New Zealand band Fat Freddy’s Drop have been announced as the first act of County Durham’s Brass Festival.

The band, who have delivered over 1,000 performances in their career will play Gala Durham on July 10 after headlining shows across Europe last year.

The festival itself, which will take place from Sunday 9 to Sunday 16 July, is set to host a “full programme of lively street bands” with a jam-packed line-up.

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Councillor Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “We are delighted to be announcing the first act for Durham Brass Festival in what will be a week packed full of musicians and performers bringing County Durham to life with their talents.

“Bringing Fat Freddy’s drop to Durham Brass has been a huge ambition for the festival and one we are delighted to see come to life in 2023.”

She added: “Durham Brass is one of the highlights of our annual cultural events programme, bringing together music and community.

“We are committed to delivering exciting events and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors year-round, raising our profile internationally and demonstrating our ambition to make County Durham the culture county.”

The band have claimed fame across the world, with some of their credits including a performance at London's Alexandra Palace and the International Jazz Festival in Melbourne.

Internationally, the band is famous for their “individual musical influences” such as reggae and disco, meaning self-proclaimed “Fred-Heads” are in for a treat.

Tickets to see Fat Freddy’s Drop will be released on March 17, and can be found here.