Please read the statement below from our Chairman in relation to the 2020 Tameside competition


“In light of the Government’s advice regarding large scale public gatherings and in order to protect both the banding community and the public at large, 'The Friends of Tameside Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Committee'  have taken the unprecedented step to postpone the 2020 contest in Tameside until 2021.  


Whilst we want to apologise for any inconvenience this may causes, we can assure you all this decision has not been an easy one to make and has not been taken lightly.

We firmly believe the postponement is in the best interests of all groups involved; bands, organisers, volunteers and the wider public. 


The Whit Band contests are one of, if not the oldest brass competitions in the country and have been running for well over 140 years. This legacy and heritage of the event is of utmost importance to us and we will do everything we can to ensure the contests continue into 2021 and beyond.”


Adam Pickles


The Friends of  Tameside Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Committee




The Tameside Whit Friday Band Contest is an annual brass band competition that runs across multiple sites in Tameside (North East Manchester).


The contest originated in Stalybridge in the 1870's and continues to this day.


The 2020 contest will take place at 11 venues across the borough, on Friday 5th June 2020.

The event is organised by 11 independent groups of volunteers who are responsible for all elements of the contest at their specific venue.

Members of these groups come together as 'The Friends of  Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Committee'. This Committee is advised and supported by Tameside MBC's Cultural Services Department.

Want to help?


We are always looking for more help.


If you would like to volunteer on Whit Friday, contact the contest secretary at the venue where you would like to help. All of the secretaries contact details are on the specific page for their contest.

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