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This month Foz recommends a visit to one of his favourite venues – The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. As we’ve come to expect, there’s something for everyone in their latest brochure covering the first four months of 2018.
Living and working in Ipswich means I don’t get to nearly as many shows at The Apex as I’d like to but when I do make a trip there rarely am I disappointed. Whatever your taste in music the purpose-built venue is a great place to see and hear it.
As I write, I am still trying to work out which shows I’ll endeavour to check out. If you’ve never been you must make it a New Year’s resolution to see a show there and while you’re at it do get to Bury St Edmunds a few hours earlier to make the most of your visit.
The Apex is situated in The Arc shopping centre with ample parking only yards away and a wide range of nearby places to eat and drink before you take your place in the impressive auditorium. The Apex acoustics are second to none and the only place giving it a serious run for its money in that regards is the Snape Maltings concert hall on the Suffolk coast.
Folk fans are always well served in Bury St Edmunds thanks in no small part to the tireless work of Terry Walden and his colleagues at The Milkmaid. From the word go The Apex’s music programmers worked closely with Terry to ensure the very best acts from the traditional music world came to town.
I recall doing an interview with Fairport Convention during the interval of their first visit there. Simon Nichol praised the venue’s acoustics and his words must surely have been echoed by every act who’ve graced the stage there since.
Fans of Fairport are in for a double treat in 2018. On the last day of January Ashley Hutchings revisits his time with the folk-rock legends and then a few weeks later on Friday, February 23 the current day Fairport Convention are back for a show of their own.
Other big folk names on their way to Church Walk between now and the end of April are Fisherman’s Friends (8/2), Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham (20/3), Moya Brennan (23/3), Kate Rusby (5/4) and Jon Boden (25/4).
Blues fans are well served too as Mud Morganfield and his band perform some Chicago blues on Monday, January 22 and then on Tuesday, March 27 Liverpudlian blues shouter Connie Lush headlines a show called Ladies Of The Blues. Three days later blues-rock guitarist and singer Chantel McGregor is in town followed a few weeks later by Eric Bibb (14/4).
I have only scratched the surface for you so for all the meat on the bone check out www.theapex.co.uk and plan your visit(s) to The Apex – a real jewel in East Anglia’s entertainment crown.
In the meantime have a fabulous Christmas and all the very best for 2018.