OEP Live! in Bury

John Hessenthaler of OEP Live! presents a variety of show that are heading to The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. 

The Merseybeats, The Union Gap and Cupid’s Inspiration come together for 60s Hits and Laughter, its back for its 5th Edition and another evening of hits and laughter on Sunday 25th February, 7.30pm. 

Cupid’s Inspiration whose first single, ‘Yesterday Has Gone’, reached the top of the British charts, followed by two more charting singles ‘My World’ and ‘Without Your Love’, will be kicking the evening off! They had a reputation as one of the best live sixties bands, and are now back on the road with Bob Poole, Paul Shanahan and original drummer, Roger Gray.

Union Gap featuring Tom Harding, Mike Ellis and Simon Paul, they present an all-hits show, including ‘Woman, Woman’, ‘Over You’, ‘Young Girl’ and ‘Lady Willpower’.

The Merseybeats featuring original members Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley, are one of the most popular and authentic sixties bands still performing. A Merseybeats performance is not to be missed, with the classic hits ‘Think Of You’, ‘Wishin’ and Hopin’ and ‘Sorrow’, combined with emotive ballads and explosive pyrotechnic sets.

There will also be the ‘just for fun’ pop quiz, which is free admission to all ticket holders.

Boogie Night returns to The Apex on Saturday 10th March, 7.30pm for the 8th Edition featuring Chic Le Freak, The Sounds of Sister Sledge and Johnny 2 Bad – UB40.

Chic Le Freak are the defining legacy show to Nile Rodgers and Chic, with all the hits including ‘Le Freak’, ‘Upside Down’, ‘Everybody Dance’ and many more.

Sounds of Sister Sledge are passionately and lovingly recreated, hear hits such as ‘Frankie’, ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, ‘We are Family’ and many more classic dance floor hits.

Johnny 2 Bad – UB40 Live! formed in 2008, and now an eight piece band, Johnny 2 Bad performs the music of UK Reggae legends, UB40 just the same as UB40. Presenting their high energy live show, doing all the hits and classics including ‘Homely Girl’, ‘Happens Again’, ‘Kingston Town’, ‘Baby Come Back’ and many more.

Expect a non-stop, all hits night, from the best recreations in sound and vision!

After the success of their first visit three years ago, Salute to the 1940’s – a fabulous, award winning variety show, full of the artistes who kept the nations entertained on both sides of the Atlantic, returns to The Apex on Thursday 22nd March, 1.30pm. Now in its 10th year, this show will have you singing in your seats and waving your flags with pride!

Featuring authentic and passionately recreated tributes to some of the leading artistes from the era, including George Formby, Frank Sinatra, Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields. Keeping everyone in check is Warden Braithwaite – your very own air raid warden.

Also, as a special feature to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, the show will also include songs that became singalongs in both eras, and kept the moral of the troops and the nation high.

​The Stars From The Commitments is an outstanding live stage show features original Commitments cast members and musicians from the BAFTA award winning and Golden Globe and Oscar® nominated film and multi-million selling sound track.

The show visits on Thursday 22nd March, 7.30pm and consists of two hours of sizzling soul music and dialogue – a thrilling live experience that will stir your soul.

They will perform all the hits from the film and soundtrack albums, including ‘Mustang Sally’, ‘Midnight Hour’, ‘Chain Of Fools’, ‘Treat her Right’, ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ and more.

Since 1993, The Stars From The Commitments have performed to hundreds of thousands of people world-wide. At the famous House of Blues in Los Angeles, Dan Ackroyd of The Blues Brothers said “The Stars From The Commitments show is the best soul review I have ever seen or heard”.

Formed in Brixton, Hot Chocolate’s first record, ‘Love Is Life’, released in 1970, reached number 6 in the charts. This was the start of a fifteen year career for the group who amassed a total of over 30 hits, and also became the only group in the UK to have a hit for fifteen consecutive years.

In 1981, Hot Chocolate had the honour of being invited by Prince Charles and Lady Diana to perform at their pre-wedding reception at Buckingham Palace.

After a break in 1986, the band reformed in 1992 and has continued to enjoy success around the world. In 1997 the classic single ‘You Sexy Thing’ reached number one in the charts after it was featured in the movie The Full Monty. A new ‘Hot Chocolate Greatest Hits’ compilation was also released and reached number ten in the album charts.

​Catch them live on Saturday 31st March, 7.30pm, alongside support

For more information or to book on any of the shows call The Apex Box Office on 01284 758000 or visit www.theapex.co.uk.