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Advice for Bands and Drivers


Please find below specific information relating to the 2024 Brass Band Contest in Tameside, we hope on behalf of the Friends of Tameside Whit Friday Brass Band Contest that you will be able to join us on this spectacular occasion.

Child Performance Licences-

The F.O.W.F.B.B.C hold a Body of Persons Approval (BOPA) so individual licences will not be required. When booking in your will be asked 3 specific questions in relation to U16's. 

1) How many U16's are out with the band?

2) How many Parents/DBS certified adults are accompanying them?

3) Does your band hold an upto date and robust safeguarding policy?

Please ensure they have all necessary information to expedite the process. 

You can follow the event on Twitter by following us @tmbc_culture and using the hashtag #Whitfriday23 facebook at

The 2024 contest takes place at 10 venues across the borough. The contact details for each can be found here in the "About Us" section and on the council website

The complete results will be posted both here on the councils website on the next working day following the event, once they have been verified.

The Friends of Whit Friday Brass Band Contest are delighted to announce, the Tameside overall Youth Contest that started four years ago will continue in 2024.

Youth bands will be required to compete at a minimum of six venues (just as in the open and local championships) with the overall winner being awarded £200 and the runner up £100, in addition to the money bands can win at the various venues.

The entry fee's have been increased across all venues to £3.00. This is to cover increased administrations costs.

Bands should  provide Stamped Addressed Envelopes to all contests to receive their adjudicators notes.

Coach Drivers Information

Can we please ask that coach drivers pay attention to the chief traffic marshal at each location, they will provide info in relation to rest breaks and tachographs, these marshals will advise the best location at their contest for such breaks to be taken to avoid creating traffic issues in line with the global risk assessment and we hope you will help us with this

Heyrod and Droylsden; any drivers needing a tachograph break should take them at other venues. Unfortunately due to their geographical locations these contest do not have capacity for tacho breaks to be taken safely.

Denton Contest; Coaches are asked to approach the contest from Ashton Road (A6016) only. The contest will be operating a one way system to ease potential traffic congestion. Do not approach the Denton Contest from Corporation Road or you will be turned away.

Top Mossley Contest; takes place at Seel Park, home of Mossley AFC, Market St, Mossley, Ashton Under Lyne, OL5 0ES.

The Broadoak Contest;  takes place at at Ashton Under Lyne RFC, St Albans Ave, Gambrel Bank, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 8TU and has been since 2017.

Hyde Central Contest; Coaches are asked to approach the contest from Hamnett St only, drivers to use postcode SK14 2EX. Access to Hamnett St is via , Russell St and New Beech St from Clarke Way.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Borough, should you need any advice please contact the individual contest secretaries or Tameside Council Cultural Services on 0161 342 4144.

Kind regards

Friends of Tameside Whit Friday Brass Band Contest in partnership with Tameside Cultural Services.

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