Monday 23rd August
The Bull – Jam Night
The Fat Cat – Open Mic Night

Tuesday 24th August
The Bull – Candlelit Live Lounge:   Baron Von Munchenhausen, Dave Beckett

Wednesday 25th August
The Bull   – Open Mic Night
The Twist – Plug & Play Showcase:   Paper Cages, Reachback, Dan Warburton, Darwin & The Dinosaur, Buddy Lee Dickens
Trotters Bar – Cider Fest: Hat Check Honeys

Thursday 26th August
Molly Malones – Jam Night powered by eCLECTIC mEDICINAL sYSTEM
The Bull (Main Bar) – The Weller Collective
The Bull (The Music Room) – Adrian Nation
TP’s Sports Bar – Mind The Dub Step: DJs Vibrant, Kadence
Trotters Bar – Cider Fest: Vixation, Greg Blackman
Twisters – DJ Gilly and Toss The Boss!
V Bar   – Mad Mix Thursday: DJ Dave Mansfield

Friday 27th August
Colchester United Football Club (prior to the Carlisle Match) – Colchester United and Keep Colchester Cool present Housework (6.30pm)
Curve Bar (downstairs) – Nu Jazz and Hip Hop Live Sessions:   Irrelevant, Orlando Jinx Perez feat Frankie, Bobby Skillz, Chelle
Curve Bar (upstairs) – Homegrown 9 : Drum & Bass , Old School, Jungle, Hard Trance   -DJs Wagner, Kush, Sladey, Jooney b2b Canty, Lil Jonnie, Meny, Mainline. Powered by Hed-On-A-Stick Sounds
Molly Malones – Paolo Morena
O’ Neill’s – Stiff In The Morning
Qube – SHAFT: Soul Classics, Jazz, Funk, Weekender Anthems, RnB – DJs Gilly, Jimmi Dixon, Chaz J, Kev James
River Lodge – Amnesty International Fundraising   Event: Live Music TBA
Roberts Live Lounge – Spooky
Silk Road – Funky Fridays: Funky House, Grime, RNB, Hip Hop, Urban Vibes with DJ N.O.D
Stoke By Nayland Golf Club – Fleece Jazz: Drugstore Cowboy Quartet
The Britannia – Rocks Britannia: Cushti
The Bull (Main Bar) – ‘Live at 6.45’ with Kevin Pearce (6.45pm)
The Bull (Main Bar) – The Current
The Bull (The Music Room) – The Friday Night Blues Jam
The Fat Cat – Weekend Fest: Gabriela Eva, Tim Clark, Josh Sandifier
The Twist – Mischief
Trotters Bar – Cider Fest – Stone The Crows, DJs Chelle & Bobby Skillz
Twisters – Hula Hawaii Party
V Bar – Mind Your Own Business: Indie Disco Classics – Past and Present with DJ Sam Leppard

Saturday 28th August
Colchester Arts Centre – Hatebreed
Freekie Fest 2010 – Secret location! – See link below for DJ line-up and info
Molly Malones – Reggae night with Freedom Sound System
O’ Neill’s – Batmans Cat
River Lodge – Idriss Ibrahim
Roberts Live Lounge – Cover Up
Silk Road – I <3 House: DJ Dave S
The Britannia – Rocks Britannia: Jack Rundell
The Bull (Main Bar) – Voodoo Child
The Fat Cat – Weekend Fest: Rachel Clark, Sian Finnis, Jason
The Minories – Launch Live presents The Twilight Festival: Murphy’s Lore, Hobo Chang, The Jazmine Ava Band, Toejam, The Young Swells (see link below)
The Twist – The Blind Pilots, Buddy Lee Dickens, Owen Bennet
Trotters Bar – Cider Fest: GrownSoul
Twisters – T Fest featuring Laura Wyatt
V Bar –   Caribbean Night
Waffles Bar – Pete Brame

Sunday 29th August
Escape – Hat-Club: DJs Laura Essence, Damien Stone, Twisted Beatz
Kings Arms -SYX
Layer Marney – Local Beer & Music Festival: Matt Haines, Dragon Fruit, Funky Voices, Rising Dogs, Rev Simpkins, Mother Sky, Mark Keeley’s Elvis Show, Fakin’ Stevens
O’ Neill’s – Stalker
River Lodge – Joe Boyd (3pm)
River Lodge – There and Back (8.30pm)
Roberts Live Lounge – Big Jeff’s Soul Night Out
Route -Frisky: DJs Seany B, JJ, Syd, Billy Da Kidd, Lil’ Sam, MC Blife, Apex, Jamie G, Instrumental, Duracell
Silk Road – The Sunday Service (Electro & Dirty House): DJ Dave S
Stanway Rovers FC – Colchester Jazz Club:   The Sussex Jazz Kings
The Britannia – Rocks Britannia: Scooter Rally meet at Merc, Eld Lane at 1pm then onto The Britannia at 3pm for The 633
The Bull (Main Bar) – Wanted (6pm)
The Bull (Main Bar) – The Outlaws
The Bull (The Music Room) – Housework, The Poor Neighbours, Josh Sandifer
The Hole In The Wall – Deranged: A-Z of Metal with DJs Griz, Yoshi, Steevi Diamond
The Minories – Ska Sunday Service Special: Ska Gills and Vardo & The Boss (3pm)
The Station Wivenhoe – Hobo Chang
Twisters – Psychedelic Night: DJ Gilly
V Bar – Pyjama Party

Monday 30th August
Kings Arms – Strum & Bass, Back Trackin’ (1pm), Stalker
Layer Marney – Local Beer & Music Festival: John Poole, Artwork, Crown Street, Jazmine Ava, Seventh Note
The Fat Cat – Open Mic Night
TP’s Sports Bar – ShowSound promotions Live and Loud (an Essex Air Ambulance Fundraiser): The Jazmine Ava Band, 7th Step, Red Faced Robot, Ease Springs, Future of Legends, The Great Excuse, Housework, Cushti, DJs Roachie, Adi Clark

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Colchester Cider Fest at Trotters Bar with Music and DJs every night (Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th April)
and 10 pence from every half pint of Cider sold will be donated to Colchester! Free Festival

Rocks Britannia – Colchester’s new music venue launches this weekend

The Twilight Festival returns to Colchester this Saturday 28th August

Freekie Fest: A 14 hour Underground House and Techno Festival this Saturday

eCLECTIC mEDICINAL sYSTEM Lyer Marney Music & Beer Festival 29th & 30th August


Please donate towards Colchester! Free Festival, this is being organised by the community for the community. 100% of monies raised go towards making the festival happen.

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