Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Arts Centre
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
  • Telephone 01206 500900
  • Box office times Mon–Sat 10.30am–5.30pm; closed Sun.
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  • Website www.colchesterartscentre.com
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The venue promotes a wide range of contemporary performing arts including comedy theatre and live music covering folk, world, pop and rock as well as children's workshops and farmers' markets. The centre has showcased several big names on their road to stardom including Eddie Izzard, Graham Norton, The Libertines and The Killers.

There is no parking outside the venue in Church Street, except for performers/contractors loading in and out but parking is available on St Mary's Car Park on Balkerne Hill. The nearest railway station is Colchester Town.

Events at this venue

There are 142 events at this location

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12th Colchester Winter Ale Festival

There'll be real ales and ciders or perrys from all over the country. The Belgian bar will offer draught and bottled Belgian Beers alongside English wines from Mersea Island Vineyard. Soft drinks will be available - free to designated drivers. Food will be available at all sessions. Admission free until 3pm each day.

Tue 29 Jan

Children £3 / 01206 500900

  • 12:00

Wed 30 Jan

Children £3 / 01206 500900

  • 12:00

Thu 31 Jan

Children £3 / 01206 500900

  • 12:00
…and 2 more dates until 2 Feb

The Afrocentrics

The 7-piece Afrocentrics are a progressive afro funk band who play the sounds and rhythms of the African diaspora taking in jazz, funk, afrobeat, salsa, reggae and adding a modern twist. Kayode Adeniran has a prestigious history starting his career with King Sunny Ade and then playing a crucial role in turning the Yoruba…

Fri 19 Jul

£12.50 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Ahir Shah: Duffer

  • 5 stars

Two-time Edinburgh Comedy Awards nominee Ahir Shah discusses life and what comes after; death and what comes before; and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Fri 15 Feb

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Ana Silvera: Oracles

'Wonderful modern folk' - The Quietus Ana Silvera’s folk and bluegrass tinged tunes are lyrical, intimate and emotive, works of ‘lavish, vivid imagination’ (Metro). Drawing on stories from her own eventful life as well as folklore and myth, Ana’s songs are vignettes, poignant snapshots in time that weave poetry and…

Thu 14 Mar

£10 (£8) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Anakadabra

Magic means infinite things to infinite people. I don´t want to define magic for you, but I do want to share how magic became my identity and my way of understanding life: I don´t understand life without magic. Magic is the gift of creating unlimited possibilities, solutions, illusions and laughter. We don´t like…

Sat 23 Feb

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 13:30

Andrew Maxwell

  • 4 stars

Irish scamp Maxwell shows why his reputation for moments of comedy genius is so well-founded.

Sat 20 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 01206 500900

Andrew Maxwell: Showtime

With "SHOWTIME" Andrew continued his long run of domination of the Edinburgh Fringe. A memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos, it won yet another barrage of five-star reviews for one of the festival's most universally acclaimed acts. Now, it's…

Sat 20 Apr

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Apocalyptic Circus Presents: My House 10am

Come close and look in through the enticing doors and windows. If you are patient enough you might find out who lives here! “My House” is a circus theatre experience for little people and their families. This exciting, magical, quirky structure, which can be put up almost anywhere, invites people to come close and…

Sat 22 Jun

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 09:50

Apocalyptic Circus Presents: My House 11:30am

Come close and look in through the enticing doors and windows. If you are patient enough you might find out who lives here! “My House” is a circus theatre experience for little people and their families. This exciting, magical, quirky structure, which can be put up almost anywhere, invites people to come close and…

Sat 22 Jun

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 11:20

Apocalyptic Circus Presents: My House 1pm

Come close and look in through the enticing doors and windows. If you are patient enough you might find out who lives here! “My House” is a circus theatre experience for little people and their families. This exciting, magical, quirky structure, which can be put up almost anywhere, invites people to come close and…

Sat 22 Jun

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 12:50

As It Is + Modern Error

As It Is – completed by frontman Patty Walters, guitarist and singer Benjamin Langford-Biss, drummer Patrick Foley and bassist Ali Testo – take the listener on a journey which delves into every aspect of arguably the most prevalent social ill of our time across their third studio album, The Great Depression. From…

Tue 12 Mar

£14 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Banner Theatre: Spirit of 1868

Banner Theatre return to a favourite venue with a history of trade union struggles over the last 150 years. Expect rollicking tunes, videos, and interviews that bring you slap up to date with the struggle for union recognition and a living wage. One of the best agit-prop theatre companies will tell the stories of the 1888…

Tue 26 Feb

£10 (£5) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Barking Dog Threatre Company: Teddy's Picnic

Eddy The Teddy and his best friend Sammy Ragdoll decide that tomorrow would be just the day for a picnic. Sammy says she'll have to organise everything because Eddy probably won't be able to. Eddy pleads for Sammy to give him a chance. He'll organise everything. Sammy doesn't want her friend to think she doesn't trust…

Sat 6 Apr

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 13:30

Big Country

A re-formed configuration of the veteran Scotrockers whose hits include 'Fields of Fire' and 'In a Big Country'.

Sat 9 Mar

£25 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Big Lad + HOOF! + Dame Area + Horrible Dolphins

BIG LAD is a two headed trigger synth party noise machine made up of Henri Grimes (ex Sheild Your Eyes) on drums and Wayne Adams (ex Death Pedals) on synths. “Are your ready? Let’s play!” exclaims the strangely menacing toy sample which opens up BIG LAD’s new record… and play they certainly do, may God help you if…

Thu 7 Mar

£7 (£6) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Black Lake

Looking for inspiration and to pursue her passion for Expressionist painting, Aarya, a young woman, leaves her family in the city to house-sit, in a large secluded property surrounded by beautiful Scottish landscapes. Aarya’s peaceful world is shattered when she comes into possession of a red scarf, sent by her aunt on…

Tue 2 Apr

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Blazin' Fiddles

Contemporary fiddle band from the Highlands and Islands who've been called 'the Led Zeppelin of the folk world' and 'the U2 of their genre'.

Mon 25 Feb

£17 (£15) / 01750 725480

  • 19:45

The Blockheads

A Colchester Arts Centre Fundraiser This gig is for a standing audience The Blockheads are an English rock and roll band. Originally fronted by vocalist Ian Dury as Ian Dury and the Blockheads, the band has continued to perform since Dury's death in 2000. Current members include Derek Hussey (vocals), Chaz Jankel…

Sun 22 Dec

£22 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Bof! + Gwendal Moele and Paul Riley + No Strings Attached

Bof! Gwendal Moele and Paul Riley and No Strings Attached present an evening of French Folk Songs, dance music and chansons. Since 2000, Bof! has worked as a four-piece band specializing in traditional French and Breton music. The band’s repertoire is mainly traditional music from Central France and Brittany, but also…

Mon 21 Jan

£11 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Breabach

Blending double bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, song and Scottish stepdance with Celtic flair and frenzy.

Mon 18 Feb

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Building A Business Around Your Music - Do It Your Way

Calling all Essex based musicians!! Are you starting out and need to know more about the how the industry works? Are you wanting to make being a musician your career? Or maybe you are already doing it but would like some help? Whichever it is, this event is for you. The Essex Music Development Agency & Complete…

Sat 16 Mar

01206 500900

  • 12:00

Carl Donnelly & Julian Deane AKA Two Vegan Idiots

Stand-up comedians Carl Donnelly and Julian Deane have joined forces to tour the UK in 2019 following the release of their brilliant new podcast Two Vegan Idiots. Carl Donnelly has won a host of awards as well as being twice nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for his unique mix of observational comedy mixed with…

Tue 22 Jan

£10 (£8) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Carl Hutchinson: I Know I Shouldn't Behave Like This

Comedian Carl Hutchison's brand new show tackles adult issues like buying houses and having kids with a uniquely adolescent approach.

Thu 28 Mar

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Catherine Hoffmann: Cyst-er Act

A messy, musical ritual - Madame Ovary meets The Devils - probing into reproductive mishaps and monstrosities. What is it like to have your fallopian tube hacked off? Or to give birth to a 10lb cyst baby? The realm of the womb can be complex and bloody awesome… Cyst-er Act is a new work written about Cath’s personal…

Wed 17 Apr

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

China Plate & Staatstheater Mainz present: Status

China Plate & Staatstheater Mainz present Status Written by Chris Thorpe, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Warwick Arts Centre and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. We all have a nationality. Or almost all of us. Status is a show about someone…

Wed 27 Mar

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Chris Wood

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the unofficial history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak…

Mon 18 Mar

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

A Christmas Carol By Candlelight

Colchester Arts Centre Director Anthony Roberts’ traditional rendition of the Dickens classic, with musical accompaniment by Jamie Cunliffe. Hear this wonderful timeless tale in the beautiful surroundings of a Victorian church, with the only illumination provided by candlelight! Guaranteed to get you in the…

Mon 23 Dec

£6 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Tue 24 Dec

£6 / 01206 500900

  • 18:30

The Churchfitters

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax. The three virtuoso musicians from England and…

Mon 4 Feb

£11 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Colchester Farmers Market

Monthly farmers market.

Fri 8 Feb

01206 500900

  • 09:30

Fri 1 Mar

01206 500900

  • 09:30

Fri 5 Apr

01206 500900

  • 09:30
…and 8 more dates until 6 Dec

Colchester Heritage Tour With High Steward Sir Bob Russell - TOUR A

Enjoy an entertaining and fact-filled walk around the country's oldest recorded town, in the company of former Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell. The thing is, there's just so much history in Colchester - far too much to fit in to one walk. So there is now three different versions - A, B and X- all starting at Colchester…

Sun 3 Mar

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sun 12 May

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sun 23 Jun

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00
…and 3 more dates until 3 Nov

Colchester Heritage Tour With High Steward Sir Bob Russell - TOUR B

Enjoy an entertaining and fact-filled walk around the country's oldest recorded town, in the company of former Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell. The thing is, there's just so much history in Colchester - far too much to fit in to one walk. So there is now three different versions - A, B and X- all starting at Colchester…

Sun 7 Apr

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sun 26 May

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sun 7 Jul

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00
…and 3 more dates until 1 Dec

Colchester Heritage Tour With High Steward Sir Bob Russell - TOUR X

Enjoy an entertaining and fact-filled walk around the country's oldest recorded town, in the company of former Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell. The thing is, there's just so much history in Colchester - far too much to fit in to one walk. So there is now three different versions - A, B and X- all starting at Colchester…

Sun 3 Feb

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sun 21 Apr

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sun 9 Jun

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00
…and 3 more dates until 13 Oct

The Cult of K*nzo

A multi-media performance by Paula Varjack about a frustrated relationship with high fashion, and how it relates to entitlement, exclusion and territory.

Wed 20 Feb

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Damian Wilson & Adam Wakeman Live

Featuring Damian on vocals and acoustic guitar and Adam on piano, vocals and acoustic guitar. They’ll play songs from their individual back catalogues and artists they have worked with, along with tracks from their joint albums, intertwined with stories and memories from their extensive touring careers in a show not to be…

Thu 24 Jan

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Darren Harriott: Visceral

  • 3 stars

Personal and political gags from the Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee.

Sun 3 Mar

£15 / 01206 500900

Tue 19 Mar

£10 / 01206 500900

Dizzy Reece: Routes In Jazz

Internationally acclaimed UK jazz pianist, composer and Berklee College Alumnus Trevor Watkis has assembled an outstanding Anglo-American band to perform a special musical retrospective of jazz trumpeter Dizzy Reece. Alphonso 'Dizzy' Reece began his ascent into the jazz scene by initially cutting his teeth among the…

Sun 27 Jan

£17 (£15) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Edgelarks

Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. The pair's new project takes the roots of their previous work, from the traditional musics of the British Isles to Indian classical slide guitar to the stomping roots party of Phil's beatbox harmonica; adds a strong stem of original…

Mon 11 Mar

£15 (£14) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Ellie Taylor: Don't Got This

Fresh from recording her debut Netflix stand up special, the star of The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo and QI is back with a brand new show. Join Ellie as she bangs on about life, love and what will happen if one more person tells her “you got this”. www.ellietaylorcomedy.com TWITTER @EllieJaneTaylor…

Sat 28 Sep

£15 (£13) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

ELO Encounter

An Electric Light Orchestra tribute band play all of the band's classics.

Sat 4 May

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

F.O.X

F.O.X are a female fronted synth pop act from Essex, UK. Having released 2 albums – their debut ‘Chimera’ and follow up ‘Hypoxia’ the band have gained National and International praise along the way for their eye-popping, high energy live shows, major versus minor songwriting and use of electronics. “It’s a…

Sat 16 Feb

£7 (£6) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Fairyland Trust Workshop: Elf Sticks [10am]

Hear the story of King Elfred who met The Fairyland Keeper of Time and learnt how to make an Elf Stick. Then make your very own elf stick using a wide range of recycled and natural materials. Did you know that Elf Stick are how you tell time in Fairyland and based on the comings and goings of nature? Together we…

Sat 9 Feb

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Fairyland Trust Workshop: Elf Sticks [11am]

Hear the story of King Elfred who met The Fairyland Keeper of Time and learnt how to make an Elf Stick. Then make your very own elf stick using a wide range of recycled and natural materials. Did you know that Elf Stick are how you tell time in Fairyland and based on the comings and goings of nature? Together we…

Sat 9 Feb

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 11:00

Fairyland Trust Workshop: Elf Sticks [12.30pm]

Hear the story of King Elfred who met The Fairyland Keeper of Time and learnt how to make an Elf Stick. Then make your very own elf stick using a wide range of recycled and natural materials. Did you know that Elf Stick are how you tell time in Fairyland and based on the comings and goings of nature? Together we…

Sat 9 Feb

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 12:30

Fairyland Trust Workshop: Elf Sticks [2pm] With BSL

Hear the story of King Elfred who met The Fairyland Keeper of Time and learnt how to make an Elf Stick. Then make your very own elf stick using a wide range of recycled and natural materials. Did you know that Elf Stick are how you tell time in Fairyland and based on the comings and goings of nature? Together we…

Sat 9 Feb

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 14:00

Flo & Joan: Alive on Stage

  • 4 stars

Musical comedy from sisters Flo and Joan.

Fri 12 Apr

£12 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Tue 21 May

£12 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Flook

The flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly weave and spin traditionally rooted tunes into the breathtaking sound of the groundbreaking band Flook. This group possesses a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold…

Mon 6 May

£15 (£14) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

From The Jam

A Colchester Arts Centre Fundraiser This gig is for a standing audience A celebration of the music of THE JAM, featuring original bassist BRUCE FOXTON. Guitarist Russell Hastings is the only frontman other than Weller to have worked with both Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler (former The Jam drummer). His passion and…

Fri 21 Jun

£25 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Gary Delaney: Gagster's Paradise

Comedy from Mock the Week regular.

Fri 19 Apr

£17 (£15) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Genesis Visible Touch

The band performs classic soft-rock hits in tribute to the Phil Collins' era of the group.

Sun 29 Sep

£15 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Glenn Wool: Wool's Gold II (the Iron Pirate)

Comfortably in his forties, award-winning comedian & new dad Wool delves into his back catalogue of material spanning 25 years to perform some of his more subversive routines. Does he still agree with those points of view or has he finally grown up? Plus a little navel gazing tossed in for the arty-farty types.

Sun 28 Apr

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Goblin Theatre Presents: Hey Diddle Diddle

Goblin return with a hilarious adventure filled with live music and puppetry, for ages 3+. When the full moon shines bright there’s magic in the air, and all the animals come out to play. Stay up late with flying cows, jazzy cats and runaway crockery and as we jump and jive to the music in a brilliant new take on the…

Sat 28 Sep

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 13:30

Goblin Theatre Presents: Hey Diddle Diddle [Relaxed]

Goblin return with a hilarious adventure filled with live music and puppetry, for ages 3+. When the full moon shines bright there’s magic in the air, and all the animals come out to play. Stay up late with flying cows, jazzy cats and runaway crockery and as we jump and jive to the music in a brilliant new take on the…

Sat 28 Sep

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 10:30

The Guns 'N Roses Experience + Wrong Jovi + Idolized

GIANTS OF ROCK U.S.A 2019 TOUR is a tribute to 3 American rock legends performed by 3of the world's very best tributes to their respective original artist. This show is very real alternative to seeing these U.S rock giants as witnessed by millions back in their heyday. GUNS N' ROSES performed by The Guns N’ Roses…

Fri 22 Mar

£15.50 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg

Actor, author, One Show reporter, former MP and government whip tours his new one man show about all things theatrical.

Sat 30 Mar

£21.50 / 01206 500900

Hal Cruttenden: Chubster

  • 3 stars

The London-born TV regular and self-confessed middle-class luvvie shares his brand of upbeat observational humour.

Tue 12 Feb

£21.30 / 01206 500900

Hayseed Dixie

This gig is for a standing audience Hayseed Dixie started in the year 2000 and has been going for 17 years now, so we’ll get to the BRAND NEW ALBUM in a minute. First, a bit of history … Hayseed Dixie began one innocent summer day in 2000 when John Wheeler aka Barley Scotch and his pal, dobro and pedal steel player…

Thu 21 Mar

£18.50 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Ieva Kuniskis: They Live Next Door

They Live Next Door is a highly physical dance theatre show that takes its audience on an emotional rollercoaster as a relationship between two men unravels. Witness their ever-changing bond through heart-warming moments of love and tenderness, contrasted with bouts of conflict and manipulation. This turbulent…

Wed 20 Mar

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

IMPERMANENCE presents: The Ballet of the Nations

Actor Billy Zane narrates this 50-minute arthouse film in which war is imagined as a diabolical dance choreographed by Satan and Ballet Master Death. The Ballet of the Nations Bristol Based Impermanence present their first short-feature film. The film was inspired by the pacifist satire, The Ballet of the Nations…

Wed 23 Jan

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

James McDermott: Rubber Ring

Written and Performed by James McDermott Jimmy is sixteen, sexually confused and stuck in Sheringham. He’s screwed. Well he isn’t actually: that’s the problem… When pop star Morrissey comes to London, Jimmy flees to the city to try and find his hero and himself. 'Rubber Ring' is a coming of age comedy about growing…

Wed 23 Oct

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Jay Foreman's Disgusting Songs for Children

As heard on BBC Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, and as seen on The One Show, London Live TV and Dave Gorman's UK/Ireland tour. The multi award-winning musical comedian is back with charmingly sickable songs, stories, poems and a whole lot more for the whole family from small children to massive children (grown ups). Reviews…

Sat 9 Nov

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 13:30

Jess Robinson: Here Come The Girls

Award-winning vocal gymnast and musical impressionist.

Thu 25 Apr

£12 / 01206 500900

Jess Robinson: No Filter

Multi-award-winning Jess Robinson is back with a new show! With more spot-on celebrity impressions, musical comedy and stunning vocal gymnastics. Jess takes you on a dizzying journey through hilarious improvised musical impressions, serving up a feast of styles and genres from classical to rock to hip hop showcasing…

Thu 25 Apr

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

The Joe Allard Commission: Chris Redmond

Chris Redmond is a poet, musician and artistic director of Tongue Fu, one of the UK’s leading spoken word and music shows. Published by Burning Eye, he has been featured on Sky Arts, BBC Radio 1, 2 and 4. As a musician/composer he’s worked in theatre (Improbable, IceandFire) and TV (BBC One, ITV) and with Tongue Fu he has…

Sun 10 Feb

01206 500900

  • 13:30

John-Luke Roberts: All I Wanna Do Is…

John-Luke Roberts: All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS] With a [FX: GUN RELOADING] and a [FX: CASH REGISTER] and Perform Some Comedy! One of the Edinburgh Fringe's most celebrated talents of recent times sets out on his first full national tour. John-Luke Roberts' show this year was a complete sell-out run and one of the…

Sat 9 Feb

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Jon Boden & The Remnant Strings

Jon Boden has become the ‘stand out performer of his generation’ (The Guardian) of traditional folk artists, but one whose repertoire extends far beyond the boundaries of the genre. He is best known as the lead singer and main arranger of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead. After twelve years, a quarter of a…

Mon 4 Mar

£20 / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Kaine (with Osmium Guillotine)

Kaine will be celebrating their first decade with a night of Heavy Metal at Colchester Arts Centre. Included with the price of VIP tickets will be a live album on CD/Digital Download recorded on the night by Colchester’s very own Pioneer Music Studio, the event t-shirt, poster and more to be announced and given away at…

Sat 27 Apr

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Keisha Thompson: Man on The Moon

Man on the Moon is a bruk down journey, through space and time, fuelled by love, fear and Afro-futurism. Keisha communicates with her reclusive dad through books, letters and symbols. But when the letters stop coming she is forced to venture into his world. This truth-infused narrative sees the protagonist follow a…

Wed 6 Mar

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Ken Cheng: Best Dad Ever

Comedy from the Cambridge mathematics dropout and professional poker player.

Tue 30 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 01206 500900

Kid Carpet: Noisy Holiday

The Noisy Animals are looking forward to their dream holidays and have some brilliant ideas about where in the world they want to go. Kid Carpet just wants them all to be together but will he be able to keep everyone happy when he can’t even get them in the car? This lively mix of live music, theatre, comedy, puppetry…

Sat 23 Mar

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 13:30

Kid Carpet: Noisy Holiday [Relaxed Performance]

The Noisy Animals are looking forward to their dream holidays and have some brilliant ideas about where in the world they want to go. Kid Carpet just wants them all to be together but will he be able to keep everyone happy when he can’t even get them in the car? This lively mix of live music, theatre, comedy, puppetry…

Sat 23 Mar

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 10:30

Kristin Hersh

The Monday Night Thing presents Throwing Muses lynchpin, Kristin Hersh's prolific career has seen her heralded queen of the alternative release. Her tenth studio album, Possible Dust Clouds is a highly personalised gem delivered as a futuristic rewriting of how music works, a melodious breeze with a tail wind of…

Fri 29 Mar

£20 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble + Marker Starling + MelodieGroup

Laetitia Sadier sometimes known as Seaya Sadier is a French musician best known as the singer of the band Stereolab. Sadier was working as a nanny when she met McCarthy guitarist Tim Gane at a gig in Paris during the late 1980s. Sadier was disillusioned with the rock scene in France, and soon moved to London to be with…

Sun 20 Jan

£12 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

The Latin Rhythm Presents: Salseology

A night to be enjoyed with amazing dancers, great DJ and band and the best party atmosphere. We will start the night with a dance class suitable for all levels. If you are a complete beginner you will definitely enjoy learning something new. For more experience dancers, we will focus on advance routines and overall rhythm…

Sat 23 Mar

£15 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

The Laughter Zone Comedy Club

The place to be for Stand-Up Comedy. We get all the new comics on their way up! Eddie Izzard, Michael McIntyre, Bill Bailey, Jimmy Carr all appeared at the arts centre before they were famous (and in some cases afterwards as well). Come on in for a riotous night of laughs. Bar open throughout and always a great…

Fri 8 Feb

£10 (£8) / 01206 500900

  • 20:00

Fri 1 Mar

£10 (£8) / 01206 500900

  • 20:00

Fri 5 Apr

£10 (£8) / 01206 500900

  • 20:00
…and 8 more dates until 6 Dec

Lee Scratch Perry

Regarded with awe throughout the music world, Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time. From his early days in the 1960’s as a singer and engineer for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One in Kingston, through his production of the seminal Wailers’ classics…

Tue 26 Mar

£20 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Lil' Jimmy Reed & The A Team

From shot-gun shack and cotton-field to festival main stage, the prodigious talents of Lil’ Jimmy Reed have taken him a long way from the Mississippi river. One of the last surviving performers of classic Louisiana down-home blues, Lil’ Jimmy’s stinging guitar work, gritty vocals and haunting harmonica have been taking…

Sun 24 Mar

£15 (£13) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Limehouse Lizzy

A tribute to the hard rock of Thin Lizzy.

Fri 26 Apr

£18 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Lisa Knapp

One of the most inventive and creative artists around, Lisa Knapp pushes boundaries with her radiant interpretation of traditional folk music. Her vocals reel you in, “cool and pure like iced water, edged with a menace and strength” (The Guardian). Her most recent album Till April is Dead gathered many five-star…

Thu 11 Apr

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

London Calling - A Tribute to The Clash

Punk legends The Clash have their best-know tunes performed live.

Sat 15 Jun

£13.75 / 01206 500900

London Calling play The Clash

London Calling" 40th anniversary concert support: TBC The UK's Premier Tribute to THE CLASH play their 1979 album in full + more. "Among the very best albums ever recorded" - Q Magazine The Clash released their acclaimed third album "London Calling" in 1979. The first Punk double album, it reached the Top…

Sat 15 Jun

£12.50 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Lost Voice Guy

Fresh off the back of his Britain’s Got Talent 2018 win, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) sets out on a tour of the UK for 2019.

Thu 7 Feb

£17.50 / 01206 500900

Lou Sanders: Shame Pig

Gabrielle once sang ‘dreams can come true’ and that’s lovely, but nothing to do with this show. After sell-out, critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London, with both runs extended to meet high demand, Lou Sanders is back with a national tour. She brings stabby step mothers, alcohol issues and…

Tue 4 Jun

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Lucy Porter: Pass It On

Witty musings from the TV regular.

Sat 6 Apr

£15 (£13) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Luke Kempner: House of Faces

Comedian and impressionist Luke Kempner and his multiple personalities host a reality show replete with celebrities, politicians and even royalty.

Sat 19 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 01206 500900

Lyngo Theatre: Jack & The Beanstalk [With BSL]

Fee Fi Fo Fum! It’s a giant of a show, we’d love you to come! This classic fairy tale gets the Lyngo treatment so expect lots of surprises and beautiful images as the brilliant Patrick Lynch, from Cbeebies, tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow for 5 magic beans and finds himself in the land above the…

Sat 4 May

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 13:30

Majestic Kids Events Presents: Book Steppers Part I

Calling all readers … Don’t just read about it, be part of it! Step into a book with us, break it down, bring your own ideas and play bestseller games. Exploring writers from David Walliams, Jacqueline Wilson and Tom Gates, and delving deep into the intricate mind of Dr Seuss, it’s a royal book mash-up! Joining…

Sat 9 Mar

£25 (£15) / 01206 500900

  • 09:30

Majestic Kids Events Presents: Book Steppers Part II

Calling all readers … Don’t just read about it, be part of it! Step into a book with us, break it down, bring your own ideas and play bestseller games. Exploring writers from David Walliams, Jacqueline Wilson and Tom Gates, and delving deep into the intricate mind of Dr Seuss, it’s a royal book mash-up! Joining…

Sat 8 Jun

£25 (£15) / 01206 500900

  • 09:30

Mark Thomas: Check Up

Winner of an Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2018 Directed by Nicolas Kent Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100, what will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS and residencies in…

Thu 4 Apr

£16 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Mark Watson: The Infinite Show

Jokes and rants in a show about empathy, from one of Britain's thinnest comedians.

Fri 22 Feb

£19 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius: Legacy

Two of the greatest jazz guitarists in the world, Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius, have joined forces for an unforgettable live show. They bring with them a unique legacy in European jazz from years of touring and recording with Stephane Grappelli and Oscar Peterson. Martin Taylor worked with Stephane Grappelli for 11…

Tue 5 Mar

£17 (£15) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Megson Presents: Family Folk Show with Megson!

Organic, Authentic & Fun Folk Concerts for Big & Little Music Connoisseurs Award-winning folk duo Megson blend their infectious mix of heavenly vocals and lush harmonies into a gentle, entertaining concert specially for pre-school children, featuring children’s folk songs old and new from their ‘When I was a…

Sat 12 Oct

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 13:30

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle

Folk music’s legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and John McCusker are out on the road again in 2019. As winter turns to spring Mike, John & John will wrap up their stint on Transatlantic Sessions for another year and bring you their own blend of top class folk songs, tunes and…

Mon 11 Feb

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Micky P Kerr

In June 2018 musical comedian, Micky P. Kerr, was rocketed to stardom when he won the hearts of the nation and wowed both Simon Cowell and Andy Murray’s m

Thu 9 May

£16.50 / 01206 500900

Micky P. Kerr: Z-List Celebrity

In June 2018 musical comedian, Micky P. Kerr, was rocketed to stardom when he won the hearts of the nation and wowed both Simon Cowell and Andy Murray’s mum with his performances on Britain’s Got Talent. Time has passed and he’s now been brought safely back down to earth and back into his comfort zone as a Z-List…

Thu 9 May

£15 (£13) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Molly Naylor: Lights! Planets! People!

Renowned space scientist Maggie Hill recently launched a career-defining mission to find habitable planets. It didn't go well. Shortly afterwards, her girlfriend stopped speaking to her. She's going to have to address both of these catastrophes. Maggie is giving a lecture about her career, to inspire young women to work…

Wed 27 Feb

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Nick Harper

NICK HARPER is one the UK's best kept musical secrets. Those who have witnessed the spellbinding, one-man show will tell you this. A childhood growing up surrounded by the musical prowess of some of the 60's most revered songwriters & musicians, not to mention being son of Roy Harper, along with 20 years of crafting…

Fri 10 May

£15 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Fri 13 Dec

£19.25 / 01206 500900

Nine Below Zero

Hard rockin' blues and R&B outfit.

Fri 13 Dec

£19.25 / 01206 500900

On For

We present a new crop of local Colchester bands that we think could be ones to watch in 2019. Come and check out some great local talent for just a fiver! Line-Up: LOS HOMBRES BUENOS SILENT NATIVES SWIMSUIT COMPETITION THE HEMINGWAYS WHEN RIVERS MEET MATT CALDERBANK PHILIP MARINO BOWIE…

Fri 18 Jan

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Patrick Monahan: #Goals

Multi award winning comedian and Edinburgh Fringe Favourite, performs brand new stand up show, #goals. We all have life goals, whether it’s to win the lottery or marry up, make it your goal to come and watch this great comedy show from an Irish Iranian smoggy! Constantly Touring, comedy website Ents24 has listed him…

Thu 6 Jun

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Paul Foot: Image Conscious

Bizarre stand-up from the madcap comedian, who discusses the problems experienced by soft-shell crabs and the merits of iceberg lettuce.

Thu 16 May

£14 / 01206 500900

Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist

The debut stand-up hour from the multi award-winning co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley. “An entertaining hour with an engaging raconteur who refuses to take his illness too seriously” - ★★★★★ The Wee Review Paul’s co-written or worked on many much-loved comedy shows - I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Old Harry’s Game, Mrs…

Sun 12 May

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist

16+ “An entertaining hour with an engaging raconteur who refuses to take his illness too seriously” - ★★★★★ The Wee Review The debut stand-up hour from the multi award-winning co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley. Paul’s co-written or worked on many much-loved comedy shows – I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Old Harry’s…

Sun 12 May

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

Pete Morton

His songs and performances are a joy. Pete sings from the heart, delivering songs that tell compelling stories and speak of the human condition. Traditional songs often rub shoulders with Pete’s current writing with ease and the songs are an unruly mix of humour, politics, love and social comment. www.petemorton.com…

Mon 25 Mar

£11 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Peter Hook & the Light

New Order's inimitable bassist fronts his own band to perform NO's back catalogue.

Thu 21 Feb

£25 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

The Prettiest Starman

A joyous and uplifting celebration of the enduring brilliance of DAVID BOWIE. The band were unable to play during 2018 due to illness and were forced to cancel all planned dates that year including a Colchester Arts Centre show, but 2019 will see the boys (and girl) fighting fit and eager to Bowie themselves into…

Sat 26 Jan

£10 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

RADIO ACTIVE with ANGUS DEAYTON, PHILIP POPE, MICHAEL FENTON STEVENS, HELEN ATKINSON WOOD

So Comedy & Broken Robot Productions presents RADIO ACTIVE with ANGUS DEAYTON, PHILIP POPE, MICHAEL FENTON STEVENS, HELEN ATKINSON WOOD Angus Deayton, Helen Atkinson Wood, Michael Fenton Stevens and Philip Pope reunite to take classic scripts from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show on the road following a…

Fri 24 May

£20 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Rob Auton: The Talk Show

Comedy about talking by writer and performer Rob Auton, following on from his shows about hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow.

Sat 18 May

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

The Rutles: Get Up & Go Again Tour

Occasional supergroup The Rutles — led by ex-Bonzo NEIL INNES and drummer JOHN HALSEY — return in May 2019 for a short series of UK dates: The Get Up & Go Again Tour 2019. Widely known as the “Pre-Fab Four”, The Rutles first arrived on our screens in 1975 via a sketch on Eric Idle’s BBC television series ‘Rutland…

Mon 10 Jun

£18.50 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Sam Avery: The Learner Parent

Comedy about parenthood from stand-up comedian, viral blogger and bestselling author Sam Avery (aka The Learner Parent).

Sat 2 Mar

£17.50 / 01206 500900

Sam Eagle

Colchester's own 19-year-old Songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist, Sam Eagle returns to headline the Arts Centre with his band. Twisting jazz and psychedelic rock into left field pop, Sam and the band has built an acclaimed live show that has seen him perform at Latitude Festival, Great Escape Festival, and play live…

Fri 12 Jul

£8.80 / 01206 500900

Schools Rock Prom

The annual showcase of musical talent from local schools is back! WANT TO TAKE PART? Please email Stafford: staff@colchesterartscentre.com Photos shown are from the 2017 event.

Thu 28 Feb

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 18:30

Seann Walsh: After This One, I'm Going Home

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, observational comic and self-dubbed 'Lie-In King' tours the UK.

Tue 16 Apr

£15 (£13) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

The Searchers & Hollies Experience

The Searchers and Hollies Experience…The best of both worlds brings to the stage the magical hits of these two legendary harmony bands. Bringing back memories of the most high-energy decade in pop music history. Let the haunting melodies transport you to that exciting era when millions of records were sold. It is an…

Sat 16 Nov

£18 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Shackleton Trio

The group combine wonderful vocals with fiddle, guitar and mandolin to create a blend of old time bluegrass and self-penned material.

Mon 28 Jan

£11 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Shappi Khorsandi: Skittish Warrior… Confessions of a Club Comic

Comedian, author, cultural icon and - most recently - idiot who agreed to be tortured on 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!', Shappi Khorsandi is a woman of many parts. But live comedy is where she's in her element, and now – after her spell in the jungle – she sets out for the more welcoming destination of…

Sun 19 May

£15 (£13) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Shey Hargreaves: Sick [With BSL]

Sick is a bittersweet, bizarre and highly entertaining hour-long one-woman show about the impact of four years of cuts to the National Health Service. Storyteller Shey Hargreaves draws on her real life experience of working as a receptionist on a busy emergency unit to explore the way that austerity impacts on patients…

Wed 13 Feb

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Sixth Form College Battle Of The Bands

Fierce competition featuring talented bands from Colchester’s Sixth Form College. All Tickets £5

Thu 14 Feb

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

The Skids

A Colchester Arts Centre Fundraiser This gig is for a standing audience 1977 anarchy lives on as Richard Jobson's legendary Scottish punk band The Skids continue to wow the crowds. Perhaps best known for their '79 top ten hit 'Into The Valley', they became a major influence on later bands like Green Day and Manic…

Sun 24 Feb

£25 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

The Smyths

Accurate Smiths soundalike outfit on their Strangeways Here We Come tour

Fri 8 Mar

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Snack Family + The EU Common Agricultural Policy

Working from the same filthy, hot coal room as The Birthday Party, Cpt Beefheart and Morphine - London-based three piece: SNACK FAMILY have been creating an unapologetic, driving sound since 2011. This is music that gets right back to the heartlands, the heart and soul and meat of the matter; music for the times we're…

Tue 19 Feb

£7 (£6) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap, Happy Fat

After a total sell-out of her ‘Dead Baby Frog’ tour in 2018, Sofie returns to Colchester with the show that won her the Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer award, 'Bubblewrap', all about self-acceptance and mental health. Plus, a first chance to hear her read from her new book ‘Happy Fat’, a manifesto for happiness and…

Sat 11 May

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog

  • 4 stars

Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, Sofie Hagen has been charming the UK with her spot-on comedy ever since. This is her brand new show, which we hope won't actually contain any dead baby frogs.

Sat 11 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01206 500900

Stephen K Amos: Bouquets And Brickbats

Stephen K Amos aims to cheer everyone up in times of Brexit and Trump.

Fri 25 Jan

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01206 500900

Taupe + Pharos Project + Love Around The World

Taupe are a Newcastle upon Tyne based trio specializing in razor-sharp polyrhythmic play, exploratory improvisation and raw, high energy live performance. The group’s sound is built of influences drawing from free jazz and math metal to hip-hop grooves and post-bop, with a healthy dollop of skronk, all navigated down a…

Sun 10 Mar

£6 (£5) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Teddy Bears Concert

A perfect introduction to the world of music, with musical stories and short pieces that will get your teddy dancing! A chance to conduct the orchestra and join in the percussion section. Most suitable for kids aged 5-11, their families and friends.

Sun 27 Jan

£6 (Children £3) / 01206 500900

  • 14:00

The Tiger Lillies

The Grammy nominated, Godfathers of alternative cabaret return with a very special show celebrating their 30th anniversary. The world of The Tiger Lillies is dark and hilarious with moments of immense beauty. In this new show they take you on a trip to the Devil’s Fairground - temptation and sin await! Formed…

Sun 16 Jun

£21.50 / 01206 500900

A to Z of Musical Theatre

Featuring new and well known songs from the world of musical theatre performed by a cast of 13 accompanied by a live band. This innovative programme has been compiled to take the audience on a journey through the wide variety of shows, composers and songs from Broadway, West End and beyond.

Tue 5 Feb

£12 (£8–£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Tom Stade: I Swear To…

Canadian comedian Tom Stade presents his show I Swear: comedy in which he pledges to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. So that's not going to happen, obviously.

Sun 14 Apr

£17.50 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Tony Law: A Lost Show

Law's 2018 Edinburgh Fringe show that has been dubbed his 'most meaningful show to date'.

Tue 23 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 01206 500900

Undiscovered Grand Bands Final

Following countywide heats & regional finals tonight brings together 5 of the best unsigned and as yet ‘undiscovered’ bands from across Essex all competing for the chance to win Recording Time, Music Video & Single Release. Who will be your winner? Come and support local new talent.

Sat 16 Mar

£6 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Van Huynh Company: DEP

"Pina Bausch meets Bill Viola, then along comes Dam Van Huynh. An intense, beautiful and profound work once seen never forgotten." Eighteen London Dep is the Vietnamese word for beautiful. With his latest dance work, the UK based choreographer Dam Van Huynh explores influences from his Southeast Asian heritage.

Wed 13 Mar

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Veronica Thompson & Nathan Evans: Flights Of Fancy & Foreign Affairs

FLIGHTS OF FANCY created and performed by Fancy Chance directed by Nathan Evans Fancy Chance invites you aboard a globe-trotting, time-travelling mini-spectacle, jetting from her humble origins as Korean refugee to darling of the London cabaret scene. Fusing cabaret, live art and video, the show is by turns…

Wed 3 Apr

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

The Vinyl Sessions - King Crimson: Red

A listening session to a vinyl copy of this great album. As usual we'll follow the album with our usual 7" session. Bring along a single of your choice to spin after the main session. This can be anything you like, for any reason – the more out there the better. It's about meeting fellow music lovers, talking about…

Sun 17 Feb

£3 / 01206 500900

  • 12:00

The Vinyl Sessions - The Stranglers: Black & White

A listening session to a vinyl copy of this great album. As usual we'll follow the album with our usual 7" session. Bring along a single of your choice to spin after the main session. This can be anything you like, for any reason – the more out there the better. It's about meeting fellow music lovers, talking about…

Sun 17 Mar

£3 / 01206 500900

  • 12:00

The Warm & Toasty Club

Armed with sweet live acoustic music, engaging banter and tea & toast, join host Johnno Casson aka Snippet (“A National Indie Treasure” Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music) for a warm afternoon of gentle entertainment for all ages. In this magazine format paying homage to John Peel’s Home Truths, gather round the fire for…

Sun 3 Mar

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 13:30

Sun 26 May

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 13:30

We Are Leif + Will Hobson's Groove Merchants

Led by the songwriting team of Louise Victoria and Mark Whitlam, We Are Leif are currently touring to promote their acclaimed debut release, ‘Breathe’. This group deftly span the balance of contemporary jazz sensibilities with the groove and sound world more associated with Neo Soul, R'n'B and downtempo. Musically…

Sun 17 Mar

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Wendy Kirkland Quartet: Piano Divas

Piano Divas is Wendy Kirkland’s celebration of female singer/pianists who have earned their rightful place in jazz history - from Nina Simone, Blossom Dearie, Eliane Elias, Shirley Horn, Tania Maria and Diana Krall, to lesser known artists such as the wonderful Dena DeRose. With a voice that has been likened to Blossom…

Sun 3 Feb

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

West African Drumming Workshops Session 1

Dan will be running hands on drumming workshops using traditional West African drums, suitable for all drummers and would be drummers alike. If you play drum kit, hand drums or have never been near a drum and simply wish to experience a taste of African drumming, then these sessions are a must. The sessions will be split;…

Sat 20 Apr

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 10:30

West African Drumming Workshops Session 2

Dan will be running hands on drumming workshops using traditional West African drums, suitable for all drummers and would be drummers alike. If you play drum kit, hand drums or have never been near a drum and simply wish to experience a taste of African drumming, then these sessions are a must. The sessions will be split;…

Sat 20 Apr

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 12:30

Whole Lotta Led

Gloucestershire-based Led Zeppelin tribute band.

Fri 15 Mar

£17 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

With Nick Cope!

“Funny, profound, educational, our children have talked about everything from gravity to grieving thanks to Nick Cope’s songs. Our family’s favourite singer /songwriter” Lucy Porter Nick Cope is a professional singer and songwriter, and has over 20 years of experience in music, including international success as lead…

Sat 26 Jan

£7 / 01206 500900

  • 13:30

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