Founder of the Antifolk movement

Sat 14 June, 8pm


Support from the ULMS Brass Quintet and The Thyme Machine

Lach, founder of the Antifolk movement and star of BBC Radio 4's The Lach Chronicles is cited by everyone from Beck to Regina Spektor as a major inspiration. His open mic nights in New York became legendary and he continues them in his new home of Edinburgh, where he has also performed acclaimed comedy shows as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has released six albums over 20 years.

Praise for Lach

"Lach is the mastermind of Antifolk, like a Lower East Side rendezvous of Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. Like black snow,stalled subway cars and random violence, Lach is a Manhattan institution." - New York Times

"Lach is incredibly bright, he's influential, he's funny, he's smart, and he’s got his own, sort of, counter-culture charm. A very intelligent songwriter, funny, poetic. He became part of New York folklore." - Suzanne Vega

"The roots of modern songwriting: Bob Dylan, Syd Barrett, The New York Dolls, Nick Drake and Lach!" - Timeout London

"He's a street-corner ambassador. Lach is beat. He's a ringmaster. He's a poet's poet." - Michelle Shocked

"Lach is so what the East Village used to be all about. He's a gruff‑and-tough punk turned poet with a heart of gold."-Timeout New York

"Lach is a face-ache funny, beat-punk-unplugged joy!" - The Guardian

"Lach is a star! More Woody Allen than Woody Guthrie and a raised middle finger to the folk purists." - NME

"The best punk rhythm guitarist since Johnny Ramone." - Billy Ficca of Television


The Thyme Machine are a Lo-Fi Surf Indie Pop band from Lancaster.


The University of Lancaster Music Society Brass Quintet are returning to the Hothouse after their support slot with Euros Childs earlier this year

What's more?

Find out more about Lach on his website.

Ticket Information

You can buy tickets in advance online or over the phone for the reduced rate of £7 (£5 concessions). Online tickets will add administration fees charged by the website and tickets bought over the phone will add a 50p charge per transaction. On the night of the gig, tickets will cost £8 (£6 concessions)



(£5 concessions)