Lent Term at The Junction

Want to expand your horizons? Or just be unable to hear the next day? JOHN BARDSLEY tells you how The Junction can help.

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Bored of the same old nights out? Go and see what Cambridge’s live music scene has to offer instead. Here is a small selection of what’s to come in the near future at the Junction:

Ghostpoet – 13th February, £11

Obaro Ejimiwe, also known as Ghostpoet, is a UK MC best known for his track ‘Cash and Carry Me Home’. It demonstrates the dark, lazy vibes that make his unique sound so interesting. His debut album Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam continues along this stylistic avenue, combining chilled, thoughtful beats with the spoken word. Considering the album was written whilst Ghostpoet was still at uni, its nomination for the 2011 Mercury Prize is all the more impressive. He has been compared to UK hip-hop legend Roots Manuva and his gig promises to be a fantastic night out.

Track to download: Cash And Carry Me Home

The Fiver Feb – 17th February, £5

Five up and coming bands for five pounds. Sounds like a good deal to me. The bands featured at this gig are: Sterling, Volunteers, Attic Til Dawn, Entry 8, Four of Whom. If you want to check out some new live acts get yourself down to this one.

Marina and The Diamonds- 24th February, £17.50

Marina and The Diamonds are probably the biggest name playing in Cambridge this term – hence the steep price tag. Whilst not the most risqué musical act, Marina Lambrini Diamandis (her real name!) is good fun for anyone into catchy pop anthems tailored for our generation. Their latest single, ‘Radioactive,’ marks a distinct change from debut album The Family Jewels by following a much more dance-orientated sound. Whilst this was a disappointment for some, it’s great news for anyone wanting to get their groove on at the gig.

Track to download: Radioactive (Tom Staar Remix) – they probably won’t play this, but it is quality.

And for something slightly different…

Warning – 11th February, £15, 10pm-6am

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Whilst this would probably be classed as more of a club night than a gig, it is definitely worth mentioning. If you are into drum & bass/dubstep/going crazy you will foam at the mouth when you see this line-up; DJ Hype, Grooverider, Goldie, DJ Hazard, Wilkinson, TC…the list goes on. Expect heavy bass, lasers and not to be able to do anything for at least a day after the event. It’s on a Saturday so no worries about making supervisions or anything the following morning. Not for the faint-hearted.