It may have been perfect bar be que weather outside but those inside Holmfirth’s Picturedrome were in for an even more sizzling time when Hackney Colliery Band took to the stage.
And the nine piece ensemble, which includes Huddersfield musician, Luke Christie, took no time in getting the crowd out of their chairs and onto the dance floor, as they erupted into a performance guaranteed to encourage even the most dedicated sun worshippers to abandon their posts.
Saxophones, trumpets and even a sousaphone came together to prove that brass bands most definitely have a place in the 21st century, as they filled the venue with a vibrant mix of their own songs and covers played in a style never heard before.
Creating a rhythm so tight and incessant it even got their sousaphone player, whose kit weighs over 25lbs, bouncing throughout the whole set.
No genre was out of bounds on the night, as classics such as Blackstreet’s No Diggity and Toto’s Africa were given a New Orleans makeover in a way that could turn them into music lovers’ favourites in their own right.
And Jay Z and Alicia Keys found a new audience when the band transformed their song, Empire State of Mind, into the night’s floorfiller.
Their was an equally good response to the pieces penned themselves, which combined elements of traditional playing with contemporary jazz, ska and balkan vibes.
Mixing with the still dancing crowd on the floor before leading the march outside for their high volume finale, the band definitely will not have to rely on blowing their own horns when they return to the area again.