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Bury St Edmunds The Apex lines up Sue Barker, Seth Lakeman and ex-Liverpool star Bruce Grobbelaar this autumn

Once the nights start drawing in, you can be sure a show at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds will bring some brightness to your evening. . .

Some familiar names include Elkie Brooks (September 10) and Leo Sayer (October 26). Merrill Osmond will perform big hits from The Osmonds and talk about his experiences in one of the world’s biggest bands on September 29.

Hailed by many as an electronic music pioneer, Howard Jones Acoustic Trio will bring a fresh take on his best-known hits on October 16. Matt Cardle will perform his debut album Letters in full, including the singles Amazing, Starlight and When We Collide (December 19). There are just a few tickets left for soul singer Ruby Turner (September 30) and there’s standing room only at Essential 80s with Paul Young and T’Pau (October 4).

Elkie Brooks
Elkie Brooks

Britain’s No 1 tennis player and award-winning broadcaster, Sue Barker will talk about her new autobiography, Calling the Shots on October 5.

Conservationist and elephant expert, Saba Douglas Hamilton will share the trials and triumphs of trying to save the African elephant on September 13, and you can hear stories and banter from Phil Thompson, Sammy Lee and Bruce Grobbelaar in An Evening with Liverpool Legends on October 18.

Forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd will shed light on some of his high-profile autopsies, including the Hungerford Massacre; the Princess Diana inquiry, Harold Shipman, and 9/11 (October 24).

Sue Barker
Sue Barker

ITV’s Tour de France commentator Ned Boulting returns with more unreliable advice on ‘How To Win The Tour de France’. Or at least ‘How To Watch It On The Telly’ (November 10).

The Coral’s singer and songwriter James Skelly and keyboardist Nick Power celebrate the 20th anniversary of their eponymous debut album with conversation and acoustic songs (September 23). Fans of independent music can also enjoy Two-Tone Ska with Neville Staple – From The Specials (October 8); a joyous set of classic tracks from The Undertones (October 21); solo work from Hugh Cornwell (November 17) and a glorious collision of styles and genres from Martin Stevenson & The Daintees (November 29).

Lovers of rock can choose from Dare, led by former Thin Lizzy keyboard player Darren Wharton (October 13); Wishbone Ash marking the 50th anniversary of the iconic album Argus (October 17); British Prog heroes Caravan (October 20); powerhouse vocalists Jo Harman and Mike Harris (November 9) and a high voltage tribute to AC/DC, Live/Wire (October 1).

Powerhouse vocalist Jo Harman
Powerhouse vocalist Jo Harman

The BBC Big Band bring swing classics inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett (September 14). The Puppini Sisters sing classic songs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s and swinging reinventions of pop hits (September 16), while Mark Kingswood brings Sinatra and The Rat Pack into the 21st century (October 22).

Folkies are spoilt for choice, with contemporary folk favourite Seth Lakeman (November 5) and timeless songs and stories from Richard Digance (September 8). There’s beautifully-crafted music from McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle (September 26); traditional sounds and dance-floor grooves from Peatbog Faeries (October 11); bagpipe, fiddle and accordion led tunes from Skipinnish (October 28); Nancy Kerr, Martin Simpson, Findlay Napier, Tom Wright and Alex Hunter, AKA The Magpie Arc (November 4); Scottish fiddle group Blazin’ Fiddles (November 14) and the innovative and artful Talisk (November 20).

Known for his fingerstyle and picking technique, Country Boy Albert Lee (September 20) is revered as one of the finest guitarists in the world; Nashville-based singer Beth Nielsen Chapman was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2016 (November 2).

Vincent Simone gets steamy in Tango Passions
Vincent Simone gets steamy in Tango Passions

It’s not just music! Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent Simone is joined by other world-class Argentine Tango specialists, including leading lady Paula Duarte for his steamy, passionate show, Tango Passions (September 17).

Seen on the Royal Variety Performance, The Black Blues Brothers perform jaw-dropping balancing acts and acrobatics to a soundtrack of hits from The Blues Brothers film, including Gimme Some Lovin’, Sweet Home Chicago and Soul Man (September 22).

See theapex.co.uk or call 01284 758000.

Alternatively visit The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 2FD, for more information or to book tickets