Braintree Gig Guide

We're collecting details on any local band or anything remotely related to the performance of live music...

If you're part of a local band, choir or just even let people listen to you singing in the bath then we'd like to here from you, for a start, you could add your Gigs; If you run a venue, or have a long tour planned, you might like to contact us to arange featuring your venue or group.

Events over the next 3 Months

Nowton Nights - Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, 25th May 2018, 16:45 at , Nowton Court, Nowton, Bury St. Edmunds (21.6 miles)
Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
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Sarah Munro, 25th May 2018, 19:30 at , St Peters Street, Ipswich (24.6 miles)
Sarah Munro. With a delicate songbirdâ??s voice reminiscent of Eva Cassidy and Katie Melua, Sarah's music has been championed by legendary lyricist Don Black, as well as Jamie Cullum and Michael Ball - both of whom featured her debut single 'For Eternity' on their BBC Radio 2 shows. Her debut album 'Say Hello To You' features 10 original songs with a strong emphasis on lyrics and storytelling, plus a stunning interpretation of the classic 'Autumn Leaves'.
In 2017, Sarah performed headline sets at Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Cornbury Festival after completing a 24-date UK tour supporting Paul Carrack in prestigious venues, including the London Palladium and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Following her sold-out headline shows at The Pheasantry and PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho, Sarah will be touring venues across the UK throughout 2018, performing songs from her debut album â??Say Hello To Youâ?? and some brand-new original material.


Nowton Days - Gilbert O'Sullivan & His Band, 26th May 2018, 11:30 at , Nowton Court, Nowton, Bury St. Edmunds (21.6 miles)
Gilbert O'Sullivan
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Nowton Nights - Abba Mania, 26th May 2018, 17:00 at , Nowton Court, Nowton, Bury St. Edmunds (21.6 miles)
Abba Mania
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Nowton Nights - UB40, 27th May 2018, 17:00 at , Nowton Court, Nowton, Bury St. Edmunds (21.6 miles)
UB40
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Gadjo Club Quartet, 1st June 2018, 19:45 to 22:00 at , St Peters Street, Ipswich (24.6 miles)
The Gadjo clubâ??s shared passion for eastern European and klezmer music combined with a love of art-rock, swing, Americana and other world sounds creates something truly infectious.
In its acoustic form the group draws on the classical backgrounds of clarinetist Dave Shulman and violinist Phillip Granell, infusing sounds reminiscent of composers such as Bartok and Shostakovich in addition to inspiration from the music of the Hungarian Lakatos dynasty.


We Remember Joe Cocker, 7th June 2018, 18:30 at , London Road, Westcliff-On-Sea (20.7 miles)
We Remember Joe Cocker
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Shuggie Otis, 8th June 2018, 18:00 at , Marine Parade, Southend-On-Sea (21.6 miles)
Shuggie Otis
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Shuggie Otis, 9th June 2018, 18:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Shuggie Otis
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Cancer Bats, 12th June 2018, 18:30 at , Marine Parade, Southend-On-Sea (21.6 miles)
Cancer Bats
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Declan McKenna, 15th June 2018, 18:30 at , Marine Parade, Southend-On-Sea (21.6 miles)
Declan McKenna
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Rumba De Bodas â?? Ipswich Jazz Festival, 22nd June 2018, 20:00 at , St Peters Street, Ipswich (24.6 miles)
Celebrating their tenth anniversary, these Italian troubadours make it their mission to party. Their high-octane, gypsy-swing travels from Latina to swing, Balcanica to reggae, soul to folk; an ever-changing musical mix. Starting life as a loose collective in the music bars of Bologna, theyâ??re now an international phenomenon. Catch them playing extracts from their new album, not surprisingly, called â??Superpowerâ??. This wonderful band had a great residency at last yearâ??s Edinburgh Jazz Festival.
Tickets: £17.50 (£16.50 if bought in advance from New Wolsey Theatre 01473 295900).


Jazz Workshops at St Peterâ??s by the Waterfront â?? Ipswich Jazz Festival, 23rd June 2018, 10:00 to 16:30 at , St Peters Street, Ipswich (24.6 miles)
10amâ??12pm: Jazz Ensemble Playing with John Seeley
For all levels. This will cover performing Jazz in an ensemble and improvisation using Latin and Jazz standards. This will be achieved by taking Jazz compositions, de-constructing them and then performing. It will include musicianship skills to enhance the individual and group performer, music theory, methods of practice, sight-reading, aural work and specific concepts to increase your knowledge.
12.15â??2.15pm: Jazz singing with Andi Hopgood
A great opportunity for vocalists â?? to learn from and spend time with Andi Hopgood, jazz educator with a wealth of experience in vocal coaching and performing â?? delve into the wonders of jazz singing. Explore things like phrasing, feel, scat singing and timing. The workshop is suitable for singers of all ages and experience and will involve a mix of individual and some group singing.
2.30â??4.30pm: Drum Kit Masterclass with George Double
Drummers, of any style come and perform in the festival! Players are invited to take part in this masterclass event and receive top tips from Ronnie Scott's regular George Double who will also play and run a Q & A during this two-hour session. Spectators very welcome too.
Tickets for all workshops £16 from New Wolsey Theatre. 01473 295900 Maximum 25 places.


Jazz Workshops at St Peterâ??s by the Waterfront, 24th June 2018, 10:30 to 12:45 at , St Peters Street, Ipswich (24.6 miles)
10.30amâ??12.30pm: Jazz guitar with Chris Allard
For guitarists of all levels. Improve your soloing; straightforward ways to improve your playing and how to improve your understanding of chords, scales and modes and to use them in ways that will help you and which can be applied to any style of music.
12.45â??2.45pm: Music photography with John Watson
Music photographer John Watson leads a workshop for the second year running. The emphasis will be on creating dynamic images and developing an imaginative approach to photography. For both beginners and experienced photographers. Professional-level equipment is not essential, but you must have a camera which can be set to at least 1600 ISO, and you should know how to increase or decrease exposure levels. Includes a chance to photograph a band.
Tickets for all workshops £16 from New Wolsey Theatre. 01473 295900 Maximum 25 places.


Horn Factory â?? Ipswich Jazz Festival, 24th June 2018, 15:00 to 17:00 at , St Peters Street, Ipswich (24.6 miles)
Enjoy free jazz gigs with some top local bands.
Horn Factory East Angliaâ??s premier Big Band. Nineteen of the top local musicians who create their own brand of fast moving, hard hitting, toe tapping contemporary jazz.


Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood (with Chris Allard on guitar) â?? Ipswich Jazz Festival, 24th June 2018, 20:00 to 22:00 at , St Peters Street, Ipswich (24.6 miles)
Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase her virtuosic and effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres. Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui also draws on folk, soul and blues influences. Her voice has been described as â??multi-facetedâ?? and â??incomparableâ??.
Charlie Wood is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional R&B and popular music. Wood is an accomplished and prolific singer/songwriter and has received stellar reviews for his original music.
Chris Allard has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals and he has performed/recorded with numerous big names. His last album received critical acclaim including four stars in Guitarist Magazine.
In partnership with Fleece Jazz Club.
Tickets: £21 (£20 if bought in advance from New Wolsey Theatre 01473 295900).


Rura, 25th June 2018, 19:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Rura
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Beltane Fire, 29th June 2018, 19:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Beltane Fire
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Ipswich Music Day, 1st July 2018, 12:00 to 19:00 at , Bolton Lane, Ipswich (24.9 miles)
Ipswich Music Day is the UK's largest free one-day music festival in the UK - and it's suitable for the whole family!
The event hosts six stages featuring a selection of the brightest local unsigned artists found in East Anglia, spanning every genre of music.
What can the kids get up to? Henna, glitter tattoos, face painting, bungee trampolines and a fairground full of your favourite fun fair rides for starters.
We also have a market place selling gifts, jewellery, food products, clothing and balloons. And donâ??t forget our street food â?? we have all the delicious dishes you could want.
When thereâ??s this much free entertainment right on your doorstep, youâ??d be mad to stay away!


Heidi Talbot & John McCusker, 3rd July 2018, 19:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Heidi Talbot
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Global Rhythm, 7th July 2018, 13:00 to 19:00 at , Bolton Lane, Ipswich (24.9 miles)
If youâ??re looking for a colourful celebration of worldwide culture, look no further than Global Rhythm in 2018.
Enjoy a free day out including live music and art from across the world, set in the beautiful setting of Christchurch Park.
Travel the globe with a range of delicious cuisine, and hear fusions of musical genres that originated thousands of miles apart.
This festival really is all-inclusive in the best sense of the word! The event will also include a range of free workshops for you to get involved in!


Oh Sees, 13th July 2018, 18:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Thee Oh Sees
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Flying Legends, 14th July 2018, 8:00 at , Duxfield Airfield, Duxford, Cambridge (20.2 miles)
Flying Legends
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Rapture Gaming Festival, 20th July 2018 to 22nd July 2018, 10:00 to 17:00 at , Cowdray Avenue, Colchester (13.1 miles)
Rapture Gaming Festival
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Revolution Pro Wrestling: Live in Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 27th July 2018, 23:00 at , Tydemans, Chelmsford (10 miles)
Revolution Pro Wrestling
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NYO Jazz, 31st July 2018, 18:00 at , Charter Square, Bury St. Edmunds (22.8 miles)
NYO Jazz
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Derek Nash Quartet, 3rd August 2018, 19:45 to 22:00 at , St Peters Street, Ipswich (24.6 miles)
Derek Nash, leading UK saxophonist, leader of the award-winning SAX APPEAL, co-leader of funk/groove band PROTECT THE BEAT and featured member of the JOOLS HOLLAND RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA comes to St Peter's with his quartet in August 2018.
He is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four saxophones - from sonorous baritone to soaring soprano - and is an award-winning performer having received the John Dankworth Award and the British Jazz Award (Small Group) for Sax Appeal. He received Best Jazz CD of the Year for Young Lions, Old Tigers with the late Spike Robinson, receiving the same British Jazz Award for "Joyriding" by The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet in 2012. He regularly appears in the British Jazz awards nominations in several categories (Alto/Tenor and Baritone) and was nominated for Jazz Musician of the Year by the Global Music Foundation.
Tickets £10 in advance and £12 on the door.


Junkyard presents Jam Baxter, 4th August 2018, 15:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Jam Baxter
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Funky Voices Charity Concert, 4th August 2018, 20:00 to 21:30 at , St Peters Street, Ipswich (24.6 miles)
To help celebrate our 10th anniversary we're very pleased to welcome back Funky Voices to St Peter's in 2018.
Showcasing their recognised 'wall of sound', Funky Voices will be taking to the stage at St Peters by the Waterfront to raise money to go towards more fantastic events within Music and Arts at St Peters. Performing their versions of songs by artists known and loved such as Stevie Wonder, Spandau Ballet, Jessie J and many more, the choir promise you a night of uplifting, energetic and inspirational music for the whole family.
St Peter's is a community arts and heritage centre providing space for local organisations to hold activities, rehearsals, music and theatre productions and put on many events with local, national and international acts. The centre receives no funding and relies entirely on bookings, ticket sales and the generous support of the local community through donations.
Tickets are £6 for adults and free for children


Sharkmuffin, 11th August 2018, 18:00 at , South Street, Ipswich (24.5 miles)
Sharkmuffin
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RiZE Festival, 17th August 2018 to 18th August 2018, 10:00 to 22:00 at , London Road, Chelmsford (10.9 miles)
RiZE Festival
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Weird Rare Animal, 7th September 2018, 19:45 to 22:00 at , St Peters Street, Ipswich (24.6 miles)
Weird Rare Animal play a selection of tunes from Charlie Parker, George Benson, Bach, all jazzed up and with a modern easy-listening approach. They also play the guitarist Tomi's original compositions. A vibrant and exciting sound of guitar, keyboard and drums, having Tomi Farkas, Anne Burton and Jake Hatter respectively playing these instruments. You could have heard Tomi also with Jazz Bazaar, Morphology and the Horn Factory and Anne with Jazz Arrivals and Body and Soul Jazz Band all of whom have performed at St Peter's Jazz by the Waterfront evenings.
Tickets £10 in advance and £12 on the door.


The Vapors, 8th September 2018, 18:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
The Vapors
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Andy McKee, 17th September 2018, 18:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Andy McKee
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They Might Be Giants, 22nd September 2018, 18:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
They Might Be Giants
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Sam Carter, 1st October 2018, 18:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Sam Carter
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The Lake Poets, 4th October 2018, 18:30 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
The Lake Poets
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Hunter & The Bear, 9th October 2018, 18:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Hunter & The Bear
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Will Varley, 11th October 2018, 18:30 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Will Varley
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Macka B, 17th October 2018, 18:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Macka B
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Bollywood Brass Band with Jyotsna Srikanth, 20th October 2018, 18:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Bollywood Brass Band with Jyotsna Srikanth
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Lord Huron, 25th October 2018, 18:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Lord Huron
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Richard Thompson, 27th October 2018, 18:00 at , Station Road, Westcliff-On-Sea (21.2 miles)
Richard Thompson
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Blue Rose Code, 29th October 2018, 20:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Blue Rose Code
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Holy Moly and The Crackers, 3rd November 2018, 19:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
Holy Moly and The Crackers
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Big Country, 9th November 2018, 19:00 at , Marine Parade, Southend-On-Sea (21.6 miles)
Big Country
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GoGo Penguin, 13th November 2018, 19:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
GoGo Penguin
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The Little Unsaid, 20th November 2018, 20:00 at , Clifton Road, Cambridge (24.3 miles)
The Little Unsaid
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