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“Great place for a gig”

Colchester Arts Centre
Ranked #1 of 79 things to do in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Colchester Arts Centre - the little church with the big attitude deep in the heart of Essex. Well that's how we describe it anyway. It sort of works, it at least gives a flavour of what we're about. Because just how do you describe a venue that can put children's entertainer Palfi the Clown on, on the same day as Cradle of Filth? Where a Farmer's Market in the morning becomes a comedy club in the evening, where folk enthusiasts can sit happily knitting (and they do!) in the exact same spot a ferocious mosh pit of teenage dancing takes place the following night? And where the beautiful historic architecture of St Mary's Church dating back over a thousand years, plays host to some of the newest comics, most modern choreographers, some of the coolest DJ's and some of the freshest talent in Britain. Over the years we've promoted Coldplay, Eddie Izzard, Graham Norton, Harry Hill, Catherine Tate, Jo Brand, The Libertines, Ash, The Killers, The Strokes, Phill Jupitus, Mick Jones, Bill Bailey, Jack Dee, Count Arthur Strong - all before anyone had ever heard of them of course - plus the likes of jazz legend Ronnie Scott and even the late lamented and much loved Brian Johnston the cricket commentator. Our passion to present new work, bring great bands and comics to Colchester burns more brightly than ever. Our business is all about fresh ideas, new acts, new art forms and vibrant new ways of working. We can't stand still. We embrace the new, the quirky the original and yes, the surreal.
Reviewed November 11, 2011

A redundant church in Colchester - Colchester Arts Centre was a great venue to see a band. We saw Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds - A great concert with good sound quality. The venue was all standing, intimate, with 2 bars selling a wind variety. No draft ale but a wide range of bottled real ales at 'high pub' prices. Friendly helpful staff, A great night out.

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"old church"
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"farmers market"
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"jumble sale"
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"comedy gigs"
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"special venue"
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"christmas carol"
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"century church"
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"stand up comedy"
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"beautiful building"
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"an asset"
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"sound quality"
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"perfect venue"
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"redundant church"
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"beer festival"
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"keep up the good work"
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Reviewed March 20, 2011

The arts center is very good if you want to catch a touring band as they usually pass through colchester and this is the only decent venue here. I have seen many big bands here and they also have an awesome beer festival!

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Reviewed October 16, 2007

the arts center has a wide range of events ranging from modern art to battle of the bands. The venue has set events however most are listed on a monthly basis best to pop by and pick up a listing from \the box office.

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