Live music gig at the Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday to support the venue

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Bands are getting behind a venue - which is at the centre of Bury St Edmunds’ live music scene - to help ensure it continues into the future.

On Saturday seven bands will perform in a fundraising gig at the Hunter Club, accessed from St Andrew’s Street South, to raise money for soundproofing.

While some works have already taken place, Hunter Club manager Nick Pooley said noise is leaking out of the roof.

Musician and promoter Seymour Quigley, who is behind the Washing Machine band nights at the Hunter Club, has organised the gig.

He said he felt there was a “strong risk” of the Bury music scene dying out if the venue was lost.

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“It’s going to cost in the region of £10,000 for the club’s main hall to be soundproofed, which would include completely replacing the roof.

“We’re calling all bands/artists, music lovers and anyone who appreciates the importance of the Hunter Club to our local community; come along, get involved and be part of helping keeping our amazing local music scene alive.”

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Mr Pooley said the venue had quite a good relationship with its neighbours, but to continue to promote it as a diverse community asset some improvements to the building were needed.

He said the club was trying to raise enough capital for the work - which requires planning permission - but it needed to be done as quickly as possible.

“I am quite frankly overwhelmed by the support people are showing us, and the music scene in Bury St Edmunds.

“I would like to thank Seymour Quigley for being the brainchild of this event and bringing it to fruition.”

The gig, which is from 6pm to 11pm, will include performances by the following bands: Voter Kernel, Hardactors, Ghost Carriage Phantoms, Lost Lungs, Beyond Revolutions, You the Living and The Selected. The event is for those aged 14 plus.

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