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Portland Arms

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129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
http://theportlandarms.co.uk/wp

The Portland Arms is a traditional English pub serving fine real ales, speciality beers from around the world and home cooked food in a cosy, friendly setting.

There has been an Inn on this site since the 1880’s, the current building dates from the 1930’s and was designed by renowned architect Basil Oliver

Hayley and Steve Pellegrini are the licencees and have been running The Portland since 2004.

The pub has four distinct areas;  the Saloon bar with it’s original wooden panelling, Public bar with pool table and sports, a Courtyard with our Tiki themed hut and our 200 capacity venue space.

September 2019

Andrew O’Neill

September 21 @ 7:00 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Andrew O’Neill presents “I am a Rich Man and I Have Many Sons” “An incantatory state of near-constant laughter” – List “The very definition of Alternative – one of the funniest comedians on the circuit today” – TimeOut “Absolutely hilarious” – Neil Gaiman Award-winning comedian Andrew O’Neill returns with a truly magickal stand-up show that gives every audience member exactly what they want*. Also a song about grizzly bears running a photograph development lab. (*within standard limits of legality, morality…

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Kyan

September 23 @ 7:30 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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It’s fair to say 2018 was a remarkable year for Kyan, boasting a euphoric ​COLORS session, backing from Nile Rodgers ​and support from Ebro (Beats 1)​. 2019 promises much, as Kyan continues to release tracks from his upcoming self-written and produced visual album ‘Nothing Beyond’. Kyan delivers an atmospheric retro futuristic soul soundscape, packed full of genre bending artistry. Spine-tingling vocals and musicianship make for live shows that captivate. Rebellion pulses beneath the surface of Kyan’s music, from its raw instrumentation to its…

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Johnny Lloyd

September 24
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Stripped back, raw and showing just a hint of English blues, Johnny Lloyd‘s songs which have emerged thus far have something intangibly special about them. Take EP title track, ‘Pilgrims’, which has shades of 80s songcraft in there, with the lyrics – “take me driving like you used to do” – almost nodding towards the influence of Springsteen.

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Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage

September 25 @ 7:30 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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It’s very exciting to be able to tell you that Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage will be making a return visit… Lewis is one of our all-time favorite songwriters and performers and previous shows have always been such an evening of sheer joy. Its hard to know where to begin when describing New York born and based Jeffrey Lewis’s creative activities. As a musician and songwriter he has been active for such a long time, both solo and with an array of…

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Pulled Apart By Horses

September 26 @ 7:00 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Pulled Apart By Horses are less a gang and more one big f**ed-up dysfunctional family. The Leeds quartet are a tightly-knit rock band who make music that thrills and menaces, their songs armed with suckerpunch riffs and zinging choruses. They formed in 2008 out of the ashes of various bands in Leeds. Since then they have existed in their own chaotic ecosystem, embarking on relentless tours around the world and stopping only to make 2010’s punkily infectious self-titled debut and its…

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Comedy Club

September 27 @ 8:30 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Black Country, New Road

September 29 @ 6:30 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Black Country, New Road sound like a proper filthy juggernaut of a band, a real experience to behold. At times, colossal metal riffs mangle with frenetic jazz freakouts; occasionally film noir string motifs are motored into the urgent present with a razor-tight rhythm section

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Ferris & Sylvester

September 30
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Ferris & Sylvester are songwriters – with clear references in their catchy setup to the mid-60s sounds of Greenwich Village combined with their meatier blues tones, the pair sit somewhere between Jack White and First Aid Kit. The pair met three years ago and have since won over the nation with their ever-growing live presence and songwriting, selling out their debut headline UK tour. In 2018, the duo released their highly anticipated EP ‘Made In Streatham’ which they self-produced in their…

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October 2019

Murray A Lightburn

October 2 @ 7:00 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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This gig has been rescheduled from 28th April. All tickets remain valid for this new date. Murray A Lightburn is a composer, musician, performer and music producer. He is best known as the lead singer and principal songwriter of internationally-known Montreal chamber rock band, The Dears.

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Sophie & The Giants

October 3
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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I’ve learned a lot from making big mistakes,” says Sophie & The Giants’ magnetic singer Sophie Scott. “When you’re younger you think you know how the world works… But you fucking don’t.” Welcome to the world of Sophie & The Giants, practitioners of forward-looking, left-leaning emotional pop: a fresh, raw fusion of the band’s collective influences — which range from Siouxsie and Debbie Harry to Radiohead and Jamie T. The band formed at music college in the spring of 2017…

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Wrong Jovi

October 4 @ 8:30 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Bon Jovi Tribute

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Genesis Visible Touch

October 6 @ 8:00 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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October Drift

October 10 @ 7:00 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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An immersive wall of distortion envelopes the powerful fragility of frontman Kiran Roy’s vocals, while he paints a verbal landscape of introspection, despair and hope amid a sonic palette that evokes both the driving, spacious absorptivity of My Bloody Valentine and the poetic, visceral honesty of Nick Cave’s lyricism.

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John Otway & His Band

October 11
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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This gig has been rescheduled from 1st March. All tickets remain valid for this new date. The man, the two hit wonder! John Otway & His Big Band are back in Cambridge to bring all the headbutts, bunsen burners and more.

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Chance McCoy

October 12
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Chance McCoy is a Grammy Award winning Indie Folk musician from West Virginia. It can be scary to step away from something that’s been so successful, says Chance McCoy, but it’s important to follow your passion. I really believe in the music that I’m making right now, so it feels like the right time for me as an artist to get off the main road and explore the path less trodden. A virtuoso fiddler, guitarist, and banjo player, McCoy is best…

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Josin

October 14 @ 7:00 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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This gig has been rescheduled from 28th February. All tickets remain valid for this new date. “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

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Snapped Ankles

October 16
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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"The band’s wild, kinetic post-punk is as much a visual offering as it is an auditory one. They are strange and they are odd, producing frenzied, unsettled krautrock that is somehow danceable, and they’ve developed a reputation for their costumed attire and penchant for putting on brutal live performances.” Line Of Best Fit

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Flamingods

October 17
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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A genre-defying tribal pop/experimental worldbeat outfit with roots in both England and Bahrain, Flamingods‘ dizzying blend of traditional African and Middle Eastern music, psych-folk, and prog falls somewhere in between the Avalanches, Konono Nº1, Animal Collective, and Goat.

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Whole Lotta DC

October 18 @ 7:30 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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WHOLE LOTTA DC! (The ultimate AC/DC tribute)

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Ouse Valley Singles Club

October 19 @ 7:30 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

October 21 @ 7:00 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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In only a couple of short years, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have already been through a well-storied existence. Coming off the blocks in 2015, the band immediately made big waves in their hometown of Perth, going on to release their debut album, ‘High Visceral{Part 1}’. That release saw PPC supporting the heady likes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Dune Rats, Black Mountain, Skegss and completing their first national tour. Their sophomore album ‘High Visceral {Part 2}’ was released in April and…

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Mayflower Folk Club

October 22 @ 7:30 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Kawala

October 23 @ 7:00 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Gaz Brookfield + B-Sydes

October 24 @ 7:30 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Comedy Club

October 25 @ 7:30 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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GBH

October 26 @ 8:00 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Chris Fox & WardnParker

October 27 @ 7:30 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Coda Sessions

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Febueder

October 29 @ 7:30 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Febueder + special guests

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The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing

October 30 @ 7:00 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Melt Banana

October 31 @ 7:00 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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All you need to know: One of the best live bands on the planet. That’s it. “Once they started back in 1993, Melt-Banana have remained like an eye of a hurricane that’s 10 times crazier than the hurricane itself. One of the core bands to emerge from the same roiling soup that birthed art-damaged titans such as the Flying Luttenbachers and the Locust, the female-fronted Japanese group added a few twists to the genetic makeup of 90s noise rock. Japan’s own rich…

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November 2019

Alice Jemima

November 10 @ 7:00 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Signed to Sunday Best, Rob da Bank’s independent record label, Alice Jemima merges sultry sweet vocals with contemporary electronic production, creating catchy yet intelligent pop that speaks of universal emotions. Alice has so far amassed over 17 million plays on Spotify, and released her debut album on March 3rd 2017. Alice has had major support from Radio 1, Amazing Radio, Virgin and Radio X in the UK while also being playlisted in Australia on Triple J and in Germany on Radio Eins.

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Spector

November 11
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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At the beginning of 2013, Spector decided to cut short further touring and promotion of their debut album ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ in order to start focussing on music that they felt was a more up to date representation of their ideas. Founding members Chris Burman and Fred Macpherson had been making music in various forms since their early teens and had started Spector in order to communicate and share a series of “experiments in pop”. But one album and two…

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Big Joanie

November 13
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Big Joanie are a black feminist punk band. They’re like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and 90s riot grrrl, with a sprinkling of dashikis. Based in London, UK, Big Joanie formed in the summer of 2013 to play at First Timers (a gig where each band plays their set for the very first time) at the close of the year. The band also functioned as a space where its members (Stephanie Phillips, Chardine Taylor-Stone and Estella Adeyeri) could be completely…

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Pearl Jamm

November 16 @ 8:00 pm
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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As featured by BBC London and Classic Rock Magazine, Pearl Jamm are the finest Pearl Jam tribute band in the UK. Brought together by their love of Pearl Jam, they regularly perform heartfelt and energetic live shows to packed venues across the UK, capturing the essence of Pearl Jam. They put on an outstanding and authentic live show, reflecting the energy of an early Pearl Jam gig… if Pearl Jam had written their entire back catalogue of songs when they…

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December 2019

UK Subs

December 5
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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March 2020

Peggy Sue

24th March 2020
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA United Kingdom
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the tour scheduled for Oct 2019 has had to be moved to March/April 2020. Peggy Sue will now play Cambridge on Tuesday 24th March 2020. All tickets will remain valid for the new dates If you can’t make it to the new date please contact your point of purchase for a refund “…a record of soulful depths and heady, emotional highs. From the haunting, melancholic gospel of ‘Come Back Around’ to the campfire simplicity of ‘How…

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