Bollywood’s Brass coming to Barking to mark a century of Hindi feature films

PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 May 2015

Bollywood Brass Band playing outdoors

Bollywood Brass Band playing outdoors


The UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band has swapped nuptials for theatres to commemorate 100 years of Bollywood.

The Bollywood Brass Band will perform at the Broadway Theatre as part of its celebratory tour, playing classic songs alongside video projections of early 1913 footage to present day blockbusters for its show next Thursday (June 12).

Mark Allan, the band’s manager, said: “The Bollywood Brass band has been going for 20 years now and we have been to 25 different countries to perform, but the band mainly play classic Bollywood songs for Indian weddings in England, Norway, India, Thailand and South Africa.

“But the band and I felt we should do something special for the 100 year anniversary since feature films started in India.”

The group’s funky drummers and sixpiece horn section will feature projections of dance sequences from movies such as Devdas and Dhoom in their show.

They will also feature a film by Phalke, India’s first home-grown filmaker, alongside new music by the band

Mark said: “The show appeals to all kinds of people, whether that is people that know the songs or people that do not, as they get to know the songs with the colour of these Bollywood films.

“We always get the audience up dancing and the first ten shows have gone down really well.”

Tickets to the show, which starts at 8pm, cost £10 to £12, with discounts available on group bookings. To book, call 020 8507 5607.

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