Cambridge Band Competition Heat 3

Heats for the Cambridge Band Competition will be held each Saturday in March at the Portland Arms with the third heats on Saturday 19th March.

Tickets prices are £5 in advance and £6 on the door (with £4 in advance and £5 on the door under 18s concession). Advance tickets can be bought from The Portland Arms website

The judges will mark each act on their technical ability, innovation and originality, stage presence and the Strawberry Factor (described by competition organisers as that undefinable something that will help them to make a sustainable career out of music and would they go down well at Strawberry Fair?)

In addition to the heat winners, the act that has the loudest recorded audience cheer for their performance compared to all other acts will also go through to the finals, so we strongly encourage you to come and cheer on your favourite act.

Heat 3 for the Under 18s Competition will start at 1.30 pm with Fix, Lucid, Tom Korni and The Hooligans competing for a place in the Under 18s Finals at the Portland Arms on Saturday 26 March.

Fix are a three piece alternative rock band from Cambridge. They have been together since May 2014, and recently released their EP ’TREPIDATION’. The lead track ‘Down & Out’ was played on BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire, Cambridge 105 and on BBC Radio 1. They are no strangers to either the Junction or the Portland Arms or to gigging in London.

Lucid are a three piece all girl guitar band from Cambridge. They entered Cambridge Band Competition as they have a passion for live music, and so would love to play at the Strawberry Fair. Their songs cover a wide variety of genres but are somewhere around indie rock, with influences such as Arctic Monkeys, Paramore, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Blur.

Tom Korni is a one boy band from Bedford who started out as a busker three years ago, since when he has won the Cambridge Buskers and Street Performers Festival for the last 2 years as well as performing his own gigs at The Junction, The Cambridge Rock Festival, Gogmagog Giant Sundowner and Bestival, amongst others. He entered the competition to get the chance to play at Strawberry Fair.

The Hooligans are a three piece folk band from Saffron Walden who specialise in traditional Irish music, bluegrass, klezmer and other forms of folk. They came second in the audience poll at the 2015 Cambridge Buskers and Street Performers Festival and have performed at the Cambridge Big Weekend, the Cambridge Folk Festival and The Junction.

Heat 3 for the Over 18’s Competition will start at 7.30pm with Mark Sullivan, Schrödinger's Strings, Hoshino and Saachi all competing for a place in the Finals at the Junction on 29th April.

Mark Sullivan is a singer/songwriter from Hitchin, Hertfordshire who has been described as having an ear for writing memorable and immediately familiar sounding songs. Mark has been performing for 18 years, and has entered the competition to build on his growing fan base.   Influences include Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Jim Hendrix. 

Schrödinger's Strings are a trio from Hertford featuring two harps and a guitar who  love the vibrancy of the Cambridge music scene and thought the competition would be an ideal opportunity to meet other local musicians, hear what they are up to and to find out how their music is received. Although most of their music is original they also add their own quirkyness to covers by the likes of Foo Fighters, Guns n' Roses, Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd.

Hoshino are an enigmatic three piece, female fronted electronic group based across London, Herts and Cambridge who have a wide range of influences from Warpaint to FKA Twigs to Daft Punk to Delta Sleep to the Deftones.

Saachi are a Cambridge based Jazz/Pop band who formed at the end of 2014 and are a staple act at Cambridge student events as well as having played high profile gigs such as Camden Barfly and the headline slot of Cam FM Presents. They are looking forward to playing at the competition and bringing their music to a new audience.




Tom Korni

The Hooligans

Mark Sullivan

Schrodingers Strings