Road to Success

Think of the legendary venues that have played their part in shaping the musical landscape and then think just how many still remain today.

The Cavern, The Hacienda and here in Leeds The Duchess have all gone by the way of the bulldozer or the designer clothes store makeover. It's enough to make you cry into your pint.

Thankfully there are still a few left and London's Kashmir Club is one of those cool haunts that still has the principle of great live music as its beating heart.

On a nightly basis stars of the ilk of Annie Lennox and Sheryl Crow rub shoulders with new artists taking their first steps on the road to rock fame.

One of the must-see acts currently appearing at The Kashmir is none other than Leeds's very own Portabello. Hardly surprising given the band are now courting interest from America and have just recorded their hugely impressive debut album Once Around The Sun.

The Leeds four-piece have been asked back by management to perform for a third time and the band will use the gig on April 20 as the perfect finale to their forthcoming nationwide acoustic tour.

Portabello have been together for little more than 18 months during which time they have won rave reviews for both their refreshingly original songwriting and live shows.

Drawing on diverse influences from funk and west coast rock to U2 they have been labelled as Britain's answer to Jeff Buckley, while some see them as Beth Orton and David Gray's love child.

"Our sound comes from a lot of funk-rock influences in the band," explained frontman and founder Declan Corcoran.


"There is a lot of James Brown and many of the great independent session musicians that work with acts of his ilk in there, and then I mess it up with my dodgy Irish influences!