The Big BRASS Bash saw four bands across two venues take to the stage to entertain young and old, families and friends.

The first event at Seascape Primary School saw performances by headline act Oompah Brass, who were supported by Always Drinking Marching Band, Funky Style Brass and Xaral’s Dixie.

Oompah Brass are renowned for their brassed-uptake on Queen, Abba, Dolly Parton and AC/DC. Chris Evans said “they rock – so cool” and Shaun Keaveny exclaimed “Absolute genius!”. Oompah Brass have played nine of the ten years of the BRASS Festival and built up a following for its cheeky, flip-flop and sunnies relaxed style.

The second event at Park View Pavilion saw performances by headline act New York Brass Band, who were supported by Les Traine-Savates, Beat ‘n’ Blow and the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band!

No other band can match New York Brass Band for pure energy and big smiles. Their tartan trousers and funky moves, while blowing Daft Punk, Tom Jones, Madness or Marvin Gaye on their horns, makes them a feel good favourite. Celebrity fans include Danny Jones from McFly who said “forget Springsteen, you’re my new favourite band” and Liam Gallagher who enjoyed their “great sound”.

There was also Make and Do craft activities along with some larger-than-life characters who  made a surprise appearance!

… which team were you?  #teamnybb or #teamoompah?

Commissioned by Durham County Council as part of the Brass International Festival. Funded by Councillors Harry Bennett and Audrey Laing in association with East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP), Seascape Primary School and East Durham Creates.



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