Scouthead and Austerlands

Saddleworth’s Family Favourite

Tell Us You Are Coming to Saddleworth Whit Friday

At Scouthead & Austerlands you are likely to see around 70 brass bands throughout the evening. World class champion- ship bands such as Brighouse & Rastrick, Black Dyke Mills & The Fairey Band regularly appear, together with a host of bands from the four corners of the United Kingdom plus frequent visits by bands from overseas.

Established in 1978 and run entirely by unpaid volunteers, we have four decades of experience in the planning of Whit Friday band contests. Considered to be one of Saddleworth’s premier contests, it is a well organised family-orientated occasion. It is also a popular venue with members of the brass band community, who welcome an opportunity to meet fellow contestants to participate and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment.

The contest site at Dawson’s Field is considered a safe environment for bands and local people to meet friends & family. Food and drink is available on the field with a BBQ, Tea Tent/Sweet Shop, Beer Marquee plus adequate toilet and first- aid facilities.

Information for competing bands

We offer four prizes in the Open/Championship Section with a top prize of £1,000 and three prizes in each of the First, Second, Third, Fourth & Youth Section; plus three prizes in Best Local and Best Saddleworth Sections. Thirty two prizes in all (including solo & section awards) with a total prize money of around £4,700.

Band representatives must sign in at the registration’s assembly point at the Three Crowns Inn, between 4.00 pm and 11.00pm, but to receive an order of play number the full band must also be present. The play number will be allocated in order of coach arrival. The contest secretary reserves the right to be flexible on the 11.00 pm entry closing time, as bands will not be allowed to march after 12.00 Midnight.

StartTime: 4.00pm

Last Registrations:11.00pm

Location:Dawson’s Field, Huddersfield Road, Scouthead, Saddleworth

Postcode: OL4 4AS

Contact: David Needham (Secretary)

Tel:0161 652 0341

Email: scoutheadbandcontest

Rules and Prizes – includes details of Youth Band Rules

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