Abbey Fest is aiming to get in the groove

Edwin Starr Band featuring Angelo Starr which is perfgorming at Abbey Fest
Edwin Starr Band featuring Angelo Starr which is perfgorming at Abbey Fest
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The second round of acts being announced for this year’s Abbey Fest in July promises an evening of great disco soul and R&B sounds.

Following the Friday’s opening night with the sounds of The Dubliners, Chas and Dave and the Kate Rusby Band Saturday night in the Abbey Gardens will be the setting for a midsummer pop/soul picnic party.

Le Freak C’est Chic promise a great disco experience with one great dance smash single after another including I’m Coming Out, We are Family and Everybody Dance. Chic’s classic hits are performed in a funky stylish way.

Also appearing on the Saturday are The Edwin Starr Bamnd featuring the late performer’s brother Angelo Starr.

Seven performers will be on the stage with a fantastic soul and motown show which will include Starr’s Stop Her On Sight, War and other classics such as My Girl and Higher & Higher.

Gwen Dickey from Rose Royce and the famed Car Wash number from the 70s makes an appearance again at the music festival after her performance last year. Rose Royce were one of the biggest R&B bands in the 70s and 80s and Dickey was their lead singer. She left in April 1980 to pursue a successful solo career.

In 2001 she headlined a musical tour called What a Feeling playing in major theattres in England. She also opened for James Brown at The One Grand Priz Ball in Monte Carlo and shared a bill with Meatloaf in Antwerp.

In 2004 she sang at Glastonbury and a year later she performed with Brown again.

Also on the bill is Galaxy featuring Phil Fearon and George McCrae who had success with the record breaking Rock Your Baby which reached no 1 in 40 countries.

Abbey Fest runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Abbey Gardens on July 19, 20 and 21.

Tickets can be obtained from Balaam’s Music Risbygate Street - in person, online at or telephone 01603 508050. Prices are £33.50 adults, under 14’s £15, under 5s free. Gates open at 4pm.

John Hessenthaler of OPE LIve which is putting on the concerts, said the previous two years’ events had proved highly successful and he is hoping to expand its offer.

He said the Apex was now bringing more contemporary entertainment to Bury which had previously been ‘sadly lacking.’

“The town is good from the point of view of entertainment and Tony at the Apex is doing a great job bringing these contempotrary acts in.”