The Keep Colchester Cool nights at Trotters Bar are worth checking out. This week we have a rare but very welcome local gig by singer/songwriter Ellie Cornell. Be good to see you there on Thursday night!

There’s a brand new music session called Live @ 645 at  The Bull every Friday evening at 6.45pm starting this Friday


Monday 19th April
Colchester Arts Centre – Colchester Folk Club: Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer
The Bull – Jam Night
The Fat Cat – Open Mic Night

Tuesday 20th April
River Lodge – Open Mic Night
The Bull – Candlelit Live Lounge: The Lullabys
V Bar – One Stop Rock (It’s Not For Chavs): a night of Rock, Alternative, Metal

Wednesday 21st April
The Bull – Open Mic Night
The Twist – Plug & Play Showcase: A Fate Untold, Rivals, Fish & The Weatherman, Count Your Friends
Colchester Arts Centre – Alensa, A Skylit Drive, Bury Tomorrow

Thursday 22nd April
Colchester Arts Centre – The Tiger Lillies
The Bull (Main Bar) – Dicky Hart
The Bull (Music Room) – Essex Rocks Battle Of The Bands – Road To Kelvedon: Manic Minor, Station, Pistols & Vultures, Slaves of the Fallen
Trotters Bar – Keep Colchester Cool presents Ellie Cornell
Twisters – DJ Gilly and Toss The Boss!
V Bar – Mad Mix Thursday: DJ Chrissy Bleed

Friday 23rd April
Molly Malones – Rubicon
Old Court House – Re-Blitz: New Romantic night with Vouge playing live and DJ Gilly – Admission by Ticket Only
Quayside Bar & Restaurant (The Hythe) – Chas & His Band (Chas & Dave)
Roberts Live Music Bar – Skandal
Silk Road – Funky Fridays: UK Funky, RnB, Hip Hop, Bashment
The Bull (Main Bar) – Live @ 645: Elliot Chapman (6.45pm)
The Bull (Main Bar) – FX (9pm)
The Bull (The Music Room) – So Called Humans
The Twist – Eradication, Black Polaris, Unleash The Fury, Callous
Twisters – The Kipling Conspiracy
V Bar – New for Old Fridays: Chrissy Bleed

Saturday 24th April
Bar Ten – Skyfm Allstars (Electro/Funky/Tech House): DJs Gruesome Ollie, Triple X
Headgate Theatre – AcoustiCity: African Blues with Diabel Cissokho (Kora) & Ramon Goose (Guitar)
Molly Malones – Reggae Night with Freedom Sound System
O’ Neill’s – The Rubb
Roberts Live Music Bar – Reggae Night: DJ Shaggy
Silk Road – We <3 Silk Road: DJs Partners In Soul (Dan Jolly & DJ Red),   Dave S, Mick B
The Bull (Main Bar) – Squeal
The Bull (The Music Room) – Sons Of Boudicca
The Fat Cat – Black Cat Bone (Stripped To The Bone)
The Marquis – Stone The Crows
The What? – Discotech: Irrelevant, Cabin, My Pal
Twisters – DJ Gilly
V Bar –   DJ Sam Leppard

Sunday 25th April
Colchester Arts Centre – British Sea Power
Dirty Penguin – Sunday Night Live: The Jorneta Stream, Blisted Pearl
Stanway Rovers FC – Colchester Jazz Club: Max Collie’s Rhythm Aces


Launch Live’s 1950s Rock n Roll Night

Colchester Walk to Work Week commences next Monday, 26th April

Colchester in Bloom – get involved in anyway you can

Catch an exclusive screening of Gladiator at Colchester Odeon for the Roman Circus Campaign

Can we reverse BBC’s decision to axe BBC 6 Music?
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Keep Colchester Cool now features on the ‘Sundays with Scott Clarke’ show on Red Radio show. Scott highlights the top 5 gigs of the week, as recommended by Keep Colchester Cool, at 5pm every Sunday.


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.

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