Often described as 'the greatest free show on Earth', the Saddleworth & District Whit Friday Brass Band Contests take place every year on the afternoon and evening of Whit Friday.
From the earliest records in 1884, the event has grown in popularity. Now, hundreds of brass bands participated in some twenty different contests at venues scattered around Saddleworth, and beyond. All of the contests are open-
The contests are open to all-
Contests typically start at about 4.30pm. Bands play two pieces (marches), one on the march and then their well-
Each contest offers prizes for the best band, best youth band, best soloists etc. At one of the busier venues, you could expect to hear over 50 bands, before the winners are announced shortly after close (10.30 pm or 11.30pm, though the most popular contests can go on well into the early hours).
It is possible to look in at several contests during the evening. But with over 100 bus-
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