This time last week we announced Colchester! (Colchester Free Festival 2010) and it’s been a hectic one since.
We currently have over 1700 members of the Colchester! – (Colchester Free Festival 2010) Facebook group so if you havent already joined, please do so today:

We’ve been inundated with offers of music acts (we’ll be providing info on that in due course) and what we’re looking for right now is members of the Keep Colchester Cool community who can offer their services to help organise the festival week and make it one to remember. We also need Colchester Venues to host Festival events Monday 13th-Saturday 18th September)
We’re having a public festival meeting on Tuesday (27th) at 8pm at Slack Space, Queen Street, Colchester. If you can attend please email


This mailout lists all the Music Events taking place in Colchester this week but did you know the Keep Colchester Cool website also lists this week’s Arts Events as well as all the cool places to eat, drink and shop?

Monday 26th April
Colchester Arts Centre – Colchester Folk Club: Suntrap
The Bull – Jam Night
The Fat Cat – Open Mic Night

Tuesday 27th April
River Lodge – Open Mic Night
Colchester Arts Centre – Young Guns, Save Your Breath, Outcry Collective
The Bull – Candlelit Live Lounge: The Curious World of the Grymoire
University of Essex – UNITE : Italian Fashion Carnival Part 2   DJs Nibby, Nimblefingerz, Prince
V Bar – One Stop Rock (It’s Not For Chavs): a night of Rock, Alternative, Metal

Wednesday 28th April
Hole In The Wall – Deranged! Rock Night with DJ Griz (THE BIG LICK)
The Bull   – Open Mic Night
The Twist – Plug & Play Showcase: Line-up TBA

Thursday 29th April
The Bull (Main Bar) – Next Of Kin
The Bull (Music Room) – Vast Energy Presents
Twisters – DJ Gilly and Toss The Boss!
University of Essex – Oscillate: Two rooms of alternative music
V Bar – Mad Mix Thursday: DJ Chrissy Bleed

Friday 30th April
Colchester Arts Centre – Black Spiders, Slaves To Gravity
Karma Nightclub – Mind Your Own Business: Indie Disco Classics – Past and Present with DJ Sam Leppard
Qube – SHAFT: Soul Classics, Jazz, Funk, Weekender Anthems, RnB
Roberts Live Music Bar – Bouncing Off Concrete
Roxi Bar – Homegrown: Drum & Bass , Dubstep, Hard Trance, Old School, Jungle, Electro -DJs Kush, Slade, Jooney, Wagner, Lil Jonnie, Kowboi, Roachie, Fluff, Kev, Meny
Silk Road – Funky Fridays: UK Funky, RnB, Hip Hop, Bashment
The Bull (Main Bar) – Colourblind Hedgehogs
The Bull (Main Bar) – Live @ 6.45:   Los Trios Amigos (6.45pm – 8pm)
The Bull (The Music Room) – The Friday Night Blues Jam
The Twist – Abusing Mary Jane, Dan Warburton, Paper Cages, Never Ending Light
Twisters – Live Music TBA
V Bar – New for Old Fridays: DJ Chrissy Bleed

Saturday 1st May
Headgate Theatre – Alison Blackhall (Harp) in concert with the Crofton Brass Quintet
Molly Malones – Earth Girls Are Easy
O’ Neill’s – Was 3000
Silk Road – I <3 House
Sky Rooms – THE BIG LICK – Circus of Horror: 2nd Birthday Party (Metal, Rock, Alternative Club Night) – DJs Yoshi, Griz, Evil Stu, Uncle Slappy, Steevi Diamond, Ben Johnston, Xav
The Bull (Main Bar) – Freebird
The Bull (The Music Room) – The Rising
The Fat Cat – Keith Godman
The What? – GrownSoul
Twisters – DJ Gilly
V Bar –   DJ Sam Leppard

Sunday 2nd May
Curve Bar – Engima Launch Night: DJs Worzal, Cyberdog, The Scoundrel,   Chunky Fingers, Jazzie Dee, Stat, Bones E Boy,   Mardy, Billy Bong, Double T, Ginger Jon, Sparky
O’ Neill’s – Stalker
Stanway Rovers FC – Colchester Jazz Club: Vintage Jazz
The Bull (Main Bar) – Wanted (6pm)
The Bull (Main Bar) – Beagles (9.30pm)
The Fat Cat – Black Cat Bone (Stripped To The Bone)
The Kings Arms – Time Out
The Marquis – Fagan
The Minories – Sunday Service 2010:   The Ragged String Band, Ladybird & The Larks
Twisters – DJ Gilly
V Bar –   DJ Chrissy Bleed
The What? – rejected*rocstars – Socialize The Reunion: DJs Curl & Dean, Danny Reject & Kimpossible, Micky C & DJ Huffle, Bobby Skillz, Stereofreakz

Monday 3rd May
Rose and Crown (Wivenhoe) – Open Mic Night
The Fat Cat – Open Mic Night
The Kings Arms – Radio Play, Stone Shuffle Jones (1pm)
The Marquis – 7th Step (2pm)
V Bar – May Day Mayhem: Rox&Sam, Meet Me At The Border, To Kill A Rose, The Jorneta Stream, Son Of The Morning, Before Silence Falls, For Everything A Reason, Unleash the Fury, Carved From Violence



Have you joined the Colchester Arts Centre Facebook Group yet?

Catch an exclusive screening of Gladiator on 13th May at Colchester Odeon for the Roman Circus Campaign

Colchester in Bloom – get involved in anyway you can

Can we reverse BBC’s decision to axe BBC 6 Music?
Attend the protest on Saturday 22nd May
Join The Facebook Group:
Sign The Petition:
And get campaigning!

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.

Always refer to Keep Colchester Cool news for daily updates and if anything is missing please let me know.


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