Mumford & Sons to take Apex up a level

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PLATINUM-selling folk rockers Mumford & Sons have announced they will be performing in Bury St Edmunds this summer.

The band confirmed they will be appearing at The Apex on June 4 as part of their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour.

Tony Doherty, venue director at The Apex, said the news was a ‘major coup’ for the town centre venue and would open the possibility of bigger acts playing in the town.

“Bury has been off the rock circuit for many years and this gig reflects the hard work and enterprise shown by The Apex team throughout our first year and a half in promoting the merits of Bury and The Apex to the music industry.

“This is a major feather in our cap and is up there with the momentous moment when The Specials and The Clash rolled into town to appear at the Corn Exchange back in ’78,” he said.

The Bury gig is one of eight shows Mumford & Sons will play on the tour, including two one-day outdoor events.

Support for the show is yet to be confirmed but will feature a selection of bands from the one-day shows, which include Willy Mason, The Vaccines, Michael Kiwanuka, Nathanial Rateliff and The Correspondents.

The band said the shows would be loosely based on their favourite festivals, including Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass and Scotland’s Loopallu Festival.

A statement from the band said: “We want to stop off in towns not usually heavily toured by bands, and celebrate the people, food and music that inhabit them.

“We’re keen to promote the town’s local businesses and we’ll be using the local bars and venues for aftershow parties, whilst working closely with the local people to get everyone involved in making these shows spectacular.”

Tickets for the show go on pre-sale through www.musicglue.com today from 9am and on general sale tomorrow. They are priced at £23.50.

Other shows on the tour are planned in Lowestoft, Cardiff, Folkestone and Gateshead.