Our top tip for June is this year’s Strawberries and Creem day festival, taking place on the 11th, the all day event brings a captivating mix of phenomenal headline acts mixed with a diverse range of the best local talent. Stand out acts announced for the day include the legendary Grandmaster Flash, big tune experts Mungo Hi-Fi, General Levy, Skepta and My Nu Leng, all of whom contribute to a truly unique and expansive bill. This year’s festival will take place at the new venue of Haggis Farm, which is just off Barton Road and hosts the Cambridge Rock Festival.
Winners of BBC Sound 2015 Years and Years play the Cambridge Junction this month. Last seen in Cambridge opening for Sam Smith, the trio return on June 2nd. The accolade of winning BBC Sound of 2015 caps off what has been a truly momentous and career-changing 12 months for Olly, Emre and Mikey – one that started with the release of their tastemaker single ‘Real’ and its follow-ups, ’Take Shelter’ and the chart-bothering ‘Desire’, with their three videos taking in a staggering 8.8 million views combined.
Incidentally, previous BBC Sound nominee Ren Harvieu brings her remarkable voice, which hints at a glorious throwback to peak-period Dusty Springfield, to The Portland Arms on the 4th. Known for their fast, noisy and aggressive brittle post-punk sound, Kent duo Slaves warm up for their Glastonbury appearance by playing The Portland on the 25th.
Danny & The Champions of the World bring their new album to Cambridge this month when they play the Cambridge Junction on the 9th. New album, ‘What Kind of Love’ is a joyful riot of Caledonian soul, proud horns, country pedal steel and ballads that either break your heart or send it soaring, What Kind Of Love contains some of Danny Wilson’s greatest music yet. It’s the kind of album that will leave you itching to catch them live again – just as well they’re touring across the UK again in June then.
Consider one of the freshest talents around and with an outstanding voice, Myles Sanko’s Cambridge appearance at the J2 on the 13th is one to savour.
Shaun Ryder’s Black Grape mark the 20th anniversary of debut album ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’ with a UK tour this Summer, including a stop at the Cambridge Junction. The recently-reformed other band of Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, are in town on the 11th.
Indie heroes and Post Punk legends The Nightingales play Cambridge’s The Portland Arms on the 1st. The Nightingales were formed in the late 70s by former members of Birmingham punk band The Prefects (who were part of The Clash’s White Riot tour), and went on to record the most sessions for John Peel’s Radio One show of any band except The Fall.
Eddie Argos of seminal indie outfit Art Brut fame brings his spoken word tour to The Portland on the 3rd, shedding light on how to form a band and become famous. The tour sees Eddie stepping into the limelight to tell stories that happened along the way while Art Brut became the world beating pop behemoth they are today, this is definitely not to be missed.
Formed out of a shared love of generally unpopular indie rock bands of the late 90s and early 00s Tellison have, to date, released two albums and a clutch of singles. The band are however currently working on their third LP, with ‘Tact Is Dead’ being our first taste of the new record, which will be their first release since 2011. In the build up to the new record release Tellison are on the road this June, playing the Corner House on the 4th, wild-eyed and constantly excellent live this definitely one to get to.
This Summer will be a busy one for Andrew Jackson Jihad. First, the band hits the road for a full U.S. headlining tour alongside The Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock and Chumped. After that, it’s off to Europe for singer/guitarist Sean Bonnette, where he’ll be performing a mix of AJJ songs, new material and covers. Immediately following, the rest of the band will join him for a full band tour around the UK with Hard Girls with said tour playing The Portland Arms on June 18th. The 18th also sees the iconic Elvis Costello return to Cambridge, still producing the most adventurous shows of his illustrious career, Costello will play the Cambridge Corn Exchange. On the subject of iconic, how about a Ramone at The Portland? The legendary punk drummer (and notoriously the fastest drummer in The Ramones history) Richie Ramone plays The Portland on the 2nd. Playing a crazy mix of Ramones classics with musicians from Antiproduct as well as Marky Ramones Blitzkreig, this will be a night to remember.