For a start, a fair few bands’ tours take in Cambridge this month. The Junction’s got Roots Manuva TONIGHT (that's the 1st, tickets still available), Electric 6 on the 6th (how appropriate), The Fall and John Cooper Clarke on the 8th and Stiff Little Fingers on the 27th, plus the guys out of Snow Patrol are doing a DJ set on the 17th.
If you fancy a break from all these famous people, the Junction hosts the Cambridge Band Contest this month, with heats on the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd, and the final on the 30th. For more info visit junction.co.uk
Meanwhile at the Corn Exchange we’ve got Lemon Jelly on the 4th, Doves on the 12th and Shane Mcgowan and the Popes on the 18th. Embrace on the 2nd has sold out. I didn’t weep. More info at cornex.co.uk
The Man on the Moon’s putting on far too many gigs this month for me to pick out a few to showcase, so for full listings I direct you to manonthemoon.freeserve.co.uk. A word of warning: they’re currently applying for a new license and need to prove they’re worthy. So if, as you’re leaving the venue, pay attention to the sign that says be quiet for the sake of the neighbours. So, please, please, please be quiet for the sake of the license… Thank you!
At The Portland Arms we’ve got an abundance of marvellous gigs for under a fiver, mainly courtesy of the mighty R*E*P*E*A*T fanzine. March 10th sees The Violets delicate angular punk rock making a welcome return to Cambridge, ably supported by The Vichy Government’s cabaret subversion and new band The Resistance, who I’m told are very loud. On the 19th we have Cosy Cosy’s boy-girl bangy-wangy pop noises, plus Corporation:Blend and their synthesised rock theatrics, plus The Priscillas, a bunch of kick-ass girly punk-pop warriors who promise us explosions, beauty, high-kicks, laughter and tears. All this will be introduced by the indie-terrorism of AD/HD. What more could you want for £5?
If punk rock’s more your thing, on the 28th there’s an Everybody DIY Punk Distro night at the Portland featuring End It On This, Kelly 8(rocking Swedish hardcore. Woof!), Dugong(poppy emo compared to The Get Up Kids) and Decline. Visit this theportlandarms.co.uk
Last but not least, on March 17th GreenMind presents Dive Dive at the APU Students bar. Described as Idlewild in their early days with the melodic hooks of their more recent output, coupled with the channelled aggression of Fugazi, this sounds well worth dragging yourself through the cold to see…
For more Cambridge listings than you can shake a stick at, check out wereallneighbours.co.uk