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Bury St Edmunds: Open mic at The Hideout

PUBLISHED: 13:42 24 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:42 24 May 2013

The drop in jamming session at Benson Blakes in Bury. Organisers L-R: Stevie Grognet, Tom Perry and Mike Orange.

The drop in jamming session at Benson Blakes in Bury. Organisers L-R: Stevie Grognet, Tom Perry and Mike Orange.

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Benson Blakes in Bury St Edmunds is home to The Hideout, a new venue for up and coming young musicians organised by local musician and promoter, Tom Perry.

“It’s all about providing a relaxed space where people can come and play their guitar, sax or whatever, and have an audience. It’s for the guys who maybe are playing in their bedrooms but wishing they were on stage! ”

Musicians take it in turns to play. All abilities are welcome, and nothing is prepared, though Tom does have a few chord sheets and stack of song ideas up his sleeve and will encourage participation if there’s a – rare – lull. He’ll also make sure that ‘air time’ is fairly shared between those wanting to take part.

And it’s not necessarily about young players, either. Saxophonist Simon Maddon, who came to music two years ago in his 40s, is an enthusiastic supporter. “There are very few opportunities for someone like me to play with other musicians. I love playing with a group. I’ve no idea what I’ll play tonight! It’s very exciting, I can’t wait to get up there.”

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