Step back in time to the 1920s with Durham City festival

German Trombone Vibrations
German Trombone Vibrations

Visitors to Durham City will be transported back to the 1920s and all that jazz when a speakeasy comes to BRASS Festival.

Performers will be putting on the Ritz at Durham Town Hall as part of the 10th annual celebration of County Durham’s musical culture and traditions.

Coun Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration, arts and culture at Durham County Council, which develops and delivers the festival, said: “Back in the 1920s dancing was among the top social activities and was a great way to meet people.

“BRASS too helps to bring people together, be it the tens of thousands of music fans who come to the area, bringing hundreds of thousands of pounds into the local economy, or the cracking line-up of big names and local talent who help us showcase the very best music from around the world.”

To get people into the swing of things, on Monday, July 11 at 6pm, BRASS favourites Xaral Dixie will be performing outside the Ebony Champagne Bar at Walkergate, near Durham’s Gala Theatre. They will be joined by members of Newcastle-based dance group Lindy Jazz, who will be offering a taster of a 1920s favourite, the Charleston.

The BRASS Speakeasy itself takes place on Thursday, July 14 from 7pm to 11pm. Visitors can step back through the decades, with a chance to visit a vintage hair and beauty parlour, or pick out some glamorous accessories in a vintage clothes store, before capturing it all in the 1920’s inspired photo booth.

After that they will be led into a secret dance hall where Xaral Dixie, Lindy Jazz and German Trombone Vibration will be ensuring that the party is in full swing.

•Tickets for the BRASS Speakeasy cost £16, and include a free cocktail courtesy of Ebony, and a photograph from Moonbooth.

For more information and to buy tickets visit the BRASS website,