This editorial currently features in the March 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.
Itâ€™s March already? Ferris Bueller told us that life moves pretty fast but this is ridiculous. However, now that winter is as good as history we can start looking forward to the spring and summer months and all the local festivals. More of which in future issues but until then, letâ€™s check out this monthâ€™s delights.
Itâ€™s the diversity of the music on offer in Colchester that makes the scene what it is. Segue works in partnership with artists and organisations to produce of music led and cross- art form performance and education projects. On Saturday 5th March at Lakeside Theatre, Seque brings together pianist Joanna MacGregor, who is thought of as one of the worldâ€™s most innovative musicians, and Brazilian master percussionist Adriano Adewale for a night featuring classical, jazz, world and contemporary music.
Tin Pan Alley Music Bar in Queen Street has been getting good reviews since opening before Christmas and they now host live music seven nights a week. Animal Noise are one of the bands Iâ€™ve tipped for big things this year with their â€˜beaten, battered n bruised folkâ€™ and theyâ€™re playing at Tin Pan Alley on Friday 11th March along with The Raffles Gang who are fronted by that well known man about town, Richard â€˜Bennyâ€™ Benedetti.
The Curve Bar in Colchester has always had good memories for me. In the eighties it was called The Venue and it was the place where you could hear Acid House in Colchester long it went mainstream. I DJâ€™d at The Venue many times alongside the likes of Ray Keith, Dave Lee (Joey Negro), Conan Manchester and Gilly, so Iâ€™m always happy when dance music is represented there now. On Friday 11th March, a new monthly night called Afro Dizzy Stack is launched at Curve Bar with DJâ€™s Singi, Main Line, Onslaught, Huffle, EyeRee and Duracell playing a cocktail of Drum n Bass, Dub, Jungle through to Hard Trance, Techno and Electro.
The following night, bands and DJâ€™s combine at Art Not Apathyâ€™s first live music event of 2011 (in association with Essex Rocks) at Colchester Arts Centre on Saturday 12th March. The line-up is impressive with the New Town Kings returning to the venue that they always sell out. The supporting bands of Housework, The Strangerhood, The Jorneta Stream would alone make it a great night but the inclusion of Soundcheck DJâ€™s Huffle, Seffi B, Roachie and Mat Tha Hat means itâ€™s going to go off, from the off!
Broken Heads won the Colchester Sixth Form College Battle Of The Bands last month and have since spent time putting the finishing touches to their debut EP which will be launched at The Twist on Wednesday 23rd March on a night organised by Centre Stage Photography. The four piece indie/rock band will be joined by Abusing Mary Jane from Colchester, Maeâ€™s Lost Empire from Sheffield, and Depth from Norwich.
Rounding off the month, Chase & Status are DJâ€™ing at Route Nightclub on Saturday 26th March along with MC Rage. Hailed as ‘the most exciting producers in the UK today’ by Pharrell Williams of N*E*R*D, Chase & Status will be likely to mix up some Drum n Bass Anthems alongside more recent tracks from their new album, No More Idols.