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Taking place at Durham Town Hall on Friday 14th July, Brassed On will be a unique showcase event at this year’s Durham BRASS festival, which will see two of the region’s most exciting up and coming artists partnering with professional brass players to give their music a whole new dimension.

Darlington’s Luke Royalty’s sound is heartfelt, honest and always catchy, inspired by the likes of Mac Miller, Amy Winehouse and Bill Withers. His jazz-inflected sound will be married with the high-octane sound of Loud Noises, a band that bridges the gap between contemporary brass music and high-octane dancehall-inspired improvisation. The party-starting four-piece – hailing from Leeds – are known for blurring the line between band and audience to create one of the most interactive and engaging live shows on the live music scene.

Middlesbrough’s soulful songwriter Sisi will team up with the all-female brass outfit, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, who will be travelling all the way from New Orleans to perform at this year’s festival. Sisi’s sound, which incorporates soulful vocals, contemporary production and afropop beats, will be the perfect match for the powerful and infectious New Orleans Jazz that The Pinettes are universally adored for. Formed in 1991, the band have made a huge name for themselves in their home city and further afield, challenging the stereotypes attached to the male-dominated world of brass bands.

In addition, Soho Radio residents and vinyl connoisseurs, Noble & Heath will be spinning an expert selection of rare soul, funk and disco throughout the event.

We’re thrilled to be partnering with BRASS on this event, and can’t wait to see what the artists come up with! Keep an eye on our website and social media over the coming weeks, as we chat with the artists to find out what they’re planning for their sets and how rehearsals are going!

Luke Royalty and Loud Noises, and Sisi and The Original Pinettes Brass Band play Durham Town Hall on Friday 14th July.

Image: Sisi

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