The festival is a celebration of the food and drink for which the area is rightly proud and has often become famous for producing.
Visitors will be encouraged to take their time wandering from stand to stand, chatting to the producers and sampling their wares, everything from smoked foods and fresh fish and meat to ice-cream, cakes and preserves.
The tasty sights and smells are bound to make visitors hungry. So, not only can you buy food to take home, you can also feast on delights on the day such as a hog roast and freshly cooked crepes or light refreshments from the traditional tea tent.
Sex, drugs, and Frankie Howerd’s army of robots - this film has everything but the kitchen sink thrown in, and it was such a spectacular flop on release that not even the strength of 29 classic Beatles songs, taken from ‘Rubber Soul’ to ‘Abbey Road’, could save it - even when sung by the likes of The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, Aerosmith, Earth Wind And Fire, and Steve Martin! With a non-sensical plot involving magical musical instruments, mind-control cults, and a “Future Villain Band,” not even an unforgettable closing chorus line, featuring Tina Turner, Bobby Womack and Dame Edna, amongst dozens of 1978’s biggest stars could turn its fortunes around.
Despite being a critical and box-office disaster, its cult following has developed over 40 years, so we are delighted to present this most bizarre of jukebox musicals for your viewing and singing pleasure! There will be on-screen subtitles, so you can sing along! There might even be a prize for the best singer… Special guest TBA!
Note: This event will take place in one of the learning spaces of Firstsite, rather than the auditorium. The film has a BBFC certification of U.
St Botolph's Street
St Botolph's Street
Music from the 14th century provides the backdrop to the tale of the Great Revolt and radical preacher John Ball. Born near Colchester (maybe?), Ball preached in English (shocking!) and claimed that everyone was created equal (scandalous!!). He was excommunicated and would have languished in jail had he not been released by the Rebels as they took London, burnt the Savoy, and went on to parley with the King. The future hung in the balance...
5 great bands
Delicious BBQ and vegetarian food
Fully Licensed Bar (including beer by the watering can!)
"The atmosphere is incredible"
"We loved it!"
All money raised is for charity. Building Malawi (http://www.buildingmalawi.com/) and St Helena Hospice
Gates open: 4.00pm - 11.30pm
Tickets: £10 single £20 family (2 adults and kids under 16).
Venue: Maitlands, Distillery Lane, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8EZ
No picnics please.
1) Please purchase your tickets via this page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bluesandrock2018 (It's easy and all forms of payment are accepted)
2) Leave your name in the comment. e.g. Tom Bowden - 1 x Single Ticket £10
3) Your wristbands will be available for collection at the gate.
We will announce all bands in due course
There will be a real ale marquee featuring beers from local breweries, and a Prosecco bar too if fizz is more your thing?
Come and browse the market for some quality produce or relax with a picnic and listen to the music.
With free entry for kids, bouncy castles & ice cream, it will be a feast of fun for all the family!