Freshers’ Week Gig Guide

The Tab’s new music Co-Editor, JONNY CARTER on some of the best gigs going on this Freshers’ Week.

Cambridge Chesterton Commix Crocodiles Gig Gonville & Caius Jazz Kambar Logistics Music MySpace Nu:Tone Skream

Skip forward a few days: the hall parties are drawing to a close; lectures are starting, and the realisation that the University interpret the “week” in “freshers’ week” fairly loosely is creeping over the edge of the bubble. The eager Cantabrigian can either coop up with a copy of Gray’s Anatomy or take advantage of some of the most exciting bookings by Cambridge venues this term.

Tuesday 5th – Soundcheck at Fitz, 9pm – 2am, £7-8

Bombay Bicycle Club headline the DJ booth, and Jono Carey (resident Sunday night Fez DJ and Thursday night Revs DJ), come down to Fitz’s famed ‘UV arena’ on Tuesday and check out Soundcheck.  As well as a stellar DJ line-up, the night also promises an acoustic room (with The Yapps, Ghekko and 3 And A Half Scientists). There are drinks deals and fast food for when you get the inevitable Gardies craving at around 1am – all in all, a great night for the more discerning of music fans and cheap into the bargain. To get yourself a ticket contact Ian Trzcinski (it238) or Flora Kessler (fk253).

Wednesday 6th – Caius Jazz, Gonville & Caius College Bar. 8.30pm, £3

One of the most tightly packed venues in Cambridge. Hugely popular and well received, nights have been known to end with some impromptu dancing. Most importantly of all, the organisers manage to get some of the best names in the business; this week is the turn of Pete Long and Laurence Cottle, with the house band: Miguel Gorodi on trumpet, Tom Millar on keys and Jon Desbruslais on drums.

Crocodiles, The Haymakers, Chesterton. 7.30pm, £6.50

The foremost idols of the Lo-Fi scene from San Diego are here touring their James Ford (SMD, Test Icicles, Arctic Monkeys) produced album “Sleep Forever”. The cycle out to Chesterton High Street will be worth it. Buy tickets here.

George Fitzgerald at National Rail Disco, Kambar, 10pm


House/Garage crossover from Joy Orbison’s first signing to the Doldrums label. Kambar always promises to be a good night- beer served by the can and cheap drinks in a 17th century grade I listed building just off the marketplace.

Thursday 7th – Skream, Commix, Logistics, Nu:Tone, SP:MC & Illusive MC, Fez Club 10p, £6-7

The artist who introduced most of us to Dubstep joins Cambridge residents and DnB big names Commix, Nu:tone, Logistics; hosted by SP:MC and Illusive MC in the Moroccan themed bar/club just off Sidney Street. Notoriously busy venue- get there early to avoid disappointment. Check out the listing on Fez’s website here.

Logistics will be in Cambridge on Thursday 7th

Friday 8th – The Living Room 6th Birthday Party, CB2 (Norfolk Street).8.30pm, £3-4

Acoustic night run by Hope Street Music, who also have a venue of the same name at Secret Garden Party. Featuring Aaron Shanley, Brooke Sharkey and Takeda (click the links to check out their MySpace pages). Kitted out with candles, rugs cushions and birthday cake, the perfect antidote to Freshers’ Week.