Durham BRASS Festival


The Durham BRASS Festival will be taking place this summer from 14th to 18th July. The event is described as an ‘eclectic, vibrant and colourful celebration of brass music in all its forms – artistically excellent, rooted in our communities, and welcoming to everyone’.

A spokesperson for BRASS explained, “Taking inspiration from the brass band heritage of County Durham, the festival weaves together all musical genres into a vibrant and entertaining five-day festival taking place across the county. With headline performances in iconic locations from some of the UK’s finest artists, to schools’ gigs, and an inclusive engagement programme, the festival culminates is a massive three-day free concert.

“BRASS is a key part of our festival and events programme and reflects our commitment to cultural-led regeneration. As well as boosting the economy and raising the county’s reputation as a cultural destination at a critical time, BRASS aims to bring communities together, create unforgettable experiences for people of all ages. We can’t wait to welcome you.”

Richard Hawley and NASUWT Riverside Band feature as part of this year’s line up as the Saturday night headlining slot, in the truly unique venue of Durham Cathedral. Richard commented: “I am genuinely excited; I think it’s going to be one of the most memorable gigs I’ve ever played”. Hawley has played some of the biggest stages during his prestigious career, recording eight critically acclaimed albums and collaborating with the Arctic Monkeys, Elbow and Paul Weller – but says the chance to play the BRASS festival offers something unique and a chance to make his music go ‘widescreen’. This event is being sold socially distanced. Simply select the number of tickets you need for your group. Our system will choose the best available seats for you, and automatically ensure that you are two seats away from the nearest group, and that no-one will be in the row in front or behind you.

Black Dyke Band will also feature as part of the festival line up in a free concert on the Outdoor Stage at Durham Racecourse on Sunday 18th July. The performance will start at 1pm and conclude by 4pm with ‘doors’ opening at 12 noon.

Further information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found at: https://brassfestival.co.uk/


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