A COLCHESTER entertainment bar is staging a week of top music and performances as part of a national campaign celebrating small venues. 

Three Wise Monkeys, in High Street, has signed up to be part of this year's Independent Venue Week.

The annual seven-day celebration highlights the passionate individuals who own, run, and contribute to small and independent venues.

Until February 4, Three Wise Monkeys will be hosting various events showcasing what the Colchester and wider music scene has to offer.

The week of music started on Monday with the first heat of a Battle of the Bands contest which saw plenty of young and upcoming artists taking part.

Tonight there will be the second heat of the competition, while the rest of the week will see the likes of Rad Pitt, Ecto Peach, Chappaqua Wrestling and many more take to the stage.

Alan Jones, events manager at Three Wise Monkeys, said:  “Independent Venue Week is something we look forward to every year as we get to showcase what local venues have to offer and offer a platform for some amazing acts.

“Over the course of the week, we have got some incredible acts taking the stage, from new bands showcasing their talent in a Battle of the Bands to established and well known acts, we have got music for everyone.”

For more information and to purchase tickets visit threewisemonkeyscolchester.com.