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Bury St Edmunds Hunter Club celebrates 10 years tonight

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A popular independent music venue and bar in Bury St Edmunds is set to celebrate its 10th birthday today.

The Hunter Club, in St Andrew’s Street South, owned by Andy Hunter and Nick Pooley- who is also manager of the venue- has become a musical landmark for up and coming artists, but started from very small beginnings.

Nick said: “It was an old office space for one of Andy’s businesses but it had an alcohol licence, so we started serving drinks. We only had one draught lager and one cider on tap.

Owner and manager Nick Pooley inside The Hunter Club Picture by Mecha Morton
Owner and manager Nick Pooley inside The Hunter Club Picture by Mecha Morton

“People just kept coming and it got bigger and bigger, then Seymour Quigley brought live music here and it has just gone from there. It really doesn’t feel like it has been 10 years.”

The venue, on the site of the old Saracens Head pub, was a forerunner in the town for allowing people, who were under age, to go into pubs to see live music, to have a place they could call their own.

Seymour Quigley, promoter of the Washing Machine Sessions which are held at the club, said: “Nick Pooley was the first venue manager in years to understand the importance of building a strong and inclusive music scene; his passion for music and desire to bring people together in a positive way led to the current explosion of musical creativity all around West Suffolk, and as such he is the unsung hero of the Bury St Edmunds music scene.”

Nick feels the club’s appeal to many is that it provides a safe place for people, young and old, to play what they want and see a whole range of entertainment.

He said: “We are still here due to a group effort from everyone in Bury St Edmunds who has a love and passion for music and understands what the Hunter Club stands for – it really has become a community asset.”

The birthday night will see ukulele singer-songwriter Jasmine Faye, solo artist Matt Reaction, rapper Shadley Harris and headliners Yogi and the Invasion take to the stage.

For details on The Hunter Club and events, go to www.hunterclub.org.uk.