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Colchester: The Quo Experience ‘Live’ The Mercury Theatre Colchester

June 05, 2017 at Mercury Theatre Colchester in Colchester.


After the very sad and tragic death of our ‘lifetime’ hero on Christmas Eve 2016, life will never be the same for hundreds of thousands of Quo fans around the world. Not only will Rick Parfitt be missed for his unique talent, his witty charm and his heart of gold, but we will all miss watching and experiencing the magic he brought to the stage as one part of the legendary rock duo he formed with Francis Rossi that had lasted for five decades. That magic, along with the excitement, exhilaration and euphoria of watching Rick and Francis performing together live will never be seen again. But all is not lost; there is a new band on the scene that features the perfect tribute to the legendary duo to help keep the memory of the biggest Rock God of them all alive:

‘The Quo Experience’ is a band with an impressively experienced line-up including Shaun Michaels (as Francis Rossi) and Dave Crawte (as Rick Parfitt), who have both featured in quality Quo tribute acts in the past. Shaun and Dave have spent years studying every detail of Rossi and Parfitt’s looks, playing styles and stage performances to make sure they are both as close to the real thing on stage as is possible, without actually being the legendary rock duo themselves! However, The Quo Experience is not all about Rick and Francis; it also features Graham Partridge, a superb keyboard player who captures the magic of Andy Bown’s playing and vocals perfectly; Alex Bayou, a brilliant ‘Matt Letley’ style drummer, who has been playing along to Quo since he was four years old, and Brian ‘Brino’ Smith on bass, a well-known and respected ‘Rhino’-style player and performer on the Quo tribute circuit for over ten years, who thumps out the Rhino bass lines to help give The Quo Experience the stomach thumping sound every Quo Army fan expects to hear!

With such an impressive line-up of seriously experienced musicians and passionate Quo fans, along with a stage show that includes a wall of white Marshalls, Mark Bass amps and cabs, Bose PA and a quality light show, The Quo Experience is fully armed to take the act as far as is possibly achievable in the tribute band industry. The Quo Experience is, however, not just another Quo tribute band – it is an ‘experience’; an ongoing chance to ‘experience’ the sounds and looks of “Britain’s biggest singles chart band of all time” as we all remember it!

The magic and chemistry that the Parfitt/Rossi partnership brought to a Quo ‘live’ performance, along with the incredible energy that Rick Parfitt added to the show, is being continued within The Quo Experience. Consequently, for both the loyal Quo fans who have been addicted to seeing the true Status Quo ‘live’ for the past 50yrs, along with those unlucky people who never managed to get around to experiencing the exhilaration of a Quo performance with both Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi on stage, this is your chance to continue or start getting your fix!

Address: Balkerne Gate, Colchester
The Quo Experience

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Colchester: Gin Dinner with Hayman’s

July 01, 2017 at Wivenhoe House in Colchester.


We are delighted to announce our first gin dinner in partnership with local distillery, Hayman’s

Start the evening with gin cocktails on the sunken lawn before heading into our beautiful Grade II listed main house. Next will be a selection of Hayman’s gin which have been expertly paired with our specially prepared menu.

This fantastic event will take place in the wonderful Signatures restaurant. There will be space for 35 tickets only so be sure to get yours before the event sells out.

Hayman’s Gin

‘We make award-winning English gin the original way, just as we always have. Our ginealogy dates back over 150 years, making us the only family of original English gin makers still distilling today.”

Sample Menu including gin tasting throughout

London dry gin cured mackerel, sweet pickled cucumber, citrus gel


Carpaccio of venison, parsnip crisp, juniper infused beetroot

Pink gin sherbet

Sloe roast rump of lamb, potato terrine, pea puree


Preserved lemon and gin baked salmon, brown shrimp butter

Negroni fruit jelly, ginger crumble, burnt orange


Four course dinner with Gin – £65 per person

How to book

Call us on 01206 863666
email info@wivenhoehouse.co.uk

Address: Park Road, Colchester
Gin Dinner with Hayman

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Colchester: Warm Winters, The Landed, KYU live at The Three Wise Monkeys

May 26, 2017 at Three Wise Monkeys in Colchester.


Essex Rocks proudly presents a night of live music at our home the Three Wise Wise Monkeys, Colchester.

Warm Winters

One of our favourite bands, fresh off supporting Space at the Arts Centre and ready to rock the 3WMs. Indie Rock for fans of The Cure, Pulp, Super Furry Animals, Idlewild, Manic Street Preachers, Blur, Death Cab for Cutie & Darren Hayman.

See more here: www.warm-winters.bandcamp.com

The Landed

Blistering guitars, catchy hooks, beautiful vocals – what more do you want from am Indie Rock band? Heard on major National Radio stations such as BBC 6 Music & Radio 1. For fans of Jimi Hendrix, The Police, Fleetwood Mac, Stereophonics, Oasis.

Find out more here: www.thelanded.com


Colchester band KYU are back!!! A must see for anyone who enjoys live rock music – for fans of Muse, Alice In Chains, Fleet Foxes, Incubus, Jimi Hendrix, Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam, Placebo, Radiohead, Silverchair, Snow Patrol, Stone Temple Pilot.

Check them out here: www.facebook.com/KYUmusic


Doors at 8pm. Advance tickets £4 or £5 on the door. Link coming soon.

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Next gig: New Town Kings, Kill the Party, Elephany Jane at Kingsway Hall, Harwich – Saturday 24th June in association with the Harwich Festival of Arts.

Address: 60 High Street, Colchester
Warm Winters, The Landed, KYU live at The Three Wise Monkeys

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Colchester: Adrian Nation in Concert

June 23, 2017 at Mercury Theatre Colchester in Colchester.


From the basement of Fagin’s Den, Colchester as a nervous teenager to the main stage of the Canmore Folk Festival, Canada as a fully fledged wordsmith, Adrian Nation’s journey has been one of passion, poetry and protest, all of which are clearly evident to the rapt audiences that witness his remarkable live performances.

”a truly charismatic artist, a soulful vocalist, exquisite guitarist and his lyrics are full of depth and emotion.” (Rock Society Magazine)

“This guy is fantastic, in fact he’s world class” (Jim Rodford : The Kinks and The Zombies)

Address: Balkerne Gate, Colchester
Adrian Nation in Concert

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Colchester: Summer Solstice Celebration

June 21, 2017 at Colchester Arts Centre in Colchester.


Organic Alex and Meelyhoops are joining forces to present a Summer Solstice Celebration: A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the atmosphere will be dreamy and magical with a woodland feel.
Want to get into character? Fancy dress is optional, but If you do want to dress for the occasion, themed outfits could be white; fairy-inspired; garland headdresses or inspired by love :-)

Alex will be providing a delicious three-course feast of vegan, gluten-free, organic food:

Magical Mini Kebabs
Goodfellow’s Pizza Bites
Snug & Lettuce Salad
Polenta Croutons
Creamy Mustardseed Broccoli
Titania’s Tabbouleh
Peaseblossom’s Paella
Mini Olive and Lentil Burgers
Tomato Salsa
Roasted Red Pepper Houmous
Spinach & Potato Frittatas
Tahini Dressing
Lemon Drizzle Cake
Chocolate Pots
Berry Cheesecake

Meely will bring an array of local talent to entertain throughout the evening. And of course there will be a hula-hoops for you to have a whirl on.

The line-up for the evening is as follows:

Grace & Lulu
Grace sings soulful covers, old and new, accompanied by Lulu on the Accordian.

Omar & Finn
A beautiful musical journey from ambient sounds to upbeat rhythms with the Hang-drum and Sitar.

King Kiwanda
King Kiwanda are a four-piece band from East Anglia with upbeat, world-inspired rhythms. Their blend of hip-hop, jazz and afro-folk will up the tempo after dinner!

Sheikha Bang Bang (DJ)
World-fusion music mixed with bass and beats guaranteed to get your feet moving and bum shaking.

Surreal Vision Photography
A dynamic photographer to capture the celebrations throughout the night.

Vegan drinks including ales, ciders, wines and soft drinks will be available from the bar.

Tickets are £25 (this includes all food, drinks are not included).
Children are very welcome: Under 14s tickets are £15 and under 3s are FREE!

Tickets are available from Colchester Arts Centre box office and their website at the following:

Address: Church Street, Colchester
Summer Solstice Celebration

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Colchester: The Swing Spectacular!

May 13, 2017 at Colchester Arts Centre in Colchester.


The Swing Spectacular returns for its second year of unmissable swing entertainment celebrating music and dance from the ‘20s to the ‘50s! After a sell-out night in 2016, jazz singer Lydia Bell and the Sweeting Swing Band are back to share all the glamour of the swing era with the Colchester Arts Centre, along with entertainment from a brand new Vocal Swing trio and dance demonstrations from the sensational troupe ‘The Seaside Stompers’.

This sparkling social occasion aims to bring people of all walks of life together with swing music, singing, dancing and more! Forget your troubles and swing, jive, lindy-hop and mambo the night away!

If your dancing shoes don’t quite fit any more or you’d rather just socialise and listen to some great music, never fear, there is seating available, along with other exciting entertainment for you to enjoy, including a top drawer cocktail bar! However, you are advised to arrive early to ensure you get a seat.

Swing-era’ dress is warmly encouraged but not mandatory.

This year organiser and singer Lydia is supporting Emmaus Colchester by donating 50% of the profits of the event to this charity. Emmaus is a charity helping homeless people get back on their feet through community building, a cause which is very important in today’s society. Please consider this and spread the word about the event. See more about their work here: https://www.emmaus.org.uk/colchester

Click here to see photos of last year’s sell-out event:

Tickets £17.50.
10% off for groups of 10.
Doors open 7.30pm, get there promptly to learn a dance move or two!

Address: Church Street, Colchester
The Swing Spectacular!

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Colchester: Olly Murs Summer Tour 2017 – Colchester

June 10, 2017 at Events at Colchester United FC in Colchester.


Olly Murs announces his UK Summer 2017 Tour!

Tickets on sale Friday December 2nd, at 9am from ticketmaster.co.uk.

Fri 02 June – Market Rasen Racecourse
Sat 03 June – Carlisle Brunton Park
Sat 10 June – Colchester Weston Homes Community Stadium
Fri 16 June – Westonbirt Arboretum
Sat 24 June – Wrexham Racecourse Ground
Fri 30 June – Brandon Thetford Forest

Sat 01 July – York Racecourse
Fri 07 July – Cantebury The Spitfire Ground
Sun 09 July – Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Fri 14 July – Northampton The County Ground
Sat 15 July – Jersey Big Gig In The Park
Sun 16 July – Sussex 1st Central county Ground
Tue 18 July – Edinburgh Castle
Friday 21 July – Aberdeen AECC Outdoor
Sat 22 JulY – Inverness Bught Park
Sat 29 July – Exeter Powderham Castle

Sat 05 Aug – Bournemouth Kings Park
Thu 10 Aug – Sandown Park Racecourse
Sat 12 Aug – Swanswea Singleton Park
Sat 19 Aug – Newbury Racecourse

Address: Weston Homes Community Stadium, United Way, Colchester
Olly Murs Summer Tour 2017 - Colchester

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Colchester: Anna-Marie Childs Playing The Cosmic Puffin Music Festival

April 29, 2017 at East Mersea Youth Camp in Colchester.


This will be the fiist time for me playing this iconic Festival for their 10th Anniversary year :)

You can find me Saturday 29th April at 12.00 pm on THE RIVER STAGE doing a 20 minute acoustic set.

The brilliant Primo Nelson with my friend Holly Hannigan in, will be on the same stage at 1.00 pm, so can’t wait to hear them.

It’s going to be a great day.

Hope to you there :)

Anna-Marie Childs x

Address: Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Colchester
Anna-Marie Childs Playing The Cosmic Puffin Music Festival

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Colchester: Attended freighter – June

June 03, 2017 at Langham Community Centre in Colchester.


The Council will collect household items from a number of locations throughout the year as part of the Attended Saturday Freighter Service. You can use this service to dispose of small loads of household items which are not collected as part of your regular kerbside collection. Please don’t use this service to dispose of items which can be recycled, although you can bring garden waste separately which will be composted.

Please note that we cannot accept any of the following items:
no large loads, fridges, freezers or other electrical goods – these items can be collected as part of the Special Collection Service or taken to your local tip..
no hazardous waste such as asbestos, batteries, liquids or gas bottles – for information on how to dispose of your hazardous items, visit the Essex County Council Hazardous Waste Advice page.
no commercial refuse – the Council operates a trade recycling and rubbish collection service, details of which can be found on the Recycling and waste for businesses page.

Address: School Road, Langham, Colchester
Attended freighter - June

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Colchester: Midnight Walk 2017

May 27, 2017 at St Helena Hospice in Colchester.


Follow the call of the disco ball and join hundreds of women on an incredible night time stroll at our 9th annual Midnight Walk – this year’s theme is Disco Divas!

Walk 3 miles or 7.5 miles on your own, with your family and friends, with your exercise class, with your work colleagues, the choice is yours… and there will be plenty of new friends to be made on route!

Sign up before 5pm on Saturday 11th February 2017 to save on the registration fee!

Address: Barncroft Close, Colchester
Midnight Walk 2017

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