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Great venue, under threat from developers, apparently. Sign and pass it on. If you can be arsed, like.
Your link is a little screwed, though. This is better:
Cambridge only has a couple of decent places as it is. It'd be a shame to lose it.
and Bump !
still spreading the word
half moon putney just been saved by a lack of apathy...
From a punter's perspective, Cambridge really punches above it's weight, especially considering it's size and proximity to London. There are a few really good promoters getting good bands in.
From a band's point of view, I've so far found it a bit clique-y (in terms of support slots et al).
it's worth pointing out that the plans to demolish the Portland arms have been shelved, at least for now.
It's good it's staying, because its pretty much the only venue in Cambridge. The next thing up is the Corn Exchange, which only puts on big tours.
forgot about the junction. I've never actually been there, but that's probably my fault for not looking.
I miss the Barfly.
but it's really not a bad venue. Jamie T there was aces
Not that I care for any of them, but that's a plenty wrong thing to say.
I suppose there must be electronica and dance acts too though. I am not familiar with the other two - I really ought to get out to more gigs in Cambridge.
Not a fantastic venue, a mon avis.
I saw Arctic Monkeys and iLiKETRAiNS there. And missed Foals and Forward Russia, which were hardly great losses, and Venetian Snares, which was.
But it was Melt Banana, and therefore fantastic.
Junction has some pretty good bands (though not often enough): Half Man Half Biscuit coming up soon!
But approximately 80% of all the gigs I've been to in Cambridge have been at the Portland. Cambridge music scene (such as it is) will be much the poorer without it. Such a shame the barfly didn't last as well. For a couple of months it had some amazing bands there (although the shape of the venue and low stage weren't conducive to great gigs).
CB2: acoustic only, I think. if not, its tiny. capacity of somewhere between 30-50
Man on the Moon: bit of a dive, mostly inhabited by metal bands & 16 year olds... expensive also to hire, though REPEAT do good things there sometimes
Soul Tree: bit soulless, mostly good as its bigger, drinks expensive, generally rubbish unless there's someone really good playing.
The Portland is definitely the perfect-100-capacity back-room pub venue.
And it still goes against the "only" of the original post.
But other than that, good contribution, thanks.
support from Vanilla Pod, Jay Schrader Band and some long forgotten straightedge crew from Peterborough.
There were also some nice people from my road who ran a punk/hardcore distro and used to drink in there and a pretty redhead who liked Bob Mould and Superchunk.
That is all.
Anyway, good to see the Portland is staying, had some great times there, Broken Family Band, Nina Nastasia, Wave Pictures, Flower Corsano Duo are particular stand outs. In fact I don't remember ever going to a bad gig there
Next visit will hopefully be for Chris TT, it is comfortably the best venue of it's size for miles around
Casey Jones? HHH?