This Monday, 4th June, the streets of Bury St Edmunds will be teeming with life and throbbing with merriment; bunting will hang, flags will fly and old women will weep as inescapable chart-shattering alt-folkies Mumford & Sons make a Royal visit to the town.
The Mumfords will be playing at Bury enormo-venue The Apex ‘pon the Monday evening, but the festivities needn’t start nor finish there. In the afternoon, Bury’s acoustic mecca the Masons Arms will be hosting a Jubilee knees up from 3pm, with a host of acoustic acts (featuring Simon Lucas-Hughes, Ben Sayer, Marco Cacchioli, Phase 8, Dial V for Victim, David Faitalla, Lewis Mokler, Curtis Cronin and Jack James) putting on a big free gig for your drinking pleasure.
Tickets for the actual Mumford & Sons gig at the Apex have, of course, sold out, and probably could have done 10 times over. However, splendid chaps that they doubtless are, the Mumfords have agreed to let the venue screen the event live in Charter Square, like they do at festivals. So even if you don’t have a ticket, you can head down to the Apex and watch the gig live on big screens outside, although you will have to pay £10 for the privilege. Which is the loveliest thing I’ve ever heard. Seriously, I think I might cry big, horrible tears.
Then, later that night, those cheeky sorts at The LP are presenting an unabashedly unofficial Mumford & Sons Aftershow Party, with Norwich fivesome Crumbs For Comfort whipping up some sort of hoedown into the wee small hours.
SO, to help you plan your day, it goes:
3pm-10pm Masons Arms Jubilee Party feat. Simon Lucas-Hughes, Ben Sayer, Marco Cacchioli, Phase 8, Dial V for victim, David Faitalla, Lewis Mokler, Curtis Cronin and Jack James (free)
(Don’t forget that Mumford & Sons will also be playing in Great Yarmouth on Tuesday, 5th June. There may or may not be any associated events taking place – if there are, no-one’s thought to tell us, most likely because under local bylaws, anyone in Great Yarmouth found to be able to read and/or write is routinely drowned as a witch in the log flume pool.)
Folio depicting Moses and Aaron preaching, folio 94r, from the Bury Bible, created by Master Hugo. Created at Bury St. Edmunds, England, c. 1130-35. Cambridge: Corpus Christi College MS 2 pt 1. Image taken from ARTstor.
Newmarket bad boy-turned-guitar wielding bringer of good cheer Lewis Mokler is giving away a song from his much-anticipated debut album.
A veritable 15-track opus (if you buy the CD version), Fingertips is due for release on 25th June, but you can help yourself to a free download of live-favourite - and possibly our favourite-ever covert bid for sponsorship - Nutella from Lewis’s Bandcamp page.
Ahead of the album’s release, Lewis will be hitting the road for some of his biggest headline gigs to date – here’s what June holds in store:
Thursday 14th June – Stowmarket John Peel Centre Friday 22nd June – Bury St Edmunds Apex Saturday 23rd June – Cambridge Junction Friday 29th June – Mildenhall Rising Sun
In the meantime, you can pre-order the Fingertips CD exclusively through Lewis’ BigCartel page.
Bury Busk is returning to the Bury St Edmunds Festival for its 3rd consecutive year.
The event, which sees 15 acoustic artists taking to the streets of Britain’s Floral Town and playing various locations throughout the day, will be taking place on Saturday 26th May. All money collected at this year’s event will be donated to the MS Society.
Acts are yet to be decided, so if you would like to take part please email: firstname.lastname@example.org