Live Music in Colchester

From small shows in the back room of pubs, to large-scale concerts catering to thousands in Castle Park, Colchester has a great live music scene attracting nationally touring acts as well as promoting homegrown talent.

It's not all rock music either - you'll discover classical concerts, folk, jazz, experimental sounds and more. If you're not sure what to go for, we say it's always worth taking a risk on whatever's happening at Colchester Arts Centre - you never know who you'll see there! Previous performers have included world-famous comedians, jazz legends and local superstars like 'Blur'.

Alternatively, for a unique experience, you might enjoy a free open air concert at the Colchester Bandstand. Throughout the year, performers take to this historic metal structure to entertain the local community.

Discover what bands are coming to Colchester and the best venues to catch live music in by browsing our listings below. 

Eagles By Candlelight Jun 21

Featuring a cast of West End Singers and an incredible live band, ‘Take It Easy’ and join us at the ‘Hotel California’ for an unforgettable evening of Eagles hits as you have never heard them before! This epic show features over 20 Eagles favourites…

The Bon Jovi Experience Jun 23

Celebrating 30 years on the road this year, The Bon Jovi Experience is back. Get ready to rock your way through an unforgettable journey with the only show to be endorsed by Jon Bon Jovi himself! The Bon Jovi Experience features smash-hits such as ‘Livin ’ On a…

Discos for Grown Ups Jul 12

The legendary Discos for Grown ups pop-up disco party is coming to CHARTER HALL, COLCHESTER for an amazing night of dancing to 70s disco, 80s pop and 90s dance classics on Friday 12th July 2024 Get glittered up for a fun, fab and feel-good night of dancing with people your own…

The Ibiza Orchestra Jul 12

The Ibiza Orchestra Experience returns to Colchester for our third year and what will be our biggest ever line up yet! Join us for a night of iconic Ibiza anthems on our brand new Sunset Tour. You can expect tracks from artists such as; Rudimental, Ian Van Dahl, Daft Punk, Robert…

Summer Sundays Music Festival Jul 14

Some big names from the 90s are playing in Castle Park this Summer as part of a new touring festival!  Ocean Colour Scene, Embrace, Cast, The View and Tom Hingley are all set to hit the stage on 14 July.

Ultimate Swift & Styles Tribute Experience Jul 14

Get ready for a show like no other with The Ultimate SWIFT & STYLES Tribute Experience! Prepare for an unforgettable evening dedicated to and based around the music of pop icons Taylor Swift & Harry Styles! This is not your average tribute night – it's a fully…

Legend – The Music of Bob Marley Jul 19

Reggae for the World When you think reggae, there is only one name that comes to mind. The legend that was Bob Marley. Legend – the Music of Bob Marley is an unforgettable evening celebrating this musical icon in one fantastic stage show extravaganza. Combining his superb…

The Johnny Cash Roadshow: Sin & Redemption Tour Jul 19

‘Clive captures my Grandfather JUST as he was’-Caitlin Crowell, Granddaughter of Johnny Cash . Johnny Cash Roadshow is back with an all-new production of their much-loved show. Set in Folsom Prison, award-winning Clive John pays homage to Cash in his warming unique…

Secret Island Festival Jul 20

Secret Island Festival is back for 2024 and we can’t wait to welcome our Phase One line up to the island, including Drum and Bass heavyweights, Hype and Hazard and the newly awarded ‘Best Female DnB Producer 2023′, Kara. Joining them will be Semi Delicious label…

The Nearly Festival: Colchester 2024 Jul 27

The Nearly Festival is the Regions No.1 touring tribute band festival staging the best live tribute acts in the UK across 2 days on a festival stage with all the sound and production of the huge touring festivals.

Don't Stop Believin' Jul 31

Jump aboard the midnight train – heaven is a place on Earth called Colchester as the greatest end-of-the-night anthems spectacular roars into town. One way, or another, nothing's gonna stop us now. . . the brand-new, feel-good show of the year guarantees a crazy, crazy…

80's Calling: The Human League plus very special guests Aug 03

80s Calling! is one of the most exciting events to join the city’s summer music calendar, featuring The Human League, Bananarama, Level 42, The Farm, Hue & Cry and The Christians all on ONE STAGE at Colchester, Castle Park on Saturday 3rd August! Fans can expect a TRULY…

The Magic Of Motown Aug 07

Seen by over a million people, now in its 19th year! It's no surprise that this show is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre history. Get ready for the biggest Motown party of the year. You will be going loco down in Acapulco as we take you back down memory…

The Glam Rock Show: Get it On Aug 09

Get ready for a night of glam rock! Girls grab your boys it's time to go wild, wild, wild! As we transport you back to the golden age of Glam, with all the songs you know and love! Starring son of Sweet Legend - Brian Connolly Jnr, it's time to Get It On! As our…

Rat Pack Live Aug 10

They were the definition of cool during their Fifties and Sixties Vegas heyday – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. Combining the full sound of big band swing with charisma, panache and swagger, the trio – collectively known as The Rat Pack, had attitude to spare…

Songs from the West End Aug 15

With musical medleys from shows old and new, there’s something for everyone in this hit-packed programme! Al Fresco’s outstanding company of West End actors will perform their favourite songs, from Les Miserables, Matilda, Mamma Mia and Chicago to name but a few! Join…