County Durham’s loudest festival is back – with brilliant bands and outstanding musicians heading to County Durham for a ten-day celebration of all things brass. The 2018 programme will feature a celebration of women and brass, brass at the cutting edge using live looping technology and a premiere of a new suite inspired by Quentin Blake’s magnificent illustrations for Roald Dahl’s BFG.

Our 12th annual festival will showcase international street bands from France, Spain, the US and Serbia going head to head in parks across the county for this year’s Big Brass Bash, as well as creating a party atmosphere in Durham City during the ever-popular Streets of Brass on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July.


Live looping commissions

Ed Sheeran, KT Tunstall and Billy Joel do it. But could you be the “loopy” musician we need?

We have a number of £500 commissions to take part in our “live looping” concert on July 19.

Find out more, including the mobile phone apps you need and how to send us your submission – Deadline June 15 – at

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