Festival Q&A:
New York Brass Band

The York brass ensemble bring their genre-bending covers to Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival (30 June-2 July). Even they're not sure what to expect from their set

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Who else are you excited to see?
At Burton Agnes we’re looking forward to seeing Claire Martin, who is a very classy operator and fellow York band the Firebird Quartet, led by Ian Chalk

What’s your best festival memory?
Our first festival performance was at Secret Garden Party, which was a shock to the system, but our best set was at 5am on the Hell Stage at Glastonbury’s Shangri La! The sun was coming up and all the hardcore revellers had come down to the southern corner of the site. The promoter gave us a litre bottle of white rum as took to the stage and the rest is history/a blur.

What are your festival essentials?

Toothbrush and baby wipes

What are you planning for your Burton Agnes set?
For Burton Agnes we’ll play a broad range of tunes, leaving the audience not knowing what’s coming next. So many bands have a sound that they deliver for an hour but we’ve chosen to mix things up, from New Orleans to jazz to dance music and party tunes.

How does playing a festival differ from playing your own gig?
At a decent music festival you meet people who are really into music! They respond very positively and want to get involved. You can see the enjoyment in their eyes.

Photo by Faye Hedges

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