This is a copy of the mailout sent to over 2000 members of the Keep Colchester Cool facebook group earlier today.

I look forward to seeing some of you at the Keep Colchester Cool gig at Trotters Bar on Thursday night with Manic Minor.

The content is building for the soon to be launched online directory of Colchester bands, musicians and DJs. Email information and contact details to for inclusion.

Monday 8th March
Colchester Arts Centre – Colchester Folk Club: Issy & David Emeney with Kate Riaz, Bof!
The Bull – Jam Night
The Fat Cat – Open Mic Night

Tuesday 9th March
Colchester Arts Centre – The Automatic, Straight Lines, Ideals
Dirty Penguin – Jam Session
River Lodge – Open Mic Night
Slack Space Mini Festival: March (Day One)
St Peters Church (North Hill) – Eric Chenaux, Dead Rat Orchestra, Rev Simpkins, The Dim Goddess
The Bull – Candlelit Live Lounge: Los Trios Amigos
University of Essex – UNITE hosted by the Turkish Cypriot Society: DJs Nibby, Nimblefingerz & Prince
V Bar – One Stop Rock (It’s Not For Chavs): a night of Rock, Alternative, Metal

Wednesday 10th March
Hole In The Wall – Deranged! Rock Night with DJ Griz (The Big Lick)
Slack Space Mini Festival: March (Day Two)
The Bull – Open Mic Night
The Twist – Double Yellow Lines, Legend of Anarchy, Innocence Within

Thursday 11th March
Colchester Arts Centre – Skindred (SOLD OUT)
Slack Space Mini Festival: March (Day Three)
The Bull (Main Bar) – Cover Station
The Twist – Glamour Of The Kill, Yashin, The Morning After, Never Means Maybe
Trotters Bar – Keep Colchester Cool presents Manic Minor
Twisters – DJ Gilly and Toss The Boss!
University of Essex – Oscillate: Two rooms of alternative music
V Bar – Band Night: The Mundens, The Jorneta Stream
V Bar – Mad Mix Thursday: DJ Chrissy Bleed

Friday 12th March
Headgate Theatre – Simon Hutley presents Swing to Bop
Honeytrap Bar (Hythe) – Nakedbreakz – Nu skool Breaks, House & Garage: DJs Baska, Quicklung, Slikmix, Mrg
O’ Neill’s – Talent
Roberts Live Music Bar – Blueprint
Silk Road – Funky Fridays: UK Funky, RnB, Hip Hop, Bashment – DJs Syd, Paddy, JJ, Sean B
Slack Space Mini Festival: March (Day Four)
The Bull (Main Bar) – The Reason
The Bull (The Music Room) – The 633 Presents Raging Bull: This Boy Wonders, Fagan, The 633
The Twist – Abusing Mary Jane
Twisters – Live Music TBA
V Bar – New for Old Fridays: DJ Sam Leppard
What? Bar – Chase and Status Warm Up Party: DJs Sicknote, Gorbo, Summons, Gazman

Saturday 13th March
Colchester Arts Centre – Essex Rocks presents New Town Kings, Housework, Red Faced Robot, The 633
Headgate Theatre – AcoustiCity: The Floe, Phil Burdett, Bernard Hoskin
Marquis – Pistols and Vultures
Roberts Live Music Bar – Retro Classics Night: 60s, Ska/Reggae, Northern Soul, Groovy Hammond, Mod, 90’s Indie, 77′ Punk – DJ Adi Clark
Silk Road – I ♥ House
Sky Rooms – Skool of Rave: Hardcore Breaks/Old Skool with DJs Force, Damage Inc., Release, JC, Remixx
Slack Space Mini Festival: March (Day Five)
The Bull (Main Bar) – Rekovered
The Bull (The Music Room) – Andrew Black
The Fat Cat – Ragged String Band
The Twist – Kids Can’t Fly, Protect The Target
Trotters Bar – Cushti
Twisters – DJ Gilly
University of Essex – Chase and Status (DJ Set), Nero, Heist
V Bar – DJ Sam Leppard

Sunday 14th March
Dirty Penguin – Sunday Night Live: Pistols and Vultures
Silk Road – Soulful Sundays: 80’s Funk and Soul
Slack Space Mini Festival: March (Day Six)
Stanway Rovers FC – Colchester Jazz Club: The Bennett Boys & The Fantabulous Sheepwash Playboys



Slack Space Colchester not only celebrates their 1st Birthday this week but they also host the Mini-Festival for March. All evening events are guest list only; email for an invitation.

Day One: Tuesday – 8pm
Slack Space Birthday Party – 1 year old today!

Day Two: Wednesday – 7.30pm
Idol Slackers – open mic / talent night
Compere: Mark Brayley and Dorian Kelly

Day Three: Thursday – 7.30pm
An evening of Electronica + Poetry and compere: Mark Brayley
Tristan Burford
Stuart Russell
Julia Usher
The abominable Mr Tinkler

Day Four: Friday – 8pm
King Dom
Sof – Ist
The Broken Drummers

Day Five: Saturday – 12pm
Pagan storytelling session: Celtic tales
Ipswich Pagan Council

Day Five: Saturday – 2pm
Experimental music workshop from The Unheard Orchestra
A unique, interactive musical experience for all ages. Free or register name in advance for free download
During the workshop participants will be encouraged to think unconventionally about music composition, learning that music does not start and end with notated scores, but is open to multiple interpretation, chance and fate

Day Five: Saturday – 7pm
Bands and solo + Poetry and compere: Mark Brayley
Dave Merryman (7.30pm)
Za Ginipiggu (8.15pm)
The Curious World Of The Grymoire (9pm)
Mother Sky (10pm)

Day Six: Sunday – 7.30pm
Local Scenes exhibition wrap party / private view
Meet the artists. Last chance to look at the range of pictures featuring local scenes from Essex and Suffolk



The 633 hosts their first Raging Bull event of 2010 in The Music Room of The Bull on Friday. The line up includes This Boy Wonders, Fagan, The 633 and the launch of Raging Bull TV.

Essex Rocks presents New Town Kings, Housework, Red Faced Robot, and The 633 at Colchester Arts Centre on Saturday night.

This is the last week for early bird tickets for rejected rocstars featuring Bentley Rhythm Ace (live), Krafty Kuts, Cut La Roc and StereoFreakz at the University on March 27th. Get them online or from Revolver Retro Clothing for just £8. Buy now because they’ll be £15 on the door

Get your ‘Early Puffin’ tickets for Cosmic Puffin now before they go up to full price. It’s taking place on Easter Weekend in East Mersea and the line up includes Keep Colchester Cool favourites such as Hokie Joint, Ady Johnson, New Town Kings, Surfquake, Vardo and The Boss, Hobo Chang, and loads more great bands.
Cosmic Puffin are also looking for Spoken Word and Theatre for one of their tents email if you can help out.

If you’re a musician aged 14 -21 you’ve got until March 31st to enter Essex Music Agency Undiscovered 2010; a county wide music contest.

So many people I deal with agree that the BBC’s decision to axe BBC 6 Music is such a bad move.
Join The Facebook Group:
Sign The Petition:
And get campaigning!


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…