July events: Watch the Battle of the Brass Bands in Durham


Brass is given a modern twist with art installations in the streets and a dose of contemporary hip hop at BRASS Durham International Festival.

This international event is the festival equivalent of giving brass music a good rub-down and really bringing out its sheen. Local artists are commissioned to create street installations with a ‘brass’ theme, bring new eyes to this music tradition that has a rich history in Durham.

Of course, the ears are also catered for, with special shows from the likes of the Always Drinking Marching Band, who include surreal musical gags and a brass reworking of rock ’n’ roll amongst their repertoire. Also on display is the Hackney Colliery Band, known for its mix of contemporary hip hop and Balkan beats. The highlight for many is the Durham Miners’ Gala, a parade through the streets of brass bands and banners, in celebration of the city’s coal mining heritage.

The 13th annual BRASS Durham takes place between 13-21 July 2019, and a full programme of events will be available on site soon.

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