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Streets of Brass returns to Durham


The streets of Durham are set to come alive with the sounds of brass music when BRASS returns this summer.


The festival, which is one of the highlights of Durham County Council’s annual events programme, promises to be bigger and better than ever when it returns from Sunday 10 to Sunday 17 July.


Supporting the county’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2025, it will welcome a host of

world-renowned artists to the county alongside free concerts in schools, communities and

care homes and a full programme of lively street bands.

Streets of Brass will jazz up the city centre and offer visitors celebrating the final weekend

of the festival the chance to experience the sounds of brass music from Britain to

Bollywood.


It will showcase some old favourites and welcome new faces on Saturday 16 and Sunday

17 July, with a fabulous, free party bringing the bands together in Wharton Park from 6pm

on the Saturday.


Helping to bring the party to the people are favourites from Spain, Artistas del Gremio,

offering their own mix of music and style with popular and traditional songs. BRASS

favourites Back Chat Brass are set to bring an explosive beat to the streets with their

signature take on go-to hits that are rooted in pop, funk and hip hop.


Italian ensemble Bandakadabra offers all sort of brass, from ragtime and jazz to Balkan,

rocksteady and Latin, while the UK’s pioneering Indian-style band, Bollywood Brass

Band, promise a colourful, joyful and exhilarating performance of the most popular music

in the world.


Streets of Brass will also welcome the first and only all-female Italian street band,

Girlesque, who perform with a nod to burlesque and a combination of sound, movement

and fun.


Audiences can expect to get involved in performances by Loud Noises as they bridge the

gap between contemporary brass music and dancehall-based improvisation. And, multi-

award-winning part choir, part chamber orchestra, part avant-rock band, Perhaps

Contraption, promise to bring a truly unique musical experience to BRASS.


Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “BRASS is

famed for bringing the party to the people of our wonderful county. Having had to pause

the festival because of the pandemic, we cannot wait to see our communities once again

embracing the music and mayhem of this year’s BRASS festival.


“Streets of Brass brings such an eclectic range of feel-good music to the city centre and to

Wharton Park, bringing everyone together for a fantastic celebration of music. It also helps

to share the joy of music with people who might not engage with it otherwise, which is a

key aspect of our bid to be named UK City of Culture 2025.”


Coinciding with this year’s BRASS is the ever-popular Durham City Run, on Friday 15 and

Saturday 16 July. The festival will see hundreds of competitors race through the city

centre, accompanied by live music from the Streets of Brass bands.


For tickets and further information, visit www.brassfestival.co.uk