Celebrate Suffolk Day and local music with open air performances in Bury St Edmunds

Live music is coming to Bury St Edmunds town centre in a special event to celebrate Suffolk Day on June 21 and musicians wanting to take part are invited to book their place in the two open-air performance spaces.

Our Bury St Edmunds, which runs the Business Improvement District (BID), has teamed up with the organisers of Make Music Day – an international event which takes place annually in 125 countries on 21 June. As this is also the day when the county of Suffolk is celebrated, the team at the BID have combined both to fill the town centre with music and celebrate the talented artists from Bury St Edmunds and around Suffolk.

Chief Executive of Our Bury St Edmunds, Mark Cordell said: “The town has a long established reputation for music – the annual competition BurySound which has brought a number of musicians to national acclaim has just celebrated 25 years and I congratulate BlueFeed on their win last week and Bury-based Outbound who took the rising star award. We have some fantastic venues in the town centre such as The Grapes, Hunter Club, Market Cross, Theatre Royal and The Apex and we’d love to see established acts from the local music scene as well as up and coming artists perform on Make Music Day.”

Two performance spaces in the market area and arc Shopping Centre will be available between 10.30am and 4.30pm – although if more artists want to perform the space at arc will run for longer. The spaces will be a dedicated performance area but no additional facilities such as power or a stage will be provided so artists must be self-sufficient.

The event coincides with Suffolk County Music Service’s annual WCET Festival at The Apex. Primary schools in the county are invited to take part in Whole Class Ensemble Tuition and form a large orchestra for the day culminating in a concert for an invited audience. More than 2000 children from 64 different schools will be involved in events in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft across two weeks. In addition to the day’s live music events, regular market trader vinyl record dealer MistyMountainMusic also plans to be involved.

Mark Cordell added: “The performance spaces must be pre-booked so I urge anyone who wants their chance to showcase their music on a busy market day in Bury St Edmunds to register now. All genres of music are welcome to perform and we look forward to hearing an eclectic mix to celebrate both Suffolk Day and Make Music Day.”

To book a space at Make Music Day email mark.cordell@ourburystedmunds.com indicating whether you’d prefer to be in the market place or arc Shopping Centre. Further information is available at Making Music in Bury St Edmunds on Suffolk Day! – Make Music Day.