Sarpa Salpa + Basement Strippers + Sara

  • Date: February 2, 2020
  • Time:19:30
  • Location: Cambridge
  • Venue: The Portland Arms - Cambridge
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The Pad Presents…’Independent Venue Week’ show with

SARPA SALPA + Basement Strippers + SARA

7.30pm, Sunday 1st February, The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Tickets £6 advance / *Over 18’s only*

Sarpa Salpa and Sara return to Cambridge following a packed out show at The Blue Moon to play The Portland Arms as part of Independent Venue week 2020.

Following a trio of impressive singles in 2019 Sarpa Salpa unleash their debut EP “Say Something” on Friday 3rd January 2020. The lead track of the same name; “Say Something” sees the band crank up the tempo and return to their indie dancefloor roots with a stomper of a synth powered banger which has had crowds at their live shows hooked from the opening bars.

The EP also features fan favourites “Lost Time” and “Paralysed” as well as successful recent single “Before It Goes Dark” best described as “brilliant pop for the next generation” (Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music).
The 5 track closes with an acoustic rendition of their former BBC Introducing Radio 1 Track of the Week “Casanova” from earlier in 2019.

Marcus, George, Ethan & Charlie have recently been joined by Meg on Keys bringing in another layer to the live show, the band take EP on the road around the for a run of dates in Jan & Feb.


Following a couple of low key Spotify releases Sarpa Salpa released “Smith” in October 2018 picking up airplay on regional BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music following this up in February 2019 with “Casanova”. The track received multiple plays from BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq after seeing the band perform at Bedford Esquire’s as part of Independent Venue Week. “Casanova” then went on to receive daily airplay on BBC Radio 1 after being selected as BBC Introducing Radio 1 Track of the Week in March, gaining favourable reviews from the DJ’s. The band toured the single around the UK, culminating in a packed hometown headline show at Northampton’s 750 capacity Roadmender.

In August the band dropped the darker single “Before It Goes Dark” which was included in the BBC Introducing Hot-list on the week of its release. The single took on a life of its own in the autumn months picking up numerous plays BBC Radio 1 by Jack Saunders & Huw Stephens as well as further support BBC 6 Music by Steve Lamacq & Chris Hawkins. The track also received plays from John Kennedy & Gordon Smart on Radio X before being added to the Evening Playlist in October & even made an appearance on Made in Chelsea.

“Seeing them live reminded me of a young Catfish & The Bottlemen I saw at The 100 Club a few years ago – superb”
Steve Lamacq – BBC 6 Music

“I’ve been loving this one recently” “What a tune”
Jack Saunders – BBC Radio 1

“Sounding great here on Radio 1, one of my favourite tracks from the uploader recently”
Huw Stephens – BBC Radio 1

The Middle slot goes to Basement Strippers a 4-piece rock band from Bedford, UK. Since they started playing gigs together in 2017, they have always taken great pride in standing out and leaving a lasting impression on their audiences. Wearing smart clothes on stage and bringing a refreshing mixture of indie, alt-rock, punk, grunge and electronic into their songs, they are constantly reinventing and outdoing themselves whilst surprising and captivating people all up and down the country. Their newest single “Mind Reader” is out now.

opening up the show is Sara who having just released her stunning debut single ‘Little Nerves’, Sara Music will be joining Sarpa Salpa on some select dates in early 2020.

Taking inspiration from artists like Frank Ocean, Sufjan Steven’s and Bon Iver, Sara’s music is inherently melodic, but she utilizes unusual arrangements and displays of lyrical vulnerability, touching on themes of mental health, loneliness and sexuality.

We’re expecting big things from the 23 year old multi instrumentalist, make sure you make it in for her set.
Listen >> https://tinyurl.com/ukoh9hy


Tickets online from Seetickets £6 advance / over 18’s only.