Monday 6th September
The Bull – Jam Night
The Fat Cat – Open Mic Night
Wivenhoe Black Buoy – Open Mic Night

Tuesday 7th September
Silk Road – Get Our Soldier Sorted – The Lewis Bailey Charity Night
The Bull – Candlelit Live Lounge:   Evan & Hatcheck Honeys
Twisters – Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out (60s and 70s)

Wednesday 8th September
Molly Malones – Fagins Den
The Bull   – Open Mic Night
The Leather Bottle – 3s A Crowd

Thursday 9th September
Molly Malones – Jam Night powered by eCLECTIC mEDICINAL sYSTEM
The Bull (Main Bar) – Maxwell Slater Smith
Twisters – DJ Gilly and Toss The Boss!
V Bar   – Mad Mix Thursday: DJ Dave Mansfield

Friday 10th September
Colchester Arts Centre – Skywatchers, The Wilderness of Manitoba, Plantman
Molly Malones – Mother Popcorn: Sister Mantos, DJs Cattle Hammer, Penelope Edmund, Vibrosprout, Trevy Trevwa, Tweezerbumps – powered by eCLECTIC mEDICINAL sYSTEM
O’ Neill’s – Angel Fire
Roberts Live Lounge – Contraband
Silk Road – Funky Fridays: Funky House, Grime, RNB, Hip Hop, Urban Vibes with DJ N.O.D
Stoke By Nayland Golf Club – Fleece Jazz: John Law Trio
The Bull (Main Bar) – ‘Live at 6.45’ with Tom Sanderson (6.45pm)
The Bull (Main Bar) – Maz Band
The Bull (The Soundhouse) – The 633 Presents The Raging Bull: Tom Hingley (ex Inspiral Carpets)
The Twist – Adrenaline, Symphony Cult, Shadowed Eden
Twisters – The Overwrought
V Bar (downstairs) – DJ Sam Leppard
V Bar (upstairs) – Band Night: Fick as Fieves, The Kipling Conspiracy

Saturday 11th September
Colchester Arts Centre – Local Heroes Night: Adrian Nation, Lady Bird and The Larks, Slopes
Molly Malones – Harlot
O’ Neill’s – Batmans Cat
Roberts Live Lounge – Club Classics: DJ Peter James
Route – Twice As Nice: Boy Better Know, DJs Scottie B, Mad Influence Sounds, NimbleFingers, Kapital, Ashanti Yard, Shocka B, Mr Play B2B J Knox, Prince, Sammy P, Live Vybz, Cable
Silk Road – I <3 House: DJ Dave S
Slack Space – Slack Folk (Folk Club): The Medlars, Tim Clark, Paul Riley, Nick Gustard (2pm)
The Bull (Main Bar) – Undercover
The Bull (The Soundhouse) – Suspect Device
The Fat Cat – Strings Attached
The Twist – Con Jovi (Bon Jovi Tribute)
Twisters – DJ Gilly
V Bar – DJ Sam Leppard

Sunday 12th September
Colchester Arts Centre – Skeletonwitch, Warbringer, Angelus Apatrida
Silk Road – The Sunday Service (Electro & Dirty House): DJ Dave S
Stanway Rovers FC – Colchester Jazz Club: Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band
TP’s Sports Bar – FreQKlash Summer Closing Terrace Party: DJs Shane Watcha (Zombie Soundsystem), Rob Harding, Chamberlain, Stuart Pennick, Little Joe, Scott Millar (2pm)

Monday 13th September
Colchester Arts Centre – Colchester Folk Club: Les Barker
The Bull – Jam Night
The Fat Cat – Colchester! Festival Open Mic Night

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Inspiral Carpets frontman Tom Hingley plays a gig in Colchester on Friday – free admission

Local Heroes Night at Colchester Arts Centre on Saturday, supported by Keep Colchester Cool


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