Described as ‘one of the greatest live bands that we have in this country’ (BBC Radio 2), Hackney Colliery Band have had a spectacular few years. From a full 45 minute set at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, via performances with the likes of Amy Winehouse, this band stretches the boundaries of what a brass band can sound like.
Their setlist is as eclectic as the borough which gives them their name, drawing on influences as much from contemporary rock and electronica as from jazz or the traditional British brass band sound to which their name also pays homage. Clattering drums from the powerhouse double drummer rhythm section collides with powerful brass, shimmering electronics and incredibly strong original writing, including some unexpectedly reflective moments for a band with such a party-starting pedigree.
And start a party they most certainly will. Just ask the sold out crowd at Koko at their show in this iconic London venue in 2017, or perhaps the many thousands who caught them closing the Sunday night Avalon stage at Glastonbury, or countless tour and festival audiences across the UK who have witnessed them ‘reinvent the brass band for the 21st Century’ (Times).
With their most ambitious and exciting project to date released in early 2019 - an album of diverse collaborations with the likes of Mulatu Astatke, Angelique Kidjo, Rob Auton and many more - HCB continue to push boundaries and bring their unique genre-hopping high-energy shows to audiences across the UK and beyond.