Monday 29th March
Colchester Arts Centre – Colchester Folk Club: The Demon Barbers
The Fat Cat – Open Mic Night
The Bull  – Jam Night

Tuesday 30th March
Mercury Theatre – The ELO Experience
River Lodge – Open Mic Night featuring EnsemBell
St Martins Church (Dutch Quarter) – Colchester Institute Gospel Choir, Rev Simpkins & The Phantom Brass Band, Ady Johnson
The Bull  – Candlelit Live Lounge: Dave Beckett
V Bar – One Stop Rock (It’s Not For Chavs): a night of Rock, Alternative, Metal

Wednesday 31st March
Colchester Arts Centre – The Computers, Outcry Collective, Holy State, Vellocetta
Hole In The Wall – Deranged! Rock Night with DJ Griz (THE BIG LICK)
The Bull  – Open Mic Night
The Twist -For Everything A Reason, After The Ordeal, Before Silence Falls, Tomorrow Belongs To Us, Raise These Sails
Twisters – Toss The Boss!

Thursday 1st April
Route – Dubstep vs. House: DJs Flawless, Vibrant, Coley
Sky Rooms – Kiss Da Groove: DJs Pied Piper, Joey K, Syd, Paddy, Pitbull & MCs DT. Double Gee
Station Pub (Wivenhoe) – Chris Allard Band
The Bull (Main Bar) – Scoobs in Columbia
The Bull (Music Room) – The Jazz Project
Twisters – A Decade in Music, showcasing 1960-1970
V Bar – Funk Chunks In My Soul Soup 2: DJs Gilly and Dave Malone (Feel The Real)

Friday 2nd April
East Mersea – Cosmic Puffin III
Minories – Love Jam @ The Minories: ♪♫♪♫ Lady Bird & The Larks ♪♫♪♫ at 9, with open mic jam sessions at 7.30 & 10.00
Molly Malones – Electr[o]crasy: Industrial, EBM, Darkwave, Synthpop, Goth, Steam Punk
O’ Neill’s – Batmans Cat
River Lodge – Beach Party: Surfquake
Roberts Live Music Bar – Impact
Silk Road – Funky Fridays: UK Funky, RnB, Hip Hop, Bashment
The Beer House – The Mighty Resonators
The Bull (Main Bar) – Silent Running
The Bull (Music Room) – Ghost Train Porters
The Twist – In Gratitude, We Sunk Atlantis, The Library Suits, This Sudden Injury, Who’s Driving? Bears Driving (Acoustic Set)
Twisters – Will Morgan, Laura Wyatt, Chris Jones, Ady Johnson
V Bar – 50’s & 60’s The Decades Music Started: DJ Sam Leppard
What Bar? – Drum & Bass Night

Saturday 3rd April
Charter Hall – Bjorn Again (Abba Tribute)
East Mersea – Cosmic Puffin III
Headgate Theatre – No Place Like Home: Fiona Bevan, Kerry Leatham, Rosalie Bethan, Dogtanion, Juliana Meyer
Molly Malones – Earth Girls Are Easy
River Lodge – Acoustic Sessions: The Collective
Silk Road – I ♥ House
Sky Rooms – THE BIG LICK: Metal, Rock, Alternative Club Night: DJs Yoshi, Griz and special guest DJ Jon Morter
The Bull (Main Bar) – Beagles
The Fat Cat – Stings Attached
The Marquis – The Current
The Slug and Lettuce – Soul Returns: DJs Partners In Soul & Matt Milburn
The Twist – Guns On Hire (Guns N Roses Tribute), Crash Mansion
Twisters – DJ Gilly
V Bar – DJ Sam Leppard
What? Bar – GrownSoul: DJs CantCutCarwyn, Shoesy, Stereofreakz

Sunday 4th April
Colchester Arts Centre – Snake Davis & The Burden of Paradise
East Mersea – Cosmic Puffin III
Escape Nightclub – Mangled: DJs Inland Knights, A Man Like Ju, Dutchie, Stevee Beatz
Kings Arms – 7th Step (9pm)
Liquid/Envy – Flashback: 17 DJs, 3 MCs, 2 Live PA’s – including DJs Pied Piper, Micky Finn
Roberts Bar – Big Jeff’s Soul Night: DJs Barry Stockwell, Nick Gunn, Tony Matthews (Caister Soul Weekender)
Sky Rooms – Ten Tons Of   Bass: DJs & MC Skibbadee, MC Foxy
Stanway Rovers FC – Colchester Jazz Club: Sussex Jazz Kings
The Bull (Main Bar) – Double Trouble (8pm)
The Bull (Main Bar) – Fleeced (6pm)
The Bull (Music Room) – The Bank Holiday Jam (9.30pm)
The Marquis – Cushti
The Old Courthouse – Rebirth of Cool – No Work Monday: DJ Darryl Wright
V Bar – Mexican Night: DJ Ricey

Monday 5th April
Colchester Arts Centre – Robots in Disguise, Scream Club
Kings Arms (Garden) – Short People & The Fabs (1pm)
Kings Arms (Pub) – Stalker (6pm)
Merc Open Day (36 Eld Lane) – The 633, Ady Johnson
Rose And Crown (Wivenhoe) – Open Mic
The Fat Cat – Open Mic Night
V Bar – Barfest 2010: The Jorneta Stream, The Mundens, Echoes Fall, Unleash The Fury, Eradication, Zen Motel, Day Of The Siren



Keep Colchester Cool now features on the ‘Sundays with Scott Clarke’ show on Red Radio show. Scott features the top 5 events of the week, as recommended by Keep Colchester Cool, at 5pm every Sunday.

Cosmic Puffin III takes place this weekend in East Mersea. Here’s the line up of the Main Stages:
Friday 2nd April
8pm-8.45pm: The Fancy Dress Party
9.15pm-10pm: Vardo And The Boss
10.30pm-11.15pm: Deferred Success
11:45pm-12.30am: Sista Suzi
1am: The Rhizomes
Saturday 3rd April
6pm-6.45pm: Ady Johnson
7.15pm-8pm: Hobo Chang
8:30pm-9.15pm: Automatic Slim
9.45pm-10.30pm: Pro Rata
11pm-11.45pm: Optic Nerves
12.15am: Hokie Joint
Sunday 4th April
6pm-6.45pm: X-Ray Cats
7.15pm-8pm: Dilue To Taste
8:30pm-9.15pm: Phil Burdett Group
9.45pm-10.30pm: Surfquake
11pm-11.45pm: Newtown Kings
12.15am: Wobbly Squadron
Tickets for Cosmic are priced at £45 for a weekend pass with camping, or day tickets are £10 Friday and £20 Saturday and Sunday. Tickets available on the gate

Merc Open Day on Easter Monday with The 633 and Ady Johnson

Slack Space to move to Shoe World Building in April

The Minories are looking for open mic offers at The Minories Easter Market taking place on Saturday 10th April

If you’re a musician aged 14 -21 you’ve got just 2 days (until March 31st) to enter Essex Music Agency Undiscovered 2010; a county wide music contest

Please join Colchester deserves a FREE outdoor Music & Arts Festival Facebook group

Vote Castle Park Colchester as Britain’s Best Picnic Site

Can we reverse BBC’s decision to axe BBC 6 Music?
Join The Facebook Group:
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The Keep Colchester Cool guide is based on what I know of, or have been advised of. I’m not guaranteeing this is always accurate and without error so best check with the venue to make sure the event is taking place before you set off. Just in case…

The deadline for an event to be considered for inclusion is 9am Monday and Thursday.