Roman River Countdown

A brief plug for the tireless work that the Roman River Music Festival carries out around Sunny Colch and the surrounds.

With the special Summer Weekend festival now complete, the countdown has started to the main event: the 17th Roman River Festival, taking place from 16th September to 2nd October.

The name of course comes from the twisting, turning Roman River that leads up to Fingringhoe; the festival itself has even more twists and turns.

It is proving quite tricky to try and summarise it a hit and miss Monday morning blog post.

The idea is to bring different forms of music into our local area, and to celebrate some of the more unusual venues.

Some of the artists coming to Sunny Colch in the autumn include Bellowhead’s Jon Boden, jazz guitarist Chris Woods and rock band The Neutrinos.

But simply listing some of the big hitters doesn’t really do justice to the thought that has taken place in putting together such a varied schedule.

You’d do a lot better having a clickety click over here.

It is great to see the Roman River Festival expanding this year, and thinking about other non-music events.

There is a series of curated theatrical walks, a boat race and a beer festival.

Plus one lucky family has the opportunity to have a show performed in their living room, thanks to a collaboration with BBC Essex.

Very kind volunteers help to make all of this to happen. You would be most welcome if you stepped forward over here.

The Roman River Festival has become one of the annual cultural highlights around Colchester. What we like about it is that it doesn’t attempt to be BRASH, jumping on the festival bandwagon.

It’s actually a little odd.

It fits Colchester perfectly.

Not long now…