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Around 100 jobs are being created with the launch of NX Newcastle, the new identity of the former O2 Academy on the city’s Westgate Road, which is the latest £1.75m venture by independent organisation Electric Group.

Set to re-open in October this year following a state-of-the-art refurbishment, work has already begun to overhaul the venue, which originally opened as a cinema in 1927.

The sight and sound of a brass band will be familiar to many. What you might not know, however, is that “banding” has a vast and dedicated following, with thousands of bands meeting weekly across the country, indeed throughout the globe, to hone their craft.

As luck would have it, the very best of those bands will be coming to the UK later this month, for what’s deemed to be the biggest event in the global brass calendar.

Nina Nesbitt’s latest single ‘When You Lose Someone’ represented a tremendous leap forward for the future pop icon, quickly reaching 5 million streams as she prepares to take her career to a new level with her upcoming third album. Just as immediate as the songs that powered her huge second album ‘The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change’, the song’s heart-wrenching take on grief provides an emotional punch that adds new potency to her pop-oriented addictiveness.

The very best brass bands from across Europe will be visiting the UK later this month, for what’s deemed to be the biggest event in the global brass calendar.

From 28 April - 1 May in Birmingham, the European Brass Band Festival will be the biggest brass banding event of its kind to take place in the UK in many years and will feature over 70 bands across its four day run.