Jolly Roger Arena to host live music events

by Nigel Brown Mar 11 2019 5     1,874
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March 11, 2019


Clacton Pier’s oldest building is set to host two weekends of live music as part of plans to make more use of the venue.

The Tina Turner Experience has been lined-up for The Jolly Roger on May 3 and 4 and July 3 and 4.

Bosses at the Pier have a long term goal to regenerate the 126-year-old building for multi-purpose use such as sporting and leisure events, conferences and business meetings, community events and weddings.

In the meantime, it is being used for a circus at Whitsun and during the school summer holidays.

Now it has been decided to trial the two live music experience with tickets already on sale. The capacity is around 275 people for each event.

Pier director Elliot Ball said that it is important that every part of the site contributes to income, the overall upkeep of the structure and its ongoing improvements.

“This is very much a pilot to see how it goes but we do have to look at all the various uses and ideas for every section of the Pier, so they pay their way,” he added.

“It is vital that we do not have areas standing empty for periods of time if we can find a way of creating revenue.

“We are investing in the business, creating employment and improving what we can offer our customers and it is crucial that we do not rest on our laurels.

“We want Clacton Pier to be the top attraction of its type on the east coast and that means we cannot afford to standstill. It will be the first time that the Jolly Roger has hosted live music for many decades.”

The Tina Turner Experience is an energetic show charting the life and success of one of the world’s most iconic performers. It features a ten-piece band; powerful vocals and backing singers as well as professional dancers.

Tickets for all four performances which all begin at 7.30pm are £19 (unreserved seating) and £21 (reserved) and can be booked online at

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5Comments 7 months ago

How come messaged don't show on here or get answered

Irene Henderson 7 months ago

I have left two messages now Re tickets Tina Turner I have today purchased tickets for 4 but we wanted seated tickets but have been given in seated 19.00 the guy saud its fine but I'm. Concerned that I will have to stand and that isn't possible for me or my friends please reply to this email or it means I will have to come to the pier again regards irene Henderson

Irene Hendersonq 7 months ago

Having trouble getting to you're on line site for tickets can I purchase them any other way, can I collect from the pier regards irene Henderson

Paula Bass 7 months ago

What an absolutely diabolical evening!!
The venue is quite simply an appalling excuse for a venue to hold any kind of event let alone music acts.
It was absolutely freezing. Lots of people were complaining about it. Myself and my mum suffer from breathing difficulties and the extreme cold temperatures has made us both really poorly and the effects of which will take a few days at least now to recover. At this stage I'm not ruling out a trip to hospital because my lungs are still painful. The managers' repeated automated response to our complaints was "I can only apologise, I can only apologise, I can only apologise'. Not the way you deal with serious, genuine customer complaints at all. I believe little or no research was done into ascertaining if this would be suitable for a public event. There were even NO toilets in the venue you had to use the ones on the pier.
Again simply diabolical!!!!

Irene Henderson 7 months ago

Can I come to the pier for tickets for Tina Turner, as having trouble on line regards irene Henderson

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