Hackney Colliery Band, Review

Hackney Colliery Band

★★★★★

Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3)| Aug 19-­21| 19:00| £11.00-£14.50

If you love brass bands then the Hackney Colliery Band is definitely one not to miss. From their rhythmic opening with an infectious beat the crowd were already up and out of their seats dancing! With the Sousaphone blasting out the base notes a swinging New Orleans jazz vibe took hold of the Spiegeltent.

Showcasing a variety of styles from blues rock and soul to electronica the band used every opportunity to highlight the skill and talent of band members. Preforming incredible saxophone riffs, fast paced trumpet playing, sultry trombone solos combined with energetic percussion playing and powerful baselines, waves of enthusiastic applause emanated from all sides of the tent.

The great appeal of this performance was the diversity of the set. Incorporating several original numbers from the band’s new album Sharpener, from their sultry ballad “Reawake” to “Bread and Circuses” described by the band as angry jazz, inspired by current events. Contemporary tunes were also expertly rearranged including Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” and a medley of songs by The Prodigy to the delight of the crowd.  

By the end of the performance the whole of the Spegialtent were on their feet swaying away to the music, whilst several audience members danced away in the aisles. The band concluded the show by parading off stage playing a cover of Toto’s “Africa” to enthusiastic applause. Providing an excellent evening of fun filled, upbeat live music with an incredible party atmosphere.