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It’s staggering that this sixteen-legged horn wielding machine is in its twentieth year of existence, such is the enthusiasm that radiates from every musician on stage. New Orleans is celebrated worldwide for its music and atmosphere and for tonight at least, there’s a little bit of Louisiana on the banks of the Tyne.

Probably most famous for their cover of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing, it gets rolled out fairly early in the night but it’s never a case of peaking too soon because from taking to the stage they barely pause for about forty-five minutes. The track in question rapturously received with a crowded Riverside needing no encouragement to sing along.

The party atmosphere continues with Rock With the Hot 8 and whenever there’s an opportunity for some audience participation, it’s grabbed.

Because really, brass bands, even ones from New Orleans, shouldn’t be this cool. The key to this lot is their infectious passion and the way they plunder just about every genre of music for fun. Want some hip-hop? It’s in there. Craving a bit of soul? They’ve got you covered with Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone. Fancy some house? Yep, here’s them doing Bingo Bango by Basement Jaxx. It probably shouldn’t but somehow it just all makes perfect sense. Happy birthday, Hot 8! Here’s to another twenty.

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