A HISTORIC venue near Braintree town centre has announced more than 30 enticing new acts for its 2024 calendar and beyond.

The Institute, in Bocking End, has announced 32 acts lined up for the coming year.

Highlights includes rap group Goldie Lookin Chain who will headline the venue on August 3.

The group rose to prominence after in the mid-2000s after releasing singles such as Your Missus is a Nutter and Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do.

Braintree and Witham Times: Headlining act - Goldie Lookin ChainHeadlining act - Goldie Lookin Chain (Image: The Institute)

Prodigy tribute group Jilted Generation will perform on September 13 to honour what would have been close to late Prodigy frontman Keith Flint’s 55th birthday.

Fans of Taylor Swift will be able to watch tribute artist Xenna perform some of the pop sensation’s biggest hits.

Not only does she sound like Taylor Swift, but she also looks like her, and fans can even pay for a VIP meet and greet experience an hour before the show.

There are also tribute acts that pay homage to the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Adele and more, all planned before the end of the year, and the So True Spandau Ballet tribute group booked for March 8, 2025.

Braintree and Witham Times: Tribute - Xenna as Taylor SwiftTribute - Xenna as Taylor Swift (Image: The Institute)

Institute directors Jim Hollands and Lewis Codling took over in June last year and are very excited for the future.

They said: “We want Braintree and the surrounding area to know how dedicated we are to providing top-class entertainment.

“We’ve spent months renovating our Grade II listed theatre back to its original glory and want people to know this is only the start of what’s to come.

“Watch this space!”

This follows on from when the directors started completely reinvigorating the venue last year.

Walls were mended and painted, and the flooring of the building was ripped up which revealed the original hardwood floor.

Braintree and Witham Times: Tribute - The poster for the Adele tribute, Hometown GloryTribute - The poster for the Adele tribute, Hometown Glory (Image: The Institute)

The main hall can seat 275 people and hold even more when it is used for standing events.

A new PA sound system has also been put in place.

To find out more about The Institute’s line-up, visit theinstitutebraintree.co.uk.