June is a bountiful month for live music in Cambridge. The annual Strawberry Fair on June 3rd will showcase a wild range of local acts across its stages, whilst the ever growing Strawberries and Creem day festival on the 17th has arguably its biggest line up to date featuring Wiley, AJ Tracey, J Hus and Mike Skinner. There’s plenty going on inside our cities venues this June too.
Our must see show this month comes courtesy of Real Estate, who play the Cambridge Junction on the 27th. Over the course of three hazy, gorgeous albums, Real Estate have built a reputation for writing perfect pop songs – tracks that merge deft poetic lyrics with lush, irresistible melodies. Their fourth album ‘Mind’, the follow-up to their 2014’s near-faultless ‘Atlas’, was released in March and only further confirms this gift.
There’s an unmissable night of noise at on the 7th when legendary Japanese outfit Melt-banana return to The Portland Arms. The duo made up of Yako on vocals and Agata on guitar and effects have liberated themselves of a human rhythm section and are making a noise as powerful and frantic as ever. Guitarist Agata is known for his mastery of guitar effects and extended technique and for consistently wearing a surgical mask on stage.
Not many bands can return from a debut North American tour supporting rock legends The
Who and claim standing ovations at every show to their name. Imagine a mixture of 60s power pop and 70s punk rebellion, then throw in a bit of glam rock as well for good measure and you will get an idea of what to expect from Slydigs. They’re at The Portland on the 6th.
Hailing from Northwest Arkansas, Joe Purdy is a much travelled folk and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, mandolin and harmonica player. Purdy brings his well-crafted and thoughtful folk songs to The Portland on the 9th. The same venue hosts another US outfit this month when blues and psych outfit The Cuckoos play on the 5th. Local West Coast inspired folk outfit Fred’s House will release new music this summer, they’re first in a little while, they’ll be at The Portland on the 16th.
Ralph Wyld’s Mosaic play the Hidden Rooms on the 1st. Featuring critically-acclaimed young musicians, Mosaic combines elements of contemporary jazz and chamber music in an exciting but accessible way. Expansive writing is balanced with intense improvisation, all of which contributes to the thoughtful narrative of the compositions. The unusual line-up creates a surprisingly intimate and yet powerful sound world, distinct from most other groups currently on the scene.
Awarded UK Vocalist of the Year at the Jazz FM Awards 2016, Lauren Kinsella is known as one of London’s most adventurous artists performing throughout the UK and Europe as soloist, bandleader and in several cross-arts projects. Featuring new music originally commissioned by Marsden Jazz Festival 2015, she brings her ensemble to Cambridge’s Hidden Rooms on the 8th.
The Blue Moon hosts an evening of proper underground electro with the Motherchip Connexion – Exploring Forms Of Electro event on the 17th.
An exciting month at the Cambridge Junction includes The London African Gospel Choir performing a seminal record in its entirety. Thirty years after Paul Simon released ‘Graceland’, The London African Gospel choir, backed by live musicians, will perform his album live from start to finish on the 9th. Whilst on the 6th the world of TV is celebrated in an A Cappella adventure produced and performed by Sons of Pitches.
Justin Currie returns to Cambridge Junction on the 2nd as part of the tour supporting his new album, released in May. The Skids celebrate their fortieth anniversary this year and their tour reaches Cambridge on the 15th. Unarguably one of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation
Thea Gilmore returns to Cambridge on the 7th. Gilmore’s latest album is as ethereal as it is thought-provoking, as bewitching as it is bold and well worth catching live.