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Music - Bands, Thu 7 Mar 2019, £6-£7

Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Arts Centre


BIG LAD is a two headed trigger synth party noise machine made up of Henri Grimes (ex Sheild Your Eyes) on drums and Wayne Adams (ex Death Pedals) on synths.

“Are your ready? Let’s play!” exclaims the strangely menacing toy sample which opens up BIG LAD’s new record… and play they certainly do, may God help you if you’re not ready as from the off warp speed drumming ala Lightning Bolt twists and turns with Venetian Snares and Aphex Twin style synth and gizmo sonic warfare. This isn't a record to soundtrack a picnic.

‘Pro Rock’ is the second album from the band, their first being 2015’s ‘Big Lad’ record which was released under the moniker Shitwife. They then decided to rename the band BIG LAD, to confuse the crap out of everyone, which it did.

The duo are renowned and cherished as an unforgettable live experience having played extensively in the UK’s exceptionally healthy and thriving underground scene. They’re as comfortable trashing people’s necks at sweaty basement punk shows as they are melting gurning faces at raves such as Bangface and are now becoming a staple on many UK and European festival stages every year.


Punk mayhem...

Started in Barcelona by Silvia Konstance after a year living in Turkey and joined soon by Viktor L.Crux (alias Futuro de Hierro, ex Ordre Etern, ex Qa'a, collaborator of Nurse With Wound and Jochen Arbeit of Einstürzende Neubauten). Starting to play live and releasing their music in 2018, already some of the most adventurous Djs of the moment such as Vladimir Ivkovic (Salon Des Amateurs), Manfredas, MR TC (Optimo Trax), Rivet and others have played theirs songs in their sets. Influenced by Franco Battiato (hence the LP title), Silvia's Turkish experience and their background on Barcelona's vibrant post-industrial scene as part of Màgia Roja collective, they do their own mix of synthetic minimalism and industrial tribalism.

Horrible Dolphins are an Essex-based punk duo. Their debut album was released on Spotify and other platforms in 2018, after being recorded in a day. Since this time a number of tracks have had airplay on BBC Introducing in Essex, BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 1. In the summer of 2018 Horrible Dolphins performed an unplugged session for BBC Introducing before being invited to attend BBC Introducing Live 2018.

Considered "one of the greatest emerging punk bands in the U.K. at the moment" - Ollie Winiberg (BBC Introducing in Essex) in conversation with Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music)

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 7 Mar 2019 19:30


Tickets £7/£6 concessions.


Church Street,


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Map reference: TL 993251  Lat: 51.88880 Long: 0.89475

Colchester Arts Centre Parking

The closest car park to the Arts Centre is St Mary's Car Park. Find out more about parking in Colchester.

By Public Transport

Many buses that come into Colchester Town Centre Colchester stop on Head Street and the High Street, which are both just a few minutes' walk from the venue.

The closest train station is Colchester Town Station, a 15 minute walk from the Arts Centre. Colchester North Station is a 20 minute walk away (follow the Fixing the Link walking trail) or only a 10 minute journey by bus.

There are bike racks at the Arts Centre.

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality