Walking Back to Happiness

Three of Colchester’s most knowledgeable music fanatics will be leading a two-hour musical mystery tour around the town on 7 May at 2pm. ‘Colchester’s Music Scene’ is the first musical trip around Colchester, and will be part of Jane’s Walk, an annual world-wide, citizen-led exploration of the urban environment.

Leading the tour will be Carl Allen, Richard ‘Benny’ Benedetti and Ben Howard. Carl is a former Town Planner, music historian and author of the book ‘London Gig Venues’, and knows Colchester’s music venues inside out. Richard is a well-known face around the town, a gig promoter, former record shop owner and is currently the singer in the band The Occupants. Ben Howard is the town’s busiest DJ, the inspiration behind ‘Keep Colchester Cool’ and Operations Manager at Three Wise Monkeys. Together they have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the town’s music scene and its rich musical heritage.

Carl Allen explains:

“Most people will think of the Colchester music scene and think of just one band, Blur. But Colchester has so many unsung musical heroes going as far back as the 1960s”.

Carl continued:” The town also has a rich heritage of gigs that have taken place in the town’s past and present venues, and we’ll be discovering the places where AC/DC, Queen, The Smiths, The Killers and many others played. Hopefully those who join us will be surprised by some of the acts who have actually played here.”

Richard, ‘Benny’, notes: “Between the three of us we’ve got too many years of going to gigs in the town, but we’re all hoping to learn something new from the tour that we didn’t previously know’.

Ben Howard adds: “Colchester has always had a thriving music scene and we will celebrate the existing venues, as well as paying our respects to those venues which we have lost.”

The ‘Colchester Music Scene’ Jane’s Walk will start from outside The George Hotel on the town’s High Street at 2pm, and the walk will last two-hours. The walk is free of charge and will end at 4pm at Three Wise Monkeys. More information on this walk and the others taking place around Colchester please visit: https://walkcolchester.wordpress.com/

Jane’s Walk is now in its eighth year in Colchester, and the town was the first UK location to host the walks, with cities including Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool, now joining in. The walks celebrate Jane Jacobs (1916 – 2006), an urban activist, journalist and writer.