Following the success of their most recent album ‘Collaborations: Volume One’, Hackney’s brass pioneers Hackney Colliery Band celebrate their tenth anniversary with an exciting collaborative live show at the Barbican Hall, London on the 5th October, and features special guests including the father of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke, DJ Yoda, Roundhouse Choir, Tom Rogerson, Rob Auton, YVA and more!
Since the release of their eponymous debut album in 2011, the East London collective have blown their way into the public consciousness with their genre-bending combination of brass, reeds, percussion and electronics, firmly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting live bands in the UK. From playing a 45-minute set at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and sets at the MOBO, Brit and Mercury Awards to live sessions on national TV and worldwide radio airplay, from collaborations with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Madness to selling out venues across London including KOKO and The Forum, to a European tour, Hackney Colliery Band have not stopped.
HCB have performed at numerous venues, festivals and clubs around the world, including recent sold-out shows at the Scala as part of the London Jazz Festival and album launch at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s.
The band released their critically acclaimed album ‘Collaborations: Volume One’ this summer and it featured collaborations with a number of key musicians across jazz and world music including Mulatu Astatke, James Taylor and Angélique Kidjo and hinted towards a more mature and polished sound.
“It’s hard to believe that 2019 is our tenth anniversary, but now we’re ten years older it felt like the right time to get back to our jazz roots. It’s been such a privilege to work with so many of our musical inspirations both old and new, and we’re super excited to be ushering in the next ten years with this new collaborative spirit”, says bandleader Steve Pretty.
With further collaborations already confirmed for ‘Collaborations: Volume Two’, Hackney Colliery Band can look forward to another exciting chapter in the outfit’s already remarkable career.