Bury St Edmunds Festival celebrates first sell-out event

Festival manager Nick Wells
Festival manager Nick Wells
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Tickets for this year’s Bury St Edmunds Festival are ‘flying’ with one event already sold out and big name favourites high in demand.

Festival fans are booking early to join the 30th year celebrations which will see more than 60 events take place at a variety of venues around the town from May 15-24.

The first festival walk around the mediaeval grid is fully booked and tickets are selling fast for favourites like Tallis Scholars, Evelyn Glennie, Clare Teal, Gandini Juggling and Black Dyke Band.

Discerning music lovers are seeking out award-winning ensembles such as the eight cello-strong Cellophony celebrating Alice in Wonderland and the Danish Nightingale Quartet, both performing in morning concerts at The Apex.

And new Festival talks are attracting different audiences to hear speakers including food critic Jay Rayner (who also plays jazz), former Cabinet Minister Douglas Hurd on Disraeli and Michael Gray’s one man show on Bob Dylan and the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Film is another popular feature this year with film composer Jocelyn Pook returning to her home town, Orlando Consort accompanying the classic film Le Passion de Jeanne D’Arc and a wonderful series of films at the Abbeygate Cinema.

Festival Manager Nick Wells is busy adding a few extras to the programme - a Salsa DJ and dance classes for the opening night gig with Cuban violinist Omar Puente and his 10-piece band, and more wacky street theatre artists to perform in the Abbey Gardens.

He said: “Festival tickets have only been on sale for a couple of weeks and they are flying.

“We’re marking a milestone 30 years of festivals with a mix of old favourites and new themes, so I suggest people book now to make sure they don’t miss out.”

To book, call 01284 758000, visit The Apex, email book ings@theapex.co.uk or go to www.buryfestival.co.uk