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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.


The Met’s new theatre space will accommodate audiences of up to 270 seated and 400 standing. A brand new opened up bar area and entrance are just some of the major front of house improvements that have been made to the Victorian building, designed by architect Sydney Smirke, who is best known today for his work on the circular reading room at the British Museum.

Artistic Director David Agnew said: “We plan to really show off our newly refurbished building and theatre space with a fantastic line up that will wow audiences and really get people excited about coming here. We wanted to make sure there is something for everyone in our opening celebration and that our local audience have a place they can feel proud of.” 


The 21-Day Opening Programme

Joanne Shaw Taylor

Monday 31 October

Discovered by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart as a 16 year old guitar prodigy Joanne Shaw Taylor is now one of the hottest young names on the British Blues circuit.


Lemn Sissay

Wednesday 2 November

Lemn Sissay is author of a series of books of poetry alongside articles, records, broadcasts, public art, commissions and plays. He will be reading from his new book ‘Gold from the Stone’, a career-spanning collection from the award-winning poet and national treasure.


Sara Watkins

Friday 4 November

Acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sara Watkins performs tracks from her new album Young In All The Wrong Ways.



Friday 4 November

Scandinavian folk roots band Basco are fast becoming an unavoidable phenomenon on the European folk scene. Their music is varied, full of nuance and beauty and of good, old fashioned, raw, foot-stomping power.



Saturday 5 November

One of the world’s leading progressive rock bands with a string of critically acclaimed albums under their belts. Look forward to passionate music and a dramatic performance.


Heidi Talbot

Sunday 6 November

Born in Ireland, Heidi became a folk star in the USA with the Irish American band Cherish the Ladies. So it’s hardly surprising she should develop a style that switches easily between Celtic and Americana.


Jonathan Pie

Monday 7 November

Jonathan Pie is a respected news reporter for a respected news broadcaster but he has a problem. He has several problems. He hates his job. He hates his colleagues. But mainly he hates the news.


Mr Darcy Loses The Plot – Lip Service Theatre

Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 November

Jane Austen is dreaming up Darcy, a proud, lip curling, handsome creation in very tight pants. But then a visitor approaches and Jane hastily hides her work. Now left to his own devices, Darcy embroiders his own storyline and when Jane returns she finds the plot has moved on and Darcy is dancing to a rather different tune.



The Travelling Band

Friday 11 November

The Travelling Band have a massive sound that skips between gorgeous pop and giddy highs with deep caverns of deep folk.


Ian Siegal

Saturday 12 November

Widely regarded as the most compelling and admired Blues artist to have come out of Britain since the icons of the sixties, Ian Siegal is arguably more powerful than ever, touring a program of songs drawn from his catalogue of album releases.


The Stumble

Saturday 12 November

The Stumble are a powerful six-piece band mixing uncomplicated guitar solos with the powerful voice of Paul Melville to create rapturious Chicago style Rhythm and Blues.


Sharon Shannon

Sunday 13 November

Sharon Shannon the button accordion player from Co Clare, Ireland has recorded and toured with a who’s who of the Irish and Global Music Industry. Her big break came in the late 80s she was asked to join the seminal rock band The Waterboys and since then the genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales and has had several number one albums and singles. Performing material from her first album in four years Sharon will be joined by Jim Murray, Sean Regan and Alan Connor.



Jon Boden

Monday 14 November

The stand out performer of his generation of traditional folk artists, but whose repertoire extends far beyond the boundaries of the genre. Best known as lead singer of Bellowhead, 2016 sees Jon’s first solo tour.


Sarah Jarosz

Wednesday 16 November

Sarah Jarosz returns with her new album Undercurrent ready to be paraded in all its glory.


The Circus Detective

Wednesday 16 November

A comic fantasy of double cross, clowning and…murder. In the gloom under a swinging trapeze, our hero sees a knife buried in the back of a body. Trying to solve the murder he is soon lost in a web of intrigue and deceit.



Thursday 17 November

Banjos and rappers shouldn’t sound this good together but they do. Bluegrass and Hip-Hop may sound like an odd combination, but critically acclaimed Gangstagrass make it work.


Julia Fordham

Thursday 17 November

The wonderful Julia Fordham is returning to the UK after three sell out tours and is set to delight and entrance her audience yet again with her stunning and sultry voice.


Martin Carthy & Peggy Seeger

Saturday 19 November

If you were asked to name the most influential folk music families, the names Martin Carthy & Peggy Seeger would not be far from your mind. This is a rare opportunity to catch these two iconic artists together.


Andy White & The Band of Gold

Thursday 24 November

Andy White remains one of the UK’s finest-ever musicians and most celebrated songwriters. Andy will be touring with his son Sebastian on drums and outstanding bass player Kat Ades.


Justin Moorhouse

People & Feelings | Friday 25 November

A little slimmer but still as ‘belly laugh funny’ Manchester Evening News, everyone’s favourite northern charmer is back on the road and better than ever.


The Blockheads

Sunday 26 November

Starting out as the band behind Ian Dury, the Blockheads are a legendary outfit that has grown in stature from the early days of the Stiff tour in 1977, right up to the present day.


Lady Maisery

Tuesday 29 November

With their unique approach to harmony singing and striking arrangements of both traditional and original compositions, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of folk song.


John Spiers

Wednesday 30 November

Mixing infectious dance tunes with sensitive and moving slow airs, John’s solo shows are a mixture of traditional material and his own compositions interspersed with an easy-going, humorous and informative banter.


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For more information please contact nancy.collantine@fidopr.co.uk 0161 832 3588


About The Met, Bury, Greater Manchester


The Met’s £4.6million refurbishment started in March 2016 and is due to be completed in October 2016. It has been funded with a £3.1million capital investment from Arts Council England and supporting contributions from Bury Council and other benefactors.


The Met welcomes over 45,000 people a year to Bury through its events, recording studio and festivals programme including Ramsbottom Festival and Homegrown festivals. Work will commence onsite from March 2016 and the project is expected to be completed by November of 2016. To see more about the plans for the building go to http://themet.biz/better.


The venue will be closed from mid March 2016, the venue’s restaurant and bar, Automatic Café will remain open during this period, closing for two weeks in June as part of the redevelopment.   A site-specific programme of live music and events will continue throughout the building’s renovation.   See http://themet.biz/ for more details.


The Fundraising Continues…

To donate to the building scheme through the purchase of a seat in the theatre go to http://themet.biz/better/have-a-seat/. Or donate to the £5 campaign (Donate by text: To send £5 right now text BMAA01 £5 to 70070.)