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Aiming High Online

Aiming High has returned! We will be running our popular inclusive drama workshops online from July 11.

Aiming High is an accessible and fun drama workshop run by highly qualified practitioners, expert in engaging children and young people with special educational needs.

Both workshops will enable learning disabled and autistic young people to express themselves, develop new skills and socialise with others.

If you would like to enquire about starting the group as a new member, please contact steph.meskellbrocken@themet.org.uk before booking.

Sat 8 Aug

£13.50–£16

Astrid

Willie Campbell and Charlie Clark are the front men and songwriters in isles of Lewis band Astrid.

This acoustic performance will showcase the duo’s unique harmonies and their deft handling of chorus focussed songwriting.

Their influences range from the Everly Brothers, Hank Williams, Motown and indie with more than a hint of the band’s island upbringing coming to the fore in the lyrics of the songs. Their relaxed manner on stage and infectious enjoyment of performing ensure that all that come to see Astrid leave humming a song and smiling.

They will be playing material from their new EP Storm Sessions, 2019’s fall stand dance which they performed on the BBC quay sessions, and also a handful of select covers that have informed and influenced their songwriting style.

This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 25 June 2020.

Fri 5 Feb

£13

Barnum

Come and join the circus!

PADOS are proud to present Barnum, the story of the life of PT Barnum – the inspiration behind The Greatest Showman.

Barnum loves spectacle and excitement – but will his circus succeed or will there be disaster ahead? Will his wife Charity be able to support and steer his ambitions and will he be loyal to her?

“Come follow the band” and enjoy an evening of tightrope walking, unicycling and aerial thrills, all delivered by the multi award-winning PADOS Theatre Group.

Rescheduled from Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 April 2020.

Wed 14 Apr

£13–£16

Thu 15 Apr

£13–£16

Fri 16 Apr

£13–£16

Sat 17 Apr

£13–£16

Bernard Wrigley

Affectionately known as The Bolton Bullfrog, Bernard Wrigley has been delighting audiences all over for fifty years now.

He’s forged a reputation with seriously daft songs and humorous monologues, together with his highly respected ability on the guitar.

He’s an actor as well as a singer and storyteller: he’s been Barry Clegg, the hapless rocket builder whose wife Lisa left him for Zak Dingle in Emmerdale; he spent three episodes complaining in Dinner Ladies with Victoria Wood; and then he was Dodgy Eric in Phoenix Nights with Peter Kay, where he insisted that Brian Potter hire a bouncy castle with a fifteen feet phallic extension.

Radio listeners will have heard Bernard’s contributions to the Mark Radcliffe programmes on Radios 1 and 2. Drama lovers will recognise his dulcet tones from quite a few plays and serials on Radio 4 as well.

At The Met on Thursday 2 April he’ll be performing his unique blend of songs, stories, monologues, very silly one verse poems and guitar playing, as he did at The Met’s “Victoria Wood” evening last May.

Visit Bernard’s website to see the books and hear the eighteen CDs and lots more.

This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 2 April.

Thu 27 Aug

£15

Bernard Wrigley

Affectionately known as The Bolton Bullfrog, Bernard Wrigley has been delighting audiences all over for fifty years now.

He’s forged a reputation with seriously daft songs and humorous monologues, together with his highly respected ability on the guitar.

He’s an actor as well as a singer and storyteller: he’s been Barry Clegg, the hapless rocket builder whose wife Lisa left him for Zak Dingle in Emmerdale; he spent three episodes complaining in Dinner Ladies with Victoria Wood; and then he was Dodgy Eric in Phoenix Nights with Peter Kay, where he insisted that Brian Potter hire a bouncy castle with a fifteen feet phallic extension.

Radio listeners will have heard Bernard’s contributions to the Mark Radcliffe programmes on Radios 1 and 2. Drama lovers will recognise his dulcet tones from quite a few plays and serials on Radio 4 as well.

At The Met  he’ll be performing his unique blend of songs, stories, monologues, very silly one verse poems and guitar playing, as he did at The Met’s “Victoria Wood” evening in May 2019.

Visit Bernard’s website to see the books and hear the eighteen CDs and lots more.

This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 2 April 2020 and Thursday 27 August 2020. Customers who booked for the original performances should contact The Met to exchange their tickets to the rescheduled show.

Wed 12 May

£15

The Blockheads

Starting out as the band behind Ian Dury, the Blockheads are the legendary band that brought you Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick, Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3), Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, and many other hits.

Rarely off the road since the demise of Ian Dury in 2000, but now with Derek Hussey fronting the band, the Blockheads are still one of the most underrated British bands of all time, with a legion of fans of all ages.

Their last studio album, Beyond the Call of Dury, was released in November 2017, which lead into the fortieth anniversary of the band, and complements the upcoming documentary The Blockheads: Beyond the Call of Dury. It continues to show both their diversity and supreme quality, as well as showcasing their uniqueness.

Derek Hussey’s lyrics in the bands new songs keep the combination of poetry, word play, earthy humour and deadly-accurate observations of everyday, British working-class life, that Ian Dury had perfected, but with an added bite for the 21st century. Hussey is known to the bands followers as Dury’s best friend and minder, memorably singing with Ian and the band at a televised concert in the late 90’s.

Along with some new material, you can expect to hear Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick, Wake Up And Make Love With Me, Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3), What A Waste, Clevor Trever, Sweet Gene Vincent and many more from the illustrious back catalogue.

The Blockheads are fronted by Derek ‘The Draw’ Hussey, and Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher still remain from the original band. The current line-up is augmented by John Roberts on drums.

This event has been rescheduled from Friday 20 March 2020.

Thu 15 Oct

£21–£23

Caravan 2020

Caravan are considered by many to be the undisputed, unsung heroes of the British Prog movement. Often quoted as being one of the most formidable acts to emerge from the ’60s progressive rock scene, over the years they have managed to achieve cult status and have maintained a passionate and diehard following.

Originally formed in Canterbury in 1968, Caravan were at the heart of the 1970s burgeoning Canterbury rock movement, and produced their own brand of “superior pop music, full of taste, craftsmanship and hard work” (NME) and packed venues worldwide. The current Caravan line-up includes Pye Hastings (1968 founding member: guitar, lead vocals), Geoffrey Richardson (joined 1972: viola, guitar, flute, vocals), Jan Schelhaas (keyboards), Jim Leverton (bass, vocals) and Mark Walker (drums, percussion).

Fri 23 Oct

£26

Caravan

Caravan

British prog pioneers.

Sat 16 Oct

£27.50

Catrin Finch, Seckou Keita and Vishten

This sublime, critically acclaimed and multi award-winning collaboration between two adventurous virtuoso musicians – Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita – delivers a stunning exhibition of world-class musicianship. Drawing deep on their own diverse traditions and transforming them with remarkable synergy, Catrin and Seckou have built a formidable reputation for their extraordinary performances.

Following the huge success of their debut release Clychau Dibon back in 2013, their long-awaited second album SOAR launched in April 2018, followed by major UK tours in spring and autumn of 2018. The album takes flight on the wings of the osprey, the magnificent bird of prey recently returned to Wales after centuries of absence, which makes its annual 3,000-mile migration from the coasts of West Africa to the estuaries of Wales, soaring like music and dreams over man-made borders, on its innate and epic journey of endurance.

Entrancing, mesmerising, intricate and ethereal, this is remarkable music and a thrilling live experience

Please note: This event no longer features Vishten

This event has been rescheduled from Sunday 7 June

Fri 4 Jun

£27–£29

Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express

Chuck Prophet – singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer extraordinaire – returns with his band The Mission Express for the first time in three years.

Chuck will be touring in support of his fourteenth studio album, The Land That Time Forgot.

Chuck started his wild ride as a kid back in 1984 when Green on Red plucked him out of Berkeley, CA and threw him in the van for an eight year ride and the recording of as many albums. Green on Red were seminal purveyors of American roots-rock and broke up in 1992 just before an entire movement followed in their wake, call it alt-country or americana, alongside the Long Ryders they were the first.

Since then Chuck has recorded thirteen amazing solo albums and toured and recorded with Lucinda Williams, Aimee Mann, Cake and Jonathan Richman. In addition to that Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Solomon Burke, Alejandro Escovedo and Heart have recorded his songs, along with a host of others.

Expect to hear some of the best guitar work you have ever heard in the tradition of such players as Keith Richards while Prophet vocal styles have been compared to Dylan and Tom Petty. Chuck’s never been one to rest on his laurels and ride it out and his last five records have been his best yet.

This event has been rescheduled from Friday 29 May 2020. Customers who booked for the original performance should contact The Met to exchange their tickets to the rescheduled show.

Thu 21 Jan

£21–£23

Cormac Neeson

Cormac Neeson, now flying solo, blazed the road to rock ‘n’ roll glory for the better part of a decade and he is coming to Bristol.

Thu 12 Nov

Prices to be confirmed

Danni Nicholls

Acclaimed UK Americana singer-songwriter Danni Nicholls comes to The Met for her first headline show.

With the wind in her sails from receiving three consecutive Americana Music Association UK award nominations (Album, Artist and Song of the year in 2017, 2018 & 2020 respectively) singer-songwriter Danni Nicholls has been enjoying an incredible ride. From supporting the legendary Shakin’ Stevens on his 28 date major UK tour to opening for the mighty Lucinda Williams and The Secret Sisters plus being invited to perform at prestigious events such as Folk Alliance International, Cambridge Folk Festival, Tonder Festival, Denmark and AmericanaFest in Nashville. 2020 is already looking to be a stellar year.

Following her first two critically acclaimed studio albums, A Little Redemption (2013) and Mockingbird Lane (2015), 2019 saw the release of her third, The Melted Morning to even more praise.

Closely personal yet widely relatable, the themes of this album span an array of life’s takeaways from the pain and darkness of rejection, the fear of losing yourself and the power of human connection to offering up hope and new perspectives in the face of adversities.

Touring this new collection of songs as a trio, her vibrant, spell binding performances are guaranteed to melt your heart into the soles of your boots. Danni’s passionate delivery, captivating velvet voice and charmingly engaging between-song banter compel you to fall under her spell.

With support from dynamic and engaging Sheffield based singer/songwriter Rhiannon Scutt

“A great songwriter, an excellent and intelligent performer, a top class singer and musician” – Kit Bailey, BBC R2 Folk

“Phenomenal guitar playing” – Andy Kershaw

“Sparkling blues-tinges guitar, delivered with impeccable style” – BBC Introducing

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday 25 April 2020.

Fri 14 May

£13

Daoiri Farrell

Winner of two BBC Folk Awards 2017: the Horizon Award for best newcomer and Best Traditional Track.

Singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced Derry) Farrell is described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years.

Six months after releasing the album True Born Irishman Daoirí won two prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 for Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track, and performed live at the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Since then he has toured the UK, and played at festivals in Australia, Canada, the UK, Belgium, Denmark and more.

In February 2018 he toured with the all-star Transatlantic Sessions in major venues across the UK. Daoirí released his new album A Lifetime Of Happiness, produced by Dónal Lunny, in February 2019.

This event has been re-scheduled from 19 March 2020.

Thu 8 Apr

£15–£17

Daphne's Flight

In 1995, Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While, acclaimed and appreciated for their individual talents as folk, blues, rock and soul singers, found themselves at the Cambridge Festival. They decided to sing some songs together… magic happened and Daphne’s Flight took off with their first, self-titled album.

In 2017, after a twenty-one year hiatus, Daphne’s Flight re-emerged with their second critically acclaimed studio album Knows Time, Knows Change. 2020 sees the release of their third and most ambitious studio album to date.

Combining five of the finest singer-songwriters of their generation, Daphne’s Flight is a unique and magical blend of individual styles that captivate audiences with complex harmony arrangements, unbridled energy and the infectious joy of performing together.

A Mr Kite Benefit.

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday 16 May 2020. Customers who booked for the original performance should contact The Met to exchange their tickets to the rescheduled show.

Sat 1 May

£18–£20

Desperado

Desperado

The ensemble performs Eagles classics.

Sat 22 Aug

Prices to be confirmed

Sat 5 Jun

£18.15

Drama Summer School at The Met

Unleash your child’s creativity with The Met this summer!

Children aged 6-10 are invited to join us for three fun-filled days of drama, dance, art and fun where they will have the chance to create their own brand-new piece of performance.

Over the three days children will be able to:

All of this will be delivered in a COVID-safe space with highly trained children’s theatre practitioners.

Each day will run 9.30am-4pm with breaks for snacks and lunch (children should bring their own packed lunches).

Parents are invited to view The Met’s COVID-safe procedures before booking by following this link.

Places are strictly limited, and children must book onto all three days to enable us to provide a consistent bubble across the Summer School.

If anyone would like to have a chat about the Summer School and the measures that we have in place to keep you and your family safe in advance of booking, please email steph.meskellbrocken@themet.org.uk

Mon 17 Aug

£61

Eddi Reader - 40 Years Live

Eddi Reader is perhaps Scotland’s greatest living female voice. In 2020, she celebrates her fortieth year on stage with the 40 Years Live concert tour.

From her earliest years playing the folk clubs of western Scotland and learning how to street sing across Europe (like her hero Edith Piaf) Eddi’s path soon lead her to a professional career in music as a backing singer for Eurythmics and Gang of Four. Her band Fairground Attraction had huge international success and number one hits with Perfect and debut album First of a Million Kisses which stormed the charts in the mid 1980s.

Throughout her successful solo career, Eddi has released consistently great works, including highly acclaimed albums such as The Songs of Robert Burns and last years Cavalier. She has won Brit Awards, been awarded four honorary degrees, an MBE, sung to millions on some of the world’s greatest concert and festival stages and collaborated with a host of stars across a myriad of genres including folk, jazz, pop, world, punk and even classical work with various orchestras.

In 2019 Eddi guest starred with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for an extensive tour, released the Starlight EP, played sold out headline shows, recorded a programme for BBC’s Classic Scottish Album series about her Robert Burns recordings and appeared on BBC Television’s Songs of Praise and as part of (her friend) Billy Connolly’s Made In Scotland series.

2020’s 40 Years Live concerts promise to be something special, as with any Eddi Reader concert, the magic is being made in the moment, no two concerts ever the same.

Fri 18 Sep

£26–£28

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention have been entertaining music lovers for over half a century.

During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes. But one thing has remained the same – Fairport’s passion for performance.

This year’s spring tour will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new, including Full House which was released fifty years ago this year. The band skilfully interprets traditional ballads and the repertoire also includes plenty of contemporary compositions.

Fairport Convention have won a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted their ground-breaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’. Their story has been celebrated with television documentaries on BBC Four and Sky Arts.

The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar (celebrating his fiftieth year in Fairport), Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and Gerry Conway on percussion.

This event has bee rescheduled from Wednesday 27 May.

Wed 9 Sep

£27–£29

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention have been entertaining music lovers for over half a century.

During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes. But one thing has remained the same – Fairport’s passion for performance.

This year’s spring tour will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new, including Full House which was released fifty years ago this year. The band skilfully interprets traditional ballads and the repertoire also includes plenty of contemporary compositions.

Fairport Convention have won a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted their ground-breaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’. Their story has been celebrated with television documentaries on BBC Four and Sky Arts.

The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar (celebrating his fiftieth year in Fairport), Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and Gerry Conway on percussion.

This event has bee rescheduled from 27 May and 9 September.

Fri 28 May

£27–£29

G2 Definitive Genesis

G2 Definitive Genesis pay tribute to a vintage period in Genesis’ long and colourful history, the four-man “Seconds Out” era (1975-78), whilst also dipping back into the earlier Gabriel years.

It’s the mid/late seventies; Peter Gabriel had recently departed to be replaced by relatively unknown ‘singing’ drummer Phil Collins.

Rather than being doomed to failure, the four man era of Hackett, Banks, Rutherford and Collins lifted the band’s fame to even greater heights with the studio albums Trick Of The Tail and Wind and Wuthering. Successive world tours culminating in three sold out nights at London’s Earls Court and the subsequent release of the live album Seconds Out put Genesis into the super-group category.

Having been performing classic Genesis for nearly two decades, G2 are delighted to be returning to The Met.

Accolades posted online from recent shows included: “Best Performance by ANY Trib Band (not just Genesis ones either) I have ever seen…” “Thanks to all the guys from G2 who were out of this world, I really cannot describe how terrifyingly good you guys are.”

Dance On A Volcano, Ripples, Entangled, Los Endos, Blood On The Rooftops, One For The Vine, Afterglow, mixed up with the classics of the Gabriel years, Firth Of Fifth, Cinema Show, I Know What I Like and the infamous Suppers Ready, this is vintage Genesis, performed by G2 to a level Genesis themselves would be proud of! Well, Steve Hackett says he likes it…

So take a little trip back and relive those wonderful moments of your Genesis musical history with G2.

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday 21 March.

Sat 29 Aug

£22

George!

Manchester’s Nick Bold made his first mark on the music business in the 1980s as founding member, lead guitarist and principal songwriter for the British rock band Virginia Wolf. He was signed to Atlantic Records at the urging of Genesis/Phil Collins manager Tony Smith. The band’s membership included drummer Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin’s John “Bonzo” Bonham. Following the release of their Roger Taylor (Queen) produced self-titled debut album, Virginia Wolf were tabbed to be the opening act for The Firm (Jimmy Page/Paul Rogers) on their 1986 US Tour.

In 1988, after touring for over a year to support their Kevin Elson (Journey) produced second album Push, the band decided to split amicably so that the members could pursue their own separate interests. For Bold, that meant songwriting and producing other artists. To date, he has written hundreds of songs including the hit ballad Man In The Moon which has been covered by numerous artists of all genres. In addition, his band Nick Bold and The Raging Sea perform constantly in the UK and have released two albums of all original, blues influenced, melodic rock and roll.

Taking a cue from his childhood, when he was constantly being told he looked like George Harrison, Bold appeared on the British TV hit Stars in Their Eyes as George. His impeccable impression immediately earned him critical acclaim and led to his performing all over the world in multiple Beatles tributes before becoming a founding member of the US based touring production, The Reunion Beatles.

With George! he is taking his passion for the quiet Beatle to a new level. The two hour plus performance is a tour de force that brings audiences to their feet with joy as Bold embodies the essence of Harrison with his virtuoso guitar playing and spot-on vocals. It’s all there, George’s biggest Beatles hits and all of his wonderful post-breakup solo material, including music from his 1980’s supergroup, The Traveling Wilburys.

Sat 21 Nov

£16

George!

Manchester’s Nick Bold made his first mark on the music business in the 1980s as founding member, lead guitarist and principal songwriter for the British rock band Virginia Wolf. He was signed to Atlantic Records at the urging of Genesis/Phil Collins manager Tony Smith. The band’s membership included drummer Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin’s John “Bonzo” Bonham. Following the release of their Roger Taylor (Queen) produced self-titled debut album, Virginia Wolf were tabbed to be the opening act for The Firm (Jimmy Page/Paul Rogers) on their 1986 US Tour.

In 1988, after touring for over a year to support their Kevin Elson (Journey) produced second album Push, the band decided to split amicably so that the members could pursue their own separate interests. For Bold, that meant songwriting and producing other artists. To date, he has written hundreds of songs including the hit ballad Man In The Moon which has been covered by numerous artists of all genres. In addition, his band Nick Bold and The Raging Sea perform constantly in the UK and have released two albums of all original, blues influenced, melodic rock and roll.

Taking a cue from his childhood, when he was constantly being told he looked like George Harrison, Bold appeared on the British TV hit Stars in Their Eyes as George. His impeccable impression immediately earned him critical acclaim and led to his performing all over the world in multiple Beatles tributes before becoming a founding member of the US based touring production, The Reunion Beatles.

With George! he is taking his passion for the quiet Beatle to a new level. The two hour plus performance is a tour de force that brings audiences to their feet with joy as Bold embodies the essence of Harrison with his virtuoso guitar playing and spot-on vocals. It’s all there, George’s biggest Beatles hits and all of his wonderful post-breakup solo material, including music from his 1980’s supergroup, The Traveling Wilburys.

This event has bee rescheduled from Saturday 21 November 2020.

Sat 6 Mar

£16

Gin and Chronic Arthritis

Marilyn is not your typical Nanna. She drinks gin for breakfast, ice skates each Tuesday and has numerous internet lovers. When one of these lotharios, ‘Wheelchair Barry’ takes her to a psychic night at the local pub Marilyn gets a message from her childhood sweetheart from beyond the grave. She is over the moon but Barry is consumed with jealousy.

From the producers of It’s The Wrong Way To Tickle Mary and Food Bank Boulevard, Gin and Chronic Arthritis is one of MaD Theatre Company’s best loved comedies and is back in Bury by popular demand for one night only.

Miss it and your life will be that bit emptier than it should be.

This event has been rescheduled from Wednesday 10 June.

Wed 28 Oct

£15 (£13)

Glenn Tilbrook

Glenn Tilbrook

It was 1973 when Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford first formed the band that would that would see them dubbed ‘The New Lennon and McCartney’. 45 years later they continue to tour in Squeeze, together as a duo, or as solo performers.

Glenn Tilbrooks solo shows have continued to rise in popularity with his 2016 tour selling out all but a couple of shows. The reasons for this are a combination of a consummately professional, yet distinctly personal performance, the familiarity of those wonderful Squeeze songs – both new and old, and the occasional spontaneous interpretation of a respected song by another artist.

Fri 23 Apr

£22

The Golden Valley with Bury Cine Society

Archive film of the six townships of Bury Metropolitan Borough as they were thirty years ago.

In Victorian times the owners of the prosperous mills along the banks of the river Irwell called it The Golden Valley.

Today the river provides a geographical thread binding the six townships of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury; Ramsbottom, Tottington, Bury, Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich.

Since this film was originally taken in 1990 many changes have taken place in the area and what was once commonplace has become a part of the historical tapestry of the six townships of the Golden Valley.

This event has bee rescheduled from Wednesday 18 March.

Wed 26 Aug

£11

The Golden Valley with Bury Cine Society

Archive film of the six townships of Bury Metropolitan Borough as they were thirty years ago.

In Victorian times the owners of the prosperous mills along the banks of the river Irwell called it The Golden Valley.

Today the river provides a geographical thread binding the six townships of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury; Ramsbottom, Tottington, Bury, Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich.

Since this film was originally taken in 1990 many changes have taken place in the area and what was once commonplace has become a part of the historical tapestry of the six townships of the Golden Valley.

This event has bee rescheduled from Wednesday 18 March 2020 and Wednesday 26 August 2020. Customers who booked for the original performances should contact The Met to exchange their tickets to the rescheduled show.

Wed 24 Mar

£11

Grace Petrie and The Resistance Band

Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.

She’s toured to arenas with Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince, Josie Long and Hannah Gadsby, and has collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger as well as touring with the hugely successful Guilty Feminist shows. She has done a prestigious live session on the BBC Radio 2 Jo Whiley Show and her frequent festival appearances have included Vancouver Folk Festival, Latitude and Cambridge Folk Festival. In 2019 she played The Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

Her current album, Queer As Folk, was released in Sept ’18 and was a Mojo magazine top 10 Folk Album of the Year.

Fri 2 Oct

£16–£17.50

Grace Petrie and The Resistance Band

Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.

She’s toured to arenas with Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince, Josie Long and Hannah Gadsby, and has collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger as well as touring with the hugely successful Guilty Feminist shows. She has done a prestigious live session on the BBC Radio 2 Jo Whiley Show and her frequent festival appearances have included Vancouver Folk Festival, Latitude and Cambridge Folk Festival. In 2019 she played The Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

Her current album, Queer As Folk, was released in Sept ’18 and was a Mojo magazine top 10 Folk Album of the Year.

Rescheduled from Friday 2 October 2020.

Fri 30 Apr

£16–£17.50

Guns or Roses

The ultimate tribute to Guns N’ Roses.

Formed in 2009, Guns or Roses began extensive rehearsals to launch themselves as the ultimate tribute to the Hollywood hellraisers. Now ten years on, they have firmly established themselves as one of the best tribute bands out there.

Since their concept, the band have gone from strength to strength, wowing audiences and gaining thousands of fans with their performances all over the UK, Ireland and Europe. They have headlined festivals in Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Bulgaria, as well as all over the UK and Ireland. They appeared at the legendary Isle Of Wight Festival in 2017 where they played to a packed out, at-capacity Electro Love tent and were invited back again in 2018. They have even headlined a festival at Donington, home of the infamous Monsters of Rock!

Their biggest audience undoubtedly came in 2015 when the band were chosen to appear in an episode of Don’t Tell the Bride as the show moved to BBC One. Steve, the groom, being a lifelong Guns N’ Roses fan decided to plan the wedding loosely based on the November Rain video. Complete with a choir accompanying them, the band broke into Sweet Child of Mine as bride Nicki entered the church for her walk up the aisle. The episode aired to 3.2 million people, making it the highest ever watched episode at the time and Steve and Nicki have remained good friends with the band.

Since the very beginning, Guns or Roses have managed to maintain a far more constant and reliable lineup than most tribute bands, something that helps guarantee that audiences always get the high quality, accurate and energetic show that the band has become known for.

Performing all the iconic hits that everybody loves, from Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child of Mine, Paradise City and November Rain, the band also love to keep the die-hard Gn’R fans entertained by regularly including album tracks such as Coma, Anything Goes, Dead Horse or many others. Whether it’s Duff singing Attitude, Slash playing the famous Godfather guitar solo, or countless other elements from the live shows, Guns or Roses can make you believe you’re watching the original band and some fans even rate them as better than the real thing!

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday 6 June 2020.

Sat 10 Apr

£16–£18

Harp and a Monkey

Award-winning modern folk trio Harp and a Monkey specialise in poignant, humorous and melodic songs and stories (traditional and original) about life, love and remembrance.

Harp and a Monkey have a reputation as a quality live act, and regularly tour the country to public and critical acclaim. The Manchester outfit (who have been friends for decades) enjoy a wonderful rapport with their audiences.

The Observer called their work “bold and brilliant”; Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe said it was “fantastic” and “fascinating”;  Mojo called it “inventive”; while The Guardian described it as “excellent”.

Rescheduled from Friday 12 June 2020.

Sat 17 Apr

£13

Harriet - The Piano Sessions

Harriet performs intimate versions of her favourite original songs and some specially selected covers accompanied by her incredible pianist.

Harriet is a British-born singer songwriter whose music is deeply inspired by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Carole King and The Carpenters, as well as artists such as Adele and Lana Del Rey. She has recently completed a series of sell-out headline UK tours, as well as opening for Michael Bolton on his recent arena tour, finishing up at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Her self-titled debut album, recorded in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and produced by Steve Anderson (Kylie Minogue/Leona Lewis) was a personal expression of loss and love, drawing inspiration from the warmth of the 1960s and ’70s soundscape. She is currently working on her next studio album in Stockholm, Sweden.

Harriet is passionately supported by BBC Radio 2 in the UK and is frequently championed by hosts including Graham Norton, Paul O’Grady and Gaby Roslin. Her backing from the station led to the first single from her debut album being playlisted and resulted in the release of an EP, which was exclusively recorded for Alan Carr’s BBC Radio 2 Summer Escape show in 2018. Further afield, she has gained immense support from radio stations in America and across Europe, including from the legendary American Billboard editor and Sirius XM presenter, Larry Flick who asserted passionately that Harriet is “an artist that can and will change the world.”

This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 18 June.

Thu 5 Nov

£21–£23

Henry Normal - The Escape Plan

Writer, poet, and tv and film producer Henry Normal comes to The Met to read from his new collection The Escape Plan.

Henry performs poetry at literature festivals around the UK and has seven recent poetry books out Staring Directly at the Eclipse, Travelling Second Class Through Hope, Raining Upwards, This Phantom Breath, The Department of Lost Wishes, Swallowing the Entire Ocean and Strikingly Invisible.

He has written and performed five BBC Radio 4 shows a normal family, a normal life, a normal love, a normal creativity and a normal nature combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son. His latest book A Normal Family written with his wife Angela Pell and drawing on his family experience was published in 2018. His new BBC Radio show entitled A Normal Universe was transmitted in March 2020.

Henry co-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family, and co-wrote and script edited the multi-award winning Mrs Merton Show. With Steve Coogan he co-wrote the BAFTA winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan’s Run, Tony Ferrino, Doctor Terrible, all three of Steve Coogan’s live tours, and the film The Parole Officer.

He was recently given a honorary doctorate of letters by Nottingham Trent University, another by Nottingham University, and has had a beer and a bus named after him in Nottingham!

Rescheduled from Thursday 30 April 2020.

Wed 17 Feb

£14–£16

Hope & Social

Hope a band who can turn their studio into a bistro for seventy fans; a band who involve people in what they do-from teaching brass instruments in their Streetband Named Desire project to collaborating with other artists in their Crypt Covers Album.

Ten years has seen – in addition to the many projects – a wealth of recorded music. Five studio albums, two EPs, an acoustic album, Crypt Covers, a Christmas song, music for a theatre piece, and a collaboration with New York Brass Band.

Hope a band who throw themselves wholeheartedly into every performance and perfectly bridge the gap between the stage and the audience.

Rescheduled from Friday 1 May.

Sun 4 Oct

£15–£17

Hue and Cry

Hue and Cry return to The Met following their sell-out show in June 2019.

Brothers Patrick and Gregory Kane formed Hue and Cry in 1983 and the duo made a huge impact in the late 80’s with the albums Seduced and Abandoned and Remote as well as massive hit singles such as Labour of Love. Albums like Stars Crash Down and Jazz Not Jazz ensured Hue and Cry’s continued triumph in the 1990’s, whilst the release of the hugely applauded Open Soul in 2008 brought them firmly back into the limelight. The release of their seasonal album Xmasday (2009) and live album Bitter Suite Again (2010), preceded the release of Hot Wire (2012) which received rave reviews.

To date Hue and Cry have sold in excess of two million records worldwide.

Sat 21 Nov

£20–£22

Thu 4 Mar

£20–£22

IQ

IQ have established a reputation for themselves as one of the world’s leading progressive rock bands. Known for their passionate music and dramatic live presentations, they have released a string of critically acclaimed albums.

Fri 12 Feb

£20–£22

Sat 13 Feb

£20–£22

Jack Lukeman

Jack Lukeman is an Irish singer-songwriter, performer, raconteur and a whole lot more besides.

A platinum-selling, critically acclaimed artist in his homeland, in recent years Jack Lukeman has devoted more of his time to winning a growing fanbase in the UK and abroad. In this regard, he has toured the UK as special guest on tours by artists as varied as Imelda May, Jools Holland, The Proclaimers and Neil Sedaka, and is currently promoting Magic Days, his latest album of idiosyncratic original songs. Lukeman is a compelling, dazzling stage performer. Incorporating the theatrical and romantic sensibilities of the likes of Jacques Brel, but with genuine melodic appeal and a knack for creating his own ‘magic realist’ world that is peopled by all manner of unusual, picaresque characters – Lukeman is a rare, unusual brand of performer.

The best music artists know that the world of the recording studio and onstage are two entirely different mediums – Lukeman’s recordings are colourful, absorbing collections, but it’s in the live environment, where his stage craft and desire to inspire really take flight. Despite the many achievements he has notched up in his lengthy career, Lukeman still has the hunger and drive to take his music to new audiences. From clubs to concert halls, theatres to festivals, Lukeman has the performing power and compelling presence to win over the most demanding of crowds.

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday 23 May.

Wed 17 Feb

£16

Jason Manford: Like Me

Jason Manford confirms new tour, find out how to get presale tickets

The comic hits the road again with more observational comedy.

Thu 7 Jan

£20

Fri 8 Jan

£20

Jeffrey Martin and Anna Tivel

An evening with two acclaimed singer-songwriters from Portland, Oregon.

Earlier this year, Anna Tivel released her critically acclaimed album The Question on Fluff & Gravy Records. Rolling Stone, NPR, and Billboard all praised its songwriting and production. It was listed at #1 on Paste Magazine’s Ten Essential Folk (and Folk-Adjacent) Albums of 2019 and NPR called it “one of the most ambitious folk records of the year.” Tivel was also recently recognised with the ASCAP Foundation’s Sammy Cahn Award and the No Depression Singer Songwriter of The Year Award.

Touring on the strength of his most recent release One Go Around (Fluff & Gravy Records), Jeffrey Martin has built a loyal and enthusiastic fan base throughout the US and Europe. With rich lyrics that often present poetry as dark prose, Martin’s songs have drawn comparisons to literary giants William S. Burroughs and Cormac McCarthy.

This event has been rescheduled from Wednesday 25 March.

Sat 5 Sep

£13

Jesus Christ Superstar

The award winning PADOS Youth Theatre are thrilled to be celebrating their thirtieth anniversary with this production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

The smash-hit Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock opera is loosely based on the gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life, as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Judas is unhappy that Jesus is gaining so many followers and feels he must be stopped! Jesus continues in his mission but knows what ultimately lies ahead.

Don’t miss this thrilling and exhilarating musical with its memorable rock score, performed by the talented, local young people of PADOS Youth Theatre.

This production has been rescheduled from 25-28 March.

Wed 12 Aug

£13–£16

Thu 13 Aug

£13–£16

Fri 14 Aug

£13–£16

Sat 15 Aug

£13–£16

John Smith

Essex-born John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and songwriters.

Raised by the Devon seaside and making his bones in the bars and clubs of Liverpool, John has released five albums with over 33 million Spotify streams. He has played to audiences all over the world in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls. He is a genuine folksinger, an inquisitive truth-seeker, devoted song interpreter, and enchanting writer.

Steeped in the lineage of British folk, taking his cue from Richard Thompson and John Martyn, Smith has evolved a transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide guitar techniques. John’s intimate takes on love, loss and the journey we make, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. His honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerizing fingerstyle guitar are undeniable. Sometimes using a slide, sometimes with guitar on his lap, sometimes detuning mid-song, Smith’s obsession with the instrument has made a master of him. Whether by way of album or concert, he leads the listener, enthralled in his presence, on a viscerally emotional journey.

A contributor and collaborator, John quickly and effortlessly earns the esteem of his comrades and heroes. He has opened for folk greats including John Martyn, Davy Graham and John Renbourn, who called John Smith “the future of folk music.” On the contemporary side, he has also opened for Iron and Wine, Tinariwen, and Ben Howard. He has guested with artists such as Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Jerry Douglas, Glen Hansard and Rodney Crowell; and in his occasional role as sideman, he has played guitar for artists such as David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, Lianne La Havas, Joe Henry and Joan Baez.

He has released five records – Headlong (2017) reached #15 in the Indie Breakers chart, #1 on iTunes’ Singer-Songwriter chart, and has amassed over 23 million Spotify streams.

This event has been rescheduled from Wednesday 20 May.

Wed 4 Nov

£16–£18

John Smith

Essex-born John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and songwriters.

Raised by the Devon seaside and making his bones in the bars and clubs of Liverpool, John has released five albums with over 33 million Spotify streams. He has played to audiences all over the world in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls. He is a genuine folksinger, an inquisitive truth-seeker, devoted song interpreter, and enchanting writer.

Steeped in the lineage of British folk, taking his cue from Richard Thompson and John Martyn, Smith has evolved a transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide guitar techniques. John’s intimate takes on love, loss and the journey we make, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. His honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerizing fingerstyle guitar are undeniable. Sometimes using a slide, sometimes with guitar on his lap, sometimes detuning mid-song, Smith’s obsession with the instrument has made a master of him. Whether by way of album or concert, he leads the listener, enthralled in his presence, on a viscerally emotional journey.

A contributor and collaborator, John quickly and effortlessly earns the esteem of his comrades and heroes. He has opened for folk greats including John Martyn, Davy Graham and John Renbourn, who called John Smith “the future of folk music.” On the contemporary side, he has also opened for Iron and Wine, Tinariwen, and Ben Howard. He has guested with artists such as Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Jerry Douglas, Glen Hansard and Rodney Crowell; and in his occasional role as sideman, he has played guitar for artists such as David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, Lianne La Havas, Joe Henry and Joan Baez.

He has released five records – Headlong (2017) reached #15 in the Indie Breakers chart, #1 on iTunes’ Singer-Songwriter chart, and has amassed over 23 million Spotify streams.

This event has been rescheduled from Wednesday 20 May 2020 and Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Sat 29 May

£16–£18

Judie Tzuke: Heart, Soul and Piano Tour

Fresh from the highly acclaimed, sell-out Woman To Woman UK tour with fellow artistes Beverley Craven and Julia Fordham, Judie Tzuke makes a welcome return to the stage.

The Heart, Soul and Piano tour sees Judie performing some of her classic back catalogue with stunning new piano arrangements and accompanied by some of her favourite musicians.

Judie is one of the UK’s most beloved singer-songwriters having burst onto the music scene in 1979 with her evergreen standard Stay With Me Till Dawn. Having released twenty-one albums, Judie is very much looking forward to performing a selection of deep cuts and fan favourites from throughout her career including Ladies Night, For You, Come Hell Or Waters High and the haunting Bring The Rain.

Having recently toured to over 35,000 adoring fans with Beverley and Julia, Judie is very much looking forward to some intimate performances where she can deliver her songs with her unique and heartfelt sincerity.

Thu 24 Sep

£26–£28

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

2020 marks twenty-five years of making music together for this popular wife and husband folk duo.

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. The Dartmoor-based husband and wife have twice won the coveted Best Duo title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2016 and 2013), consistently delivering assured, distinctive performances whether live or recorded. They have never been trapped in a groove – always bold and innovative, mixing traditional song arrangements with (increasingly) their self-penned material which reels from the bitter to the sweet, the wry to the sad, the political to the passive, across folk, rock, country and blues genres.

To celebrate and acknowledge this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup Equation through to the current release Personae with a nod or two along the way to their extra-curricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date.

This event has been rescheduled from Friday 24 April.

Sun 22 Nov

£16

Kevin Montgomery w/Special Guests-Bury, England-Fri. Dec. 4th, 2020

Nashville singer-songwriter Kevin Montgomery returns to The Met with special guests. Expect an evening of music and laughter.

Montgomery's mom sang with Elvis and Dad wrote songs like "Heartbeat" for Buddy Holly, and was his first musical partner. Montgomery has written songs for Martina McBride and sung on Lee Ann Womack records, and is a hardcore troubadour with four 50 States in 50 Days tours under his belt. See "Some Comfort" from his latest cd- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ges_fGFaYTw

Tickets are 16 pounds advance and 19 on the door. Get your tickets now!

Fri 4 Dec

£12–£15

Lanterns on the Lake

It’s strange – not to mention fundamentally disconcerting – to live through turbulent times. Yet as many feel like the world is slipping out of control, artists are enlivened as they seek to make sense of the shifting sands. Hazel Wilde of Lanterns on the Lake is now a songwriter necessarily emboldened. On Spook the Herd, the band’s fourth record, her voice and preoccupations rise to the fore like never before. In tandem, the band break new ground on a set of songs that are unavoidably direct – and crucial.

Wilde does nothing less than dive headlong into the existential crises of our times. Beginning with the record’s title – a pointed comment at the dangerously manipulative tactics of ideologues – its nine songs turn the microscope to issues including our hopelessly polarized politics, social media, addiction, grief and the climate crisis.

The world is brought into focus, but Wilde’s style is not declarative. She also proves herself a songwriter possessed of a rare talent for finding the personal contours to contemporary issues, fully inhabiting them to make them real. On “Baddies” she sings of the lacerating division in our online spaces with knowing, biting irony as simply commenting deepens the rift. “Blue Screen Beams” is a litany of worries – fallible idols, paranoia and hopelessness, technological distractions worming into consciousness, broken relationships – but finds a steadying refusal to give up hope in the centre of the storm. As she says of her work, the process is “…exploring what it’s like to live this point in time – not just as an observer but as someone experiencing it: it’s where a personal life and politics are intertwined, because the two aren’t mutually exclusive.”

Recorded as live where possible, the band’s natural touchstones of gauzy dream-pop and monumental post rock still float in the air, but listening to Lanterns on the Lake now feels like actually sitting in the corner of the room as they play. As guitarist and producer Paul Gregory says of approaching a fourth album, “There was a sense of release in terms of what kind of music we felt we could make. The idea of what kind of band you’re supposed to be really disappeared. It was great; you felt you could do whatever you like.”

Musically, this is a leaner Lanterns on the Lake – at times unusually stark. Their sound has been beautifully winnowed into something more pared back, urgent and direct – in-keeping with Wilde’s messages – on an album loaded with songs marked by an arresting intimacy. “Swimming Lessons”, first teased as an in-progress idea on Instagram, is writhing and supple as Gregory’s arpeggiated guitar dovetails with Ol Ketteringham’s pulsating drumming and Wilde’s keening vocal. “Every Atom” rides on insistent beats which lay a bed for a warped and playfully robotic guitar line, while “Secrets and Medicine” weaves and lopes achingly, weaving its atmosphere from Spartan means: piano, celestial guitars and diminished brass.

While Wilde pored over the bulk of the songs in isolation before the band developed and finessed them, remarkably Spook the Herd marks the first time the band has left their native Newcastle upon Tyne to record in a studio. Moving to Distant City studios in Yorkshire, where Joss Worthington engineered the album, shook up comfortable mindsets. Wilde admits: “We are a pretty insular band in how we work, and trusting other people enough to allow them to get involved is not always easy for us.” Yet once recording began, any trepidation was swept away. The band barrelled through sessions, finishing the record in just three weeks.

This uncovers the threads of a long-term musical understanding that Wilde, Gregory and Ketteringham share, and it’s invigorating to hear them regathered. Lanterns on the Lake, completed by bassist Bob Allan and viola player Angela Chan, have always known how to cannily manipulate texture and space. But rarely before have they captured such sheer presence. Stripping layers away, unearthing their essence, proves to be a new alchemy as their sound is writ large at its boldest – and its simplest.

Yet Wilde’s romantic streak is still the record’s beating heart. It can be a characteristically dark one, as in the obsessed narrator of “When it All Comes True”, or its counterpoint in the last-night-on-earth abandon of “Before They Excavate”. Mining emotion in our fractured times unearths an inescapable truth: despite our seemingly myriad differences, all we have is each other. It’s a hopeful beam of light shone into the darkness, and balances the cynicism and dread elsewhere. As stately drums thud and guitar feedback wails and roils and rises around her on closing track “A Fitting End”, Wilde sings – almost presciently – “What a die-for moment this turned out to be.” Spook the Herd contains plenty such moments to discover and savour.

Sat 27 Feb

£15

Limehouse Lizzy

Limehouse Lizzy

Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide.

The band have also added a tribute into their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo artist) Gary Moore.

From their official PRS award, performing for Virgin Atlantic in Barbados, tv appearances (BBC2’s Arena amongst others), and to actually being recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy, Limehouse Lizzy enter their twenty-sixth year with their most explosive show and critically-acclaimed line-up yet.

Despite international tours (UAE, Germany and previously USA, Scandinavia, Caribbean etc.), corporate clients (Mitsubishi, NatWest) and even book appearances (The Rocker, Send In The Clones), they start 2020 with a string of European tour dates, in what will be an exhausting year-long schedule. The boys are back!

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday 4 April 2020.

Fri 26 Mar

£23.50

Live/Wire: AC/DC Tribute

Live/Wire: AC/DC Tribute

Very timely AC/DC tribute act.

Fri 8 Jan

£19.25

Mad Dog Mcrea

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music.

From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog Mcrea never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, they are, in every sense of the word, a live, band.

Matched with the unshakable dedication of their massive and “loyal-to-the-hilt”, fan base – Mad Dog Mcrea are more than just a very popular, festival act – with five albums under their belts, they are serious and acclaimed recording artists too. December 2019 saw Mad Dog Mcrea released a 5-track EP titled It’s a Sign.

Sat 3 Oct

£17.50–£19.50

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle

Folk music’s legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle are out on the road again for 2020. As winter turns to spring Mike, John and John will wrap up their stint on Transatlantic Sessions for another year and bring you their own blend of top class folk songs, tunes and charming bonhomie.

With their recently released album, The Wishing Tree this will be an evening to remember. Described as the masters of flute, fiddle, song and guitar they have worked with the biggest and brightest and bring you a night of beautifully crafted music. Having shared stages and recording studios with everyone from Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler to Paul Weller, Joan Baez and Linda Thompson, Mike, John and John are a rare musical treat you’ll savour for a very long time.

This event has been rescheduled from 28 February 2020.

Sun 28 Feb

£23–£25

My Fair Lady

Join All Saint’s (Elton) AOS this July when they present Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady.

Featuring a much-loved score including classics I Could Have Danced All Night, The Rain in Spain, Wouldn’t It Be Loverly and On the Street Where You Live.

My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young and fiesty Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, an acclaimed linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.”

This event has been rescheduled from July 2020.

Wed 7 Jul

£13–£16

Thu 8 Jul

£13–£16

Fri 9 Jul

£13–£16

Sat 10 Jul

£13–£16

The Navy Lark

Classic radio comedy The Navy Lark comes live to the stage for the first time in over sixty years.

Starring is James Hurn, who is known for portraying iconic characters such as Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams in his hit one man show Hancock and Co. Also starring are Richard Usher and Mark Earby, best known for The Goon Show Tour and The Lost Hancock’s Vacant Lot.

The Navy Lark sees this cast of three bring to life three classic episodes from the much loved radio series which originally featured Leslie Phillips, Dennis Price, Ronnie Barker and Jon Pertwee, and which ran for 244 episodes from 1959-1977. The show is presented in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience, bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy.

When HMS Troutbridge docks at The Met it’s going to be “Ev’rybody Down!” for an evening of nostalgic belly laughs. So “Bung Ho!” and secure your tickets now.

This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 16 April.

Wed 26 Aug

£17.50

The Navy Lark

Classic radio comedy The Navy Lark comes live to the stage for the first time in over sixty years.

Starring is James Hurn, who is known for portraying iconic characters such as Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams in his hit one man show Hancock and Co. Also starring are Richard Usher and Mark Earby, best known for The Goon Show Tour and The Lost Hancock’s Vacant Lot.

The Navy Lark sees this cast of three bring to life three classic episodes from the much loved radio series which originally featured Leslie Phillips, Dennis Price, Ronnie Barker and Jon Pertwee, and which ran for 244 episodes from 1959-1977. The show is presented in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience, bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy.

When HMS Troutbridge docks at The Met it’s going to be “Ev’rybody Down!” for an evening of nostalgic belly laughs. So “Bung Ho!” and secure your tickets now.

This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 16 April 2020 and Wednesday 26 August 2020. Customers who booked for the original performances should contact The Met to exchange their tickets to the rescheduled show.

Thu 15 Jul

£17.50

A Night at the Musicals

Icy Shark Productions presents a cocktail of your favourite songs from the musicals.

Come and hear all the hits from shows including Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and many more.

This group of stunningly talented singers will thrill and inspire you throughout a truly memorable evening of top class entertainment.

This event has been rescheduled from 12 & 13 June 2020.

Fri 18 Jun

£21

Sat 19 Jun

£21

Old Sea Legs

Crawling with vivid imagery and colourful characters, a timeless tangle of tongue-twisting, brain-burrowing lyrics that can swing from a breathless barrage to a lilting lament – at times without a moments notice – Old Sea Legs is more than just a nom de guerre for Dublin songwriter and performer Ian Bermingham; it is a window into a world entirely of his own creation.

Best known for his time as frontman of Dublin quintet The Eskies, Bermingham has wasted no time in stepping into new, uncharted waters as a solo performer since the group’s sad demise in the latter half of 2019.

Displaying all of the storytelling nous and craft of the quintessential folk troubadour, the melodic ear of a pop pioneer and the lyrical largesse that has become so synonymous with Ian’s songwriting, Old Sea Legs sees the Dubliner push himself to new and exciting territories.

Wed 21 Oct

£11

Pink Floydian

Pink Floydian are one of the finest and most authentic Pink Floyd tributes in the UK. They have received praise for their incredibly accurate renditions and authentic stage show.

The 2+ hour show sees them performing classic moments from Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Obscured By Clouds, A Saucerful of Secrets, More, Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, Wish You Were Here, The Wall, The Final Cut, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell.

A Pink Floydian show is much more than a gig. It is a faithful recreation of Floyd at their best. Comprising some of the North West's finest musicians, close your eyes and Pink Floydian will take you back.

From the lush landscapes of Shine On You Crazy Diamond to the universally loved anthems Comfortably Numb and Wish You Were Here, Pink Floydian will guide you on a magical journey through the illustrious recording career of the world’s most successful progressive rock band.

Sat 10 Oct

£23

Rachael McShane and the Cartographers

Rachael McShane is a singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player based in the North East of England. An original member of folk big band Bellowhead, Rachael toured internationally with them as well as making several TV appearances. Bellowhead recorded five studio albums, and won a total of eight BBC Folk Awards in their twelve years together. Rachael has more recently been singing the role of Susannah Holmes in The Transports alongside The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton.

Rachael is now working on a new solo project of traditional songs and is playing with her brand new band Rachael McShane and the Cartographers, featuring guitarist Matthew Ord (Assembly Lane) and melodeon player Julian Sutton (Kathryn Tickell, Sting).

This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 26 March 2020.

Sat 20 Mar

£17

Sam Brookes

London based songsmith and former Sunday Times ‘Breaking Act’ Sam Brookes is still one of the UK alt-folk’s best kept secrets.

Inspired by the folk revivalists of the 60s, a sixteen-year-old Sam Brookes began to write and perform while training as a gilder in his late father’s workshop. By his mid-twenties, Brookes had begun to receive serious critical recognition and his sophomore album, Kairos, was acclaimed by The Independent as one of the stand-out records of the year, tipped for a Mercury Prize nomination and received support from the likes of Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2. With over five million plays on Spotify, it is fair to say that those who know his music, love his music… and those who don’t, are about to.

Brookes is reminiscent of Tim Buckley as he glides between the lower and upper registers of his four-octave range. His pure voice, evocative lyrics and soaring melodies have made him a rising figure in the alt-folk scene. No win demand as a vocalist and collaborator, the long list of artists Brookes has worked with includes Scott Matthews, Lucy Rose, Newton Faulkner and Basement Jaxx.

Thu 26 Nov

£13

The Secret Sisters

The Secret Sisters, Laura and Lydia Rogers, will arrive with their fourth album Saturn Return which grapples with love and loss.

Produced by Brandi Carlile with Phil and Tim Hanseroth, Saturn Return represents a new era of The Secret Sisters. For the first time in their ten-year recording career, the Grammy-nominated duo composed all of the songs without any co-writers and sang as individuals in the studio instead of relying solely on close harmony singing.

Songs range from Cabin, a powerful anthem written in the aftermath of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings in the US Supreme Court to Hold You Dear, a tender ballad about new motherhood.

Join us to welcome them back to The Met.

This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 11 June 2020. Customers who booked for the original performance should contact The Met to exchange their tickets to the rescheduled show.

Sun 24 Jan

£18–£20

Skerryvore

With a mix of fiddle, accordions, pipes and whistles, alongside guitar and vocals, underpinned by driving bass, drums and keys, Skerryvore represent the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music.

Bring any collection of eight of the most competent musicians in their genre on stage and the result is going to be amazing. Over the last fifteen years, Skerryvore have brought their performances to audiences across the globe, from their early days in Scottish west coast halls and bars, to festival crowds in USA, Canada, Australia and throughout the UK and Europe. Picking up Scottish traditional music’s Live Act of the Year twice on the way – in 2011 and again in 2016 – the band’s wide range of influences and talent produce a musically expansive, high energy set that excites and captivates audiences.

Their six studio albums demonstrate the wide range of influences the individual musicians bring to the mix – a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and americana, with even some jazz in there!

Comfortable in the studio though the band are, it’s on the road in front of a live audience that they really come into their own. Their live album, recorded at Scottish venues in late 2019 and due for release in 2020, will highlight this, as well as giving a hint that there’s much more to come for Skerryvore’s growing worldwide fanbase.

Thu 26 Nov

£19–£21

Some Kinda Wonderful

Celebrating the genius of Stevie Wonder, mesmeric vocalist Noel McCalla (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and “one of Britain’s best Soul Singers” Blues and Soul Magazine), award-winning saxophonist Derek Nash (Jools Holland and “one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today” The Guardian) and a world-class band present a diverse back catalogue of classic hits, from 1970’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered through to hits from Talking Book, Innervisions, Songs in the Key of Life and Hotter than July.

Playing hit after hit, from the dance floor classics I Wish and Superstition to beautiful arrangements of My Cherie Amour and Overjoyed, this is a real “master blaster of a show!”

Sat 17 Oct

£24.50–£26.50

The Springsteen Sessions

When “the boss” is busy on Broadway, The Springsteen Sessions keep it live in the UK.

With The Boss busy with his Broadway show, Springsteen fans have been starved of his live shows for two years. Well, panic no more – the famine is over.

Top tribute band The Springsteen Sessions have been around since 2011, bringing their authentic and thrilling show to thousands of people at theatres, clubs and festivals across the UK. If you want to hear the closest thing to the original, then this is for you.

Far from trying to be a lookalike act, the seven top quality players who make up The Springsteen Sessions are totally immersed in the forty plus year career of The Boss, and are seasoned musicians with a mighty sound that will leave you enthralled, excited, energised – and gagging for more. They cover over four decades of Springsteen, including classics Born To Run, 10th Avenue Freeze Out, Jungleland, Rosalita and more.

For the true fan this will be a journey that they’ll never want to end – close your eyes and you’re there.

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday 18 April.

Fri 4 Dec

£18.50–£20.50

Stephen Bailey: Can’t Be Bothered

Stephen Bailey

CKP and InterTalent Group / Free Fringe

From ITV2's Safeword and CelebAbility, ITV's Weekend with Aled, Comedy Central's Live at the Comedy Store, Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side and having supported Katherine Ryan on her UK tour, everyone's favourite 'guilty pleasure' (Daily Record) returns with a story that is full of northern warmth, some working-class guilt and a bit of blue. 'Stephen's show was hilarious from the first line, and for the whole performance I don't think a single joke died' ★★★★★ (VoiceMag.uk). ★★★★★ (FringeGuru.com). ★★★★★ (One4Review.co.uk). ★★★★ (Sunday Express). ★★★★ (Herald). ★★★★ (ScotsGay.co.uk).

Age category: 16+

Thu 8 Oct

£14.50

Strangefish

Strangefish are a six-piece progressive rock band based in Manchester.

Formed in 1989, they earned their stripes playing in local pubs and clubs before their first official release in 1999, a four track EP called Reeled In got them noticed by the Rotherham based Classic Rock Society.

A steady following grew on the back of their first full release to critical acclaim, the album Full Scale, closely followed in 2006 by a second album, the conceptual Fortune Telling.

Following a few years of quiet along with some personnel changes they returned in 2018 with their third album The Spotlight Effect which has been well received and the band has returned to the live scene recently to showcase the new material.

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday 4 April.

Sat 26 Sep

£19

Strangefish

Strangefish are a six-piece progressive rock band based in Manchester.

Formed in 1989, they earned their stripes playing in local pubs and clubs before their first official release in 1999, a four track EP called Reeled In got them noticed by the Rotherham based Classic Rock Society.

A steady following grew on the back of their first full release to critical acclaim, the album Full Scale, closely followed in 2006 by a second album, the conceptual Fortune Telling.

Following a few years of quiet along with some personnel changes they returned in 2018 with their third album The Spotlight Effect which has been well received and the band has returned to the live scene recently to showcase the new material.

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday 4 April 2020 and Saturday 26 September 2020.

Sat 10 Apr

£19

The Stumble

Writing and playing original blues with conviction is one of the toughest things that the more seasoned musicians can do well. The maxim ‘it’s all been done before’ is true… to a degree. One could say that about any genre of music whether deliberately steeped in history, or as contemporary and experimental as it comes.

It’s certainly true that The Stumble concentrate on the more mature forms of popular music from the 50’s onwards, blues, soul, R but this is precisely what the band feel is the musical stuff that moves people in many different ways. Rhythm and togetherness is the key element. No two songs should sound the same in an entire couple of sets of songs. The plan is to take the listener on a live journey to musical backwaters that subtlety allude to each individual band members own influences. It’s at this point that a bunch of decent musicians become a great band.

The Stumble is a family. What comes out on stage is a genuine reflection of their collective passions. You may hear whispers of Maceo Parker, Peter Green, Donald Duck Dunn, Al Jackson Jr., Bobby Bland etc; but those whispers become a true original voice when all elements come together in a sweet blend of power, conviction, emotion, musicianship and original songcraft. You will not need to refer to, nor research the influences to enjoy this band.

The band themselves simply call it ‘Stumble music’. Just tune in and enjoy. An ever growing number of people know that The Stumble deliver with a warmth and truth that sets them apart.

No restrictions, no fear good time music for all.

Sat 31 Oct

£17–£19

Summer Sessions @ Bury Youth Theatre

A fun hour of games, improvisations and devising via Zoom

Are you aged 9-15 and looking for something fun and creative to take your mind off lockdown? Are you a dedicated drama student missing your regular lessons and the chance to be creative with a group of likeminded friends? You might have never attended a drama workshop before but fancy a challenge and something a little bit different.

If so, then our BYT open workshops are for you! Come and join our Youth Theatre team for a fun hour of games, improvisations and devising and get those creative muscles exercised. Each workshop will look at a different theme or skill.

Thu 20 Aug

£5

That Joe Payne

Award-winning singer-songwriter That Joe Payne returns to The Met, showcasing his debut solo album with an audio-visual extravaganza, accompanied by his full band.

He is best known for demonstrating an impressive five-octave range, plus his work within progressive rock as frontman of The Enid (2011-2016). Together, they received three Progressive Music Award nominations, including Best Band, Best Album, and Best Event.

Personal achievements include being voted Best Male Vocalist for two years running in the Prog Magazine readers poll.

In 2019 That Joe Payne was selected to support Marillion at their sold-out Weekend in Port Zelande (NL).

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday 23 May.

Fri 28 Aug

£21

Thea Gilmore

Thea Gilmore comes to The Met as part of her first ever tour performing completely solo.

Following her fourth successive chart album, 2019’s Small World Turning (“the most soulful, confrontational music of her career” said The Mirror) and a rapturously received performance at the recent BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Thea will head out on tour later this year to perform material from all stages of her career.

Accompanying herself on guitar, keyboard and loop station, Thea will give you a chance to hear some of her most special songs exactly the way they entered the world – raw, unadorned, delivered intimately by that long revered, hauntingly beautiful voice. As anyone familiar with her acoustic catalogue will testify, the results are set to be spine tingling and the shows promise to be some of the most affecting and personal of her career.

In that career of over two decades Thea Gilmore has long secured a place as one of the UKs most gifted and celebrated singer/songwriters. Since first stepping out aged 18 she has released 18 albums, 6 EPs, been lauded by titans (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Gaiman) and collaborated with roots royalty (Billy Bragg, Joan Baez, Waterboys). She recently performed on BBC Radio 2 with Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, contributed songs to the soundtrack of BAFTA winning film Bait and continues to explore new musical boundaries.

Support comes from singer, songwriter, author and broadcaster Mark Radcliffe. Mark has appeared on Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 4 Extra, 5, 5Live, 6music and the BBC World Service. He is currently the presenter of the Radio 2 Folk Show, the 6music weekend breakfast programme and is one of the main presenters of the BBC’s Glastonbury Festival Coverage. He lives in Knutsford, Cheshire with his wife and daughters and his much needed male companion Arlo the cavapoo.

Wed 7 Oct

£21–£23

Toyah

This is a unique chance to experience Toyah up close and personal with a show that has a lively cinematic sound using Toyah’s vocals, keyboards, stand-up bass and story-telling.

It will include Toyah performing her loved hit singles and classic songs, alongside recalling stories from her colourful, forty year career.

Toyah will perform stunning arrangements of hits It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains, I Want To Be Free and Good Morning Universe alongside modern days classics Sensational and Dance In The Hurricane.

Sat 20 Feb

£21–£23

The Wedding Present

The Wedding Present

Perennially popular archetypal 80s indie stalwarts fronted by David Gedge celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album Bizarro.

Thu 17 Sep

£22

Fri 25 Jun

£22

Whole Lotta Led

Whole Lotta Led are five musicians dedicated to performing the music of Led Zeppelin with skill, passion and respect.

Now in their twenty-fourth year they are the longest running, professional tribute to the music of Led Zeppelin with their customary two and half hour shows receiving acclaim from Zeppelin lovers the length and breadth of the UK and abroad.

Since their formation in 1996 the band have continually led the field of Zep tributes and with over 1,500 shows to their name they have performed Stairway To Heaven more than any other band in the world – including Led Zeppelin.

Whole Lotta Led – setting the standard.

Sat 26 Sep

£25

Wishbone Ash

Wishbone Ash

UK rock veterans and twin guitar pioneers.

Sat 24 Oct

£27.50

The Word Is Terry Christian

First airing in August 1990, Channel 4’s The Word both revolutionised youth-oriented broadcasting and predated reality TV by many years.

Deliberately aiming to achieve something new and exciting, The Word continually pushed at the conventional boundaries of television to court controversy and outrage the establishment. Combining a unique mix of cutting-edge bands like Nirvana, Oasis and Snoop Dogg, irreverent and anarchic interviews of A-lister guests like Whitney Houston, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Oliver Reed, stories from the margins of society, and downright bizarre and outrageous studio stunts, The Word soon became loved by its target audience and loathed by the press in equal measure.

Join award winning broadcaster, stand up comedian and Word host Terry Christian as we celebrate – with the aid of some amazing clips and no holds barred Q&A – the thirtieth anniversary of this iconic and quintessentially nineties TV show.

Fri 16 Oct

£13.50–£15.50

The Met

A centre for live music The Met is noted for its specialist folk music programme. In addition to local, national and international folk artists and bands the programme includes theatre, comedy and a range of music workshops. The venue contains two performance spaces, a restaurant and the Edwin Street Recording Studio. The Met organises and promotes a number of outdoor events including the annual Ramsbottom Festival.

There is on-street parking in Silver Street and Bolton Street, where there is also a car-park next to the East Lancs Railway. Both the bust station and Bury's Metrolink terminus are a few hundred yards from The Met.

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