Get the latest line-up of great gigs and quality concerts taking places across Cambridge this March
Cambridge Corn Exchange
On 4 March at the Corn Exchange, relive cult classics with The Best of Bowie, a show brought to you by the artist’s former producer and bassist Tony Visconti and drummer Woody Woodmansey (one of the original Spiders from Mars). Chart-topping Tom Odell returns on 6 March, ramping up excitement for upcoming album Monsters, which draws on his personal experiences with mental health issues. Expect big tunes and a preview of the album’s sound, melding profound lyrics with electronica.
Tangerine Dream take to the stage on 12 March, following the release of their most recent studio album in 2021. Described by The Guardian as “pioneers of electronic music”, they have had many guises over 55 years, with more than 20 past members – yet, their dedication has remained constant. The band ends every show with a real-time composition, demonstrating the audacity of this groundbreaking group.
Cambridge-based singer-songwriter Yvonne Hercules brings a mix of blues, rock and soul to the Junction on 13 March. The emerging artist packs a punch with thought-provoking lyrics and mesmerising visual concepts, inspired by art and film.
For fans of folk, on 16 March Scottish band Breabach will share a taste of Highland and island tradition through their music, infused with modern innovations inspired by their Glaswegian roots. New York rock band Sunflower Bean perform at the Junction on 30 March: it’s been four years since their last album Twentytwo in Blue, a period punctuated by the release of 2019’s King of the Dudes EP, which left fans wanting more. Lead singer Julia Cumming dazzles live, with soaring vocals that match nostalgia-inducing instrumentals provided by bandmates Jake Faber and Nick Kivlen.
Melodies, motets and merriment return with gusto to Kettle’s Yard this March. “We are thrilled to host concerts once more,” says Deborah Carnwath, Kettle’s Yard music associate. “Kettle’s Yard Music keeps up its reputation for intimate concerts offering sparkling musical variety – from superb chamber groups, to thrilling sopranos and piano soloists.” On 3 March, Maxwell Quartet and clarinettist Anthony Friend will perform a mixture of styles, ranging from Beethoven and Mozart to Scottish folk. On 10 March, don’t miss soprano Gweneth-Ann Rand and pianist Simon Lepper. Sacconi Quartet and pianist Daniel Tong will display a repertoire of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms on 17 March. The month of music concludes on 24 March with pianist Ivana Gavrić, who will play works by Chopin, Tchaikovsky and more. Kettle’s Yard has also launched a series of free lunchtime concerts by University of Cambridge students, entitled Return to Normality, with two performances on 4 and 11 March.