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Streets of BRASS

  • 15 July – 16 July
  • 11.40am - 5.00pm
  • Durham City Centre
  • Free

A perennial favourite, with international street bands transforming Durham’s World Heritage centre into the ‘Home of Street BRASS’ for two days of fun, frolics and musical madness.

Your 2017 Streets of BRASS line-up includes;

Artistas del Gremio
One of our favourite bands from 2015, this charismatic be-skirted bunch certainly know how to put on a show! From AC/DC to a gentle waltz, they will have you hooked from the first ‘parp’! Expect astonishing musicianship, clever covers and ‘interesting’ dance routines!

Back Chat Brass
New to BRASS, but the eagle-eyed of you will probably recognise a few players. With a nod to their roots in pop, funk and hip-hop, their brassy twist on classic tunes combined with electrifying showmanship make Back Chat Brass the ultimate street band supergroup!

Hannabiell Sanders and Midnight Blue
This high energy ensemble is nothing less than exhilarating as it fuses Afro-Caribbean & Latin percussion, jazz, Afro-beat, Funk and Reggae to create their unique sound. Their music not only produces an invigorating party atmosphere, it also demands audience participation.

Hope and Social
Inspired by their previous visits to BRASS, the boys (and girls) in blazers have created their very own street band. And in the true spirit of Hope and Social, it involves messing around with plastic instruments and getting the audience to join in. What could possibly go wrong…

Llareggub Brass Band
Totally new to BRASS, Llareggub Brass Band hail from a small town in North Wales and present a ferocious, but flavoursome mix of Jazz and Hip-Hop, combined with a dash of Welsh Pop channelled by way of the age-old march band tradition. Got it? And top marks for those of you who have worked out the Dylan Thomas reference.

Oompah Brass
Our longest-serving band, the classically trained Oompah Brass bring their own unique Bavarian oompah twist to rock, pop and film classics. From the Rocky theme tune to Bohemian Rhapsody, they have delighted audiences across the world, but still find time to come back to see us here in Durham. And we love them!

Ooz Band
New to BRASS, Ooz Band offer a mix of rock, funk, jazz and hip hop all with Balkan influence. Fun and frenetic, they are all we have come to expect and love from the French street bands.

Xaral’s Dixie
These cheeky chaps won the hearts of audiences and staff alike on their very first visit. A group of friends who simply want to have fun and entertain people with this joyful style of Dixie – an utter joy to watch.

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners
Mr Wilson’s Second Liners were the only new band at BRASS 2016, yet they walked away with The Golden Trumpet award after being voted the ‘people’s favourites’. Their infectious renditions of Hacienda and ‘Madchester’ classics appeal to all generations and provoke some quite special dancing from audiences. All together now – big fish, little fish, cardboard box.

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