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LET THE MUSIC PLAY. UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. But, with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for venues, concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work […]

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The Music Venue Trust launches campaign to save grassroots venues.

The Music Venue Trust launches campaign to save grassroots venues.

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Counting The Killers Release Debut Single

Southend based Alt Rockers Counting The Killers have released their debut single 'Winter'

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Benefit gig for MIND at Three Wise Monkeys March 13th

Three Wise Monkeys in Colchester are holding a fundraiser for MIND on Friday 13th. March. And they have a stunning line-up to tempt you: SHOOTY & THE BANG BANG + THE MEFFS + ELEPHANT JANE + THE UPSY DAISIES + DJ BEN HOWARD.

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Joanne Shaw Taylor plays Chinnery's Tuesday 10th March

British Belle of the blues Joanne Shaw Taylor stops off at Southend Chinnery's on Tuesday, 10th of March as part of her UK tour. She will be performing her ‘Reckless Heart’ album live in its entirety along with some fan favourites. Tickets are available now here:

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Southend Greenfest Fri 6 & Sat 7 March at The Railway Hotel Southend

The Green Party have announced a groundbreaking event, brand new for 2020. Two days of free informative workshops covering a wide range of Green ideas and policies; amazing guest speakers; and two whole evenings of live music - this is sure to be the biggest Green-festival South Essex has ever seen! With a brilliant open-mic […]

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Hippy Joe's Live & Unsigned March & April Dates

Hippy Joe's Live & Unsigned has been the home of live original music in Basildon since 1991. Every Thursday at The Edge Bar & Restaurant with monthly Wednesday Acoustic nights. You can always expect an eclectic mix of genres.

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Rosalie Cunningham Spring Tour starts Tues March 3rd

Following on from last years very successful UK tour in support of her debut solo album, Southend’s very own Psychedelic Prog Rock chanteuse Rosalie Cunningham will be be touring the UK again in March and May this year. She will be playing a new and improved set including brand new songs from the next album. […]

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Nova Twins announce European Tour

London based grime punk duo Nova Twins have released a video for their latest track ‘Taxi’.

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PMT Live Launch at The Railway Hotel 5th March

PMT, Southend's premier music shop has teamed up with one of Southend's coolest music venues to open a brand new space for local musicians!

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Hayseed Dixie featuring Hippy Joe Hymas new album out Feb 14th

Hayseed Dixie, the self described "Undisputed world heavyweight creators of the musical genre, "Rockgrass" are back with a new album 'Blast From The Grass' out February 14th.

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Seth Lakeman to play Harwich Tues 11th Feb

Multi award-winning folk singer Seth Lakeman will release his new album ‘A Pilgrim’s Tale’ on February 7th 2020, in a year that marks four centuries since The Mayflower ship departed the UK. The album will be released amidst a selection of UK concerts where Seth will visit locations significant to the Mayflower tale, including dates […]

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The Whom By Fire Ensemble play The Railway Hotel Saturday 8th February

Saturday 8th February, Southend Alt/Folk duo Whom By Fire return to their spiritual home The Railway Hotel in Southend with their expanded 6 piece ensemble.

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Send Your Facebook Events

FACEBOOK EVENTS!… WE can now add YOUR Facebook events to OUR events tab: Create an event as usual on your band/venue page. Post the event link on to our wall. It's FREE! Your event will then be added to our page where it will be shared to over 5000 gig goers! PLEASE NOTE! Only posts […]

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Killatrix Play Three Wise Monkeys Colchester

Friday 31st January Colchester based Electro Noisenicks Killatrix play their first gig of 2020.In support of Independent Venue Week they are playing Three Wise Monkeys Colchester with Ghosts Of Men & Shooty and the Bang Bang£5 entry

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Luke Langston Benefit Show Thursday 30th January

Hippy Joe's Live & Unsigned The Edge Basildon The Beautiful Antics have organised a gig in memory of their Guitarist Luke who passed away suddenly in November, after a short battle with Cancer.They will be raising money for Luke’s 6 Children & Hopefully enough will be raised to make a donation to Macmillan cancer support.*Free […]

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Killatrix announce 2020 dates

Colchester based Elecro Noisenicks Killatrix have announce some dates for 2020. Kicking off on 30/01 at The Three Wise Monkeys in Colchester. Click for more info.

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Essex/East London based Grime Punk duo Nova Twins have released a video for their latest track ‘Taxi’. It follows a solid set of single & EP releases including debut ’Nova Twins EP’ which was one of our Hot Tracks in 2016.

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3 days ago

Essex Gig Guide

We are pleased to confirm that after extensive conversations between UK Government, Music Venue Trust and LIVE ( Grassroots Music Venues operating in England under Tier 2 Restrictions will be permitted to sell alcohol at ticketed live events. The ticket for a live event occupies a similar legal exemption to that provided for the serving of a substantial meal.

Mark Davyd, CEO of Music Venue Trust, said: “Music Venue Trust alongside Live Music Industry Venues and Entertainment Group (LIVE) has worked hard with the government to make the case that the consumption of culture and the consumption of food should be treated equally. If music be the food of love play on!

"We are delighted that we have been listened to and that guidance has been issued that makes it clear that ticketed events at grassroots music venues can go ahead in Tier 2 with alcohol on sale. It makes a direct difference to the number of shows that can be delivered and is a significant step forward in the campaign to Revive Live Music and Reopen Every Venue Safely."

Phil Bowdery, chair of The Concert Promoters Association, added: “LIVE is delighted that the Government has listened to our calls to allow alcohol to be sold at live music venues under the new Tier 2 restrictions.

"This announcement is hugely important for our industry as stopping the sale of alcohol was going to mean that even if venues were technically able to open under Tier 2, they wouldn’t have been able to financially. There's still a long way to go for the live music industry to recover, and the new situation is extremely challenging for those in Tier 3, but we're grateful to all those involved, in the industry and in government, for securing this sensible step."

Legislation permitting the sale of alcohol at live events is able to read here:

In a further exemption, performances at live events commencing prior to 10pm will be allowed to conclude after 11pm.

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3 months ago

Essex Gig Guide

Many thanks to all of you that have been down to The Railway Hotel since we reopened in August.

It’s been strange opening the pub without the regular live music, but every night has still been fantastic. We’ve seen faces old and new, and it’s heartwarming to have you all back through our doors again. Thank You.

We’re now a month into things, so we thought we’d give you a bit of an update with lots of exciting news.

It’s been understandably difficult these past few months both emotionally and financially, but the team has been doing everything we can to still deliver that unique Railway experience we know you all love. The restoration work on the outside of the building is progressing at pace, and we’ve been making noticeable improvements to the inside too.

We’ve introduced a mobile-ordering app (Swifty App) for safer and faster table service, we’ve been expanding our award-winning #Vegan menu, and we’ve even been introducing new drinks ranges which have all gone down brilliantly.

As we look forward over the next few months, we’ll be introducing even more improvements and changes.

As of next week, the pub will be moving to the next phase of our reopening. This will mean that the pub will be open six days a week, open for the following hours:

TUES / WEDS / THURS: 18:00 - 23:00
FRI / SAT: 17:00 - 23:00
SUN: 13:00 - 19:00

These new hours reflect the confidence we have in our safety precautions and the trust we have in our customers adhering to and respecting our rules. We know that some other bars and pubs locally have just given up on the regulations, but our rules are staying firm as they are.
We will still be operating a strict reduced capacity of 80 persons for safety reasons (40 indoors, 40 out in the garden), social distancing measures are still in place, still over 18s only, and it will still be first-come, first-served.

With these extra days also comes some brilliant new themed nights throughout the week, with some show-stopping drinks deals, food offers, and COVID-compliant entertainment. We’ve never been more excited about the brilliant nights planned ahead. More on those nights soon!

As the pub will be open six days a week, so will our award-winning Kitchen. Since you’ve all been asking so much, yes, our kitchen will be open on Sundays for the first time in ages too. And yes, that means we’ll inevitably be doing our famous Vegan Sunday Lunch at some point too. All your favourites will be cooking every day we’re open; result!

Some other big news is that we’ve had a big refresh in our drinks selection. You will have already seen the recent introduction of Beavertown Brewery Neck Oil on draught and Gamma Ray, Brixton Brewery Reliance & Atlantic, ERDINGER Weissbräu, and a litany of new spirits and mixers - and well, we weren’t finished there!

As of this week, we’re introducing Adnams Dry Hopped craft lager, Heineken, and Sierra Nevada to our draught selection; some impressive and delicious beers all ready and waiting for you.

Many of you have been asking about the music, and when we can have bands on.

We’re aiming to have a night of live music every Thursday with a wide selection of great local live bands. You’ll understand that because of the current government guidance on social distancing, these nights are limited to a 40-person capacity only, and are strictly limited, ticketed, and seated affairs. No less enjoyable to have an intimate gig with some brilliant local musicians though! As ever, we’ll do what we can to publicise the gigs on Social Media and our website, but once the tickets are gone; they’re gone. Tickets are being sold exclusively online, and not at the venue. People are being ravenous with the few tickets available, so do keep your eye out for those. Dates of the upcoming gigs are on our social media and our website.

As for music throughout the week, we’ll be introducing some themed nights in which we’ll play whole evenings of specific bands, genres and eras. Such favourites as Jazz Wednesdays are set to return, albeit with records rather than bands (for now), and we have something ambitious and groundbreaking in the works too. As ever, we’ll advertise on social media and our website when those happen!

Financially speaking, we’ll let you do the mathematics on how tight it’s been these last few weeks where usually we cater to 300 people each night and currently our maximum capacity is 80. We’re not gonna lie, it’s been rough, and independent pubs like ours really really need the support of our wonderful customers more than ever if we’re to pull through this. We’ve already lost numerous amazing venues all over the country, and we’d hate for any more to be added to that list.

Again, thanks to those that have supported us through this so far. Please do continue to pop in and bring your friends and family with you, and if you can’t make it out, we’re still available six nights a week on Deliveroo and JustEat too!

See you all soon.

James Vessey-Miller & RJ Learmouth
Dave & Fi Dulake

The Railway Hotel, Southend

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