Current Programme - Music


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December Wednesday 13th at 7.30

Live Christmas Special

Ady Johnson & Adrian Nation


Ady Johnson's Colchester Christmas shows have become a popular annual event. This year, Ady teams up with fellow singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar master Adrian Nation. Both local Adrians' new and highly anticipated albums will be available for the first time at this double-headline Christmas special.

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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February Friday 2nd 8pm

An Evening with The Tannahill Weavers

Tannahill Weavers


Traditional Scottish music at its best - as tight and versatile as any band in the Celtic music scene, the Tannahill's can summon rock-n-roll intensity or haunting introspection. "An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." - New York Times. Each visit to The Headgate has produced a foot stomping energy filled evening.

Tickets: £13.00
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February Saturday 24th at 7.45pm

Live music in tribute to the Beatles  by  Lennon/McCartney/Harrison

Glass Onion


The Glass Onion four-piece band proudly presents a fab evening of music celebrating many memorable classics (and some rarities....!) of the Beatles. This local band has achieved sell-out shows and standing ovations. With great harmonies, let Glass Onion 'Come Together' and provide you an opportunity to 'Get Back' to the sensational sixties. The appeal of the Beatles spans every generation and Glass Onion will 'Help!' you through all of the different eras of the Fab Four's music including an intimate and fun acoustic set not to be forgotten!

Tickets: £12
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March Friday 2nd at 7.30pm

The Sam Plackett Trio

The Sam Plackett Trio


The Sam Plackett Trio will be returning to the Headgate for an evening of hard-bop, Latin and modern jazz. Colchester-born guitarist Sam Plackett will be accompanied by the remarkable drumming of Tom Jiggins and the legendary Pete Whittaker on Jazz Organ. The members of the ensemble are currently performing their soon-to-be released album and this show at the Headgate is a chance to hear their new material before anyone else. Strictly age 12+. The show will contain loud music.

Tickets: £10, £8 (students, people with disabilities, ISM/MU members)
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March Friday 9th - Saturday 10th at 7.30pm Saturday Matinée 1.30pm

Songs For A New World  by  Jason Robert Brown

Yellow Beetle Productions


It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... having to take a stand... or turning round and going back. These are the stories and characters of today. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown, this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.

Recommended age 12+ due to some strong language

Tickets: £12
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March Sunday 25th at 3.00pm and 7.30pm

"Ivor Novello - his life and music"

Platform Musicals


Platform Musicals perform the work of one the most celebrated musical theatre composers of the 20th Century. With selections from some of Ivor Novello's most popular shows, including "The Dancing Years", "Perchance to Dream" and "King's Rhapsody", the Platform singers will perform much loved songs such as "Waltz of My Heart", "We'll Gather Lilacs" and "Someday My Heart Will Awake". A nostalgic journey back to Novello's musical world of melody and romance that is not to be missed!

A special concert given to support the work of Crohn's and Colitis UK.

Tickets: £13
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April Thursday 12th at 7.30pm

Swing 'n' Sinatra

Five Star Swing


Celebrating 100 years of Sinatra and Swing Music! - Five Star Swing return with a journey through the decades of this unforgettable genre - with the greatest singer of the time! These five talented musicians and singers have appeared at London's Leicester Square Theatre, TV's "Military Wives", BBC "Children in Need" and ITV's "Strictly Dance Fever" contestants...tickets will sell fast!

Tickets: £15, £14 (conc)
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April Saturday 14th at 7.30pm

Another Evening of Song

Quattro Amici


This popular and exciting vocal quartet returns to the Headgate to present an evening of music to suit all tastes - from opera and operetta, to modern musical theatre via Broadway musicals, and modern pop. With a wide variety of quartets, duets and solos (and a live piano accompaniment), there will be something for all to enjoy.

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)