Festival-goers will be able to rediscover the history and beauty of Bury St Edmunds in an exciting new way this year – through a silent disco tour.
Boogie ‘Round Bury is being organised by Bury DJ Tom Ogden – who some will know from his Saturday residency at LP in Woolhall Street – as part of this year’s 31st Bury St Edmunds Festival.
By linking up with the Blue Badge Guides of Bury, he has been able to devise an interesting route through the town which he will introduce to people through carefully selected songs, with a few facts thrown in for good measure.
“It’s an opportunity for people to engage with Bury in a different way, with a bit of a grounding in facts about the town,” he said.
Participants will need to wear head phones during the 45-minute musical tour which Tom hopes to get them dancing and singing along to.
He said: “The festival’s all about throwing out things that challenge people or offer them something slightly different so it’s exciting to see something take to the streets that’s a collaboration of street theatre and some of the things you might see at The Apex.”
Arts and culture will be a particular focus with the Corn Exchange’s past as a music venue and the Smith’s Row building’s previous life as a theatre both set to feature.
But the songs will be of utmost importance and Tom is relying on his ‘eclectic knowledge of music’ to find the best and most suitable tunes.
Could The Prodigy’s Firestarter be the sound track to which people learn about the Abbeygate Street arson which destroyed a row of workshops in the 1800s, for example?
Tom said: “If this concept works, I don’t see why it can’t be something we introduce during the summer.
“It would be a great thing for tourists to engage with and it’s also something for the younger generation, to open their eyes to the town.
“It’s a bit of fun and might just spark a bit more interest in the town they live in or offer a different way of engaging them in what’s out and about in Bury.”
The Bury Festival will run from May 20 to 29 with Boogie ‘Round Bury taking place on May 21 and 22.
Tickets can be booked online at www.buryfestival.co.uk by calling the festival box office on 01284 758000 or in person at the The Apex in Charter Square, Bury.