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Four days, one UNESCO world heritage site, more brass-based bands than you can count. It can only be Durham’s BRASS Festival. This year’s events, which take place between Thursday 16th and Sunday 19th July across a variety of locations in County Durham and the city centre, musicians from the UK and beyond will be descending to celebrate everything that’s great about brass.

Opening the festival on Thursday 16th July is a celebration of one of swing’s biggest showdowns. A year after Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall debut in 1938, the King of Swing was challenged by Glenn Miller, the new kid on the block. With both artists selling in their millions, the stakes were high and both bands were out to impress. Pete Long’s orchestra are setting out to recreate the momentous occasion in swing history with Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller at Carnegie Hall 1939, which will feature songs such as In The Mood, One O’clock Jump and Little Brown Jug.

Bringing the brass into the modern day, Friday 17th July sees cult New York trio Fun Lovin’ Criminals performing an extra special set with all the hits from their three decades of funk-filled mayhem. Huey, Frank and Fast will be bolstered by Ron Christlow, Ed Collins and Jon Melville’s soulful brass trio to perform everything from Scooby Snacks to Loco.

The closing afternoon, on Sunday 19th July, sees the Gala Theatre welcoming some of the best brass bands in the business. Wales’ Cory Band and the Tredegar Town Band will both be performing, as will Durham’s very own Reg Vardy Band, bringing the festival to a triumphant close.

Whatever your taste in brass, this year’s extravaganza is sure to have something to tickle your fancy.

BRASS takes place in locations around Durham between Thursday 16th and Sunday 19th July. Tickets are on sale now.

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