The Met is Bury’s independent arts and entertainment centre, located in the town’s Derby Hall. An award-winning live music venue specializing in folk music, The Met also hosts live entertainment across the spectrum including family entertainment, theatre and comedy.
The Met is operated by the Bury Metropolitan Arts Association, which was founded in 1975 and moved into the Derby Hall in 1979. The venue’s first director was Dewi Lewis, who went on to found the Manchester arts centre Cornerhouse (now HOME).
Most of The Met’s events take place in its two professional performance spaces, the 400-capacity Derby Hall and the 100-seater The Box. Recent events at The Met include I Am Kloot’s John Bramwell, Ian McNabb and its popular comedy club, which takes place on the first Thursday of each month. The Met also contains the dining restaurant Automatic and the Edwin Street Creative Hub, a fully equipped recording studio.