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Image: Promised Land by Mr Wilson’s Second Liners

Get your brass on with an eclectic mix of live music and events during the internationally acclaimed Durham BRASS Festival, taking place at a variety of venues from Friday 12th-Sunday 21st July. 

As always, the line-up is peppered with an action-packed programme of concerts and street parties. Highlights include the opening party and world premiere of Promised Land by Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, an audaciously disruptive and pleasantly nostalgic 90’s-style rave (in keeping with the rave spirit, audiences will only find out the location for the party hours before it starts) which includes live brass renditions of old-school anthems; plus there’s vintage headliners in the form of the Brighouse And Rastrick Band, who found success in the UK singles charts in 1977 with the Floral Dance (vocals courtesy of the dearly departed Mr Terry Wogan).

BRASS will also celebrate international cultures and the rich history and versatility of brass music with a wide variety of entertainment from salsa, swing and big band, rock and roll, jazz and classical, with choral masterpiece Verdi’s Requiem (performed in the stunning surroundings of Durham Cathedral) a particular highlight on Saturday 20th. You can even don Lederhosen (not compulsory!) for Oktoberfest in the Historic Town Hall on Thursday 18th

The festival promises something for all tastes, ages and budgets, with a cacophony of free music and mayhem on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st in Durham city centre during Streets of BRASS. Music lovers are also invited to dance the night away at a free Saturday night Big BRASS Party at Wharton Park, with much more in the programme.

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