The apex Bury St Edmunds

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The apex is the music, entertainment, business and community venue in Bury St Edmunds. Situated in the arc shopping centre, it offers a wide variety of events in the centre of town and has been named as one of the top 100 venues in the country by PRS.

From classical music to pop, rock, jazz, blues, world, country and folk, the apex delivers a diverse programme of music, and also hosts the monthly Fat Cat Comedy Club and offers many free events throughout the year.

Recent sold out shows include, Mumford & Sons, The Levellers, The Fashion Fusion Show, The Searchers and Wilko Johnson. This autumn’s packed programme includes visits by Spiers & Boden (30 Sept), Turin Brakes (12 Oct), The Blockheads (2 Nov), Ralph McTell (11 Nov), Joe Brown (6 Dec) and a (sold out) show by Tim Minchin. There will also be an extensive series of classical, world music and jazz concerts.

There is a selection of events listed below, or see for full line-up. Ring the Box Office on 01284 758000 for information and to book tickets.


Since opening in October 2010 The apex has gone from strength to strength growing its programme to support various musical genres and achieving many awards for its stunning design and architecture together with accolades from artists and bands alike for its impressive facilities and acoustics. This passion for live music and entertainment has now seen The apex placed 79th in the rankings (from a list of 7000) compiled by PRS for Music as part of their recent research programme.

Tony Doherty, Venue Director said:  ‘The apex team have worked hard to establish the venue as a significant national touring venue and this latest accolade reflects those efforts positioning us as the top venue for music in the region. We are delighted that we have reached such a high pinnacle in a relatively short period and look forward to further growth of our reputation in the months and years ahead’

The contemporary art gallery and coffee bar are open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, for visitors to enjoy a drink and relax in the comfortable sofas and beautiful surroundings.

Exhibitions change on a regular basis; September’s exhibition, ‘Sacred Places’ features Doug Patterson’s canyons of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico drawn on twenty foot rolls in watercolour, pastels and charcoal. Visitors can interact by leaving their responses on a blank canvas roll. Christine McKechnie’s precision collages comprise of hundreds of pieces of hand painted paper and depict her responses to the sacred places closer to home which we often take for granted.

The exhibition in October will tie in with Black History Month, while November’s exhibition is entitled ‘Interludes’ – please see for details.

 Alongside the extensive entertainment programme, The apex is also available for hire. With flexible facilities, including a unique moveable floor in the main auditorium which can be configured for various layouts, and 2 studio rooms, the venue is perfect for all occasions, including meetings, banquets, conferences, exhibitions, product launches or parties. For more information see

Autumn sees the Bury Free Press Business Awards (21 Sept) and the Fresh Festival (14 Sept). The Fresh Festival is aimed at 16 – 30 year olds and will showcase the best quirky, unusual and creative ideas of young entrepreneurs in the Eastern Region, with artisans and practitioners of media, music, fashion, food, digital applications, and live performers.

There is ample parking at the Cattle Market car park, or Parkway multi-storey is 2 minutes walk away.


1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3FD

Tel: 01284 758000


• 31 July – 3 Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm

Apex gallery Exhibition: Sacred Places

Artworks by Doug Patterson & Christine McKechnie

• Wed 8 Aug, 7.30pm

Sacred Places Exhibition Artist Talk

An illustrated artist’s talk by Doug Patterson & Christine McKechnie, accompanied on piano and flute by young composer Tom Mennary.

£5adv/ £6door

• Sun 26 Aug, 7.30pm

Feast of Fiddles

Six of the UK’s finest fiddle players in a band of 11.


• Thu 6 Sept, 8pm

The Enid

Psychedelic classical rock legends return with their large-scale, myth and fantasy-inspired instrumental pieces.

£19.50/£17.50/£5under 25s

• Tue 18 Sept, 8pm

Cedric Watson

Cedric Watson is a fiddler, accordionist, vocalist and songwriter of enormous talent, spearheading the emerging generation of Cajun & Creole musicians.


• Thu 27 Sept, 8pm

Jah Wobble’s Modern Jazz Quartet

Paying tribute to musical heroes such as Miles Davis (Electric Period), Dave Brubeck, Weather Report and others, while breaking ground, via powerful new compositions.


• Sun 30 Sept, 8pm

Spiers & Boden

Twice winners of the Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo.


• Wed 3 Oct, 8pm

Fred Hersch

The most prolific and celebrated solo jazz pianist of his generation. “The most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so” – Vanity Fair.


• Tue 9 Oct, 8pm

Krar Collective

‘The Ethiopian White Stripes’, with krar virtuoso Temesegen Zeleke, the stunning, soaring voice of Genet Assefa and innovative drummer Amare Mulugeta.


• Thu 11 Oct, 7.30

Co-Opera Co: Don Giovanni

Lust, revenge, jealousy, murder, rape, seduction, deceit… all of this in a comedy? It must be Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Co-Opera Co. has a fresh, youthful take on beloved operatic gems.


• Fri 12 Oct, 8pm

Turin Brakes

Playing a full band set of favourite tunes from their 10 year career in one of just a few special shows. Support from Jon Hart Band + Lucy Sampson


• Fri 19 Oct, 8pm

Demon Barbers: The Lock In!

Fast-paced and innovative, the show brings together some of the UK’s top clog, sword and Morris dancers with their counterparts from the world of street dance.


• Sat 20 Oct, 7.30pm

London Community Gospel Choir

Renowned for their funky gospel flair, RnB traditional and soulful arrangements, their concerts are full of songs that will uplift the soul and cheer your heart.


• Tue 23 Oct, 7.30pm

Benjamin Grosvenor

Internationally recognized British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has an exquisite technique and flair for tonal colour. Programme includes works by Bach, Chopin, Scriabin, Granados & Strauss/Schulz-Evler

• Tue 30 Oct, 8pm

An Evening with Guitar Legends

Four guitar legends from the folk world come together for this one-off night. Founding member of Pentangle, John Renbourn is joined by Wizz Jones, Johnny Dickinson and Clive Carroll.


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