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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.

Victoria Robinson, chief executive of The Met says; “This is a complex project on an important heritage building and new unforeseen challenges have emerged as a result of alterations that have take place over many years.

“The Darby Hall is one of Bury’s most significant civic buildings and the project will protect and enhance it for many years to come, so whilst we are disappointed that we can’t open as soon as we thought, we are very excited about the new lease of life it will have in the future.

“We are currently getting in touch with anyone who has already bought tickets to re-book or refund as necessary.

“Our Christmas production of Hansel & Gretel will be one of the first performances for families to come and enjoy the new building. In addition we will have some special shows for audiences to come and have a first glimpse of what is shaping up to be an amazing venue for Bury.”

The Met welcomes over 45,000 people a year to Bury through its events, recording studio and festivals and has continued to stage performances and events throughout its closure at other venues around Bury. The Met is also looking forward to its hugely popular autumn music events, The Ramsbottom Festival 16-18th September and The Homegrown Folk Festival, 13-15 October.

The Met closed for refurbishment in March 2016 following a successful public fundraising campaign, a £3.1million capital investment from Arts Council England and supporting contributions from Bury Council and other benefactors.

The new improved Met will be better placed to meet growing audience demand, with increased capacity and improve facilities for everyone who uses the venue. It will also enable The Met to attract more high profile artists and theatre productions, thanks to new and improved studio and theatre spaces, a new bar area, workshop spaces, new dressing rooms and a new more accessible lift in the centre of the building.


To see more about the plans for the building go to http://themet.biz/better.

The Met’s restaurant and bar, Automatic Café continues to trade this period. See http://themet.biz/ for more details.

£20,000 fundraising target still to be reached

The project is still on budget but the fundraising has to continue in order to match the second round of Arts Council funding. 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.)




Capital development Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y5dinlke4uvrmhs/AAA4DdIaihWKKIq0CYhmHVH4a?dl=0

Performance images here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dm4fg4kinh3gdqy/AAD1Dctz57YMXPhO3yoofbIIa?dl=0


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


About The Met


1975: Bury Metropolitan Arts Association (BMAA), the charity that runs The Met, formed. It has since expanded from a single venue to a multi art form venue, recording studio, community workshop programme and three specialist festivals with turnover increasing from 250K to 1milion in 10 years.


2007: Big Whistle Festival launched, a unique festival celebrating the use of whistle, flutes and pipes in Celtic music attracting visitors from throughout the UK.



2011: Ramsbottom Festival www.ramsbottomfestival.com launched. An award-winning music festival which takes place at the Ramsbottom Cricket Club. Under the artistic direction of David Agnew, the festival has attracted The Proclaimers, Idlewild, Sinead O’Connor, Roddy Frame and Richard Hawley to Ramsbottom and an audience of more than 11,000 in five years. It features four live music stages, activities and workshops and an enviable children’s programme which also tours to Just So Festival and Kendal Calling as part of Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Project. www.ramsbottomfestival.com


2011: The Met opened the Edwin Street Recording Studio

Edwin Street Recording Studio is a professional recording facility that features state of the art recording equipment. It supports young musicians through free studio time and mentoring, giving them the means to promote themselves and develop their career through appearances at local events and festivals. edwinstreetstudio.com


2012: The Homegrown Folk Festival launched to celebrate and cultivate the increasing popularity of English folk music. Homegrown is a 3 day event across Bury and part of Folk English Expo – an international showcase event attracting 60 festivals and venues from around the world.