A monthly queer cabaret night hosted at The Met!

LOUD showcases the most fabulous of rising stars from across Bury and beyond. Expect tantalising musicians, side-splitting comedians, captivating dancers and a line-up of talented additions for your delight on a monthly basis. Thursdays have never been so exciting!

May’s event will feature Holly Redford-Jones, Venn Smyth, and Josh Gordon. Your host for the evening will be Mancunian writer, actor and activist Nathaniel J Hall, Artistic Director of Dibby Theatre.

Holly Redford-Jones: I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar

Holly Redford Jones

Holly Redford-Jones is a Manchester-based musician and comedian, originally from Chesterfield. During her years as a touring musician and songwriter, she discovered her flair for comedic patter while talking to audiences between and during songs. Wanting to shake things up post-lockdown and missing the thrill of live performance, Holly gravitated naturally towards stand-up comedy.

I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar combines Holly Redford-Jones’s three greatest passions; music, comedy, and lesbians. This cabaret show is a sonic love letter to Lesbian Bars of a bye-gone era and a celebration of queer women of the past, present and future. Drawing from personal experience and nostalgic tales shared by queer women from all walks of life, Redford Jones asks where have all the Lesbian Bars gone? How do you know when you’re in a Lesbian Bar? And can I still be a lesbian with clinically diagnosed RSI in my fingers? (Asking for a friend.)

Venn Smyth

Venn Smyth

Venn Smyth blends synth, sax, ballads and bops. Tracks from album Master of Disguise reached No.1 on the LGBTQ Music Chart and his engaging performances have seen him reach the finals of Brighton Voice of Broadway and semis of London Pride’s Got Talent and Una Voce per San Marino.






Jay Gordon

Introducing Jay Gordon, the versatile singer captivating audiences from stage to dance floor. With a repertoire ranging from Les Misérables to Luther Vandross, Jay’s smooth vocals and captivating performances leave a lasting impression.








Supported by a Progress Bursary from the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network, an LGBT Foundation project, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England; by LGBTQI+ Forum Bury; and by Dibby Theatre.

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Please note that previously advertised artist Yvy DeLuca will no longer be appearing.

Dates & Times

Last session: Thu 16 May 2024 at 8:00 PM - This event has now passed
The Box @ The Met
£11 standard / £9 subsidised / £13 supporters (inc fees)

Standard What we need most people to pay.

Subsidised For people currently unable to pay the standard price.

Supporters The extra you pay goes directly towards the subsidised ticket option.

Doors open 7pm / first act on-stage 8pm

LOUD Social

The LGBTQI+ Forum – Bury, will also be hosting an informal social from 6pm on the evening of LOUD for any who would like to attend.

This casual event will give you the opportunity to meet some of the acts, find out more about the Forum and make friends with other attendees there to enjoy the cabaret on the night.

If you would like to find out more about the LGBTQI+ Forum ahead of the event, please contact Paul Fairweather at paul.fairweather@buryvcfa.org.uk.

The event will take place in our ground floor bar, Malt.

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