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Hackney Colliery Band

Hackney Colliery Band

Reinventing the brass band sound for the 21st century.

A tour de force of trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone, marching percussion and electronics, the band are
as inspired by contemporary rock and electronica as they are New Orleans marching bands and the traditional British brass bands to which their name pays homage.

Formed in 2008 out of a desire to play music that appealed to the feet as much as to the ears, the band has rapidly gained an army of loyal supporters, including radio support from Lauren Laverne, Gilles Peterson, Craig Charles, Huey Morgan, Jamie Cullum, Rob Da Bank and John Kennedy. Since the release of their eponymous debut in 2011, the 9-piece have blown their way into the public consciousness with their energetic and passionate live shows.

Able to be both a powerful acoustic ensemble as they parade through the crowd at the end of their shows, they’re also up-to-the-minute contemporary when on stage, with carefully crafted washes of electronics and drum machines adding to the raw power of brass and drums. Delicate one minute, powerfully energetic the next and always concluding in a huge party, they have enormous appeal across the age and genre spectrum.

Combined with a relaxed stage presence and thoroughly British sense of humour, their live show is able to have extraordinarily broad appeal without dumbing down.


Hackney Colliery Band