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Butlin’s extends final deadline as banding’s biggest ‘fun’ weekend approaches

Sunday 10 December, 2017

The organisers of the Butlin’s Mineworkers Open National Festival, due to take place at the Butlins Resort in Skegness on the weekend of 12-15 January, have announced that the final deadline for entries to the 2018 event has been extended to 15 December in order to allow some bands time to clarify their entry status. 

Speaking to BB, Festival Director Steve Walker said: “We have become aware of some bands that were booking accommodation but, because of administration changes within their own organisations, hadn’t actually entered the contest. We are, of course, happy to accept these bands but in fairness to any others that might have missed the original deadline we have decided to keep the entries open until 15 December for all sections, including youth and unregistered, except the 1st which has already reached capacity.” 

Steve Walker continued: “We are currently making final preparations for the 2018 Festival, which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Aside from the ever-popular band contests on the Saturday and Sunday entertainment contest, we are very excited to be able to welcome the amazing Superbrass, the London-based group assembled by Roger Argente and boasting among its ranks superstar trumpeter Mike Lovatt with Paul Mayes, Alan Thomas and Toby Street, as well as the legendary Gordon Campbell on trombone. 


“The Black Dyke Reunion Band also promises to be very popular with our visitors and will feature, among other great names form the band’s illustrious past, John Clough, Sandy Smith, Bob Childs and Kevin Crockford. The band will be conducted by former ‘Dyke’ member Richard Evans and introduced by another Queensbury ‘old boy’ Frank Renton, who will also take his seat in the cornet section! Last year’s winning band, Virtuosi GUS, will also be in action on Friday night, while we also look forward to welcoming the Snake Davis Band and the Amazing Bavarian Stompers, both of which have gone down a storm in the past.”

Steve Walker concluded: “We are expecting 5,000-6,000 guests and are confident that what we have lined up for the contests and the entertainment will provide something to satisfy every single one. As well as the fantastic live music there is the added bonus of the Splash Waterworld and great facilities and attractions for which Butlin’s is so famous, so many of our band members also enjoy combining a short family break whilst participating in the competition.”

To find out more visit or to discuss the wide range of accommodation and dining options available, simply call the Butlin’s Advisors at Skegness on 0330 100 9334**, our lines are open daily from 9am to 5.30pm. Due to limited venue capacity for the Entertainment Competition, no day visit tickets are issued for Sunday 14 January, with access only for guests choosing to stay on Resort. Day visit tickets are available for Saturday (13th) only priced at £28 per adult,

£20 per child 2-14, with under 2s free. Please note that all competitors who are not resident on Resort must purchase a day visit ticket to gain entry to the Resort on Saturday (13th). It is recommended that these tickets are purchased in advance for swift access. To purchase Day visit tickets, simply call Butlin’s Day Visits on 01754 614445 by Monday 8 January so that the tickets can be sent before the event.

* All offers are subject to promotional availability. Butlin’s terms and conditions apply.

** Local rate call charge from a landline but may be more from a mobile.