Keep Colchester Cool, in conjunction with Trotters Bar, presents the latest in a series of FREE events which showcase local acts who we think you should be hearing more of.Keep Colchester Cool presents Videotapes

On Thursday 20th January it’s the turn of Videotapes.

Videotapes are a Colchester-based three-piece band who formed only last summer but since then they have gone from strength to strength. They’ve released two EPs, won the Colchester Youth Council Battle of the Bands, played Colchester Arts Centre for the ‘Gazette Presents’ Night and were named as one of 5 local bands to watch in 2011 by Neil D’arcy Jones for the Colchester Gazette, who said “In their poppy moments, they’re the La’s and the Coral and in their melodic folk numbers, they have a tinge of the Belle and Sebastian and Kings of Conveniences about them.”

Their blend of indie, folk and rock has earned them a loyal following, with gigs at Slack Space and local folk clubs helping to spread to word. A 4.5 out of 5 review in The Colchester Circle magazine and a ‘New Bands Panel’ feature on the popular blog for stand as testament to the exciting music the band is creating.

Tracks are available for free download at:

The Keep Colchester Cool presents… nights always draw in a crowd who appreciate great music from local bands so come to Trotters Bar on Thursday 20th January and see for yourself!

The bar is open until 12:00am and there’s drink offers too:
Bottles of Becks £1.50 and Bulmers £2.
Please bring ID if you look under 21 and want to buy alcohol.
And once again, it’s FREE ENTRY!

Live music starts at 9.30pm. See you there!

Videotapes are the latest in a line of acts who have played at Trotters Bar for Keep Colchester Cool along with Manic Minor, Young Swells, Jack Howe, The Kipling Conspiracy, Ellie Cornell, Greg Blackman, The Jorneta Stream, Blisted Pearl, Tom Sanderson, Top Deck All Stars, Kill The Party, Slopes, DJ Huffle, Station, To Kill A Rose, Animal Noise, We Are Embassy, and The Overwrought.

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