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.

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Acuestate

An immersive music listening experience for an audience lying on the floor - bring your own blankets. Floor mats provided. Ever been at a festival where you were so immersed in the music that you wanted to just lay down and close your eyes? To hear and feel nothing but the music? A musical journey with sunny day…

Sun 11 Aug

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 17:30

Affirmation + Spacecake + The Remnants

Affirmation are Gill Oliver (bass), Jo Kerr (Vocals) Andy Bell (Guitar and vocals). Affirmation have been working with session musicians to record their songs and are combining rock with jazz. It’s all in the beat on their forthcoming album – ‘Moving On’. They are close friends with a strong working dynamic and an…

Sun 28 Jul

£10 / 01206 500900

  • 18:30

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

Aja + Phantom Chips + A'Bear

Maximal in approach, AJA deploys rhythmic noise, bomb heavy drum machine, convolving vocal utterance and a dedicated hell-scape of field recordings, abrupt sound design and blistering drone. These recordings feel expelled rather than composed, a lashing of energy captured. The unhinged nature of her recorded work is…

Fri 26 Jul

£7 (£6) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Alan Barnes Octet & Josie Moon: Requiem

Following the outstanding success of the acclaimed Fish Tales comes Requiem, an exciting and ambitious jazz and poetry commission by Grimsby Jazz Projects, with support from Arts Council England. The combination of jazz and poetry has a long history. In addition to verses being put to music, there is also a tradition…

Sun 3 Nov

£16 (£6–£14) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Alden, Patterson & Dashwood

Norwich based folk trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. The independently-released debut album ‘Call Me Home’ was written and produced at home in Norwich and is lovingly presented in attractive handmade…

Mon 9 Dec

£11 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Alex Paterson (The Orb) - Solo Ambient Set + Loula Yorke

This gig is for a standing audience Founder of ambient legends THE ORB plays a solo ambient set! Paterson is a Battersea resident, punk & acid house veteran. His career in music started in the early 1980s as a roadie for Killing Joke for whom his childhood friend Martin ‘Youth’ Glover played bass. After leaving…

Sat 6 Jul

£15 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders Ft. The Hi Riders Soul Revue

Andy Fairweather Low came to prominence as the lead singer in Amen Corner. The 60s saw them clock up hit after pop hit. Songs such as 'Bend Me Shape Me', 'Hello Suzy', '(If Paradise is) Half As Nice' are internationally remembered to this day. But if you were paying close attention you might have picked up a clue in the…

Thu 7 Nov

£22.50 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Antonio Forcione + Special Guest Emiliano Caroselli + Yazmyn Hendrix

Antonio Forcione is an artist in every sense of the word, hailed as one of the most charismatic, unconventional guitarists at large in the musical world today. With a host of international awards under his belt, this eclectic composer never ceases to stun his audience on stage, leading him to be referred to as the…

Sun 7 Jul

£16 (£6–£14) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

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

The Askew Sisters

Emily and Hazel Askew have become known as two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English Folk Music. Together they rework and interpret songs and balladry, creating breathtaking arrangements, which allow words that are hundreds of years old to resonate profoundly with contemporary audiences. Both are…

Mon 21 Oct

£11 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Beginners Harmonica Workshop

Learn to play in a day! Harmonica player and teacher Paul Gillings will guide you through the rudiments of playing the humble mouth organ. In one day Paul will take you from being a complete novice to being able to play tunes, scales and chords. You will need: A 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C (Harmonicas…

Sun 15 Sep

£30 (£20) / 01206 500900

  • 09:30

Blink-2 + Boat Rich + Support

This gig is for a standing audience. It’s ‘Obvious’ there’s no chance of being ‘Bored To Death’ or ‘Down’ as Blink-2’s Wrong DeLonge, Mark Hopeless and Tragic Barker bring you the most passionate, energetic and authentic performances of Blink-182’s hugely successful back catalogue. Come fall in love with a band at…

Sat 29 Jun

£10 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

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

bod [包家巷] + John Hannon + Bosch

bod [包家巷] is an audiovisual artist from Tucson and based in Berlin who has released on ZOOM LENS, Quantum Natives, Knives and most recently Danse Noire. Their work can be generalized to be theoretics on the technological and psychological, while individual units of releases and performance move deeper into the ever…

Thu 20 Jun

£7 (£6) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Bodyposipanda's Never Say Diet Club Live

A unique new concept club that aims to destroy harmful diet culture and get participants moving and loving their bodies.

Tue 17 Sep

£22 / 01206 500900

A Causley Christmas

Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of…

Mon 2 Dec

£11 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Chaines + Julia Reidy & Suze Whaites

CHAINES (Cee Haines) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who writes surreal and fantastical electronica and electro-acoustic music. Their album, ‘The King’, was made Album of The Year by Robert Barry of The Wire Magazine, and was ranked in FACT magazine’s top 25 albums of 2018’s first quarter. CHAINES has also worked…

Thu 19 Sep

£8 (£7) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Music of Vince Guaraldi

Yes, our annual festive show is back for its third outing, with this extra special evening of Christmas music, along with some seasonal treats and multimedia, performed by film and TV animation composer Jason Frederick. Anyone who watched the Peanuts TV series in the 60s and 70s will be familiar with the jazz…

Sat 14 Dec

£14 (£6–£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Christina Bianco: First Impressions

From The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Paul O’Grady Show, and ITV’s The Imitation Game, the girl with thousand voices returns to the UK with a brand new show for this nationwide tour. Through her uncanny impressions and musical mash-ups, this ‘comic firecracker with a pyrotechnic voice’ (Time Out) will celebrate the stars…

Fri 13 Sep

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Christine Collister & Michael Fix

She draws her inspiration from the Celtic mysteries of the Isle of Man, in the middle of the Irish Sea. He has both the dry deserts of Australia and a German heritage in his blood… Between them, Christine Collister and Michael Fix create a rare musical synergy, that transcends cultures and musical traditions to…

Mon 7 Oct

£12 (£11) / 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 group like no other. A double bass made out of scrap metal. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stomping fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. Their “Christmas Cracker” show is a mouthwatering selection of traditional and original festive season songs which will…

Mon 16 Dec

£11 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Clearwater Creedence Revival

The best tribute to CCR you’re ever going to see. 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Festival. Along with Santana, Ten Years After, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, The Who, Janis Joplin and a host of other iconic, or soon-to-be iconic artists, was Creedence Clearwater Revival. Five decades on, the…

Thu 15 Aug

£15 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Clive Carroll

Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists Clive has established himself as one of the world’s premier acoustic guitar players. He has toured across Europe, Australia…

Mon 23 Sep

£11 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Colchester Farmers Market

Monthly farmers market.

Fri 5 Jul

01206 500900

  • 09:30

Fri 2 Aug

01206 500900

  • 09:30

Fri 6 Sep

01206 500900

  • 09:30
…and 3 more dates until 6 Dec

Colchester Games Fair

The Colchester Games Fair is back again at Colchester Arts Centre on October 5th! If you're into tabletop gaming of any variety, or even if you are new to tabletop gaming, there will be something for you. Board Games, Miniatures, Card Games, Wargames and RPGs! There will be a variety of different traders and…

Sat 5 Oct

01206 500900

  • 10:00

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 23 Jun

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sun 4 Aug

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sun 15 Sep

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sun 3 Nov

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

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 Jul

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sun 18 Aug

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sun 29 Sep

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sun 1 Dec

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

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 21 Jul

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sun 1 Sep

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sun 13 Oct

£5 / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Darius Brubeck Quartet

A welcome return for jazz pianist and composer Darius Brubeck and his group, who earlier this year released their new CD, Live In Poland. Recorded during their highly successful tour of that country, the concerts celebrated the 60th anniversary of Dave Brubeck’s historic ambassadorial tour behind the Iron Curtain in 1958…

Sun 4 Aug

£18 (£6–£16) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Darren Harriot: Good Heart Yule

CKP and InterTalent Group present Best Newcomer Nominee Darren considers himself a good person. Now he's 30 and he's never been in love. It can't always be someone else's fault? Learning more about himself and realising maybe he's never actually been happy with who is, join Darren for his trademark passion and…

Wed 19 Jun

£10 / 01206 500900

Sun 30 Jun

£10 / 01206 500900

D'Ukes

Formed in Chelmsford 10 year ago, D’Ukes are a highly entertaining 6-piece electric ukulele covers band and are one of the longer lasting ukulele bands in Essex. D’Ukes skill in reinterpreting songs using only the ukulele (with a hint of percussion and plenty of humour) amazes audiences. Their repertoire suits all…

Sat 10 Aug

£10 (£8) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Ed Gamble: Blizzard

  • 4 stars

Another 'bracing flurry of idiocy' from the comedian Ed Gamble.

Tue 8 Oct

£18.30 / 01206 500900

Eduardo Niebla In Concert

Eduardo Niebla – guitar & composer Matthew Robinson – guitar Hailed by the Guardian for his “exquisite guitar playing”, the formidable virtuoso Eduardo Niebla presents his amazing repertoire of “stunning flamenco jazz” with guitarist Matthew Robinson. A master of today’s generation Eduardo has traversed the…

Fri 18 Oct

£15 (£13) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Edwina Hayes

Edwina Hayes numbers Michael Parkinson and Nanci Griffith among her fans. Her beautifully written songs and charming stage presence have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison and the title song of her album Pour Me A…

Mon 30 Sep

£11 (£10) / 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

Faux Fighters UK + Royal Blud + Ellis Red

This gig is for a standing audience. Faux Fighters UK Simply the finest tribute to the music of the Foo Fighters! Royal Blüd As one of the only Royal Blood tribute acts in the world, Royal Blüd strive to recreate the experience of seeing the original band with pinpoint accuracy. Ellis Red Fans of Lower…

Fri 9 Aug

£12 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

The Floyd Effect

This gig is for a seated audience. The music of Pink Floyd as it was meant to be heard. Pink Floyd’s recording career spanned almost three decades and, for its 10th Anniversary, The Floyd Effect has chosen two of the band’s most remarkable albums to create The Bell And The Moon tour 2018. Spotlighting the music of…

Sat 14 Sep

£22 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Frisky & Mannish: PopLab

The duo return with their brand of musical infotainment.

Sun 22 Sep

£16 (£14) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

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

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

George Egg: Movable Feast

Brand new comedy from the stand-up who cooks on stage. In this show he’s on the road! It’s time for Planes, Trains and Automob-meals (sorry). George demonstrates how to cook with an engine, procure items from the train buffet trolley and turn unexpected road-works into a picnic. Three plates of gourmet food cooked live…

Fri 8 Nov

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Glenn Moore: Love Don't Live Here Glenny Moore

Glenn Moore (star of Mock The Week, The Stand Up Sketch Show and Absolute Radio), presents his first solo UK tour, full of the distinctive jokes and offbeat gags we've learned to accept from him. Moore's bringing you two 'blissfully silly' (The Guardian), 'brilliantly original' (Chortle) shows in one night, featuring…

Fri 20 Sep

£12 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Glymjack

Led by acclaimed singer-songwriter, Greg McDonald, Glymjack is an acoustic trio with Greg joined by fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner and bassist Dickon Collinson, delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes. “Glymjack is an acoustic folk-roots trio with…

Mon 25 Nov

£11 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

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

Greengo + Old Man Lizard + Bad Stone

GREENGO - From Porto, Portugal - heavyweight champions on low-end frequencies and martial drumbeats of death, commanded by a punishing vocal assault. It's relentless groove from start to finish… Imagine a bastard son of GODFLESH and QOTSA, jacked up to a pair of 8x10 cabinets. DABSTEP is their first record, released…

Fri 30 Aug

£8 (£7) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Griff Rhys Jones: All Over The Place - Tour Preview Show

Griff is back and once again all over the place previewing new material for his forthcoming stand-up tour. Following sell out performances of his previous one man entertainments ‘Jones and Smith’ and ‘Where Was I?’ and a hugely acclaimed tour of Australia and New Zealand, it's time to join one half of Smith & Jones…

Wed 31 Jul

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

H2Dance: Amplified Edition

H2DANCE brings their celebrated performance work to Colchester with a fascinating exploration of hierarchy, power relationships and co-dependency. Exploring contemporary notions of the illogical, Amplified Edition is a live performance rooted in movement and uses non-conventional ways of interacting with their daily…

Wed 9 Oct

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Hope & Social

“a big sound from this impressive outfit…inspired, anthemic, great” Q Hope & Social are more than a band. They are a band anyone can join; a band who can turn their studio into a bistro for 70 fans; a band who involve people in what they do-from teaching brass instruments in their 'Streetband Named Desire…

Thu 24 Oct

£15 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Jackie Hagan: This Is Not A Safe Space

Benefit cuts are hitting disabled people the hardest. Half of people in poverty are disabled or live with a disabled person. The future looks grim, so how can we get people to sit up, listen and care and not keel over with empathy-fatigue? Jackie Hagan’s way has been to make a new solo show that features the real voices…

Wed 2 Oct

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Jah Wobble

The musician, born John Wardle, plays world music from his 36-year career, plus new works.

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 01206 500900

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

Jason Byrne Wrecked But Ready

Phil McIntyre Entertainments by arrangement with Lisa Thomas Management Fringe legend and 'outright king of live comedy' (Times), Jason Byrne, is opening the doors again for more comedy chaos. Everyone is welcome (unless you're under 14). Strap in as Jason takes you on a trip of mad routines alongside some proper…

Fri 15 Nov

£21 / 01206 500900

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

Jazz Funk With Tristan + Raz

Funky rhythm guitars, Hammond, Fender Rhodes and synths, and a rhythm section playing solid grooves and tight, punchy arrangements, have become the trademark of Dutch jazz funkers Tristan. All this gives singer Evelyn Kallansee the solid ground to make her beautiful vocals shine. SoulTracks likened Tristan’s music to…

Sun 6 Oct

£15 (£6–£13) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Jonny and the Baptists Love Colchester and Hate Bastards

We live in a divided world, and we want to cross that divide. But how can we be popular now ‘populist’ means ‘I’m a shit’? Answer: WE LOVE EVERYONE. Oh, except bastards. Everyone hates bastards, right? We agree. Multi-award nominated* musical-activist-comedians, Jonny & The Baptists, are sick of being political and…

Thu 26 Sep

£14 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Julian Costello Quartet

Saxophonist Julian Costello performs original jazz compositions alongside Maciek Pysz (guitars), Michele Tacchi (bass) and Adam Teixeira (drums).

Sun 17 Nov

£14 (£6–£12) / 01206 500900

  • 18:00

Julian Dutton in: DO YOU THINK THAT'S WISE? - The Life and Times of John Le Mesurier

In this affectionate tribute to one of Britain’s best-loved comedy stars, leading impressionist Julian Dutton (BBC1’s The Big Impression, BBC R4’s The Secret World, co-creator & co-star of BBC2's Pompidou with Matt Lucas etc.) brings to life the man behind the wry smile and urbane English repartee that charmed…

Sun 13 Oct

£15 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Kaddalmerrill

KaddalMerrill is the collaboration of Egyptian flautist Fayrouz Kaddal (High Dam Band, Africairo) and innovative British folk fiddler Daniel Merrill (Dead Rat Orchestra). Backed by Egyptian master percussionist Ayman Mabrouk they come to the UK for their first tour in August. Combining traditionally melodic…

Fri 16 Aug

£8 (£7) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Keith James: The Music of Cat Stevens

This gig is for a seated audience. Proceeds and audience donations from this tour of concerts will go to the UNICEF UK Syrian Children’s appeal. As a gesture of belief in the possibility of harmony and understanding within all of us interwoven in today’s World.. Keith James presents an honest and loving reflection…

Sun 27 Oct

£15 (£13) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

The Latin Rhythm: Salsaween Party!

Calling all party lovers… Join us for a terrifying Salsaween evening full of unlimited fun all night long. Wear your most scary, vampiric, creepy, angelical, spooky or just your favourite fancy dress and bring a thrilling atmosphere to the dance floor. A spooktacular prize is waiting for best outfit!

Fri 25 Oct

£10 / 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 5 Jul

£10 (£8) / 01206 500900

  • 20:00

Fri 2 Aug

£10 (£8) / 01206 500900

  • 20:00

Fri 6 Sep

£10 (£8) / 01206 500900

  • 20:00
…and 3 more dates until 6 Dec

Leveret

Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling…

Mon 14 Oct

£14 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Limehouse Lizzy

Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute into their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo artist) Gary Moore. From their Official PRS award, performing for…

Fri 15 May 2020

£18.50 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Loz Speyer's Time Zone

Six-piece Time Zone play an innovative 'deep fusion' of Cuban music and jazz. Soulful, catchy and rhythmically provocative, it has great spirit and really takes the audience on a journey of the heart.  Leader Loz Speyer’s particular Cuban-Jazz crossover grew out of the collision of Cuban culture with his own when…

Sun 1 Dec

£15 (£6–£13) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Lucy Porter: Be Prepared

TV favourite Lucy returns with another fantastic stand-up show. At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box, and knew how to tie a Fisherman’s knot. Life turned out to be slightly more complicated than Brown Owl let on. ‘A treat from start to…

Fri 17 Apr 2020

£16 (£14) / 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

Manoeuvres: A Tribute to OMD

MANOEUVRES are Europe's premier tribute to OMD – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - one of the most influential and original bands to emerge from the early days of synth pop in the late 1970’s. Barry & Sarah created MANOEUVRES to bring you a Tribute Show to OMD brought about by a genuine love and respect for the…

Sat 3 Aug

£12.50 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Martin Simpson

Brilliant mix of English tradition and American music from the virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist and singer, a former BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year.

Mon 16 Sep

£13 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Martin Stephenson & The Daintees

Now resident in Scotland, the respected Geordie songwriter performs with his band The Daintees.

Sat 30 Nov

£19.25 / 01206 500900

Martin Turner

Vocalist, bassist and founding member of veteran folk rockers Wishbone Ash.

Thu 5 Sep

£18 (£16) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Mediaeval Baebes

“If I could sing like you I wouldn’t be a punk” confesses ardent fan Iggy Pop on his recent Mediaeval Baebes BBC6 Xmas Day special…. Conceptualised in 1996 by musical director and composer Katharine Blake, the Mediaeval Baebes’ unique and other-worldly choral style, alongside the spirited earthiness of their…

Sun 15 Dec

£25 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

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

Mig Kimpton: Live Flower Show

Multi award winning floral designer Mig Kimpton returns with a brand new unique show this winter. Mig combines his theatrical past with his extensive experience of working with flowers, to provide an evening of flowers, fun and wintery excitement! Watch him create from scratch, stunning floral designs fit for any and…

Thu 28 Nov

£15 (£13) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Mike Peters

Rock musician.

Sat 5 Oct

£20 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Milton Jones: Warm Up Show

Milton Jones: Warm up show One man. One Mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Milton reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo. But this is also a love story with the twist, or at least a…

Mon 24 Jun

£15 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Milton Jones

English comedian as seen on Mock the Week and heard on BBC Radio 4.

Mon 24 Jun

£16.50 / 01206 500900

Negativland

For the first time in 35 years of presenting unique one-of-a-kind stage shows, Negativland performs radically new audio-visual versions of many Negativland favorites that have never before been heard live. Negativland's new thought provoking performance project finds them teaming up with with San Francisco electronic…

Tue 29 Oct

£10 (£8) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Nine Below Zero

Hard rockin' blues and R&B outfit.

Fri 13 Dec

£19.25 / 01206 500900

Noisem + Corrupt Moral Altar + Meadows

Noisem Death/Thrash/grind insanity from Maryland, Baltmore. Listen Corrupt Moral Altar Blistering UK grindcore. Listen Meadows Four drunk male models peddling rural misery. Stoner crust riffathon with fast bits. "Rolling, thunderous, neolithic bass burliness with song structures only Mastodon would…

Thu 11 Jul

£12 / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Oval

Trailblazing glitch masterpieces (1990s), delicate, hyperreal, futuristic post-rock vignettes (after 2010) and now abstract club bangers with a twist – Markus Popp aka Oval continues to be one of the most prolific, influential forces in contemporary electronic music, a true visionary of digital audio and beyond. Every…

Mon 19 Aug

£8 (£7) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

The Packing Shed Theatre Company: The Gift

Charles is getting married and his scheming mother-in-law has presented him with a backhanded gift. Unfortunately he must accept the gift to keep his bride happy but it's almost certainly going to make him bankrupt. So being the self-made man that he is, Charles comes up with a plan, determined the gift will be his…

Tue 3 Sep

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Wed 4 Sep

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Thu 5 Sep

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30
…and 7 more dates until 14 Sep

The Parachute Regiment Big Band

We regret that this gig has been cancelled due to the band having a pressing engagement elsewhere. Customers will be contacted regarding refunds. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused. Under the directorship of Music Director Matt Simons and Bandmaster Mike McGowan, the Band of the Parachute…

Sun 8 Sep

£14 (£6–£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

The Paranormalist Returns: Clinton Baptiste

Character comedy centred around Baptiste, a clairvoyant, medium and psychic best known for his appearances on Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, played by Alex Lowe.

Tue 1 Oct

£19.50 / 01206 500900

The Paul Francis Band

This gig is for a seated audience The Paul Francis Band is made up of Paul Francis on drums (Jack Bruce, Bill Wyman, Steve Harley), Chris Halls on guitar, vocals (Harlequin), Mick Nottage on bass, vocals, Win Bernard on keyboards, vocals, Trevor Cushing on guitar, vocals (Harlequin). The band are famed for their…

Sat 7 Dec

£10 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

People Show: The Last Straw

-I’m just going out to destabilize western civilization. -Can you take the dog with you? ‘Waiting for Godot for the post-truth age’ (The Herald), People Show’s 130th show The Last Straw challenges audiences to consider the dystopian absurdity of modern communication. Confined in an unidentified liminal space, a…

Wed 30 Oct

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Poison Idea + The Domestics + Rad Pitt

LAST EVER TOUR! Hardcore legends in Colchester… Jerry A - Vocals Eric 'Vegetable' Olson - Guitar Brandon Bentley - Guitar Chris "Spider" Carey - Bass Mickey Widmer - Drums Poison Idea was started in 1980 in Portland, Oregon, by vocalist Jerry A. (Lang). Within a year, the band had a solid lineup with…

Tue 30 Jul

£15 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Pons Aelius

“If you get the chance to see Pons Aelius then bloody well do it because they are bloody marvellous.” -Dan Walsh, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year Nominee, 2016. “Pons Aelius are a testament to the strength of the North East folk scene. With a healthy share of Scots, they’re the most exciting band to come…

Mon 4 Nov

£11 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

The Rainbow Masquerade Ball

This is a standing event, with a limited amount of unreserved seating at the sides of the space. A night of fabulous cabaret, live music and dance for the LGBTQ+ community and friends! 2019 marks the 40th birthday of local LGBTQ+ charity Outhouse East, so they are throwing a big party and you are all invited! Get…

Sat 2 Nov

£15 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Rhys James: Snitch

The latest hour from James, as seen on Mock the Week and Roast Battle, and as heard on BBC Radio 4's Rhys James Is….

Fri 28 Feb 2020

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Richard Strange performs the songs of Lou Reed

This gig is for a standing audience. An exploration of Lou Reed solo songs that are based on characters, including Walk on the Wild Side, Satellite of Love, Charley’s Girl, Caroline Says II, Oh Jim, Street Hassle and Sally Can’t Dance, with a world class band Lou Reed’s characters… “I’m writing about real things.

Wed 25 Sep

£20 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Ron Athey: Acephalous Monster

New York artist best known for his boundary-pushing body mutilations. In Acephalous Monster Athey turns to the Acephale, the figure of the headless man, a powerful symbol of radical transformation. Pay What You Can Afford.

Tue 15 Oct

Pay What You Think / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Rosie Hood & Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne

With two new solo albums under their belts and a wealth of traditional, folk and other material in their heads, Rosie Hood and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne embark on a joint venture that promises to enthrall and entertain from start to finish. The evening will feature solo sets from Rosie and Cohen before they collaborate…

Mon 28 Oct

£11 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Sabar Drumming Workshop with Modou Diouf [10am]

Master Drummer, MODOU DIOUF, is a patient & charismatic teacher. He will also take time to explain the culture, history and playing technique of this powerful family of drums. By the end of the 2 hours you'll be playing an exciting mix of rhythms! Drums will be provided. All ages & abilities welcome!

Wed 10 Jul

£10 (Children £5) / 01206 500900

  • 10:00

Sabar Drumming Workshop with Modou Diouf [2pm]

Master Drummer, MODOU DIOUF, is a patient & charismatic teacher. He will also take time to explain the culture, history and playing technique of this powerful family of drums. By the end of the 2 hours you'll be playing an exciting mix of rhythms! Drums will be provided. All ages & abilities welcome!

Wed 10 Jul

£10 (£5) / 01206 500900

  • 14:00

Sam and Mark's On the Road Show

Live show featuring the BAFTA award-winning CBBC pair.

Tue 13 Aug

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 13:30

Sam Avery: Toddlergeddon

Sam Avery delves into the hilarious trials of raising a toddler in his latest stand-up hour.

Fri 6 Mar 2020

£18 / 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

Sarah Jane Morris: Sweet Little Mystery - The Music Of John Martyn

Sarah Jane Morris’s magnificent, soulful voice and emotional power would have garnered multiple Grammys and celebrity status to most singers with her charisma and drive. But for over 25 years of a unique career, she has steered her own star, not the music industry’s, and that independence has brought her a devoted…

Sun 20 Oct

£16 (£6–£14) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

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 9 Jul

£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

Sh*t Faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Nights Dream

The sh*t-faced team head out with some new drunken antics trying their hand at Shakespeare's enchanted forest comedy.

Fri 29 Nov

£20 (£18) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Sharon Shannon & Band with Special Guest Seckou Keita

Legendary Irish accordion maestro Sharon Shannon brings a new live show on UK tour 2019. Joined by her band, Jim Murray acoustic guitar, Jack Maher electric guitar, vocals and Sean Regan, fiddle, percussion and beatbox, Sharon will perform music from her many albums throughout the years, including 2017’s Sacred Earth.

Mon 9 Sep

£20 / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

A lovely winter tale, set in the middle of summer, told by Magnificent Bastard Productions. Yes, this is an entirely serious Shakespeare play, but yes, one cast member is entirely shit-faced.

Fri 29 Nov

£20 / 01206 500900

Sindhu Vee: Sandhog

  • 3 stars

Debut show from the host of BBC Radio 4's Comedy of the Week podcast.

Tue 24 Sep

£19 / 01206 500900

Sly & The Family Drone + Buddy Lee Dickens + MU2

This gigs is for a standing audience. SLY & THE FAMILY DRONE Expect a 'frenetic, a wild, free jazz cacophony, a melange of clamorous, ultra-hyped horns, sonorous lowed drone and is dominated by truly frenzied, cacophonous bent. Circuits fizz and hum while the percussion thrashes and crashes arrhythmically…

Thu 1 Aug

£8 (£7) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Sons of Joy + MacGillivray + The Doomed Bird of Providence

Sons of Joy is Daniel Merrill and Matt Simpkins - a foot stomping, string snapping, hollering juggernaut, 100% free from commercial ambition or delusions of success. They are joined by ethereal folk / baroque of MacGillivray, and a stripped back set of folk-noir from The Doomed Bird of Providence. SONS OF JOY Sons…

Thu 8 Aug

£7 (£6) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Spear of Destiny (One Eyed Jacks 35th Anniversary)

This gig is for a standing audience. Spear Of Destiny come to Colchester as part of their 2019 UK tour promoting the 35th anniversary of their classic 1984 album "One Eyed Jacks" The band will be playing the album in full plus some of the B-Sides as well as their usual other hits. https://www.kirkbrandon.com…

Wed 4 Sep

£18 (£16) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

The Specials Ltd.

Tribute to 2-Tone legends, The Specials.

Fri 22 Nov

£16.50 / 01206 500900

Steemy Dan

A seated gig, with space to dance for those that want to! Steemy Dan return to the Arts Centre and will once again have you ‘Reelin’ in the years’ during their dynamic performance of Fagen and Becker’s timeless classics including Rikki don’t lose that number, Josie, Peg, FM (No static at all), The Fez, Haitian Divorce…

Sat 24 Aug

£15 (£12) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Stephen K Amos

It’s easy to feel angry when mad talking heads and evil officials are looking for any slight difference of opinion to plough open and exploit. We need an everyman to bring people together using the most powerful tool we have: comedy. We need Stephen K Amos. He’s on a mission to bring about world peace. Or, to at least…

Tue 10 Dec

£18 (£17) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Stephen K Amos: Bouquets And Brickbats

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

Tue 10 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01206 500900

Steve Ashley + Face Furniture

Steve Ashley is one of British folk’s finest singer-songwriters. His songs have been covered by a legion of folk artists, including Fairport Convention, Anne Briggs, Martin Simpson, Wizz Jones and Ralph McTell, Phil Beer, O’Hooley and Tidow, Maggie Boyle, The Bushwackers, Grace Notes, The Arizonas, Sproatly Smith, The Owl…

Thu 27 Jun

£10 (£8) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life + When Rivers Meet

Having cut his punk teeth in Crass, Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life – allows for the more contemplative side of Steve’s songwriting to reveal itself. Both personal and universal, Slice of Life present ruminations from the bar stool honed on the late-night walk home. Musically, the band is built on an acoustic…

Thu 25 Jul

£10 (£8) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Steve Mason

Goes on sale Wednesday 17th April at 10am Ex Beta Band member Steve comes to Colchester! Steve Mason released his new album, About The Light, on Double Six on Friday 18th January 2019. One of the founding members of The Beta Band, Steve has also recorded under the names of King Biscuit Time and Black Affair and…

Tue 5 Nov

£20 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Talisk

Mohsen Amini (concertina), Hayley Keenan (violin) and Craig Irving (guitar) play folk informed by their strong backgrounds in Irish and Scottish music.

Mon 11 Nov

£12 (£11) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

The Thinking Drinkers: Heroes of Hooch

The Thinking Drinkers return with a BRAND NEW SHOW, a hilarious and intoxicating look at history’s greatest drinkers. Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts reveal how alcohol has inspired pioneering explorers, politicians and painters in equal measure, from Plato and Picasso, to Nelson, Napoleon and Norm…

Sat 9 Nov

£16 (£15) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Sat 9 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01206 500900

Tony Woods Project

This is the rescheduled date.

Sun 1 Sep

£15 (£6–£13) / 01206 500900

  • 19:00

Transmission: The Sound Of Joy Division

Tribute act devoted to recreating the atmosphere and sound of Joy Division.

Sat 18 Apr 2020

£15.25 / 01206 500900

The Trials of Cato

Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, The Trials of Cato formed whilst living in Beirut, and spent a year boiling down the roots of their sound into a hybrid of traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in the country’s biggest venues. Returning home from Beirut in the winter of 2016, they have since…

Mon 18 Nov

£11 (£10) / 01206 500900

  • 19:45

Turin Brakes

The acoustic guitar-toting English duo take some new tunes on the road, along with their decade-strong back catalogue in tow.

Sun 8 Dec

£22.50 / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

White Ring + Ventenner

A double bill of dark, genre-defying new music. WHITE RING were originally formed by Bryan Kurkimilis and Kendra Malia, before they were joined by Adina Viarengo, with Bryan and Adina currently touring as a duo. One of the most acclaimed proponents of the "Witch House" movement, WHITE RING blend heavy, distorted…

Thu 3 Oct

£8 (£7) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

Zu

Long awaited return of the instrumental Italian math-punk heavies. Stubbornly free from easy genre classification, Zu have been proud to follow their own musical pathways for some twenty years now. Zu have been broadly questioning and evolving their musical identity, developing their musical vocabulary with every…

Wed 14 Aug

£10 (£8) / 01206 500900

  • 19:30

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