Our new-look gig guide for concerts from September 2019 has been landing on doorsteps across Bury and beyond this summer.

The guide is out 40(ish) years after Bury Metropolitan Arts Association became full-time residents of The Derby Hall and ‘The Met’ as we know it now was born! There have been plenty of redesigns, revamps and re-thinks of both the building and the brochures since 1979. While we’ve been searching through old press clippings and documents to get a picture of the early days of The Met, it’s the archive of season brochures that will bring memories back for lots of our regular visitors over the years.

This year we’ve changed things a little, with a new ‘Music at The Met’ brochure out now detailing our gigs from September to December in a handy fold-out design. Our gig season starts on September 5th with exceptional Scottish folk artist Duncan Chisholm and highlights include Sharon Shannon and band with Seckou Keita, return visits from favourites like Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders, Hot Club of Cowtown and Los Pacaminos feat. Paul Young. Scottish rockers Big Country celebrate 35 years of their multi-million selling Steeltown album here in September.

We’re looking forward to first visits from cult Welsh folktronica act 9Bach and Arcade, a new collaboration between Heidi Talbot and Adam Holmes. New talent on show includes BBC Folk Award-nominated Trials of Cato and Mancunian post-punk from Ist Ist. Of course one of the problems with print is that things can change quickly – local favourite Liam Frost is a brilliant show confirmed after the brochure went to print, proving the website is always the best place to come for the latest shows on sale.

A new brochure with all the autumn and winter theatre, comedy, family shows and workshop information will be available very soon – for now catch up with what’s on her on the site, download a music brochure, or call in to pick up a copy.

Let us know what you think of the new brochure, and the new line-up via our Twitter @themet, Facebook @metbury or Instagram @metbury.