. Something of a Twitter sensation, Tony’s jokes turn up in all sorts of places, from greetings cards to The Times newspaper, even if you’ve never heard of him there’s a good chance that you’ll have laughed at one of his gags.

Tony’s likable ‘everyman’ character and wide ranging humour (mostly clean) means he is comfortable in front of any audience and is regularly booked to host comedy nights for the military (from the Irish Guards to the Royal Army Dental Corps to top brass at Norwood HQ), universities, football, rugby, golf and cricket clubs, festivals and for corporate and after dinner work.

Tony is also an accomplished MC and has had residencies at several clubs in London, Essex and the South-West, he expertly warms up audiences and sets up rooms so that everyone has a great night.

With VICTORIA HOWDEN, CHESTER CONSTABLE, ALEX HOWARD
And your MC: DAN HARDING

Advance tickets (saving £2 on the door) available from the bar or online from our store.

Note: acts liable to change without notice.

Apr
27
Sat
Total Stone Roses
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The UK’s BEST Stone Roses Tribute return to the stage to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the eponymous Stone Roses Debut Album! If you love I Am The Resurrection, Made Of Stone, Fools Gold, Waterfall, She Bangs The Drums and many more then do not miss this exclusive opportunity to hear your favourite Stone Roses anthems performed live by the UK’s finest tribute!

Doors: 7:30pm
Stage Times: 8:30pm – 10pm

Apr
28
Sun
SF benefit: Thy Last Drop +For The Hornets +The Scissors +Shifty Statues
Apr 28 @ 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Doors at 4.30pm then the fun starts with awesome acts to jump around to until 9pm’ish then you can go home to rest your sleepy heads.
This is a benefit gig raising much needed funds for our 10th year of the Portland Stage at the 50th year of Strawberry Fair at Midsummer Common, Cambridge on Sat 1 Jun 2024.

Thy Last Drop – Rogues and vagabonds, peasants and thieves…hanged for stealing the Last Drop of ale in the town in exchange for four magical instruments. Kicked out of Hell for makin’ a racket, they travel time and space to hurt your ears. https://www.facebook.com/thylastdrop/

For the Hornets – Genre Fluid Punk Metal Band – Pure Energy https://www.facebook.com/forthehornets/

The Scissors – Psych punk quartet – Warped guitars, DIY keyboards, B-movie style. https://www.facebook.com/thescissorsuk/

Shifty Statues – Gabby (from For the Hornets) and Helen (from Goddammit Jeremiah). https://www.facebook.com/shifty.statues

Apr
29
Mon
Green Mind presents EEVAH + The Budapest Tapes
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents EEVAH + The Budapest Tapes

Leeds based band EEVAH began 2019 in the form of a classic 80’s electro pop duo, weaving etherial guitars and catchy pop hooks around epic synths and pre-programmed beats.

Apr
30
Tue
CENOTAPH +Darkall Slaves +Coprocephalic Mutation
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

BELLIGERENT PROMOTIONS ARE PROUD TO PRESENT…
United in BlasTphemy tour, featuring:
CENOTAPH (Turkey)
https://cenotaph666.bandcamp.com/music
https://www.facebook.com/cenotaphtur
The most brutal band to ever come out of Turkey! We’ve been huge fans of the band for a long time now, and could not turn down the chance to bring them to Cambridge! Brutal death metal all the way!

DARKALL SLAVES (France)
https://darkallslaves.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/darkallslaves
French extreme greatness currently signed to New Standard Elite! Influenced by bands like Disgorge, Gorgasm, Origin, Disentomb, Hate Eternal, Unmerciful and Guttural Secrete

COPROCEPHALIC MUTATION (Uk)
https://coprocephalicmutationslam.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CoprocephalicMutation
We welcome our Mancunian brethren back with open arms! You know the score about these lads! Proper good stuff!
£11 adv
£15 OTD

May
2
Thu
Green Mind presents RODDY WOOMBLE + ALMOST NOTHING
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents RODDY WOOMBLE + ALMOST NOTHING

Almost Nothing is a new band from Scottish musician and writer Roddy Woomble.

The debut album was written and recorded throughout 2021/22 in collaboration with four different producers: Scott Paterson (Protection), Andrew Wasylck, Le Junk, and Luciano Rossi.

Almost Nothing is an exercise in artistic freedom, the album shifts from electronica to moments of shimmering art pop – a genre fluid record – melodic, poetic, catchy and just confusing enough to escape full comprehension.

May
3
Fri
Green Mind presents BARE JAMS
May 3 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents BARE JAMS

Bare Jams started out in 2011 with the aim of breaking their serial festival fence-jumping habit. Schoolmates Ollie and Sam hunkered down in Sam’s garden shed, later known as the Bare Jams cave, to jam and write original music, performing as an energetic acoustic duo.

After recruiting D-Slice on bass the band began to evolve into to a flamboyant, high energy ever-changing collective; finally settling on their current 6-piece line up in 2018: a sonically tight tour-de-force of experienced musical alchemists effortlessly cooking up a credible fusion of musical styles with a sound that is uniquely their own. They are a frequent must-see on festival aficionados’ lists with the band’s reputation for tight and exuberant, yet wholesomely candid performances frequently filling tents to their sweaty capacities.

Never ones to keep still, the band continues to delight fans old and new bringing a relentless energy that envelopes a core moral message to both their live performances and recorded music.

May
4
Sat
Charity fundraiser
May 4 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Bands TBC

May
5
Sun
Green Mind presents VAN HOUTEN + Staycations + Leon O’Leary
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Green Mind presents VAN HOUTEN + Staycations + Leon O'Leary

Van Houten’s core is based on life long friendship, an inability to exist without each other, and an obsession with creating a sonic mixing pot of intimate lo-fi rock and cavernous Shoegaze. Their sound envelops the listener, combining upbeat pop melodies and hooks with downbeat lyrics one minute, before full introspection and aural catharsis the next.

The Leeds based band’s new music sees them find their own, unmistakable sound, something which has been 7 years in the making. It’s been worth the wait, allowing them to explore sounds, textures, and raw emotions. Supporting each other through difficult moments has been key to the band finding their feet and growing into what they are today.

Please note: this is an early show, with doors at 5pm and an expected finish of 9pm.

May
7
Tue
BLUE BENDY *cancelled*
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
BLUE BENDY *cancelled*

Building on the momentum of their 2022 EP “Motorbike” Blue Bendy are stretching out into vast new sonic terrain. Their following two singles “Mr Bubblegum” – a joyously intricate piece of experimental guitar pop – and the frenetic, propulsive yet incredibly deft sprawl of “Cloudy”, saw the band reach new heights creatively. Of the former, The Guardian enthused: “indie is riddled with addled, verbose frontmen right now, but none so rapturous as Blue Bendy’s Arthur Nolan: here he dances all over splayed post-rock and micro-cataclysms”.

Having toured as main support for Squid and Cola as well as playing packed out tents at festivals like End Of The Road and Green Man, Blue Bendy have struck a balance between being obviously skilled musicians, writing complex, layered, overlapping and ambitious compositions, while also utilising space, breadth, and restraint. Their music is bursting with dynamism, exploring push-pull dynamics that results in something ceaselessly unpredictable.

It results in a sound that is rare for a new band: as experimental as it is confident and assured, as tender as it is visceral, as quiet as it is loud, as bloody as it is teary.

May
8
Wed
Ranges +Din of Celestial Birds +Fort
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

US post-rock masterminds RANGES will be gracing the shores of the UK in 2024 for three shows celebrating the release of their latest album, the magnificent ’33’. As with their past work, ’33’ is not simply a record, but an opulent multimedia feast, with the enrapturing highs and lows of their instrumental masterwork accompanied by a suite of expertly crafted visual media, from sumptuously intricate and evocative artwork through to stunning video compositions (and much more if you mine the depths of their impressive deluxe offerings!). With such extraordinary dedication to their craft, there can be no better way to experience RANGES than to bear witness to their immense auditory assault in person.

Support comes from RANGES labelmates and now-mainstay of the UK post-rock scene, Din of Celestial Birds. After wowing crowds at last year’s ArcTanGent Festival and Damnation’s Night of Salvation, Din of Celestial Birds are sure to impress with their awe-inspiringly emotional live show. With last year’s LP The Night is for Dreamers featuring on countless Album-of-the-Year lists, and Damnation Festival calling them ‘one of the UK’s finest rising post-rock talents’, it’s safe to say the ‘birbs’ (as they are affectionately known) will provide a perfect warmup for the night’s headliners.

Completing the line-up are fast-rising Welsh post-rockers FORT. Described as ‘exquisite noise’ by BBC Radio Wales, this band of seasoned instrumentalists are not to be missed. With influences including the likes of sleepmakeswaves, Caspian, and And So I Watch You From Afar, FORT provide an exquisite complement to an already impressive bill.

Doors: 19:00
Fort 19:20 – 20:00
DoCB 20:15 – 20:55
Ranges 21:10 – 22:10

May
9
Thu
Portland Star Wars Quiz
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
May the 4th be with you… on 9th May at The Portland Arms. For an evening of Star Wars and beer; what’s not to like? This niche Star Wars quiz will test your Star Wars knowledge. As wise Jedi Master Yoda once said “unlearn what you have learnt”.
To reserve a table go to our website or click here: Book a table – The Portland Arms
Entry costs £2: £1 goes to the prize pot and £1 to our nominated charity Camtrust.
May
10
Fri
Local Hotels +Ember Rev
May 10 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Local Hotels
With a driving rhythm section, spiky guitar, shards of keys and mesmerising vocals, Local Hotels play an exhilarating blend of post-punk electro rock you’ll never forget. Devilishly enigmatic frontman Bryan is your guide through dark romantic nights, golden monkeys, magic humans and more. Let him take you there.
https://soundcloud.com/localhotels

Ember Rev
Ember Rev play seamless sets of rhythm-driven art-rock, reworking and repurposing familiar forms that recall the percussive Africana of Talking Heads and the accordian-led romance of Arcade Fire. Alternately rattling with glockenspiels then looping and stuttering, it’s a sound that demands you keep coming back.
https://emberrev.bandcamp.com/

May
11
Sat
AC/DC Experience
May 11 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE brilliantly nail the power and look of the stadium rock god’s incendiary stage performance with a no gimmick pure rock n roll show.
They have electrifying musical skills to match – each dazzling guitar solo, hard-rock riff and stunning vocal will have audiences convinced they’re watching the real thing.
Authentically covering all eras – expect explosive versions of the classics Highway to Hell, Back in Black, Thunderstruck, Hells Bells, You Shook Me All Night Long, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, T.N.T, Whole Lotta Rosie and many many more.

The Lancashire-based band aim to delight rock fans young and old
“As professional musicians and die-hard fans, we aim to bring the true spirit of AC/DC to as many people as possible. We absolutely bring the full AC/DC package both in terms of the music and the performance, and the response from audiences across the country has been fantastic.