live review // The Staves at the Cambridge Junction
"The whole night was a triumph, of course without declaring itself such, but we just knew it to be so."
live review // King Charles at The Portland Arms
"the artist himself has lost neither his energy nor the musical spark that inspired the music for which he is loved in the first place"
live review // The Wave Pictures at The Portland Arms
"The Wave Pictures are at times brilliantly absurd and at times powerfully emotive, but all the time they provide something different"
live review // Shiva Feshareki at Kettle’s Yard
"The worlds she touches bleed into one another, heedless of boundaries and fueled by ceaseless invention... A lit match to convention."
live review // Howe Gelb & Grant Lee Phillips at The Portland Arms, Cambridge
"He could commit the gravest of crimes, but a verse of Moon River and you’d forgive him anything"
live review // J Mascis at the Cambridge Junction
"His repertoire extends far beyond the scuzzy indie rock he's known for"
live review // First Aid Kit + Kimberley Anne at the Cambridge corn Exchange
"demonstrating an earnestness, professionalism and quality of performance that belie their tender years"
live review // Nils Lofgren at the Cambridge Corn Exchange
"With over forty years of constant, globe-trotting touring under his belt, Nils Lofgren is a consummate live performer"
live review // Passenger at the Cambridge Corn Exchange
"still buoyed by last year’s success, he doesn’t show any signs of stopping soon"
Cambridge 2014 – Best Gigs in Cambridge in 2014
We round up our favourite live performances in Cambridge in 2014
live review // Belle’s Catacombs, performed at ‘Sacred & Secular’ by Anglia Chamber Choir
Cambridge's Unitarian Church hosts 'Sacred & Secular', an evening of choral music presented & performed by Anglia Chamber Choir.
live review // David Gray at the Cambridge Corn Exchange
"Indeed, 16 years later, Gray maintains the talent with which he seized the world with ‘White Ladder’, and he’s not done yet. "
live review // Laura Stevenson at The Portland Arms
After a four year absence, Laura Stevenson returns to Cambridge with full band in tow.
live review // Lonely The Brave, Sam Duckworth and Bloody Knees at the Cambridge Junction
"and even by the second song of the set you feel they have shown exactly why they evoked such excitement and expectation on their return to Cambridge"
live review // From The Jam & The Spitfires
"For all intents and purposes this is seeing The Jam, or the closest we’ll get to it in 2014… From The Jam rocked. A great night and a lot of fun to be part of.”
live review // Beans on Toast at the Cambridge Junction
"Songs are fitted around stories, some more relevant than others, though all are generally hilarious, while topics are picked up and dropped within a few line"
live review // Farlanders, Kyriakides & Reece Hughes
Traditional and original folk songs, live electronica and a singer-songwriter. Not all at the same time.
live review // Chris TT & The Hoodrats at The Portland Arms
"There's a definite element of Billy Bragg in Chris TT, if not for the occasional snarling demeanour on stage then of course for the politicised under current to his work."
live review // Pascuala Ilabaca at the Cambridge Junction
"That is her Chilean folk-pop background. But there are influences of heavy rock and other traditions, including Indian, which are part of Ilabaca's interesting back-story."
live review // Bellowhead at the Cambridge Corn Exchange
"the current flag bearers of the UK folk scene showed that once again, there is still no live show in the land that is quite like theirs"
live review // Marika Hackman with support from Winter and Alicia Catling in Cambridge
"warmth of personality, genuine storytelling, and wonderfully inventive music."
live review // Pere Ubu at the Cambridge Junction
"their newer work has far more sharp turns and adventurous designs on what a band can be"
live review // The Philip Glass Ensemble at the Cambridge Corn Exchange
"For a retrospective, much of the work feels fresh and vital as ever"
live review // James at the Cambridge Corn Exchange
"if there's one thing that James are not, it's predictable'
live review // Violet Hours & Riverane
“Artisan” merch, psychedelics swirls, and more guitars than you could comfortably wave another guitar at for Violet Woods' album launch.
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