Big Country + The Occupants *

Big Country + The Occupants *

23rd February 2018

A Colchester Arts Centre Fundraiser

This is a standing gig

Mark Brzezicki - Drums, Bruce Watson - Guitar, Jamie Watson - Guitar , Simon Hough - Vocals. Scott Whitley - Bass,

Big Country was originally formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson both native of the band’s hometown Dunfermline in Scotland.

Initially driven by a shared vision of widescreen guitar melody, harmony and lyric, the classic Big Country sound was further enhanced later that summer by the arrival of drummer Mark Brzezicki and bass player Tony Butler. This is the Big Country that (with producer Steve Lillywhite), recorded the classic debut album ‘The Crossing’ in 1983.

Now with the promise of a new era dawning for the band and the realisation that Big Country now have the platform to once again record and tour on a world wide scale, bassist Tony Butler has decided that his time in Big Country has come to a close and so he has retired gracefully from the stage. The band now welcomes Scott Whitley on bass.


Formed in 2012, The Occupants are Colchester-based retro-rockers who embrace a wide range of musical genres - rock,pop, soul, blues, motown, ska, etc. The emphasis is on producing an authentically live, raw, exciting sound, performed in a stylish, professional manner.....but without ever giving the impression that they take themselves too seriously!

For the past six years, The Occupants have been playing around the East Anglian region, appearing in clubs, pubs, festivals, and functions. They were last seen at the Arts Centre a couple of years ago supporting The Blockheads.

All tickets £25.
Doors open 7.30pm.
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