This editorial currently features in the September 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

IntoTheNorthSea are getting a lot of attention for the right reasons. They got selected to play Colchester Free Festival and their ambient dance music from a lyrical perspective has gained some great reviews, with The LP Project saying “If you want to see something a little different from the norm then catch this band while you can.”   Well that chance is provided at Tin Pan Alley on Thursday 8th September when they play the Vietnam Invades night which is taking place each and every Thursday.

Dead Air Recordings is a label founded by Lee Ashcroft that releases and promotes brand new musical recordings onto so-called “dead” audio formats. However, with Dead Air Live you don’t have to hunt around for a MiniDisc or 8 track cartridge to hear the top material they put out. The DAL08 evening of noisy folks and folky noises at Slack Space on Saturday 10th September brings Fuzzy Lights, Doomsday Apocalypse Special, Bangstick, and Lost Harbours to Colchester. Film screenings of Sygnok & The War For Radical Computer Music, and Stretch, compliment the music offering.

The Soundhouse at The Bull hosts Essex Rocks on Saturday 17th September and Drive Through Therapy, a band that absolutely rocked the Essex Rocks stage at Kelvedon Free Music Festival this year, deservedly headline. Support comes from London’s The Manic Shine and Colchester’s Meet Me At The Border with some bands additional bands to be announced at the time of going to press.

Black Cat Bone at play Pat Molloy’s on Tuesday 20th September. The four piece band, formed by accident 5 year ago, have been described by the Gazette’s Neil D’Arcy- Jones as “one of the most respected blues band in the county”. Their full electric line-up has a twin guitar sound that brings together the early feel of the blues pioneers, with 60′s licks and a modern funk twist. Their laid back, chilled acoustic outfit Black Cat Bone (Stripped) also gig regularly.

Nineties  indie fans will remember hits such as Olympian and For The Dead by indie band Gene. They split in 2004 after achieving 10 top 40 hits, and following a 7 year breather their lead singer and song writer Martin Rossiter has recorded his debut solo album and will be playing Colchester Arts Centre on Tuesday 27th September as part of his UK tour.

I’m back DJ’ing at Twisters Bar on Friday 30th September for the High Fidelity night. After having DJ Huffle as my guest for the last two nights there, we’re now joining forces on a regular basis for what will now be known as Howard and Huffle High Fidelity. The anything goes approach to the selection of tracks on the night makes it a pretty fine gig, and you’re sure to be taken by musical surprise more than once during our sets.

I’m closing this month with recognition to the latest venues in Colchester putting on regular live music. We can now add The Judge and The Jury, The Britannia, The Foresters Arms, and The New Inn to venues putting on gigs. I wish them all the very best of luck and it’s a positive reflection on how big the Colchester music scene has become over the past few years.