There are just hours to go until the action-packed grand final of the BurySOUND music competition.
Throughout February, bands from all over the region have stepped on the stage of the Hunter Club vying for a chance to play at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds tonight.
The competition has already showcased the area’s rich and diverse music scene with 15 of the best up-and-coming bands, some of who were playing their very first live gigs, showing why Bury St Edmunds was once referred to by John Peel as ‘the new Seattle’.
At the grand finale tonight, Matty and the Bullsharks, Surburban Minds, Deep City and Milque will look to impress the judges and take away the 2016 BurySOUND title.
Manningtree’s festival favourites Dingus Khan and 2014 BurySOUND winners The Virtues will headlining the gig.
The annual battle of the bands rocked onto East Anglia’s music scene at Bury’s Corn Exchange in November 1997 and has grown year on year, supported by The Hunter Club, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Washing Machine rock nights.
Councillor Jo Rayner, the borough council’s cabinet member for leisure and culture said: “It provides a showcase to emerging talent looking to get their first break into the local music scene and I am proud that St Edmundsbury is able to organise this as part of our rich mix of cultural events.”
Organiser Seymour Quigley, who also organises the Washing Machine rock nights at the Hunter Club said the quality of the bands this year has been superb.
“Even the bands that didn’t make it through I would definitely book again,” he said.
“I am genuinely excited as a music fan about the final. It is going to be a really exciting gig.”
Tickets to tonight’s BurySOUND final are £5 in advance and £7 on the door. Over 14s are welcome.
To book tickets please call the Apex ox office on 01284 758000 or visit https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/event/2928/burysound-2016-grand-final
For more information about BurySOUND please visit www.burysound.com.