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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Met successfully retains Arts Council England funding for the next four years

The Met is pleased to announce that its application to continue as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations has been successful.

The investment of £100,580 per year during 2018-22 secures the charity’s position as a key part of Bury’s culture and community, based on past work and dynamic plans for the future.

David Agnew, artistic director of The Met comments “We are thrilled to look to the future in partnership with Arts Council England to deliver great art for more people in Bury and beyond. With the building refreshed in 2016 we have ambition to reach new audiences, support and work with more artists and work to maximise the impact of this important investment.”

Friday, March 24, 2017

Award winning, critically acclaimed show Going Viral comes to The Met 11 May

**** The Guardian **** The Scotsman **** The Stage

**** The Independent **** Daily Telegraph

As part of his UK tour, writer and performer Daniel Bye comes to The Met to perform his award winning show Going Viral, on Thursday 11 May at 8pm.

“Fascinating, terrifying and thought-provoking” – The Guardian

In Daniel Bye’s unique and compelling mix of storytelling and performance lecture, the highly praised show Going Viral, is a clever nuanced show about a curious new virus sweeping the globe where everyone is weeping. In a mix of performance and scientific advisory from Dr Mark Booth both intimate and epic, hilarious and tragic, Going Viral is a thrilling new development in Daniel Bye’s unique blend of storytelling, playful comedy and performance lecture.

Daniel Bye’s work focuses heavily on the theme of current affairs and world disorder, highlighting the current turbulent state of global and social politics in a light hearted show, with a clever delivery unique to his style. Since the renounced success with Going Viral and after winning the Scotsman First Fringe Award 2015, Bye has been touring the show across the country, with its underlying themes that are as relevant as the day the show was written. Bye’s show speaks to the urgent crisis our society currently lives in, and offers the right amount of compassion to the audience, as a sign of hope for our future.

“There seems almost no limit to the political resonances of this apparently light-touch show. A rare mix of science, artistry and compassion.” – The Scotsman

Middlesborough-born and Leeds-based, Daniel Bye is currently an Associate Artist at ARC, using both theatre and online platforms to create work. His other recent work includes The Price of Everything, performed over 100 times both in the UK and internationally and the award winning How to Occupy an Oil Rig.

“Captivating and illuminating” – The Independent


Monday, December 5, 2016

The Met set to re-open after £4.6 million refurbishment

Live music, theatre and arts venue, The Met in Bury, is preparing to re-open its doors in December 2016 after a major refurbishment which has seen it improve facilities for audiences and performers alike and restore to its former grandeur, the building’s historic architecture.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

A new brand for The Met


With a fantastic state of the art new building after our multi million pound refurbishment we thought it only fitting that we had a new look to match. Working with designers Instruct Studio we’ve crafted a new brand for The Met that reflects our diverse programme and our ambitions for our future. Rebranding The Met is more than just changing the logo so Instruct spoke to staff and visitors to understand what The Met means to them and how that could be translated visually.

We know that your experiences are the fabric that binds The Met together, from a warm welcome to the diverse range of events you can see and participate in. You can visit us for everything from punk to poetry, learning to love stories and dining to dance and our new identity amplifies this. Our new bold patterns and shapes are based on spinning and weaving harking back to Lancashire’s industrial past but with a new contemporary twist. These layers and folds will be developed more over time and applied to not only our logo, website and brochure but to signage inside our new refurbished building.

The new brand is bold, it is born out of the honesty and creativity which runs through The Met and we can’t wait to share more with you.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Met Set for Revised Christmas Re-Opening

The Met in Bury has postponed the re-opening of its live music, theatre and arts venue until December 2016.

The £4.6million project to refurbish the heritage building was due to be handed back to The Met by contractors in November 2016. The revised opening date will be announced soon and performances scheduled for November will be moved to alternative venues where possible.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

21 Days of Performance for The Met’s Re-Opening in November

The Met welcomes stunning line up of special shows and guests to Bury

As one of the most significant recent public investments into Bury, the results of The Met’s £4.6million refurbishment will be unveiled on 31st October in a 21 day festival of live music, theatre, comedy and special guests.

Tickets are on sale now, for a line up that will include; Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden on his first solo tour; the award winning poet Lemn Sissay; comedy from news reporter act, Jonathan Pie; Manchester favourite Justin Moorhouse and theatre from duo Lip Service who add a comedic twist to Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in Mr Darcy Loses the Plot.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Award winning duo, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker perform at Ramsbottom Folk Club

On Wednesday 18 May BBC Folk Awards 2015 Best Duo winners Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker perform at Ramsbottom Folk Club.


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Monday, May 9, 2016

Pay What You Decide for thrilling new work as part of The Met presents season

The Met is giving audiences the opportunity to decide what they think they should pay for a performance when Proper Job Theatre Company bring Fewer Emergencies to Bury Art Museum on Tuesday 17 May.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bury’s Millgate Shopping Centre to Host Pop-Up Prison Shop ‘Go To Jail’

19-28 May 2016

A vacant shop at the Mill Gate Shopping Centre in Bury will be transformed into a replica prison cell between 19-28 May for a live and interactive theatre project that will offer the public the chance to see what life is like behind bars.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Steeleye Span, Turin Brakes and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain perform at Homegrown Folk Festival 2016

13, 14, 15 October 2016



Headlining England’s Homegrown Festival on 13, 14, 15 October are contemporary and traditional folk artists Steeleye Span, Turin Brakes and Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, in a series of concerts taking place over three days at xx venues around the North Manchester town of Bury.


Joining them in the line up will be traditional artists including influential singer-violinist Nancy Kerr, multi-instrumentalists Moulettes, duo O’Hooley & Tidow, the Devonshire based Jim Causley Trio, Marry Waterson & David A Jaycock and new duo James Delarre & Saul Rose, with more acts to be announced.

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