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  • BAR SUPERVISORS WANTED

    13/12/2017 We're looking for Bar Supervisors to start immediately...
  • PODCAST: ANTHONY ROBERTS – THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS

    06/12/2017In our latest podcast, Sophie Cole interviews Anthony Roberts about his legendary recital alongside Jamie Cunliffe of the classic tale, A Christmas Carol...
  • WHO IS JASON FREDERICK?

    04/12/2017 ...
  • REVIEW: THE MAGIC BAND PLAY THE MUSIC OF CAPTAIN BEEFHEART 26/11/17

    27/11/2017 Going Out On A High – A Magical Swan Song As I write, it’s exactly one month until Christmas eve...
  • STREET HUNT - DO DO DO DO DO

    15/11/2017 Featuring an exclusive phone interview with Sarah Jones, the first person to submit a correctly completed book with all the right answers to the Street Hunt competition...
  • POCASTALLUJAH!

    15/11/2017 In this special, extended podcast - earthalujah! - the anti-consumerist preacher Reverend Billy, in a rare and exclusive interview - praise be! - lets rip...
  • ALAN MOORE & MACGILLIVRAY: A PODCAST

    04/10/2017 The latest Colchester Arts Centre podcast can be found below - a report of the wonderful appearance from acclaimed writer Alan Moore and performance artist MacGillivray...
  • RAGHU DIXIT!

    04/10/2017 Wanted to book this guy for a long time - happy to say we finally have...
  • CITIZEN JOURNALISM PODCAST!

    22/09/2017 The latest podcast is here, and it's a great conversation about CITIZEN JOURNALISM headed by Anthony Clavane and our group of Creative Volunteers...
  • WE'RE HIRING!

    20/09/2017 We're looking for talented individuals to fill two full-time posts: General Manager Technician   Details of both posts available here…

    PODCASTING CONTINUES...

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  • PODCAST NO.6 IS HERE!

    11/09/2017Shockwaves are running through the internet as episode 6 of our wonderful Podcast has hit the streets...
  • ANTHONY ROBERTS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING...

    31/08/2017 ...
  • NEW PODCAST

    07/08/2017Anthony Clavane discusses forthcoming events, weddings and wrestling...
  • WE'VE GOT A PODCAST!

    19/07/2017 In a bold new venture, we'll be presenting a new irregular podcast in which we discuss all things arts centre - from the artists we've got coming up through to reminiscences of days gone by and inevitably the occasional stream of utter irrelevances...
  • HORROR Q&A WITH MADELINE SMITH!

    21/06/2017 Absolutely delighted to announce that we will be joined by original cast member MADELINE SMITH (The Secretary) for a Q&A session after the screening of THEATRE OF BLOOD on Thursday 29th June! Madeline featured in Hammer Horrors such as Taste The Blood of Dracula and The Vampire Lovers, as well as being the late Roger Moore's first Bond girl Miss Caruso in Live & Let Die and appearing in comedy greats such as Carry on Matron! Can't wait...
  • NEW GIGS!

    30/05/2017 Breakcore...
  • FANCY A HORROR-THEMED ALE?

    11/05/2017 Of course you do...
  • COMEDY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

    02/05/2017 We've just announced who's appearing at the LAUGHTER ZONE stand up comedy night on Friday 5th May - and what a great lineup it is! STEVE GRIBBIN Yes, him from SKINT VIDEO, recently seen here with his brilliant railway-themed show...
  • BREAKFAST TIME THEATRE IS BACK!

    24/04/2017 It went so well last time, we're giving it another go...
  • 2 for 1 TICKETS ON STAND UP COMEDY THIS SUNDAY!

    20/04/2017 We've got a great show this Sunday 23rd April from the wonderful KIRI PRITCHARD McCLEAN - and we're offering TWO FOR ONE TICKETS! A great chance to brighten your Sunday night in the company of this great comic, who's recently been seen supporting great like Sarah Millican and Justin Moorhouse...
  • WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY DOUBLE BILL!

    31/03/2017 Delighted to announce that this Wednesday 5th April's Wonderful Wednesday is now a DOUBLE BILL! Two performances from some of our favourite artists, familiar faces to many of of our Wonderful Wednesdays attendees...
  • FREE DRUMMING WORKSHOPS!

    31/03/2017 We've got some FREE DRUMMING WORKSHOPS coming up on Sunday 9th April...
  • BREAKFAST TIME, BABY FRIENDLY THEATRE AT THE ARTS CENTRE!

    17/03/2017 Here's a bit of a curveball - a morning theatre show that's tailored specifically for those with babes in arms! Thursday 23rd March THIRD ANGEL presents PARTUS If the patter of tiny feet has curtailed your theatre-going because of curtain-up/bath-time clashes or the lack of babysitters, this is the answer...
  • MEEMO COMMA TO SUPPORT 65DAYSOFSTATIC

    17/03/2017 Very pleased to announce that electronic / done project MEEMO COMMA will be supporting 65DAYSOFSTATIC at the arts centre on Thursday 24th August...
  • CKY TICKETS ON SALE 24/02/17

    22/02/2017 CKY return for a gig on Saturday 20th May - tickets go on sale this Friday 24th February at 10am, priced £15...
  • GRUMBLING FUR ON THE OFFICE STEREO

    17/02/2017 We've been listening flat out to the marvellous Grumbling Fur this week - playing here at the arts centre on SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARY...
  • DISPELL THE MISERY OF SUNDAY NIGHTS WITH STAND-UP COMEDY

    08/02/2017 If, like me, Sundays still remind you of not having done your homework and and feeling the dread of going to school the next day - we have the answer...
  • MACGILLIVRAY IN RUNNING FOR SCOTTISH NEW MUSIC GONG

    30/01/2017 Delighted to have received word that the amazing MacGillivray aka performance artist / poet / musician Kirsten Norrie has been nominated for New Music Performer of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Awards For New Music...
  • CHURCHFITTERS SOLD OUT

    30/01/2017 Sorry everyone - tonight's performance by the ever popular CHURCHFITTERS has completely sold out, and alas we won't have any extra tickets to sell on the door...
  • SOLD OUT AND SELLING OUT SOON!

    18/01/2017These events are now sold out...
  • PETER HOOK - TICKETS NEARLY GONE!

    13/01/2017 We're nearly completely sold out for the PETER HOOK gig on Thursday 16th March...
  • THE PRETTIEST STARMAN (ONE YEAR ON): SOLD OUT!

    13/01/2017 Just a reminder that tonight's gig is totally SOLD OUT...
  • WE WANT YOUR JUNK!

    03/01/2017 WE NEED YOUR RUBBISH! START THE NEW YEAR WITH A CLEAR OUT! Here's the chance to clear out your unwanted stuff and help the arts centre raise money for some sorely needed new chairs...
  • HAVE A RIGHT GOOD OLD NYE KNEES-UP WITH ANIMAL NOISE

    21/12/2016 It'll be New Year's Eve soon and where better to celebrate in style than the good old arts centre, where we've got Colchester's finest ANIMAL NOISE doing a whopping 90 minute set, ably supported by locals GHOSTS OF MEN and TROPIC OF XHAO...
  • CALLING ALL ESSEX BASED DISABLED MUSICIANS, PRODUCERS, SOUND ARTISTS, SINGERS & COMPOSERS

    07/12/2016 Here's news of a series of meet-up events for Disabled musicians, producers, sound artists, singers and composers...
  • HAYSEED DIXIE ON SALE 07/012

    05/12/2016 Hayseed Dixie are back at the arts centre! Tickets on sale Wednesday 7th December at 10am and expected to go very quick...
  • BICYCLE POWERED FILMS AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT

    30/11/2016 Coming up on 1st December, at the Old Bus Depot...
  • A BRAND NEW INTERACTIVE LIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCE

    21/11/2016 In partnership with Norwich Arts Centre we're very pleased to bring this amazing new project to Colchester! [UNIT">General Manager Job Description and Person Spec...
  • PODCASTING CONTINUES...

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  • PODCAST NO.6 IS HERE!

    11/09/2017Shockwaves are running through the internet as episode 6 of our wonderful Podcast has hit the streets...
  • ANTHONY ROBERTS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING...

    31/08/2017 ...
  • NEW PODCAST

    07/08/2017Anthony Clavane discusses forthcoming events, weddings and wrestling...
  • WE'VE GOT A PODCAST!

    19/07/2017 In a bold new venture, we'll be presenting a new irregular podcast in which we discuss all things arts centre - from the artists we've got coming up through to reminiscences of days gone by and inevitably the occasional stream of utter irrelevances...
  • HORROR Q&A WITH MADELINE SMITH!

    21/06/2017 Absolutely delighted to announce that we will be joined by original cast member MADELINE SMITH (The Secretary) for a Q&A session after the screening of THEATRE OF BLOOD on Thursday 29th June! Madeline featured in Hammer Horrors such as Taste The Blood of Dracula and The Vampire Lovers, as well as being the late Roger Moore's first Bond girl Miss Caruso in Live & Let Die and appearing in comedy greats such as Carry on Matron! Can't wait...
  • NEW GIGS!

    30/05/2017 Breakcore...
  • FANCY A HORROR-THEMED ALE?

    11/05/2017 Of course you do...
  • COMEDY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

    02/05/2017 We've just announced who's appearing at the LAUGHTER ZONE stand up comedy night on Friday 5th May - and what a great lineup it is! STEVE GRIBBIN Yes, him from SKINT VIDEO, recently seen here with his brilliant railway-themed show...
  • BREAKFAST TIME THEATRE IS BACK!

    24/04/2017 It went so well last time, we're giving it another go...
  • 2 for 1 TICKETS ON STAND UP COMEDY THIS SUNDAY!

    20/04/2017 We've got a great show this Sunday 23rd April from the wonderful KIRI PRITCHARD McCLEAN - and we're offering TWO FOR ONE TICKETS! A great chance to brighten your Sunday night in the company of this great comic, who's recently been seen supporting great like Sarah Millican and Justin Moorhouse...
  • WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY DOUBLE BILL!

    31/03/2017 Delighted to announce that this Wednesday 5th April's Wonderful Wednesday is now a DOUBLE BILL! Two performances from some of our favourite artists, familiar faces to many of of our Wonderful Wednesdays attendees...
  • FREE DRUMMING WORKSHOPS!

    31/03/2017 We've got some FREE DRUMMING WORKSHOPS coming up on Sunday 9th April...
  • BREAKFAST TIME, BABY FRIENDLY THEATRE AT THE ARTS CENTRE!

    17/03/2017 Here's a bit of a curveball - a morning theatre show that's tailored specifically for those with babes in arms! Thursday 23rd March THIRD ANGEL presents PARTUS If the patter of tiny feet has curtailed your theatre-going because of curtain-up/bath-time clashes or the lack of babysitters, this is the answer...
  • MEEMO COMMA TO SUPPORT 65DAYSOFSTATIC

    17/03/2017 Very pleased to announce that electronic / done project MEEMO COMMA will be supporting 65DAYSOFSTATIC at the arts centre on Thursday 24th August...
  • CKY TICKETS ON SALE 24/02/17

    22/02/2017 CKY return for a gig on Saturday 20th May - tickets go on sale this Friday 24th February at 10am, priced £15...
  • GRUMBLING FUR ON THE OFFICE STEREO

    17/02/2017 We've been listening flat out to the marvellous Grumbling Fur this week - playing here at the arts centre on SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARY...
  • DISPELL THE MISERY OF SUNDAY NIGHTS WITH STAND-UP COMEDY

    08/02/2017 If, like me, Sundays still remind you of not having done your homework and and feeling the dread of going to school the next day - we have the answer...
  • MACGILLIVRAY IN RUNNING FOR SCOTTISH NEW MUSIC GONG

    30/01/2017 Delighted to have received word that the amazing MacGillivray aka performance artist / poet / musician Kirsten Norrie has been nominated for New Music Performer of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Awards For New Music...
  • CHURCHFITTERS SOLD OUT

    30/01/2017 Sorry everyone - tonight's performance by the ever popular CHURCHFITTERS has completely sold out, and alas we won't have any extra tickets to sell on the door...
  • SOLD OUT AND SELLING OUT SOON!

    18/01/2017These events are now sold out...
  • PETER HOOK - TICKETS NEARLY GONE!

    13/01/2017 We're nearly completely sold out for the PETER HOOK gig on Thursday 16th March...
  • THE PRETTIEST STARMAN (ONE YEAR ON): SOLD OUT!

    13/01/2017 Just a reminder that tonight's gig is totally SOLD OUT...
  • WE WANT YOUR JUNK!

    03/01/2017 WE NEED YOUR RUBBISH! START THE NEW YEAR WITH A CLEAR OUT! Here's the chance to clear out your unwanted stuff and help the arts centre raise money for some sorely needed new chairs...
  • HAVE A RIGHT GOOD OLD NYE KNEES-UP WITH ANIMAL NOISE

    21/12/2016 It'll be New Year's Eve soon and where better to celebrate in style than the good old arts centre, where we've got Colchester's finest ANIMAL NOISE doing a whopping 90 minute set, ably supported by locals GHOSTS OF MEN and TROPIC OF XHAO...
  • CALLING ALL ESSEX BASED DISABLED MUSICIANS, PRODUCERS, SOUND ARTISTS, SINGERS & COMPOSERS

    07/12/2016 Here's news of a series of meet-up events for Disabled musicians, producers, sound artists, singers and composers...
  • HAYSEED DIXIE ON SALE 07/012

    05/12/2016 Hayseed Dixie are back at the arts centre! Tickets on sale Wednesday 7th December at 10am and expected to go very quick...
  • BICYCLE POWERED FILMS AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT

    30/11/2016 Coming up on 1st December, at the Old Bus Depot...
  • A BRAND NEW INTERACTIVE LIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCE

    21/11/2016 In partnership with Norwich Arts Centre we're very pleased to bring this amazing new project to Colchester! [UNIT is an immersive live music show that's really like no other - experience a brand new world of sound and video in this intimate performance for a small audience...
  • PEDAL POWERED CAR CHASE IN QUEEN STREET

    11/11/2016Coming up on 1st December, at the Old Bus Depot...
  • LEE RANALDO 18/11/16 - NEW VIDEO

    11/11/2016 SONIC YOUTH's Lee Ranaldo will be here with his band on Friday 18th November, with support from Richard Youngs...
  • DREADS NEARLY SOLD OUT

    11/11/2016 Dreadzone tickets are nearly all gone! Get 'em while they last...
  • IAN MCCULLOCH IS BACK

    04/11/2016 Very delighted that Ian McCulloch will be returning for another evening of solo acoustic performance on Friday 28th April 2017...
  • SO CALLED HUMANS ADDED TO KILLING JOKE BILL

    24/10/2016 Really really really chuffed to have got locals SO CALLED HUMANS on supporting KILLING JOKE and DEATH VALLEY HIGH on Thursday 3rd November...
  • LAST FEW TICKETS LEFT FOR GLENN

    24/10/2016 Unsurprisingly, we're down to the last few tickets for Glenn Tilbrook's show this Thursday...
  • ANTARCTICA - SELLING FAST!

    24/10/2016 Just advance warning that Chris's Wonderful Wednesdays show ANTARCTICA is selling like mad - we've had to up the capacity - even so this might run out so we strongly advise buying your tickets in advance for this one...
  • KILLING JOKE - ON SALE NOW

    12/10/2016Post-punk royalty Killing Joke have announced a new show, playing Colchester Arts Centre on Thursday 3rd November...
  • THOUGHT FORMS ON SALE

    06/10/2016 Invada Records noisy tunesmiths THOUGHT FORMS will be here on Sunday 12th February...
  • RICHARD YOUNGS CONFIRMED AS SUPPORT TO LEE RANALDO

    06/10/2016 Very pleased to announce that super prolific Glaswegian singer / guitarist RICHARD YOUNGS will be supporting Sonic Youth's LEE RANALDO & EL RAYO at the arts centre on Friday 18th November...
  • BRINGING THE BEAT BACK

    03/10/2016 The Beat have announced a tour in the week they release their new album ‘Bounce’...
  • THIS FRIDAY - GIVE THE FARMERS MARKET A TRY...

    03/10/2016 This Friday 7th October - why not take a visit to the Farmers Market? We've had the list of stall-holders through - looking good! Chris Law - cakes Daymens Hill Farm - apples, Pears & Fruit Juices Brown's Bread - bread ,cakes including organic bread etc Coppertop Hive - honey Great Wigborough Traditional Meats - Beef, Pork, Lamb, mutton, chicken...
  • MARK THOMAS IS BACK THIS FRIDAY!

    27/09/2016 Mark Thomas: The Red Shed is here at Colchester Arts Centre for 2 shows on Friday 30th September...
  • KLANGHAUS 6.30PM PERFORMANCES - START TIME NOW 7PM

    24/09/2016 If you're booked in to see either of the 6...
  • PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT PLAY THE SUBSTANCE ALBUMS

    19/09/2016 Tickets for PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT go on sale this Friday 23rd September at 10...
  • WE'RE LOOKING FOR COLCHESTER BANDS

    09/09/2016 Saturday 14th January 2017 sees the return of the annual ON all dayer where we present a whole day of Colchester bands from across all the musical spectrums...
  • CELEBRATE COLCHESTER'S HERITAGE

    02/09/2016 As you'll be aware we are housed here in a really beautiful old building, that of the gorgeous victorian church of St Mary at the Walls...
  • PROTO SYNTH/PSYCHE-WAVE WITH OSCILLATORS? YES PLEASE

    31/08/2016 ...
  • BIG LAUGHS THIS FRIDAY!

    31/08/2016 Our monthly Stand Up Comedy Club THE LAUGHTER ZONE is selling like mad for the September edition this Friday 2nd...
  • WORLD MUSIC NIGHT - 2 FOR 1 TICKET OFFER!

    11/08/2016 Generosity would clearly have gone to our heads this month - we're offering 2 for 1 on tickets for the fabulous WORLD MUSIC night featuring CAULDRON and DJ MR BENN & MC SOULS LIBERATION on Saturday 20th August...
  • JOHN HEGLEY'S PERSONAL INVITE TO HIS SHOW

    29/07/2016 The lovely John Hegley wrote this just for you! C ome O ut L adies, C hildren, H ombres: E ngaging S tories T old E ver so R hymingly A nd R olling T he S puds...
  • LEE RANALDO OF SONIC YOUTH BRINGS NEW PROJECT TO COLCHESTER

    29/07/2016Pleased as punch to be welcoming Lee and his new project to the arts centre on Friday 18th November...
  • GLOBAL MUSIC & DANCE WEEKENDER

    13/07/2016 We're very pleased to be part of a weekend long series of World Music events events, alongside our partners at Colchester Institute, Essex Diversity Project, Essex County Council and the Womad Foundation...
  • WALKING:HOLDING - CALLOUT FOR PARTICIPANTS

    29/06/2016 Rosana Cade brings her immersive one-on-one performances WALKING:HOLDING to the arts centre Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July - and we're looking for participants to help...
  • SIMON FINN FEATURED IN WIRE MAGAZINE

    15/06/2016 We're very pleased that one of our favourite artists and Colchester resident SIMON FINN is the subject of a short video documentary at The Wire Magazine online...
  • BUZZCUT ARE COMING!

    14/06/2016 A quick head up that Glaswegian performance collective BUZZCUT are touring England - and they'll be bring a whole afternoon and evening of work for your delectation at the arts centre on Sunday 10th July...
  • SUNDAY AFTERNOON SONGS THIS WEEKEND

    14/06/2016 This Sunday 19th June sees the return of this wonderful afternoon event...
  • DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA SUPPORTING SANS

    14/06/2016 This Thursday 16th June sees a real dream line up for us - The quirky, free folk stylings of Colchester's own Dead Rat Orchestra now join the bill with masters of sweeping Nordic and world styled majesty Sans...
  • EDDIE IZZARD DRAW WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

    23/05/2016 By now all those who entered the draw to win the chance to buy tickets for the English version of Eddie Izzard's FORCE MAJEURE 333 show will have received an email from us advising as to how you got on...
  • VIDEODROME IN CULT MOVIE DOUBLE BILL

    23/05/2016 We've decided to make a real night of it on Thursday 23rd June...
  • HOW (NOT) TO LIVE IN SUBURBIA

    23/05/2016 A few of us here went to see this great new performance from ANNIE SIDDONS at Camden Peoples' Theatre earlier in the year while still a work in progress...
  • MARK STEEL'S IN TOWN

    28/04/2016 Mark Steel's back at the arts centre - this time for a live recording of his popular BBC Radio 4 show MARK STEEL'S IN TOWN...
  • AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM GOES ON SALE FRIDAY

    19/04/2016 Yes, we're pretty excited to have secured a date with these legends of electronic dance / traditional crossover...
  • JONATHAN PIE ON SALE

    15/04/2016 Jonathan Pie is a respected News reporter for a respected News broadcaster but he has a problem...
  • DREADZONE RETURN

    01/04/2016 Yes, they're back at the arts centre on THURSDAY 1st DECEMBER...
  • CHRIS DOBROWOLSKI'S ANTARCTICA - ON SALE NOW

    01/04/2016 We just can't stop talking about Chris Dobrowolski...
  • CHRIS DOBROWOLSKI - EXTRA CAPACITY!

    29/03/2016 As well as being extremely good looking, it would seem that Chris Dobrowolski is also extremely good at selling tickets...
  • BACKSTAGE IN BISCUIT LAND - EXTRA SHOW ADDED!

    24/03/2016 We're absolutely delighted to announce an extra matinee show for Jess Thom's wonderful new show BACKSTAGE IN BISCUIT LAND...
  • KIDS MUSIC WORKSHOPS THIS WEEKEND - PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

    24/03/2016 We still have some tickets left for our special workshops for Kids this Bank Holiday Weekend - a chance for young people over the age of 8 and their families to have fun with the drum and the movement of dance...
  • WE FILMED THIS SHORT VIDEO

    26/02/2016 Colchester High Street was our location...
  • VOTE FOR COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE

    24/02/2016 We are nominated for Big Choice Funding - IF YOU LIVE IN COLCHESTER please vote via this link before midday 4th March...
  • ON FOR 2016 LINEUP ANNOUNCED

    19/02/2016 The judges have deliberated, and aided by a very nice curry prepared by the Colchester Gazette's own Neil D'Arcy Jones have arrived at the lineup below...
  • FANCY HELPING YOUR FRIENDLY LOCAL ARTS CENTRE?

    15/02/2016 Of course you do! We're always on the lookout for people to join our wonderful team of volunteers - you've met them - the lovely guys and girls who serve you at the bar, take tickets at the door and are basically the lifeblood of the arts centre...
  • BBC FOLK AWARDS

    12/02/2016 Yet again artists appearing at the Colchester Folk Club have featured at the prestigious BBC Folk Awards! The nominations for 2016 were announced last night on BBC Radio 2 and the existing holders of the Best Duo Award, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, are again amongst the nominees for Best Duo...
  • SHARE YOUR PARENTING STORIES

    05/02/2016 On Saturday 20th February we welcome a very distinctive pianist Sarah Nicolls to Colchester Arts Centre who will be playing her utterly unique ‘Inside-Out’ piano...
  • WHERE'S THE METAL?

    25/01/2016 We've had a few people asking when we're putting on some more proper metal gigs...
  • FAREWELL BOWIE...

    12/01/2016 Of course, many of us here were big fans of this iconic artist...
  • NEW YEAR, NEW SHOWS...

    12/01/2016 We've already got a handful of really nice shows to announce...
  • COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE JAZZ CLUB IS BACK

    18/12/2015 Steve Wright was chairman of the Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club from 1983-1996 and after an almost 20-year hiatus, he’s been coaxed out of ‘retirement’ to raise the profile of this wonderful art form once more...
  • XMAS / NEW YEAR BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS

    14/12/2015 Our Box Office is open 10...
  • SUPPORT LIVE ART AID

    02/12/2015 This Christmas our good friends Home Live Art and Richard DeDomenici are putting the fun back into festive fundraising...
  • NEW VIDEO FROM TURIN BRAKES

    30/11/2015 Turin Brakes have sent us their new video ‘Keep Me Around’ taken from their new album ‘Lost Property’ out on 29 January 2016...
  • BLACK PEAKS UK TOUR ANNOUNCED

    30/11/2015 As announced on the Radio 1 Rock Show last night, Brighton’s Black Peaks are heading out on a UK tour in February with Colchester Arts Centre one their destinations...
  • ELIZA AND THE BEAR NOW ON SALE

    30/11/2015London-based quintet Eliza and the Bear will be playing here at Colchester Arts Centre on the opening night of their forthcoming UK Tour...
  • STEPHEN K AMOS'S VIDEO MESSAGE

    27/11/2015Top flight comic STEPHEN K AMOS has just surprised us all with a video message to Colchester, included below...
  • PEACE, LOVE & UNDERSTANDING

    20/11/2015A Tribute night to Nick Alexander...
  • STEWART FRANCIS TICKETS AVAILABLE!

    18/11/2015 We've got a few more tickets avaiable for Canadian stand-up Stewart Francis on Tuesday 24th November...
  • ISLAM CHIPSY NOW WITH ADDED DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA

    12/11/2015 This gig just gets better and better...
  • FICKLE FRIENDS NOW ON SALE

    09/11/2015 This band are blowing up all over the place - get your tickets quick as next time they'll probably be playing huge venues...
  • WE'VE GOT SHONEN KNIFE!

    05/11/2015 The Japanese pop-punk legends, hailed by Nirvana, Sonic Youth and many others, come to Colchester on Sunday 24th April...
  • TURIN BRAKES ON SALE FRIDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

    04/11/2015 We're happy to announce that TURIN BRAKES will be making a long overdue return visit on Thursday 3rd March...
  • TWO NIGHTS OF OMID!

    02/11/2015 We're thrilled to announce that top flight UK funnyman OMID DJALILI will be gracing us with his presence over two nights - 4th and 5th March 2016...
  • FOLK WEEK IN NOVEMBER!

    26/10/2015 It would seem that almost completely by accident we've ended up with a bit of a mini Folk Festival starting Monday 16th November...
  • THE MAGIC BAND ARE BACK!

    23/10/2015 Basically, one of the best band's of all time, and a massive favourite of us here at the arts centre...
  • FREE MUSIC & DANCE WORKSHOP

    22/10/2015 Friday 30th October we have a very special Music & Dance workshop brought to you by those wonderful folks at WOMAD and Essex County Council...
  • THE DYR SISTER IS BACK SUPPORTING WRECKLESS ERIC

    12/10/2015 Delighted that Hull's finest THE DYR SISTER will be back in support to the great WRECKLESS ERIC at the arts centre on Tuesday 1st December...
  • LOTS OF SHOWS SELLING OUT

    12/10/2015 Lots of comedy shows and the annual Blockheads gig have now already sold out - and many more events leading up to Christmas are nearly there! (including, rather surprisingly, the boss's live reading of A Christmas Carol)...
  • TWO FOR ONE COMEDY TICKETS!

    02/10/2015 We're doing a special 2 FOR 1 ticket offer for HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI's new show here on Thursday 8th October...
  • MAN PLAYS SHEET OF GLASS WITH HIS FACE @ FIRSTSITE

    02/10/2015 Yes, that is literally what will be happening at Firstsite this Monday 5th October when JUSTICE YELDHAM returns to town! In a co-production with our friends at Firstsite, we bring you this completely off the wall sonic treat from Sydney Australia...
  • DOUBLE THE LAUGHTER THIS WEEKEND!

    02/10/2015 We've sold a lot of tickets for our regular Stand Up Comedy night THE LAUGHTER ZONE this Friday 2nd October - it's going to be a busy one folks! Booking & Info HERE...
  • COLCHESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL IS HERE!

    22/09/2015 That's right folks, the town's fantastic fest of mirth returns for its third year, with events happening all over town (including of course here at your humble arts centre)...
  • FILM NIGHT - PAY WHAT YOU CAN

    02/09/2015 Fancy joining us for some film on Tuesday 15th September? Katherine Araniello's The Dinner Party Revisited was a live performance, staged simultaneously across two locations in London as part of the Unlimited Festival 2014...
  • MACGILLIVRAY & POLLYPREACHER

    02/09/2015 Friday 18th September - anyone for folk noir electronica, evocative of post-apocalyptic punk Gaelic? That's certainly a pretty good way of describing solo musician / poet / performance artist MacGillivray...
  • SH*TWIFE COMING TO TOWN 09.09.15

    02/09/2015 Kicking off the Autumn season of live music we have the fast-rising duo SH*TWIFE, recently hailed by NME as "a cross between the electronics of Aphex Twin and the drum hysterics of Lightning Bolt"...
  • BARS & MELODY POSTPONED

    07/08/2015This gig has been postponed to SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST...
  • BILL BAILEY - SOLD OUT

    07/08/2015 We're sorry to all those who missed out on getting tickets for Bill Bailey today...
  • BILL BAILEY WORK IN PROGRESS!

    03/08/2015 We are chuffed silly to announce that the man, the legend, Mr Bill Bailey will be here on Thursday 17th September performing a work in progress...
  • NEWSFLASH - KIDS SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL!

    21/07/2015 We've still got some places remaining for our fabulous KIDS SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL this August! Event page HERE...
  • APHEX TWIN MEETS LIGHTNING BOLT

    17/07/2015 We've just confirmed a show with up and coming electronic / drum loons SH*TWIFE...
  • LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS THIS SUMMER?

    15/07/2015 ...
  • DON BROCO COMING SOON!

    10/07/2015 Don Broco has announced their newest tour dates and will be joining us on August 9th!  On sale date for tickets coming soon  ...
  • ENJOY A TOUR OF COLCHESTER WITH SIR BOB RUSSELL

    29/06/2015 That's right - you can enjoy a fact-packed walking tour of Colchester with ex MP for Colchester SIR BOB RUSSELL...
  • DINGUS KHAN SINGLE LAUNCH

    22/06/2015 FRIDAY 10TH JULY sees these plucky punky types bring their own unique brand of madness to the arts centre for a special PAY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD show, celebrating the release of their new single Milk of Every Mammal...
  • NEW GIGS

    15/06/2015 New gigs dropping for August / September...
  • ATREYU IN AUGUST

    08/06/2015 The US Metalcore titans stop by for a special warm-up show...
  • THE NEW EVENTS GUIDE IS HERE!

    04/06/2015Drop in to our Box Office and pick up one of our swanky new events guides, giving details of events up til the end of August...
  • AWARD-WINNING WORLD CINEMA THIS THURSDAY 4TH JUNE

    03/06/2015 Thursday 4th June sees a screening of acclaimed German / Tanzanian film WHITE SHADOW...
  • TAKE THE KIDS TO A FOLK GIG!

    19/05/2015 Here's a great chance to see a hugely acclaimed UK Folk duo AND show your kids a great fun filled afternoon at the same time! MEGSON, popular regulars at the Colchester Folk Club, have put together a special show for kids...
  • LAU RETURN

    19/05/2015 Very pleased to see a return visit from this dynamic folk trio...
  • MARC ALMOND MAKES A SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE!

    13/05/2015 We're chuffed to bits that the legendary Marc Almond will be making a special guest appearance at the TONY VISCONTI & WOODY WOODMANSEY with GLENN GREGORY gig on Sunday 28th June...
  • YES, WE'VE GOT THE BLOKE FROM STORAGE HUNTERS...

    11/05/2015 Hit TV show STORAGE HUNTERS' star auctioneer SEAN KELLY comes to Colchester Arts Centre for a stand up show! Tickets on sale now, HERE...
  • ROB BECKETT BACK IN NOVEMBER!

    11/05/2015Yep - details HERE...
  • PIANO GENIUS THIS THURSDAY 14TH MAY

    11/05/2015 Very excited that this Thursday 14th May sees us welcome continuous piano genius LUBOMYR MELNYK for what promises to be an extraordinary solo performance...
  • FREEDOM THEATRE AT THE LAKESIDE

    11/05/2015A very special piece of theatre is coming to the University of Essex Lakeside Theatre this Saturday 16th May...
  • MORE GREAT COMEDY FOR AUTUMN 2015

    06/05/2015 Put us out, we're on fire...
  • ICELANDIC POST-METAL and DIY LO-FI NEW WAVE...

    06/05/2015 Yes, we have them both...
  • NEW COMEDY!

    01/05/2015 These just in...
  • REVEREND BILLY IN THE HOUSE TONIGHT!

    29/04/2015 Don't forget the unstoppable, ebullient magnificence that is REVEREND BILLY & THE CHURCH OF STOP SHOPPING GOSPEL CHOIR will be here tonight, preaching up a storm...
  • MICHELE STODART (THE MAGIC NUMBERS)

    29/04/2015 Alt-country songstress Michele Stodart, last seen at the arts centre with THE MAGIC NUMBERS, had just been announced as support to DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD...
  • ORANGE GOBLIN 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

    27/04/2015 Were you here back in the day when this band virtually levelled the arts centre? We're very pleased to announce they're finally back! Goes on sale this Wednesday 29th April at 10am, priced £15...
  • KIDS' SUPER SUNDAY! - 3RD MAY

    24/04/2015Sunday doesn't need to be boring as we've got a great Kids Show and workshop for all ages! Sunday 3rd May sees Indigo Moon Theatre present Alice & The White Rabbit, a fantastic shadow play for kids aged 4 and over...
  • 19 NOTES PER SECOND...

    23/04/2015 ...
  • ARTS CENTRE FAVOURITES' SUCCESS AT BBC FOLK AWARDS!

    23/04/2015 We're very pleased and not at all surprised to see that arts centre favourites THE YOUNG'UNS won the coveted Best Group category at the BBC Folk Awards last night...
  • ANTHONY ROBERTS IS NEW INTERIM DIRECTOR OF FIRSTSITE

    16/04/2015 Our glorious leader Anthony Roberts has gone and landed us right in it this time!  We’re more than thrilled to say that he’ll be joining forces with the great team at Firstsite for the next year, but unfortunately for us, he’ll still remain Director of Colchester Arts Centre, so rest assured that you can expect normal service to continue here...
  • WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS - WHAT THE PUNTERS SAID!

    10/04/2015 One of our fantastic volunteers Charlie has been beavering away collecting feedback from audience goers at our frankly brilliant season of WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS performances...
  • FRISKY & MANNISH ON SALE!

    10/04/2015How does one explain the comedic genius twosome that is Frisky & Mannish? I'll leave it to their official biog:   Frisky & Mannish are pioneers of popmusicy-seriocomic-mashparodic-stereophonic-LOUD-vaudevillian-sketchcabaret-throwbackcurrent-oldfangled-newfashioned-bapsbotty-infotainment...
  • JEREMY HARDY - SOLD OUT

    07/04/2015 Colchester, you certainly have good taste...
  • DOC BROWN DATE POSTPONED!

    02/04/2015 Sorry folks but DOC BROWN has had to move his tour scehdule - so the show will now be happening on THURSDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER...
  • FRIDAY NIGHT COMEDY CLUB - SELLING FAST!

    30/03/2015 We've got a great lineup of comedians for your delectation this Friday 3rd April! Be sure to get your tickets quick for what's certain to be the funniest night on offer in Colchester this Easter! FRIDAY 3RD APRIL THE LAUGHTER ZONE COMEDY CLUB featuring...
  • HELP US BUY SOME NEW CHAIRS!

    30/03/2015 As you might already be aware, our chairs are knackered...
  • FOLK ON A THURSDAY!

    30/03/2015 Yes, an extra Folk show this Thursday 2nd April from a fantastic Dublin-based performer and her group...
  • NEW COMEDY

    20/03/2015 Two shows from two big hitters just added! SEAN LOCK TOMMY TIERNAN Both on sale now...
  • LEVELLERS ARE BACK!

    16/03/2015 Classic folk / punk / indie types! Back for a special warm up show...
  • CHRIS RAMSEY RETURNS!

    16/03/2015 Stand Up Comedy guru CHRIS RAMSEY returns to the arts centre with his new show ALL GROWED UP on Saturday 17th October...
  • ONE FOR SALSA FANS!

    02/03/2015 Check out some video of Salsa percussion maestro EDWIN SANZ playing Glastonbury...
  • DAVE GORMAN TOUR WARM-UP ON SALE 25/02/15

    24/02/2015 Yes, he's back and having a dry run of his new show, DAVE GORMAN'S SCREEN GUILD...
  • LUBOMYR MELNYK - STUNNING UKRAINIAN PIANIST

    20/02/2015 We're absolutely delighted to confirm a show from this stunning, groundbreaking virtuoso pianist Words will never do his talent justice - here's some video (live footage later in the clip)...
  • NEW GIGS

    17/02/2015 Watch this space for some new gig announcements this week...
  • SKA LEGEND NEXT WEEK!

    17/02/2015I'm rather surprised that we still have tickets available for Ska great NEVILLE STAPLE next Friday 27th February...
  • WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS ARE BACK!

    12/02/2015View the whole season HERE...
  • NEW EVENTS GUIDE!

    11/02/2015 The new Events Guide is in the office! If you're on our mailing list you'll be receiving one through the post in the next few days...
  • SPECIAL POETRY EVENT

    02/02/2015 Next Wednesday 11th February we have a very special event for Poetry lovers, with FREE ADMISSION! SIR ANDREW MOTION will be here to perform a reading, to mark the County Final of national schools' poetry recitation contest POETRY BY HEART...
  • FOUR GREAT GIGS THIS WEEK

    02/02/2015 A veritable smorgasbord of live music this week - and there are still tickets available! Tuesday 3rd February KING CHARLES + GALLERY CIRCUS Thursday 5th February DESECRATION + THE KING IS BLIND + OBSCENE ENTITY Saturday 7th February SLOW CLUB + HAPPYNESS ...
  • A GREAT SHOW FOR KIDS ON SAT 7TH FEB

    28/01/2015 Our new season of kids shows kicks off on Saturday 7th February, with this great show full of clowning, puppetry and mime...
  • LAUGHTER ZONE LINE UPS ANNOUNCED!

    28/01/2015 The best Comedy Club in town is back - and for the new season we have a special compere to join the gaps in the form of CIARA JACK...
  • CHARLIE SIMPSON SOLD OUT

    28/01/2015 Yes, we're all gone for this one...
  • IT'S BAKE OFF TIME

    23/01/2015Tonight, Friday 23rd January at the HUNT & DARTON CAFE, @ Firstsite...
  • SLOW CLUB SUPPORT ANNOUNCED

    23/01/2015 HAPPYNESS have been confirmed as support to Sheffield's SLOW CLUB on Saturday 7th February...
  • CORROSION OF CONFORMITY

    14/01/2015...
  • HUNT & DARTON CAFE AT FIRSTSITE

    06/01/2015 The award-winning pop-up cafe which isn't just arty, it is ART...
  • RUSSELL HASWELL ADDED TO CONSUMER ELECTRONICS LINE-UP

    05/01/2015 Extreme computer music protagonist Russell Haswell lends his talents to the awesome power of CONSUMER ELECTRONICS, performing at the arts centre on Friday 16th January...
  • YMT NATIONAL AUDITIONS THIS SUNDAY!

    05/01/2015 Just a heads up for any aspiring young talent out there...
  • MILTON JONES IN JANUARY!

    15/12/2014 Yes Milton's back! On sale now so get in quick...
  • CHRISTMAS KIDS SHOWS - TICKETS REMAINING

    08/12/2014 Tickets are selling super-fast for our extra-special Kids Show THE ELVES & THE SHOEMAKER...
  • CALLING ALL COLCHESTER BANDS / MUSICIANS!

    24/11/2014 Here's your chance to get to play a gig in the unlikeliest of venues - The Houses of Parliament! Every year the Rock The House competition gives bands the chance to compete for some nice prizes and the chance to play a show in the palatial surrounds of the UK's hub of democracy...
  • NEW GIGS

    17/11/2014 With a recent flurry of announcements, here's a round-up of new gigs on sale...
  • NEW FOLK

    17/11/2014 A couple of very nice additions to our already burgeoning Folk programme - tickets should go quickly so please book early! Monday 9th March 2015 MICHAEL MCGOLDRICK, JOHN MCCUSKER & JOHN DOYLE Sunday 12th April 2015 MADDY PRIOR IN CONCERT ...
  • KING CHARLES ON SALE 07.11.14

    05/11/2014 King Charles is back at the arts centre on Tuesday 3rd February...
  • LAUGHTER ZONE 2 FOR 1 TICKETS

    29/10/2014 We're back with a great 2 For 1 ticket offer for this Saturday 1st November's Laughter Zone...
  • CHRISTMAS KIDS SHOW - TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

    29/10/2014TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR OUR CHRISTMAS SHOW ! A hilarious, heart warming story told by the silliest boys on earth...
  • ALAN CARR NOW SOLD OUT

    29/10/2014There's a waiting list in case we get any returns - to be added please email bex@colchesterartscentre...
  • SUSAN CALMAN - LAST FEW TICKETS LEFT!

    23/10/2014We're very nearly sold out for the Colchester debut of the brilliantly funny SUSAN CALMAN - probably the last chance to catch her in a small venue before the inevitable arena tours...
  • ANYONE FOR MELODIC SWEDISH DEATH METAL?

    20/10/2014 Scandinavian death metallers AMON AMARTH come to devastate Colchester on Thursday 22nd January...
  • WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS CONTINUE...

    13/10/2014 We hope you enjoyed the season's opener STILL SCORE as much as we did - great to see so many of you there! This week's offering looks no less intriguing - Chris Goode & Company's LONGWAVE...
  • THE SELECTER ON SALE 10.10.14

    06/10/2014 The Ska legends return on Friday 26th March...
  • SLEAFORD MODS ON SALE NOW

    01/10/2014 In our opinion one of the freshest, most exciting and truly original acts in the UK or anywhere at the moment...
  • NAKED OVEN CLEANING

    26/09/2014anthony@colchesterartscentre...
  • MICK SQUALOR ADDED TO AS ELEPHANTS ARE BILL

    23/09/2014 We're extremely chuffed to announce that the wonderful MICK SQUALOR (he of local legends DINGUS KHAN) will now be performing in support to fellow locals VARDO & THE BOSS and up and coming indie outfit AS ELEPHANTS ARE this THURSDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER...
  • DRAGONFORCE SOLD OUT

    12/09/2014Don't say we didn't warn you! We're now completely sold out for the DRAGONFORCE show on Thursday 9th October...
  • PETE FIJ / TERRY BICKERS - SUPPORT ANNOUNCED

    11/09/2014 We're very pleased to announce that local folkie-indie solo guitarist JANINA DOYLE will be supporting the mighty pairing of PETE FIJ (Ex Adorable / Polak) & TERRY BICKERS (House of Love / Levitation)...
  • BE A VOLUNTEER!

    03/09/2014 COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE NEEDS YOU! CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!
 We're on the lookout for people to join our team of fantastic volunteers at Colchester Arts Centre...
  • PRAISE FOR HIGH VIS!

    03/09/2014 Quentin Letts has given this Friday 5th September's show HIGH VIS a ringing endorsement in the Mail: "does for traffic wardens what The Office did for paper-pushers in Slough...
  • WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS ARE BACK SOON!

    01/09/2014 Here's advance notice that our popular season of Wenesday night performance work returns on WEDNESDAY 8TH OCTOBER...
  • BIDDING NOW OPEN ON A TEAPOT WE FOUND IN THE OFFICE

    27/08/2014No reserve...
  • MARK SIMMONS CONFIRMED AS SEANN WALSH SUPPORT

    26/08/2014 Goofy quip-meister MARK SIMMONS will be supporting SEANN WALSH at the arts centre on Thursday 4th December...
  • WINTERFYLLETH RETURN

    22/08/2014 We're absolutely delighted to have been able to secure a return visit from the kings of UK Black Metal! Saturday 20th September sees the return of Winterfylleth and their vast, sprawling black metal epics...
  • NEW EVENTS GUIDE LANDING NOW!

    20/08/2014 Our marketing team has been slaving away to bring you the latest Events Guide, clad in our trademark beautiful monochrome finish with the lovely and excellent ROBYN HITCHCOCK on the cover...
  • NEW BAND: AS ELEPHANTS ARE

    20/08/2014 Up and coming indie types AS ELEPHANTS ARE appear at the arts centre on Thursday 25th September...
  • FRIDAY NIGHT IS SALSA NIGHT!

    20/08/2014 This Friday 22nd August we've teamed up with local Latin dance crew The Latin Rhythm to bring you a night of sizzling salsa sounds, with the acclaimed DJ GOYO and hot seven piece salsa band SON YAMBU! There's a dance class before the party which caters for all levels - so absolutely no excuse not to strut your stuff! Tickets and info HERE...
  • ONE FOR FANS OF THE HOUSE OF LOVE & ADORABLE...

    01/08/2014Creation Records-era artists Pete Fij (Adorable, Polak) & Terry Bickers (House of Love, Levitation) perform as a new acoustic duo at the arts centre on Sunday 28th September...
  • STUNNING WORLD MUSIC IN OCTOBER

    28/07/2014 Just a note about the forthcoming SANS show on Saturday 4th October...
  • DRAGONFORCE - LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING

    28/07/2014We're delighted to report that we're on the last few tickets remaining to experience the guitar pyrotechnics and frankly awe-inspiring riffage of UK metallers Dragonforce...
  • SILLY BOYS THIS CHRISTMAS!

    28/07/2014 Christmas might feel like a long way off - but don't forget we have a really special show for the kids this yuletide that you won't want to miss! We've teamed up with THE SILLY BOYS to bring you this Christmas treat that's a hilarious, wacky and heartwarming take on some of the world's favourite fairytales...
  • YEAR OF NO LIGHT IN COLCHESTER

    17/07/2014 The end of August sees a visit from this French group, pushing the boundaries of metal with their sound being variously described as "doom-gaze", "post black metal" and the like...
  • LORDS OF RIFF 2 ON SALE FRIDAY

    15/07/2014 GOING ON SALE THIS FRIDAY 18TH JULY AT 10...
  • HOT FIDDLE PLAYING NEXT MONDAY

    08/07/2014 If you like a bit of fast fiddling with your country / folk stylings then you'll love this lot...
  • NEW SHOWS ON SALE THIS WEEK

    02/07/2014 COMEDY...
  • SILLY BOYS THIS CHRISTMAS!

    01/07/2014 Just a quick heads up that our fabulous new Christmas Kids Show for all the family goes on sale this week! We've teamed up with THE SILLY BOYS to bring you this Christmas treat that's a hilarious, wacky and heartwarming take on some of the world's favourite fairytales...
  • ROBYN HITCHCOCK ON SALE

    10/06/2014 Robyn Hitchcock of SOFT BOYS fame will be coming to town on Tuesday 7th October...
  • CALLING ALL COLCHESTER BANDS!

    03/06/2014 Escalator Music is a scheme which exists to help aspiring bands and musicians through funding and advice from industry professionals...
  • THE SUBWAYS ON SALE 02.06.14

    02/06/2014Yes folks, three-piece garage-rock types The Subways return on Wednesday 1st October...
  • COMEDY 2 FOR ONE TICKET OFFER!

    27/05/2014 We just can't lay off the 2 for 1s at the moment...
  • IT'S FLAMENCO NIGHT!

    23/05/2014 Oooo, tonight's Flamenco crew sound a bit special...
  • THE MAGIC BAND ARE BACK...

    23/05/2014 Office favourites and UNDOUBTED ROCK LEGENDS...
  • ANYONE FOR SHERAPY?

    23/05/2014 You might remember U...
  • IT'S WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY TONIGHT!

    21/05/2014 Just a reminder that it's our last Wednesday nighter of the season tonight - and to round things off we have a great little show from an Aussie company! POST bring you a show that aims to explore the causes and effects of the global financial crisis...
  • SUMMER SKA!

    21/05/2014 US Ska crew REEL BIG FISH return to the arts centre on Wednesday 30th July! Always an amazing show - get your tickets quick as we always sell out! Tickets £14...
  • NEW FOLK

    15/05/2014 The current Folk Club season comes to a close on Monday 19th May with a show from the amazing JOHN DOYLE...
  • COLCHESTER'S GOT A COMEDY FESTIVAL!

    12/05/2014 If you're on our mailing list you should have received (alongside the latest Colchester Arts Centre Events Guide) a very nice shiny brochure through the post, telling you all about the forthcoming COLCHESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL held in the town from 19th to 29th June 2014...
  • FILM MATINEE THIS SUNDAY

    08/05/2014 Here's a chance to see a real gem of a film this Sunday 11th May...
  • GYM PARTY THIS WEDNESDAY

    06/05/2014 Having already been blown away, confused and amused by a number of the WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS season of performance work, your humble webmaster feels he should point out that if you haven't been along to one of these great little nights then you really should...
  • A GREAT SHOW FOR KIDS THIS SATURDAY!

    28/04/2014 We've still got some availability for a brilliant Kids Show this Saturday 3rd May - Lempen Puppet Theatre's THE AM-A-ZING-THING! Expect a fun-packed medley of Brothers Grimm tales, with puppetry, live action and lots of joining in...
  • GET 2 FOR 1 TICKETS FOR MAY'S LAUGHTER ZONE!

    24/04/2014 The 2 For 1 offer is back - so you can enjoy 2 tickets for the price of 1 for THE LAUGHTER ZONE on Friday 2nd May...
  • JOHN SMITH ON SALE FRIDAY 25TH APRIL

    24/04/2014 Acoustic guitar twang-meister John will be making his Colchester debut on Friday 21st November 2014...
  • NEW COMEDY SHOWS...

    24/04/2014 The last couple of week has seen some really top new comedy shows come in - some old favourites, some making their arts centre debut! Check them out...
  • LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING FOR WEIRD & WONDERFUL!

    17/04/2014 Here's fair warning that this Saturday's WEIRD & WONDERFUL is looking very likely to sell out - so we advise buying in advance to avoid disappointment...
  • MORE REGGAE SHOWS!

    11/04/2014 Having been rather pleased with ourselves about the recent YELLOWMAN and LEE SCRATCH PERRY appearances here - we decided to go out and get some more reggae for you...
  • INSTANT DISSIDENCE: CARAMEL 02.04.14 - LIMITED AVAILABILITY

    02/04/2014 We're getting down to the last few places for tonight's show...
  • COLCHESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL!

    31/03/2014 It's back for another year, and we at Colchester Arts Centre have programmed a great run of shows as part of this town-wise laughter-fest! LEE NELSON LAURENCE CLARK JAMES CAMPBELL'S COMEDY FOR KIDS ARTHUR SMITH OTIZ CANNELLONI JOHN OTWAY LUKE WRIGHT JOHN COOPER-CLARKE & MIKE GARRY (in Castle Park) ROBIN INCE BOOGALOO STU HATTIE HAYRIDGE MORE TEA VICAR with DAD'S ARMY VICAR FRANK WILLIAMS! COLCHESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL NEW COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR FINAL ...
  • NEW COMEDY SHOWS

    31/03/2014Here's some new events that went on sale recently - all big sellers in the past so we advise booking well in advance! TOM STADE KATHERINE RYAN CHRIS RAMSEY ...
  • DRAGONFORCE ON SALE THIS FRIDAY

    31/03/2014 Power Metal anyone? If guitar pyrotechnics and proper heavy metal is your thing, then you need to get Thursday 9th October in your diary right away, as Dragonforce are coming to town, with possibly seismic results! Can't wait for this one - the most metal offering in town since we had Anthrax all those years ago? Tickets will be on sale HERE...
  • LATITUDE FESTIVAL 2014 TICKETS ON SALE

    27/03/2014 We're selling tickets for the annual romp in the woods over the border - this year we have the full selection of ticketing options on offer, which are as follows: WEEKEND - General Camping 
(Ages 16 and over) £187...
  • LEE HURST REVIEW + LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING!

    21/03/2014Last few tickets left for Lee's show on Sunday 23rd March - GET YOURS HERE! Here's a recent review to whet your appetite...
  • THE MELODIC CONFIRMED AS ROBERT FRANCIS SUPPORT

    05/03/2014 Up and coming Brixton outfit THE MELODIC have just been confirmed as support to ROBERT FRANCIS & THE NIGHT TIDE on Sunday 11th May...
  • SPIERS & BODEN SOLD OUT

    05/03/2014 Yes folks, all gone for this brilliant Folk duo...
  • PAID WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS AVAILABLE

    28/02/2014We have some paid work experience placements available to those currently not in employment, education or training...
  • KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES 21/10/14

    26/02/2014 Kids In Glass Houses have announced their farewell tour - and we've got a date! TUESDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2014 TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY 3RD MARCH AT 10AM...
  • EXTRA PILLOW MAKER SHOW!

    24/02/2014Due to popular demand we've managed to squeeze in an extra performance of Brightshadow's THE PILLOW MAKER on Saturday 15th March...
  • ABANDOMAN ON SALE!

    24/02/2014 Hip-Hop comedy legend ABANDOMAN returns on Wednesday 11th June...
  • JIMI GOODWIN (DOVES) ON SALE THIS FRIDAY

    24/02/2014 Jimi Goodwin, last seen at the arts centre with the all-conquering DOVES returns for a show as himself on Thursday 22nd May...
  • THE FLAT MOUNTAIN FAMILY SUPPORT OYSTERBAND

    21/02/2014 There's still some tickets left for perennially brilliant folk-rockers OYSTERBAND - and we can announce that supporting them at the arts centre will be THE FLAT MOUNTAIN FAMILY - known to many locals in the guise of their other group SALTDOG (also playing the arts centre on Friday 14th March)...
  • THE MAGIC BAND ARE BACK!

    20/02/2014Oh yes they are...
  • HUNT & DARTON ARE ON THE TOWN

    19/02/2014If you happen to be in Colchester town centre today and see two delightful young ladies with pineapples on their heads, do go and say hello...
  • SCOTT MATTHEWS - ON SALE NOW!

    19/02/2014Scott's back, touring his new album...
  • ROBERT FRANCIS & THE NIGHT TIDE

    17/02/2014We're pleased to announce a performance from Robert Francis & The Night Tide on Sunday 11th May...
  • BRIGHTSHADOW'S THE PILLOW MAKER - MORE TICKETS ON SALE!

    12/02/2014We've added a few more tickets for this very popular Kids Show - but be quick, they won't hang around long! SHOW INFO & TICKET LINK ...
  • WINTER MOUNTAIN CONFIRMED AS CARA DILLON SUPPORT

    10/02/2014Very pleased that WINTER MOUNTAIN will be back in support to Cara on Monday 24th March...
  • 'ELLO 'ELLO 'ELLO...

    10/02/2014 You have the right to remain silent - but it's highly unlikely that you'll be able to when ALFIE MOORE returns to the arts centre on THURSDAY 1ST MAY...
  • RODDY WOOMBLE ON SALE

    10/02/2014 Just announced - IDLEWILD vocalist RODDY WOOMBLE will be performing here at the arts centre on 22nd April, playing his solo material with full band to a seated audience...
  • CALLING ALL COLCHESTER FILM MAKERS

    06/02/2014 Are you a local Film Maker? Do you live in Sir Bob Russell's Colchester constituency? If so, you should definitely have a look at entering this national Film competition taking place at the Houses of Parliament - FILM THE HOUSE...
  • BRING THE NOISE!

    05/02/2014 Comedy troupe THE NOISE NEXT DOOR are back with us on Saturday 22nd November 2014...
  • TOP CLASS JAZZ THIS SUNDAY

    05/02/2014 This video of Jazz maestro EDUARDO NIEBLA has got us all really excited about his performance here on Sunday 9th Febuary...
  • MARK WATSON IN 2015!

    03/02/2014 Talk about booking ahead...
  • MELT-BANANA ARE BACK!

    31/01/2014 We're absolutely delighted to announce that Japanese crazy hardcore sensations Melt-Banana will be back at Colchester Arts Centre on TUESDAY 20TH MAY...
  • JOZEF VAN WISSEM VIDEO

    30/01/2014 We've been enjoying this beautiful video by avant-garde Lute player JOZEF VAN WISSEM - can't wait for the gig! Tickets are available HERE...
  • A SUNDAY AFTERNOON FILM ABOUT FLY FISHING

    29/01/2014We've managed to secure a screening of this fine little eccentric film, brought to you by the Director of "The Bridge"...
  • NEW KIDS SHOW ON SALE

    29/01/2014 We've just added a great new Kids Show in May...
  • OMID DJALILI SELL OUT ALERT!

    27/01/2014 UPDATE - Now sold out! Please EMAIL US if you'd like to go on the waiting list for returns...
  • RACHEL MARS TRAILER

    27/01/2014 We love this trailer from RACHEL MARS, who brings her piece THE WAY YOU TELL THEM to the arts centre on Wednesday 19th March...
  • NATHANIEL MANN ADDED

    20/01/2014 Hirsute Dead Rat Orchestra member Nathaniel Mann will be joining a lineup already swelling with talent on Thursday 20th February...
  • TWO GREAT SHOWS THIS FEBRUARY!

    17/01/2014 As part of the WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS season of performances we have two great shows in one week this February...
  • WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS - THE NEW PERFORMANCE SEASON

    13/01/2014 Introducing WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS - the new season of Performance at the arts centre...
  • ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW NOW ON SALE

    10/01/2014 Andy and the Lowriders are back! TICKETS & INFO HERE ...
  • THE DOOMED BIRD OF PROVIDENCE

    10/01/2014 We've just confirmed funereal folk rabble The Doomed Bird of Providence in support to Directorsound on Thursday 17th July...
  • MATT KING (SUPERHANS!) IS BACK

    10/01/2014 Many many years ago we had a young comedian turn up on a triple bill night...
  • FAIRPORT CONVENTION SOLD OUT

    09/01/2014 Unsurprisingly, the Fairport gig now sold out...
  • COMEDY LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

    08/01/2014 Here are the lineups for the first half of the year's LAUGHTER ZONE nights! If you've not been before these are our regular nights of Stand-Up Comedy featuring up and coming names from the national circuit...
  • KICK OFF THE NEW SEASON THIS TUESDAY NIGHT!

    06/01/2014 Blow away the new year Back To Work Blues this Tuesday 7th January with a performance from this explosive free-jazz-experimental quartet! HODGKINSON LASH LYTTON MARONEY features some of the UK's best sonic experimentalists and represents a fine ticket to hitherto unexplored worlds of mind-bending sound...
  • SHORT PEOPLE / FABS / JUDITH CHARMERS - LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING!

    27/12/2013 We've still got a few tickets left for this popular annual shindig - get in now or be forever disappointed! BUY TICKETS HERE ...
  • DIRECTORSOUND

    18/12/2013 Very pleased to have confirmed free-folk noodler DIRECTORSOUND for a show on Thursday 17th July...
  • CALLING ALL BANDS / MUSICIANS

    18/12/2013 ESCALATOR MUSIC is a scheme designed to help the best emerging musical talents in the East of England, through helping them to find funding and introducing them to professionals who can help to further their careers...
  • HAPPY NEW BEER

    16/12/2013 Beer Festival dates now online! WEDNESDAY 22ND - SATURDAY 5TH JANUARY 7TH COLCHESTER WINTER BEER FESTIVAL TUESDAY 27TH - SATURDAY 31ST MAY 29TH COLCHESTER REAL ALE & CIDER FESTIVAL Mine's a pint of mild with a ridiculous name...
  • XMAS BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS

    13/12/2013 Here are our daytime Box Office opening hours over the Festive period...
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

    13/12/2013 Coming up on Sunday 22nd December...
  • NEW SEASON KICKS OFF WITH IMPROV SPECIAL!

    11/12/2013  Blow away the new year Back To Work Blues this Tuesday 7th January with a performance from this explosive free-jazz-experimental quartet! HODGKINSON LASH LYTTON MARONEY features some of the UK's best sonic experimentalists and represents a fine ticket to hitherto unexplored worlds of mind-bending sound...
  • QUASI TONIGHT!

    10/12/2013 As I write Quasi are soundchecking next door and sound flipping amazing...
  • MILES JUPP - LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING

    05/12/2013 UPDATE 09...
  • WHOSE PIG IS THIS?

    03/12/2013 staff@colchesterartscentre...
  • NEW KIDS SHOWS!

    03/12/2013 Just gone on sale this week - we've got some great events for kids booked in for March 2014...
  • LEE SCRATCH PERRY REMIX

    02/12/2013If you're coming to the LEE SCRATCH PERRY show here on Thursday 20th March, you might want to check out this remix he's done of a track by the rather good FOREST SWORDS (who we also hope to tempt along for a show some time)...
  • PRIEST COSTUME CHALLENGE

    02/12/2013 We just found a box full of these very fetching PRIEST costumes in our office...
  • DON'T SAY WE DIDN'T WARN YOU...

    02/12/2013Our annual Christmas Poetry Bash with John Cooper-Clarke and Martin Newell has now SOLD OUT...
  • YELLOWMAN & DILLINGER

    28/11/2013 We've just confirmed two more big names from the world of Reggae - YELLOWMAN & DILLINGER...
  • DOUGIE MACLEAN IS BACK

    21/11/2013 The hero of Scottish Folk is back at the arts centre on WEDNESDAY 9TH JULY...
  • BREABACH NOMINATED FOR BBC FOLK AWARD!

    21/11/2013 We're delighted to hear that Scottish pipe combo BREABACH have been nominated for Best Group at next year's BBC Folk Awards...
  • EXPERIMENTAL LUTE?

    20/11/2013 We have the finest protagonist of modern Lute playing on the planet, in the form of the rather wonderful JOZEF VAN WISSEM...
  • NEW COMEDY - FESTIVAL OF THE SPOKEN NERD

    20/11/2013 A nerd-tastic treat for anyone who prefers bunsen burners and Babylon 5 over onesies and the X Factor...
  • MONSTER TRUCK ON SALE FRIDAY

    19/11/2013 Canadian behemoths MONSTER TRUCK will be here on Tuesday 18th March 2014 for a lesson in ROCK...
  • LEE SCRATCH PERRY

    18/11/2013 We've got this absolute legend of Dub Reggae coming to Colchester Arts Centre...
  • CASSETTEBOY RETURN!

    24/10/2013 The lovably daft yet politically incisive cut-up duo Cassetteboy are once again gracing us with their presence, along with master rapper and self-proclaimed "Peckham's Biggest Idiot" DJ Rubbish...
  • ESCALATOR EAST TO EDINBURGH 2014 - APPLICATIONS NOW INVITED

    07/10/2013 Escalator East To Edinburgh is managed by Colchester Arts Centre and supported by Arts Council England East...
  • CLASSIC ALBUM CLUB RECOMMENCES!

    28/08/2013 The new season of Classic Albums Clubs kicks off with a real beauty...
  • DEAD MEADOW CONFIRMED

    19/06/2013 US Grunge / Psych Rock types dead Meadow are confirmed for THURSDAY 3RD OCTOBER...
  • CLASSIC ALBUM CLUB: BRING A SEVEN INCH

    21/05/2013 So coming up this Sunday is the last in our season of monthly Album Club events - essentially and afternoon where we get together to enjoy some food and drink and listen to a nominated album that has at some point been considered a classic...
  • ULRICH SCHNAUSS TONIGHT

    21/05/2013 Still a few tickets left for the German techno wizard's show this evening...