These boys from Hackney are definitely as bold as brass

The Hackney Colliery Band.
The Hackney Colliery Band.
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Since the release of Hackney Colliery Band’s eponymous debut in 2011, this brass juggernaut have blown their way into the public consciousness with their cunning cover versions and catchy original recordings.

Over the past three years the band have earned themselves an army of loyal fans, and have barely paused for breath: from live collaborations with Eliza Doolittle, the late Amy Winehouse, to headlining the Manchester Jazz and Durham Brass Festivals, and playing at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

As front-man Steve Pretty puts it: ‘When we started out back in 2008 our mission was to create a uniquely British take on the modern brass band and to prove that with nothing but some bits of twisted metal, wood and plastic we could get any party started.’

Beats and Swing present the Hackney Colliery Band at the Wedgewood Rooms tomorrow. Doors open at 9pm and tickets cost £8. Go to