It’s safe to say that winter is finally behind us (can you hear the collective sigh of relief?) and Cambridge’s live scene is in full bloom. Over the course of this month, we’ll see an abundance of household names arrive on our doorstep to play both big and intimate shows (hello, Nada Surf). And, of course, there’s an abundance of gigs all over town showcasing the finest breakthrough talent. However, there’s no denying the jewel in April’s crown is Record Store Day, so head into town and show your support for our local shops.
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Mon 2 April | 19:00 pm | YHA Cambridge | FREE
YHA Cambridge are putting on another super special one-off show. This time around they’ve bagged indie rockers, Vatican Vamps, who’ll be making a stop-off on their UK tour. If that’s not enticing enough, they’ve only gone and made the gig free entry.
Lower Than Atlantis
Tues 3 April | 19:00pm | Cambridge Junction (J1) | £18.50 adv | Tickets
The Watford lads are treating fans to a string of dates in intimate venues this spring. They’re still doing the rounds with 2017 juggernaut, ‘Safe In Sound’, but it’s only a matter of time until they write an arena-filling album, so catch them up-and-personal while you can.
Thurs 5 April | 8:00 pm |The Cornerhouse | £4 OTD
Lemondaze have been doing rounds of Cambridge venues like they’re the village bicycle but we still can’t get enough of their zest. If you’re thirsty for swirling guitars, psychedelic vibes, and ethereal vocals, there’s no-one that makes a more mouth-watering concoction.
Fri 6 April | TBC | Cambridge Corn Exchange | £25.50 | Tickets
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas has come early when a major-fucking-league band stops off in our modest town? Well, these big hitters are swinging by with their shiny new album ‘Combat Sports’. Of course, no-one’s really going for their new material. You’ll probably be that wanker at the front yelling at them to play ‘If You Wanna’ and, friend, we’ll be right alongside you.
Sat 7 April | 6:45 pm | Cambridge Junction (J1) | £6 adv | Tickets
The staple of Cambridge’s live scene returns for another edition. This showcase gives young hopefuls the chance to air their music on and acquire a taste for the music industry. If you’re of the age where you can grow a beard, or buy a beer without being ID’d, you may feel too old for these shenanigans. You have been warned.
Jumanji, Among The Citizens, Luxury
Mon 9 April | 19:00 pm | The Portland Arms | £5 adv | Tickets
Hailing from the Fickle Friends school of effervescent pop, Jumanji are graduating with their very own headline tour. Expect earworm choruses, soaring melodies, and hyperactive guitar lines.
Public Service Broadcasting
Tues 10 April | TBC | Cambridge Corn Exchange | £29 adv | Tickets
The London outfit will be bringing their eclectic patchworks of music, spoken word, and visuals to the Cycling City this spring. Armed with recent record ‘Every Valley’, PSB are ready to educate you on the story of industrial decline (in a more interesting way than your history lecturer would).
The Sesh: Saltfen, Lemondaze, and Talk House
Tues 10 April | 20:00 pm | The Portland Arms | £5 adv | Tickets
Not too long ago we crowned Saltfen our ‘Indie Crush of the Week’. To borrow a few words from that article, they’re “charmingly unpolished, relentlessly energetic and oozing with potential”. In fact, we thought they were so decent, we featured them in our very first Lightning Nation showcase. Chuck in local heroes Lemondaze and Talk House, and you’ve got a delicious bill of indie types.
Green Mind presents: Powerhead, The Wicked Jackals, False Hearts
Sat 14 April | 7:00 pm | The Portland Arms | £6.60 adv | Tickets
Cambridge’s very own classic rock powerhouse will be tearing apart The Portland Arms mid way through the month. Stoner basslines join forces with thrash-inspired beats and a love for 80’s and 90’s rock and metal. Heavy.
Sat 14 April | 7:00 pm | Cambridge Junction (J2) | £12.50 adv | Tickets
Russell Crowe can’t stop tweeting about him, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers is his biggest fan; it’s a matter of time before you fall in love with Alex Cameron too. The Sydney native is making the schlep over to deliver his most personal failures in their sleazy, artistic glory.
Green Mind presents: October Drift
Mon 16 April | 7:00 pm | The Portland Arms | £7.70 adv | Tickets
If U2 weren’t so shit, and Bono wasn’t such an asshole, they might’ve sounded something like October Drift. Stadium-filling choruses and yearning melodies abound, the band produce a sound far bigger and more ambitious than a band only four years old.
Look Smart – R*E*P*E*A*T’s Record Store Day Relevant Rock In
Sat 21 April | 3:00pm | Relevant Record Cafe | FREE
For those record buffs who want to be in the thick of it on Record Store Day, there’s really only one place to be. Head down to Relevant to swipe those releases on your wish list and catch some of the finest acts Cambridge has to offer.
Goldblume Record Store Day special
Sat 21 April | 7:30 pm | The Blue Moon | £5 OTD |
Whether you’re celebrating victory or weeping over your losses, let local heroes Goldblume top off what’s sure to be an unforgettable Record Store Day. Hopefully, we’ll see you front row, cradling that green Doctor Who vinyl you wanted so badly.
Green Mind presents: Kele Okereke
Mon 23 April | 7:00 pm | The Portland Arms | £17.60 adv | Tickets
Having played the same venue back in 2004 with his iconic indie band, Bloc Party, the front man will be returning under his solo guise in spring this year. Get yourselves warmed up for that Silent Alarm show at Ally Pally and head down.
Green Mind presents: An Evening with Nada Surf
Wed 25 April | 7:00 pm | The Portland Arms | £15.40 adv | Tickets
If you’re a stan for Nada Surf, it doesn’t get better than this. The band are celebrating the 15th anniversary of seminal album ‘Let Go’ with a string of intimate dates. You won’t even have to nurse your beer through a support set as the band are delivering ‘Let Go’ in its entirety, with an intermission and everything.
Green Mind & Aahhh Real Records present: Petrol Girls
Thurs 26 April | 7:00 pm | The Portland Arms | £6.60 adv | Tickets
Champions of counter culture, Petrol Girls, will be delivering their politico-punk on Cambridge turf this spring. As strong advocates of freedom of movement, anti capitalism and inter-sectional feminism, you can expect a musical education from the DIY band.
Sat 28 April | 8:00 pm | Cambridge Junction (J2) | Tickets
From swaggering, riff-fuelled rock to heartfelt ballads, Austin Gold cover a lot of ground when it comes to rock. With the release of “Before Dark Clouds” and relentless touring to follow, Austin Gold are set for a breakthrough year ahead.
Cambridge Rock Soc presents…
Sun 29 April | 8:00 pm | The Portland Arms | £3 RockSoc, £4 adv, £6 door | Tickets
If there’s one promoter that knows how to put on a tasty smorgasbord of rock and metal, it’s gotta be Rock Soc. This month’s showcase is case and point, with the four featured bands ranging from grindcore to brutal death metal. Bring your earplugs folks.
Green Mind presents: Gengahr
Mon 30 April | 7:00 pm | The Portland Arms | £14.30 adv | Tickets
At their most buoyant, Gengahr sound like Bombay Bicycle Club on acid. Guitars are often scuzz-drenched and psychedelic, but there’s a tenderness and intricacy that underscores that on their new album ‘Where The Wildness Grows’. It’s the kind of record made for the scuzzy, intimate quarters of The Portland Arms.
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