Tickets two miles long from Apex

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THE Apex’s first six months have been more successful than expected with 22,000 tickets sold to people from as far as Swansea.

Bury St Edmunds’ newest venue has also had praise from visitors and performers alike, including veteran singer Elkie Brooks who praised both the building and its staff during her sell out shows.

Venue director Tony Doherty said: “I am absolutely delighted that the apex has been so busy and attracted so many diverse groups during our opening months and very much look forward to this trend continuing in the future.”

If all the tickets sold were printed as a continuous strip they would stretch almost two miles, from The Apex to beyond the Abbey Gardens.

The 120 public shows in the auditorium have ranged from rock to folk and jazz to classical, with comedy and dance thrown in. In addition, The Apex has hosted 66 non ticketed events including dinner dances, meetings, workshops and exhibitions.

The venue’s management says it appears the area has an eclectic taste in music. For example, one week in February included jazz funk from the James Taylor Quartet followed by a classical offering from the Escher String Quartet, world music from the Creole Choir of Cuba, The Blues Band with Paul Jones (of Manfred Mann fame) and a full blown orchestral concert with 80 musicians from the Wolsey Orchestra, all brought to a close with Sean Hughes appearing at the Fat Cat Comedy Club.