R*E*P*E*A*T / The Painter's Radio Show presents
ARMS AROUND THE PORTLAND
@ The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Saturday 17th July
£5, first band 6pm
...being a celebration of the important role this much loved music venue holds in the musical life of the City, and also a fund raiser for The Rosie Maternity Hospital and Strummerville, the charity that helps allow more young people to access music.
This event started off as a reaction to the news that Cambridge's best small venue, The Portland Arms (also a much beloved pub), was under threat of demolition by the Everything-Must-Be-Replaced-By-Unaffordable-Flats brigade. However, tears turned to joy when brewing giant Greene King announced in January 2010 that the pub would not be closed - at least, not for the time being. Therefore this will now be an event in celebration of the Portland, featuring some of our favourite local bands and some very special guests from further afield.
July 17th, Portland Arms, Mitcham's Corner, Cambridge, first band on at 6pm, £5
"Melodic songs and great rhythm, matched perfectly with intelligent lyrics" - NME
The band filmed their début video for their recent single 'Sweet Inertia' at The Portland, and after playing around the country, are pleased to be returning to where their heart is.
"Fantastic Riot Grrl inspired band from Norwich" (5 stars) - Play.com
Mouthy poppy electronica with brains, expect the atmospheric back room to be filled with sound, sights and ideas.
TEN CITY NATION - Seymour solo
“The best use of fuzz pedal we’ve heard this year… the kind of music that’s in search of beauty” NME
A rare solo outing for TCN guitarist Seymour. All members of Ten City Nation were previously in local heroes Miss Black America so did their musical "growing-up" playing at The Portland, and are eager to protect this heritage for future generations.
Exciting new indie-pop kids on the block; played their debut gig at the venue a couple of months ago and now returning for more!
Some members of this band played the Portland a decade ago while at Junior School having just appeared on Blue Peter; they still prefer The Portland to the BBC.
The most exciting band of 14 year olds in the City; the future of the Portland is their future!
Special last-minute addition of a band so mysterious that no-one outside the band knows anything about them. Word is, they're gonna be special...
Proceeds from the event will be split between these two fine charities:
The Rosie Maternity Hospital Special Care Baby Unit:
Strummerville (The Joe Strummer Music Foundation):