The Daily Gazette is giving  local bands a chance to play  Colchester Arts Centre   on Saturday 7th August.

At the start of the year Neil D’Arcy Jones ran a competition, in conjunction with the Colchester Arts Centre, via  his Sound Check column to find a support band for  Colchester band Angry Vs the Bear and the response was so successful  the Gazette ended up choosing two support bands, Manic Minor and This Blank Page.

Now  the Gazette and Colchester Arts Centre have teamed up once again to put on  a night of some of the best musical talent around.

The Gazette’s Colchester New Music Night will take place at Colchester Arts Centre and  they need three top local bands to take part.

So, if you fancy playing a venue that has hosted the likes of Coldplay, the Strokes and the Killers, then this is the competition for you.

All you have to do to enter is send in your most recent demo to:
Neil D’Arcy-Jones
Gazette Soundcheck
43 North Hill

Entries to arrive no later than Friday 23rd July,  a panel of judges will then choose the winning bands.

If you fancy seeing some of the best musical talent the town and surrounding area has to offer, then tickets are now on sale, priced £5, available from the box office on 01206 500900. Alternatively, book online at