The Colchester Circle NovemberThis editorial currently features on page 22 of the November issue of The Colchester Circle, available throughout the town right now.

As soon as I met the team from The Colchester Circle I decided this was the publication I wanted to work with and support. The town they spoke about is the town I live in and love. Like every other town in the UK, Colchester has its faults but I concentrate on what’s unique about it, and that includes the vibrant music scene I champion through my website and Facebook Group.   This page won’t cover everything each month but these are just some of the events taking place that you can take your mates to safe in the knowledge of hearing some great music.

Ben Howard

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Freaky Age return to the UK and if you missed them last time, don’t make the same mistake twice. The foursome from Belgium play The Raging Bull at The Soundhouse (The Bull) on Friday 12th November. Making it that more exciting is the fact they are joined by Colchester’s Angry vs The Bear, Cav OK and The 633 who also do a sterling job in organising the monthly Raging Bull nights that this year has seen   acts such as
We Rock Like Girls Don’t and Tom Hingley from the Inspiral Carpets gig in Colchester.

The next day, Saturday 13th November at 5pm, Angry Vs The Bear return to The Soundhouse for an exclusive gig for local music fans aged between 14 and 18. With no alcohol on sale and no over 18’s allowed this is a chance to catch the Colchester Free Festival co-headliners in a wicked venue.

James Hunter, who has played venues such as The Hollywood Bowl and has supported greats such as Aretha Franklin and Van Morrison (who said “James is one of the best voices, and best kept secrets, in British R’n’B and Soul”) brings his Rhythm and Blues to The Twist on Saturday 13th November.   The Colchester born soul singer achieved “overnight success that’s taken 20 years…” following the release of his ‘People Gonna Talk’ album in 2006, nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album at the Grammy Awards and this is rare chance to see him perform in his own town.

Fancy an all-day Jam Session in aid of BBC Children of Need? Slack Space are staging The Big Jam on Monday 15th November from 10am – 6pm which has been organised by Oliver Dowling and is being sponsored by Sound Attak. Oliver will be drumming throughout the entire session and all local musicians are invited. Amps will be provided so just bring your instruments and jam the day away.

At Colchester Arts Centre on Thursday 18thh November you can catch Atari Teenage Riot who have reunited after a 10 year gap.   The Techno noise punk act from Berlin still includes two of their original members (Alec Empire and Nic Endo) but now also feature MC CX Kidtronik, who has worked with Saul Williams and Kanye West in the past. John Peel was a fan, as are The Beastie Boys who put out early ATR releases on their Grand Royal record label. More recently, Spin.com’s review of their gig at London’s   Electric Ballroom gig in May said “It’s rare in a world now ruled by Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber to hear music that is so angry with itself and with everything else around it.   But ATR’s overwhelming energy is difficult to deny, and difficult not to admire”.

Last but by no means least, there’s a funked up collaboration at Trotters Bar on Saturday 27th November, with a host of Colchester musicians getting together for a live improvised set. Orlando Perez, producer of jazz, latin and house influenced electronic funk is joined by self-confessed funkateer and soulsmith Greg Blackman, Gary Leach of The Scoobs and Geoff Clark of Housework and The Jazmine Ava Band. Expect live beats, keys, percussion with an array of freestyle vocals and you’ve pretty much got it.   The instrumental set runs from 9.30 till 10.30 and the vocal set follows at 11 till midnight.

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