The quiet before the festival storm

Bury Festival launch''Pictured: Nick Wells
Bury Festival launch''Pictured: Nick Wells
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WITH just a month to go before the opening of this year’s Bury Festival, organiser Nick Wells is confident it will be the best year yet.

The festival, which begins on May 17, is jam-packed with music, drama, film and dance – with a few surprises thrown in for good measure.

Nick said preparations were on track, but that the 1,000-strong choir of school and community groups singing in the Abbey Gardens would take a lot of hard work to organise.

He said: “The preparations are going really well but this is usually the quiet before the storm

“We are currently in the process of checking with the artists about what they need for their performances and their requirements.

“After Easter, the workshops for the ‘choir of a million voices’ will begin .It will be an exciting project to get organised but will take a lot of hard work. It is going to be huge – it is not just getting the choir together. We have tutors going into different schools to teach the children the songs and get them sounding great.

“But it will be well worth it – it will look and sound fantastic.

“The stage is going to have to be huge to fit them on.

“We have to fit 1,200 people on, including 1,000 children.

“Planning has to be carried out on not only things like how we will sound check, how the stage will work out and the PA system – but also how we will get the children picked up by parents at the end of the show.”

And although Nick says it would be unfair to have any favourites in the festival line-up, there are a few acts he has his eye on.

He said: “I am really looking forward to the Not So Silent Movies night. It is not just the brilliant old films, it is watching top class musicians playing along on the seat of their pants.

“The Abbey Gardens gigs are always enjoyable because they are big gigs. I am really looking forward to seeing the BBC Big Band and Clare Teal – it should be a really nice way to end the festival. We have a fantastic collection of music, dance, film and drama this year.”

The Bury Festival begins on May 17 and ends May 27. For a full line up and information about tickets visit