Medicine Hat to return to Cambridge stage for Independence Day gig

Medicine Hat, band with Royston connections will play in July.

Medicine Hat, band with Royston connections will play in July. - Credit: Archant

A band with roots in Royston is set to return to the Cambridge stage for a gig celebrating Americana music.

Medicine Hat singer and acoustic guitarist Mark Jackson spent his teens and early 20s living in Royston, where his grandparents hail from.

Guitarist Chris Borsberry also has local roots, having attended Freman College in Buntingford and played in local bands End Of Reason and Self-Inflicted.

Other members include Jon Brown on bass, Steve Gough on lead guitar and Phil Bryant on drums.

The band, which is based in London, will headline the Americana night at The Portland Arms in Chesterton Road with support from The Snakeoil rattlers and the Jackson Creek Band.

Medicine Hat is a southern style rock band which was formed in the early 90s.

The band is named after a Canadian town which was a popular tour stop venue for groups in the 1970s and 1980s.

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The band has performed in the town several times and played at the Sandfly festival in front of 8,000 people.

The band is big in Canada – unsurprisingly so in Medicine Hat – and Europe and has toured there with its Bone Dry album, as well with singles C’mon Here and I Still Bleed.

The group will perform at The Portland Arms on Saturday, July 4, as part of an Independence Day celebratory night.

Visit the pub’s website at for more information on how to get tickets, which are priced at £8.