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Indie band Port Erin drop into Cumbria’s Florence Arts Centre

Port Erin

Hailed by critics and fans alike, West Country trio Port Erin are making a stopover in Cumbria on Wednesday 10 October as part of their mammoth UK autumn tour.

The band, formed in Wiltshire in 2007, have made a name for themselves as one of the hardest working on the circuit, playing live shows across the UK and Europe, including four slots at the Glastonbury Festival. From their gig at Florence Arts Centre they’re heading off to take part in Manchester’s Indie Week the following day. Big stages are great, but don’t miss your chance to see them at one of our most intimate and atmospheric venues.

With inspiration and comparisons as far-ranging as XTC, Talk Talk, Miles Davis, Sigur Ros and Prefab Sprout, the trio are hard to pigeonhole; a blend of cinematic scope with progrock sensibilities and soaring, anthemic choruses. On the back of their three full album releases, including last year’s critically-acclaimed Ocean’s Grey, the band will be playing tracks from across their ten-year career. Their urge to experiment and switch-up their sound over the years should promise a perfect mix of introspective and full-blown rock tunes.

Support for the band is widespread, especially from BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson who has had the guys in his playlist on numerous occasions and they’ve shared stages and studios with the likes of Nick Harper, The Beautiful South, Doves and Crowded House.

This is just one of the highlights of Florence’s autumn season which also includes Keith James’ award-winning night of The Songs of Leonard Cohen (14 October), West Lakes Music Centre’s Autumn Extravaganza (16 October) and the return of British bluesmen The Lol Goodman Band (3 November). For details and to buy tickets visit the arts centre’s website at or go along in person during opening hours.

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