The landlords of Colchester’s premier live music venue, The Bull, have announced that they won’t be renewing their lease on 31st July 2016.
Dave and Fiona Richards took over the Bull in 2007 and quickly turned the pub into a well established and highly respected music venue and many in the live music scene have been left disappointed. Having performed at the Bull myself, and seen numerous bands there, I can’t help but feel that the future of live music in Colchester hangs very much in the balance, with fewer pubs providing these types of opportunities for live bands and their followers.
In a post on Facebook, Dave Richards blamed a lack of money from customers, constant negativity about Colchester and a lack of support from Colchester Borough Council:
“People do not have the money they once did, and are choosing more wisely what to do with it. Constant negativity about Colchester is no good for the town, lack of support and direction from the Council are all factors that are changing the town we live in. When will somebody actual talk about all the good things that happen here, then people may come back to the town.”
Good luck Dave and Fiona in whatever adventure you have next. Let’s hope the new Landlord is as enthusiastic about live music as you have been.