Ready to get out and indulging music again after the festive period? Yes? Good. Below are our tips of shows to take in this month.
One of the stand out shows of the month goes down on the 30th at The Portland when Wales’ finest new export, ESTRONS, bring their debut album to Cambridge. The band had been honing their sound for the last couple of years, creating quite the hype which they lived up to with their loud, fierce and dominant debut full length which, they released last year.
Elsewhere at the same venue in January is the ever-popular The Wave Pictures, who return on the 24th, expect literate, self-depreciating English blues crossed with garage-rock. Tipped as the voice of punk’s next generation, Louise Distras plays on the 17th, whilst the Bella Union signed Leila Moss brings her elemental power and expansive melodies on the 29th.
The Cambridge success story of recent years, Lonely The Brave (Junction 2, 12th) are now one of Britain’s most successful rock bands of recent years. 2018 was a tumultuous year for the band with co-founder and instantly recognisable vocalist David Jakes departing the band. Charged with filling his boots is Jack Bennett, a name more than familiar to the rock world for his solo work under the name Grumble Bee. This month we get to witness Bennett’s transition into the band as LTB return for an intimate hometown show.
The J2 venue this month also hosts the New Orleans fused brass driven funk of Brass Funkeys (25th) the unique folk stylings of duo Megson (19th) and the vibrant sounds of The East Pointers (28th) as they gear up to release their new record.
Another Brass led, funk show worth your time this month is Colonel Spanky’s Love Ensemble who play the Blue Moon on the 19th. Formed by a band of funk-obsessed students at Cambridge University, the Love Ensemble comprises ten of Cambridge’s premier funk-mongers, who will twist anything from New Orleans riot jazz to smooth soul into the unique Colonel Spanky’s sound.
Known for their relentless touring and high octane shows, Enter Shikari play the Junction on the 30th. Likewise do Rudimental performing as Rudimental Soundsystem & Friends as they preview their new record on the 12th.