Ben Howard’s High Fidelity at Twisters

This editorial currently features in the April issue of The Colchester Circle, available throughout the town right now.

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Here are just some of the events taking place this month that you can go to, safe in the knowledge of hearing some great music.

Ben Howard

DJ Gilly spinning tunes in The Main Bar of The Bull? What’s all this about? Well on Saturday 9th April, after of Rekovered and 3AMS have performed live at the venue, the man famed for providing the soundtrack to many of our nights out over the years will take to the decks from midnight until 2.30am. This is a first for The Bull who are introducing The Gilly Sessions to enable the party to continue with even when the bands have stopped. I won’t be surprised if people head to The Bull just for the Gilly Sessions alone.

Lady Bird and the Larks always possess the ability to sing and combine bling so there can be no complaints about their aptly named Sing & Bling Ding Dong at The Headgate Theatre on Friday 15th April. The singing group of Sally Theobald, Jeanette Lynes, Lorraine Francis, Jenny Allenby and Alison Benz are as lovely off stage as you’d hope they’be and they are proving to be a hit with so many people as a result of their brilliant live gigs. This one promises a musical feast of original songs with luscious harmonies and tasty costumes about life on a checkout, spurned single mother vampires, celebrity culture, mobile phones and, of course, love and loss!

Just to confuse matters, the Ben Howard headlining at Colchester Arts Centre on Tuesday 19th April isn’t me. He makes good folk/rock music whereas I promote good music. He surfs waves whereas I surf the internet. However, I am going to appearing there on the night playing some records before and between the acts, so whichever Ben Howard you come to see you shouldn’t be disappointed.

The Twist sees a welcome return to Colchester for The Small Fakers who will be playing the entire classic 1968 Small Faces album, Ogdens Nut Gone Flake on Saturday 23rd April. As far as tribute acts go, these have superb credentials. John Hellier, organiser of the annual Small Faces convention said “The sound is authentic and just one word describes them ‘Awesome!’

On Easter Monday 25th April, Pat Molloy’s (previously O’Neills) hands over the reins to Ice Breaker Promotions who are relatively new on the scene but are working hard to establish a good name for themselves. Set up by sound engineer Jack Jordan and musician Gary Hill their aim is to create a concert promotion company that works with bands to get them playing live and making them known in the local music community. Their Easter line-up consists of Newton’s Apple (who are currently creating a buzz around town), Never Ending Lights and Sinead Orme.

To close the month, I’m going to be DJ’ing at Twisters Bar on Saturday 30th April for the launch of a new night called High Fidelity. I’ll be spinning a mix of indie, rock and wonky pop (in fact I’ll be playing whatever takes my fancy) and this will be combined with top tracks from the current crop of Colchester bands. Joining me at the launch is DJ Huffle who is well worth checking out. Come down and if you’re in a band and want me to play your CD then drop a copy off at 15 Queen Street, Colchester. If I like it, I’ll play it.