A popular night of live music for local bands returns to Colchester Arts Centre on Saturday 18th July. “Free For All” is organised by North Primary School, with all proceeds from the fundraising event will be donated to the Free For All campaign; working with the community to provide an exciting and vibrant education for all.

Head Teacher Alan Garnett explains “I am looking forward to another brilliant evening at the best venue in Essex, where a great range of local musical talent will be showcased. The school community is extremely grateful to all the bands. Events such as this enable the school to continue to provide all our pupils with a diverse and vibrant high quality education.”

The bands have been selected by Jeromy Bosch who teaches music at the school “Music has alway been part of my life, it has carried me from South Africa to England, it has afforded me countless opportunities but most of all, as a teacher, it has given me the chance to show children what is possible. I am always glad of an chance to play, even better if I can play alongside great talent. After all music is best enjoyed live.”  

Performing on the night.

Headliners Kaine (pictured) are a Colchester based New Wave of British Heavy Metal revival band who formed in 2009. The band has released two albums, have supported some of the biggest names in Heavy Metal and completed two full United Kingdom & Ireland tours in 201

Karma are a two piece band made up of Louis Takooree and James Burrage, the pair met at college where they are both studying music. After being in a different band together, the pair formed Karma as an acoustic duo as an outlet for their songwriting. When joining with other musicians they however, they create a much more expansive sound, with Louis taking charge of all instruments and production and James showcasing his amazing vocals. Depending on venue, Karma will perform as an acoustic duo or as a full band line up with the help of Noah Henry on bass and David Watts on drums.


The Kastro’s are a four piece band, mixing rock, funk, alt and psychedelia since the start of 2015. If you want to get your head bopping and have a good time look no further.

Zones is a recording project set up by Alfie Begley as an outlet for his songs. The sound ranges from Grunge to Psychedelica and will hold anyone’s attention. Occasionally playing live with talented musicians there has been one EP released under Zones and it was released on 22/06/15. More recorded material is on the way and he hopes to start a band when he’s relocated to Sheffield in September to attend University.

PHAT sound, a band formally known as “Prestwich Hospital and the Mental Health Act” consists of: Colin “so-many-issues-they-named-an-insti­tution-after-him” Prestwich (acoustic guitar and vocals); Steve “Disco Daddy” Parker (sax and funny voices); Jeromy “I don’t take requests” Bosch (double bass and occasional manic laughter); Andy “Where’s my sticks” Matthews (drums, backing vocals and cringe-worthy old-man patter). They have been playing together for around 8 years and over that time have developed our own unique take on many rock and pop classics.

DJ duties on the night will be provided by Ben Howard of Keep Colchester Cool.

Tickets £6 in advance. £8 on the door.
Doors open 6pm – show starts 6.30pm.


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