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Treats for 2022 in Bury St Edmunds


There’s lots of great live entertainment heading to The Apex, Bury St Edmunds and here’s a few of the highlights to look forward to in Spring 2022.

Gordon Buchanan has produced some of the BBC’s most popular wildlife programmes, including the Animal Families & Me series, he will share his favourite wildlife encounters on 7 February. There’s more uplifting animal and adventure stories from farmer and TV presenter Kate Humble on 29 March, and Ray Mears will bring an invitation to reconnect with the natural world on 7 April.

Dom Joly mixes comedy and danger when he talks about his exploits as a globe-trotter of dangerous travel spots in Dom Joly‘s Holiday Snaps on 2 March. After a Zoom gig fail, where he got muted by 639 people, comedian and actor Omid Djalili is now back on a stage and bringing ‘Good Times’ on 15 and 16 March, while master of the one-liner, Gary Delaney plays on 12 April.

Jazz lovers will want to see The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, who return to The Apex on 6 January with a new collection of music, narration and projections to celebrate Ronnie Scott’s ‘Soho Songbook’. The National Youth Jazz Orchestra’s Amy Winehouse Celebration on 23 January brings a big band sound to hit songs and early works that Amy sang with the NYJO as a 16-year-old back in 2000. Echoes of Ellington Orchestra return on 21 March with Duke Ellington’s Planets, following their memorable performance under the enormous moon in 2019. Sultry hot jazz, as made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, meets Western swing in Hot Club of Cowtown on 1 May.

Blues music is kept alive by Walter Trout (18 January), whose 50-year-long career includes stints in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Canned Heat. The original Dr Feelgood guitarist and all-round guitar hero, Wilko Johnson takes to the stage on 11 February; “The best blues-rock band in the world” King King play on 23 February; the Blues Band say Farewell on 17 February however, Paul Jones returns on with The Manfreds on 28 April.

Country music is ably taken care of by Irish chart-topper Nathan Carter on 24 February and members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Gretchen Peters on 8 April and Beth Nielsen Chapman on 25 April. 

Fans of folk get the full alliteration with Fairport Convention on 27 February, The Fureys on 9 March and Feast of Fiddles on 4 April. Freedom to Roam on 22 February fuses folk music with classical, African, Celtic and Indian influences, crossing illusory borders and inviting us to see the world with new, and more hopeful, eyes.

If you like something a little less mainstream, The Budapest Café Orchestra with Christian Garrick (3 February) play traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, evoking vivid images of fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires. Gong bring shades of psychedelia, space rock, jazz, avant-garde, krautrock and surreal soundscapes on 14 March.

Rush – A Joyous Jamaican Journey tells the story of reggae and the Windrush Generation on 28 February, narrated by comedian John Simmit, with live ska, rock steady, calypso, dancehall and reggae from JA Reggae Band. Bradford’s finest, the ever-enduring New Model Army play on 22 March, while electro-dub-reggae pioneers, Dreadzone perform on 27 May.

You can also see Lloyd Cole (6 February), Glenn Tilbrook (24 March), Andy Fairweather Lowe (31 March), China Crisis (29 April), John Illsley (2 May) and Simon & Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene (16 May).

There are hundreds more acts at The Apex in 2022, visit the website www.theapex.co.uk or ring the box office on 01284 758 000 for more details.