AcoustiCity Live: Headgate Theatre, Colchester

AcoustiCity is in its 8th year & has built a reputation for booking the finest songwriters & "acoustic" performers.
Headgate Theatre, Chapel St, Colchester
(around the corner from the Playhouse pub).

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AcoustiCity: What went on in the 2010 Season....


Saturday January 16 - John Otway

the legendary English Comedic Punk Rock Poet Performer!

+ eclectic Eastern European thrash-folk, klesmer & weird movie music

watch John  watch three beards  Tickets - 10.50


Saturday February 13 - Chris Difford

Squeeze songwriter Chris Difford has had a hand in the creation of more classic pop songs that we've had hot dinners.

+ expressive newcomer Alex Highton

be 'Tempted by one of Chris' classics! hear Alex

Tickets - 12

Saturday March 13 - The Floe
Formerly known as AloneMe our favourite purveyors of ultra-catchy acoustic pop are back with songs from their new album.

+articulate & observational Bernard Hoskin
& English soul man Phil Burdett

watch The Floe in action at the Headgate Theatre    hear Bernard's songs hear Phil's songs
SOLD OUT Tickets - 10.50

Saturday April 24 - African Blues
An incredible fusion of African sounds, blues & jazz not to be missed.

British born
Ramon Goose has wowed our audience with his soulful, Jazz inflected acoustic blues. Senegalese musician Diabel Cissokho is from a griot family of musicians. Growing up in Dakar he started playing the kora at the age of 9 & has toured with world music superstar Baba Maal.

+ outstanding songwriters & performers Winter Wilson

watch Diabel & Ramon play on a Senegal rooftop! listen to Winter Wilson  10.50

Saturday May 15 - Megson
Megson return with their melodic & articulate
folk, exquisite harmonies & what is still the best ever song to mention an ASDA carrier bag.

+ gorgeous songs & tunes with guitar. smallpipes & more from  Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer and melodic, multi-instrumental duo Pavlov's Cat

watch Megson  watch Vicki & Jonny watch Pavlov's Cat Tickets - 10.50
Saturday July 17 - Women of Song
three of the finest female singer-songwriters
on the circuit (+a few blokes they play with...) featuring:
Emily Maguire, Liz Simcock & Dave Ellis & Boo Howard

watch Emily
 watch Liz  watch Dave & Boo

Tickets - 10.50
Patsy Matheson & Clive Gregson
Saturday Sept 11 - Patsy Matheson & Clive Gregson

Pasty was one of the punchy
performers/songwriters behind Waking the Witch. Clive wowed AcoustiCity solo set & appears with his other hat as one of the world's finest accompanists (he might slip in a few of his own songs).

+ exceptional songwriter Lou Brown & former The Floe frontman Dave Booth

watch Patsy & Clive in action  Tickets - 11
Henry Priestman Saturday Oct 16 - Henry Priestman
Henry was the voice & songwriter for internationally successful band
The Christians & is back with an album of exceptional songcraft.

There's not enough space here to list all his other writing/playing credits:
Paul McCartney, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Mighty Wah, Lightning Seeds, Johnny Marr, Ian McCulloch, Ian McNabb, Jools Holland, Tom Jones....

+ dark & melodic Pavlov's Cat & exceptional vocals & textures from Jilt.
watch Henry in action  video for the new single Tickets - 10.50
Nick Harper Saturday Nov 13 - Nick Harper

Insanely high-energy performer, stunning writer & guitar player, son of legendary songwriter Roy & one-man wall of sound.

+ looping ambient jazz soundscapes from bassist Russ Sargeant

Nick in full flow  Nick in a quiet moment  Tickets - 10.50