Hot 8 Brass Band

It has been a momentous year for the Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band, who celebrated their 20th Anniversary with the ‘Vicennial: 20 Years Of The Hot 8 Brass Band’ album last November and have been touring almost constantly ever since, selling out strings of headline dates and playing major festivals including BST Hyde Park (supporting Mumford & Sons), North Sea Jazz, Secret Garden Party and WOMAD. Wrapping up summer at Madness’ House Of Common event, they surprised thousands of ecstatic revellers with a New Orleans-style parade performance around Clapham Common (led by Craig Charles, a big fan of the band). Mixing an old school street brass approach with harder, funkier currents and hip hop vocals, Hot 8 juxtapose magnificent originals with fresh versions of Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, The Specials and Basement Jaxx (and of course their anthemic take on Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”), making for a truly special and unforgettable party at every show.